Suresh Shah, the founder of one of the largest book stores, Sapna Book House, passes away at 84

The owner of Sapna Book House, Suresh Shah, took his last breath in Bengaluru after testing positive for Coronavirus in April.

He moved from Mumbai to Bengaluru to give people, one of the largest book chains in India. The owner of Sapna Book House, Suresh Shah passed away on May 25 after developing cardiac issues. The 84-year-old was tested positive for Coronavirus and was admitted to a hospital on May 1 in Seshadripuram.


Early life of Suresh Shah

Suresh Shah hailed from Mumbai and used to work as a porter at the Dadar railway station. However, he had later joined a PocketBook Distributing Company in sales in Mumbai and had gone up to be the manager and later, headed a new branch in Chennai. He decided to open his venture due to which he moved to Bengaluru at the age of 27 in 1965. After two years, in 1968, he opened the Sapna Book House at a small location.

Currently, the book house is located at various places across Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. One 40,000 square-foot book house situated in Gandhinagar had also won the Limca Book of Records for being the largest bookshop in India.


Now run by Shah’s grandson Nijesh Shah, the book house was once popular for promoting Kannada authors and literature. During the celebrations of the 55th year in 2011, this book house had released 55 books in Kannada. In contemporary times, book stores primarily sell educational textbooks. 

The inspiring story of Suresh Shah and his determination towards his work will continue to inspire young entrepreneurs for ages. May his soul rest in peace.

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