Bookstores are my Heaven!

Bookstores are my Heaven!

#100DaysOfBlogging Day 2

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If there was heaven on earth, I think I’d say it’s a bookstore. I’ve traveled to places where the beauty of nature was too good. I’ve been to restaurants that reminded me of home. Yet the feeling of heaven, in truth, comes when I’m lost in the aisles of a bookstore.

The introvert that I was, and still kind of am, I can relate to the comfort I find there. I’ve found worlds I’m comfortable in. I discovered the streets of London when I bought the complete collection of Sherlock Holmes, and dove into its stories. My wand chose me when I visited Ollivander’s in Diagon Alley (it’s a Sycamore wood wand, 13.5” long with Unicorn hair core). I’ve solved mysteries with the Famous Five, and watched Bilbo Baggins talk with Smaug. And I’ve loved those worlds, at times more than reality.

I’ve missed parties and get-togethers just because I’m more comfortable in the company of a book. I’ve even taken a book to some functions, and ignored the ruckus around me.

Though there are online bookstores now that deliver the book to my hand quickly (and I do use them), the comfort or happiness that I find when I shop at Blossoms or Landmark, or a books-by-the-kilogram sale, or even buy a book from the street-side sellers doesn’t compare to online shopping. And that’s something I know will not change in the future.


From 23rd September, exactly 100 days are left in the year, the idea is to write on each of these days. A few other friends chose their own themes. I thought I’d collaborate with Aniesha bon on the challenge. We’re choosing topics on alternate days, and each day, we’re writing on the same topic too. I chose the topic BOOKSTORES for Day 2.


(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason, 24th September 2016)

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Poetry & writing to me are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

10 thoughts on “Bookstores are my Heaven!

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  1. You are speaking for me except that I did not carry a book to a function. My mother would have been mortified if I did that. I love going to bookstores but they are quite far off from where I live.

  2. Isn’t this common to all book lovers! 🙂 There is no place more exciting than a bookstore filled with who knows how many stories… There are entire worlds inside and that is one thing that I always think about when I hear the word ‘Bookstore’. Hoping to visit Blossoms soon!

  3. Though I do not shop much in bookstores , unless there is a sale , I have amazing memories of Strand book sale in Bangalore and Blossoms visit ! And of course , you HAVE to visit the sunday bazaar in Daryaganj once.. it is indeed a street of heaven 😀

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