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Celebrate World Stationery Day by scoring supplies from these great stores across India

Stationery is part necessity, part nostalgia. Some of us just don’t get over our love of the smell of fresh notebooks, coloured pencils, paints, and brushes, long after we’re done with school.

On April 25, the world celebrates these artistic implements and so should you!

Indulge in your love of stationery and celebrate World Stationery Day by writing a handwritten note or stocking up at one of these stationery stores closest to you.

1. Sita Ram Stationers, Delhi

Synonymous for quality stationery since 1975, this massive store in Lajpat Nagar market is art heaven.

Everything from paperclips to engineering and craft tools from Indian and imported brands are sold here at wholesale rates.

“A new academic year in school meant that we had to visit Sita Ram. Even today, I visit this store for all my college project needs,” says Akriti Gupta, a fashion design student.

The store’s basement stocks paper, canvas, and cardboard items, while the ground and first floor holds an inventory that will make artists and stationery hoarders go nuts!

More details here.

2. GC Laha, Kolkata

Calcutta’s gentry and fine artists have made a beeline to this institution since 1907. You should too if you’re looking for the widest range of art materials and office supplies at the best prices.

From the cheapest newsprint paper to the poshest notebooks, this Dharmatala store with vintage chequered flooring has it all.

More details here.

3. Veerat Paper Bazaar, Mumbai

Tucked away on Bandra’s busy Station Road, it’s quite possible to entirely miss the tiny door to this paper paradise.

I’ve been visiting this craft supply store for its astounding range of handmade and recycled paper varieties since many years now.

Apart from writing and art instruments, Veerat also stocks photo frames, quilling materials, modelling tools, DIY kits, colourful envelopes, spray cans, and funky message bottles.

All products are reasonably priced and you’ll save even more when buying in bulk.

More details here.

4. Venus Traders, Pune

Starting off in iconic Budhwar Peth, this stationery superstore chain now has five outlets spread across the city.

Punekars swear by this beloved store that sells everything from everyday stationery and computer and office items to art supplies from leading global brands at discounted prices.

“We would have to depend on stores in Mumbai if Venus wasn’t around,” says Dayanand Shirke, a 22-year-old art student.

More details here.

5. Bhaskar Art Centre, Bangalore

Avenue Road is famous for its stationery market and Bhaskar Art Centre remains one of the top stores here.

A wholesale shop dealing in art supplies and drawing equipment, they also have an outlet in the basement of Chitrakala Parishath — Bangalore’s premier art college and museum.

Easels, paints, canvases, pencils, acrylics, and imported fine art papers are their speciality. The store continues to be known for its A-grade inventory that is offered at discounted rates.

More details here.

6. Deccan Pen Stores, Hyderabad

Started in late 1920s, the beloved flagship store in Abids has had Nizami royalty and movie stars as regular customers.

Pens are their speciality — and they are one of India’s last few remaining fountain pen makers and repairers. A handmade Deccan fountain pen is still a statement of quality and style; I own a couple and attest to this fact personally!

Other stationery items are also available. Courteous salesmen, staggering range of pens, and the interesting history of the Siddique brothers make this store a true winner.

More details here.

Image Credit: Nikhil Mudaliar

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Mineli Goswami is a 24-year-old Assamese-East Indian, which usually translates into pretty good weekend feasts. When she’s not at her desk struggling with poetry – more often than she’d like – she’s seen wasting time on an assortment of things such as lugging an antique SLR, breaking nails climbing boulders, and chasing turtles. She’s graduated in history and has an unofficial PhD in Bandra-style jiving.

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