Vidya Virkar, Managing Partner of the iconic Strand Book Stall, is the daughter of the highly respected late book veteran, Padmashri T.N. Shanbhag.
25 yrs ago, upon returning to India after her studies and sojourns abroad, she partnered her father and opened and managed six more branches of Strand Book Stall in Bangalore and other cities. Recently however, in keeping with global trends, she has closed all those six stores, but still runs the Mumbai flagship store.
Vidya has had an eclectic career path which she believes culminated in her ability to appreciate and run an eclectic bookstore like Strand.