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Inconspicuously located off a thoroughfare, Art Book Center has now become a must-see place for booklovers from near and far.
Atreasure trove of rare Indian art books and special editions, this shop will enchant any book aficionado. The shop's bright exterior compels a second glance while the interior feels warm and familiar with ethnic decorations and hangings. The bookstore carries an unparalleled selection. The friendly owners, Manharbhai and his son Ketan, have knowledge on nearly every single title.
Meriting a mention in Lonely Planet's guide to India and other travel guides, it is not very easy to locate this iconic bookshop. But it attracts booklovers from all over the world for its
magnificent collection of rare, out-of-print, and new books on Indian miniature paintings, architecture, and textiles.
Art Book Center is housed in an old building which was earlier the residence of its founder, Manharbhai. He had worked in a bookshop and later held a fuiltime job. Books were a passion for him and his experience in the bookshop which specialized in out-of-print and rare books helped him to branch on his own. Initially, the collection was very modest and Manharbhai mailed lists to booklovers and libraries to solicit business.
Soon, Manharbhai set up this bookshop in once his residence in 1970. This was open only on weekends owing to his commitments elsewhere. Slowly, the collection of books grew as did the business. Word of mouth publicity ensured that the steady flow of visitors became a torrent. The bookshop is now open all days.
You climb a flight of steps and enter brightly lit rooms where you see only books neatly stacked.
Rare and out-of print-books mingle with new titles. Your inquiry for a title will be met with immediate response and it will appear before you if it is in stock. Else, it will be procured and mailed to you in no time. Art Book Center has earned the trust of booklovers all over the world for its prompt service.
The selection of books is impeccable and what you buy will depend entirely on your purse!!
After his retirement from Dept. of Mathematics, Gujarat University, Manharbhai remains present in the bookshop throughout the day. He leads a simple life with his children though he lost his wife seven years ago, who was an inspiration to him to run Art Book Center.
His slogan is: "Work slowly and silently to achieve something that will give you life long satisfaction. That is the success I believe."
His motto: customer satisfaction.
A visit here will raise your spirit and drain your wallet, quipped a visitor long ago.
So, come soon and get lost in this treasure of books.