T.N. Shanbag of Strand Book Stall is dead

February 27th, 2009 - 7:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Feb 27 (IANS) T.N. Shanbag, the bookseller to celebrities, opinion makers and the high and mighty in India, died at his home here Friday, a family friend said.
The owner of the Strand Book Stall, which grew from a small bookshop to a mega-brand, the 85-year-old is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

Shanbag was honoured a Padma Shri and had been unwell for some weeks.

He launched the Strand Book Stall in 1948. With his personalised service as well as keen understanding of the diverse reading habits and tastes of his clientele, it soon became a place frequented by the Who’s Who of the country.

Among his regular customers were India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Dalit leader B.R. Ambedkar, former presidents S. Radhakrishnan and A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, scientists Vikram Sarabhai and Homi Bhabha, leading writers, military personnel and diplomats.

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