Introducing our next passion project: a four-part documentary that celebrates the man behind Bangalore’s most cherished bookstore, Blossom Book House. Affectionately referred to as Blossoms.
From the streets of MG Road to an iconic landmark, join us as we unravel Mayi Gowda's journey, page by page, chapter by chapter.
As we shadowed the man, collecting stories for our documentary, we realised how humility and hard work helped blossom a dream. From selling books on the pavement to running multi-storied bookstores in the heart of Bangalore, Mayi Gowda really built his dream book by book, customer by customer.
We let Mayi narrate the story of Blossoms Book House in this documentary. Also joining us are eminent authors and Blossom regulars who have come together to celebrate 20 years of this book lover's paradise.
Blossom Book House. An iconic institution with humble beginnings, built by a boy from Mysore. Chapter I of Celebrating Blossoms traces the journey of young Mayi Gowda, and the challenges he faced in his early life. Joining Mayi in reflection are notable authors and regular customers, Ram Guha and Shoba Narayan, who paint a portrait of the bookstore’s early years.
Chapter 2 illustrates the journey Mayi Gowda made, from selling books on the pavements of MG Road to building one of Bangalore’s most iconic bookstores. From discovering the rarest printed editions to finding artefacts inside books, this chapter also brings together delightful anecdotes from several Blossom regulars—among whom are celebrated authors Ramchandra Guha and Kavitha Mandana.
Chapter 3 captures the myriad of sentiments behind Blossoms and its regulars. From digging deep into the piles of books to finding little treasures like signed copies of first editions, the chapter concurrently celebrates Mayi Gowda's success in expanding into a multistoried bookstore.
Chapter 1 of Celebrating Blossoms made news, as we were featured on the New Indian Express—click here to access the article.