Got this email in my inbox today…

Dear Book Rewards Member,Due to cessation of lease, our store at Junglee Maharaj Road or popularly known as JM road will be closing at the end of June 2008. However we are delighted to tell you that we know have 9 Crossword Bookstores spread across the Pune city! We are also opening two new Crossword stores at Krome Mall (Hadapsar Road) and Ishanya Mall (Airport Road) shortly.

Be assured that all your present benefits are valid in all Crossword stores. However if you wish to redeem your Book Rewards points in JM ROAD, simply visit our website at www.crosswordbookstores.com, access your Book Rewards account*, print your points statement and carry the same to the store before Monday, 30th June 2008.

All our associates in JM Road thank you for your support and hope to see you soon in our new stores in PUNE.

Though it will be a bother for those staying around the Deccan Gymkhana area, I’ve personally not been to Crossword for quite some time now. In fact, the only Crossword stores that I did go to were the ones in shopping malls, again, infrequently.

Maybe I prefer Landmark, which opened in Camp last year. They seem to have more books, and better books in some categories. There is of course, nothing to beat the smalltime vendors, who sell second hand books as well as the latest ones, all from their little shacks. Over the years, I’ve picked up several bargains and out of print books from such places.