I am MAD !!!

31 May

I am Mad!!!.

Mad at the CBSE and pissed at the school.

These schools insist that you buy books with them. This year they told us that there were a few books in short supply and they would be supplied later. Now (yesterday) they nonchalantly inform the kids that these books need to be purchased in shops outside. Apparently there is a shortage of printed books. Of course they also mentioned that they will “refund” the money (maybe they can refund the money AND pick up my petrol tab while I am running around to get these books).

Is this something that should be happening in 2007? I remember shortages of books in the ’70’s (remember the queues for Lekhak books?). Don’t the schools send out the number of students they have?

This is ridiculous. Now we are running from pillar to post trying to get these books. None of the shops mentioned by the school are carrying these books.

Anyone know of shops across Bangalore that carry CBSE books?


22 Responses to “I am MAD !!!”

  1. rk May 31, 2007 at 11:29 am #

    Dhanalakshmi Book Stores, Yeshwanthpur was the only place where we used to get all our CBSE books during my KV years.

  2. some body May 31, 2007 at 1:36 pm #

    as a stop gap measure, why don’t you download from the ncert site – or are the specific ones you are looking for not available? or does cbse no longer follow ncert?

    i know exactly what you are talking about – and maybe this is one reason why teachers are unable to finish the syllabus in time. when i was in school, we would have to run from pillar (pustak bhandar* near firayalal) to post (ideal bookstore*, sector three) trying to find the textbook – and it would be available (sometimes) a month or two after classes started. i specifically remember the long search and wait we had for ‘bharati bhag one’ (this was a standing joke in my family – a hinglish way of referring to a hindi textbook). the previous class had used rashtra bharati – I, and so we could not even use the second hand books from seniors.

    – s.b.

    * = places in the capital of jharkhand (i get envious of you guys referring to places in your childhood – this is probably my first opportunity to get back at you folks)

  3. Mysorean May 31, 2007 at 2:46 pm #

    Wish I could help. But my wishes are with you Vijay! 😀 Happy driving around!

  4. Veena May 31, 2007 at 4:48 pm #

    State syllabus allu ee problem idiya hege?

    I remember all our text book costs(late eighties) like 1.50 /- with karantaka sarkaara logo in the front. Total 69/- for all 6 text books. My elder brother being just an year elder to me(academically) I never got first hand books..! :-).. generally third language hindi or first language sanskrit were two text books that were not avaialble. We used honourably share it with our neighbours(xerox concept was emerging then I think)

    Yes, lekhak books were in demand that days, approximately 30/- ….

    S.b – you and jarkhand ? I thought somewhere from mangalore?


    You being in printing area why don’t you start printing the school text books. I read recently that one builder was pissed off with the too many interviews that the schools conducted for parents (in refernce to their kids admission), and he bought one school for himself and got his kids admitted… super idea alva?

  5. Chitra May 31, 2007 at 9:43 pm #

    I don’t know, but how about second hand books from his seniors? Or does the syllabus change every year? Second hand books are all I got all of my student life, since books were never available at the time when the schools re-opened. All the best!

  6. praneshachar June 1, 2007 at 4:21 am #

    Apart from Dhanalakshmi in Yeshwantpur there is one in Maleeswaram now on Sampige road and there is one in SAnjay nagar too. I agree it is a night mare to go around from place to place to buy these books.
    It is sheer madness of school management in not organising these things properly when they insist you to buy these books from them

    it is mad mad mad world

  7. silkboard June 1, 2007 at 5:49 am #

    came here to say the same thing s.b. said above. just print the books from NCERT site. with everything online now, CBSE should stop selling hard copy books.

  8. MP June 1, 2007 at 5:58 am #

    My poor wife stood at my kids’ school between 11am to 1pm with two other neighbours yesterday. Both our neighbours got the set of books for their kids, but to our luck they ran out of stock when it was my wife’s turn! And this was for LKG! They have now promised to make the books available on the 9th – saving grace being that we are spared the trouble of hunting around for the books.
    But the excuse given was that they ran out of the stock; they had not ordered as much as they “thought” they would need. Schools should not “think” how much they will need. They should “know” how much they will need. After all in this school too, all parents are obliged to buy the full set of material from the school only!
    (BTW, every year we are forced to buy 2 badges each, a pair of scissors, Glue sticks, art material, pencils, erasers, geometry boxes every single year, irrespective of whether you have all these stuff already from the previous year or not!)

  9. Ramesh NR June 1, 2007 at 6:13 am #


    Try Hema Stores on RV Road close to Lalbagh West Gate.

  10. Ramesh NR June 1, 2007 at 6:15 am #

    It is between Teahers college and Lalbagh West Gate fyi.

  11. Vijay June 1, 2007 at 6:41 am #

    @Veena: Unfortunately we are in pre-print (so I can give him a softcopy)..
    @Adi: Ye too shall go thru this.. laugh laugh for now 😉
    @Pranav: Will look into it…
    @Chitra: I have spoken to some of the seniors… my guy wants “NEW”… anyways I am getting some of these from a senior anyway.. should have thought about it in the first place
    @Ramesha: Alli kooda no stock
    @MP: That amazes me.. they have a list of kids in each class anyway… for the fees they charge ordering 10-15% extra wont be any skin of their back..

  12. bachodi June 1, 2007 at 7:04 am #

    Do they have “second hand books” concept ?

  13. Same Anon June 1, 2007 at 8:05 am #

    Hi Vijay,
    There is an NCERT textbook center on Banashankari ring road,,, after you drive past the outlet stores and kamakhya theatre. They also have a sales outlet there. My father has purchased a lot of books for my son there. I am not sure of the exact timings.. But if there is any confusion with the location, let me know…If you can find their phone number call them and ask them if they have the books that you are looking for. You should find what u are looking for there…

  14. TSSM June 1, 2007 at 12:59 pm #

    Try at the most popular book stores in Chennai.

    (School Book Division) (Chennai)
    No.4 , South Mada Street
    Mylapore ,
    Chennai – 600 004
    Ph : 044 – 24617181

    All CBSE books for 9th and 10th Std (except for Social studies) are available. You can order for the books from Bangalore and they will courier it to you.
    Payment through ICICI Bank, They are reliable .

    In case of need, contact me at 094440 51413. I will do the needful.

    with best wishes

  15. Vijay June 1, 2007 at 2:08 pm #

    Anon: Thanks for the tip

    TSSM: Thank you very much.. I will contact them… also thanks for your offer..

    Pranesh: Thanks for getting me the Sanskrit book

    Thank you EVERYONE for your tips…


  16. decemberstud June 2, 2007 at 1:30 am #

    Ahhh…the good old “People Book House” in Mysore, the ONLY place which carried CBSE textbooks. And, yes even I had tons of problems gettuing the textbooks on time.

    Some things never change….

  17. dinesh July 10, 2007 at 7:04 am #

    i want NCERT syllabus maths text for 7th class

  18. Neeraj Kumar December 27, 2007 at 11:02 am #

    I faced the same problem. some books i could get with Hema (Lalbag) or Saraswati (Bhashyam Circle), but some i couldn’t. everytime they would be out of stock. then i searched internet, and found a seller – http://www.books4u.in. try them.

  19. S December 6, 2008 at 5:55 am #


    I need study guide for Class XI English. Any names of shops, publciations?

  20. Vijay December 8, 2008 at 4:10 am #

    @S: Hema stores is your best bet…


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