Welcome to KitabKhana

In The News

Fort Gets A New Bookstore

Fort Gets A New Bookstore

Never mind those rumours about Landmark opening at the Army & Navy building. The Fort area does indeed have a new bookstore, just not a chain one. Kitab Khana, which opened this week, might just serve some of the needs of South Bombay book lovers with its selection of English and Indian literature. Located on the ground floor of the 150-year-old Somaiya Bhavan, Kitab Khana is owned by Amrita and Samir Somaiya, who wanted a store where people would be encouraged to read and lounge about. “We want a space that will feel like a living room, where people can read a book and have a cup of coffee, a space that would lend itself to places in Europe or North America,” said Amrita Somaiya. “We want to offer Bombay one more shop to hang out at.”

Read More

This year, the festival is all about children.

This year, the festival is all about children.

From Saturday till the end of the next week, the lives of many city students may be subject to change. They will not have to stick to their classrooms to learn science and mathematics.

The Kala Ghoda Art Festival, designed this year to the theme of change, will offer a wide range of workshops and activities for children this year including workshops in science, literature, cinema, mathematics, and even robotics.

"We decided to expand the activities for children this year, and move beyond the usual fare of arts and crafts workshops," said Nuriya Rao, curator of children's activities at the festival. "There are several workshops that will teach children to assemble robots and perform science experiments," she said.

The annual festival, which brings in more than a lakh of visitors will begin on February 2. "This is the first time all sections under the festival have come together to take up the theme seriously, and have designed their events accordingly," said Brinda Miller, festival director.

"We also have several new venues this year for the festival, including Kitab Khana, Starbucks and Westside," she said.

The British Council and the Australian Consulate have collaborated with the event this year in the literature, music and dance events. To fit with the theme, the literature events that will be conducted at David Sassoon Library and Kitab Khana, has been titled 'Books of Change', and the heritage walk, that will take participants through iconic venues in South Bombay, is called 'Changescape'.

Read More

From Verse to Better

From Verse to Better

A global initiative called the 100 Thousand Poets of Change (TPC) has come to the city with a vision of change. The organisation, which aims at achieving “peace and sustainability” through the medium of poetry, was first initiated in March 2011 by US writers Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion.

It has also been recognised as a historical event by Stanford University in California. And this year, the movement has spread to 115 countries which have organised more than 700 poetry and musical events.

Read More

Springtime in Bombay

Springtime in Bombay

It was a fall of sorts that found Kitab Khana come to life: 43-year-old industrialist, Samir Somaiya and his wife, Amrita chanced upon some funky bookstores in Upstate New York - a secondhand bookstore called Autumn Leaves and The Bookery at Ithaca.

Store Info

કોઈને ઉપયોગી થવાની તક ના ખોવી -ક.જે. સોમૈયા

New Arrivals