Kolkata has a rich history of literature and bookshops. It has an almost 1.5 km long street entirely dedicated to bookstores, known as “College Street”( lovingly called “boipara” by the Bengalis), a place that all the bookworms of the city swear by. Apart from that, it’s really hard to find a locality in this city, however small it might be,that doesn’t have even a tiny bookstore. From the earliest days of Rabindranath Tagore and Shakespeare to Sunil Gangopadhyay and Salman Rushdie, Kolkata has been satiating the booklovers since a really long time. In this series, we are cultivating the streets of our city in order to find the absolute go-to places for bibliophiles of Kolkata and to help other booklovers find new stores every day.
The Oxford Bookstore, located in Park Street, is a fairly big place with a decent amount of books. It has quite a versatile collection, ranging from epics like “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey”, Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, “King Lear” and other plays, to classic novels of Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, our native literary giants like Rabindranath Tagore, Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay, Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Ashapurna Devi and the modern works of Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan, Jhumpa Lahiri. The owners have also thrown in a number of comic books and other renowned young adult books, like Tintin, Asterix, X-men comic books, “Harry Potter series”, “Hunger Games series” and “Divergent series” into the mix, to attract children and other young readers as well. It also has a decent collection of non-fiction books on various topics, from politics, psychology, art works to sports and films.
Apart from books, you can also find notebooks, pens and other utilities. The store is adorned with some really nice décor, with the predominantly wooden aesthetic coming across as really soothing. You can also dig in a sandwich or muffin, along with maybe a coffee or hot chocolate in the “cha bar” located inside the very bookstore. All the classical music lovers are also in for some treat to their ears, as this place has a very soulful playlist consisting of the who’s-who of European classical music, from Mozart, Beethoven to Bach and Chopin.
However, if you are looking for a discount you’ll not find that here, they sell for the original cost, though not necessarily overpriced. So do come in here on a lazy afternoon or after an exhausting evening, sink in your thoughts with a book of your choice in your hand. Oxford bookstore will not disappoint you.