The cat-reading-a-book emoji is the best way to describe Trilogy, a bookstore and library that has dared to enter Bandra’s tom cat territory – Chimbai. Where there are cats there is fish and where there is fish, there are flies. We see many hovering above the shelves here; it’s no coincidence that Bread is Gold is where they seem to congregate.
Maybe the flies will be gone after monsoon’s last stubborn spell, leaving you alone to feast on books curated by owners Meethil, a wildlife photographer and Ahalya, an ex publisher.
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Trilogy (previously at Raghuvanshi Mills) may not have every title you ask for, but what they lack in volume, they make up for in personalization. There is an eye and mind behind the selection, reminiscent of Virat’s from Wayword & Wise. The owners are usually at the store, and happy to take you through their categories – World War II History (amazing collection), gender studies and feminist literature (still growing), art (great for gifting);plus general fiction titles with little notes scrawled next to them (the Owen Wilson note pinned to next to a copy of The Happy Reader will make you chuckle). Shelves are also dedicated to independent publishers like Seagull, Yoda and Tara; and a big room in the back is just for kids without the board-game-jigsaw-puzzle-doll-house vibe of Crossword. It’s just about the books.
Upstairs, a library lets you become a member for Rs 300 a month, and rent a large volume of excellent books (we found Ali Smith’s Autumn, The Overstory by Richard Powers; Sally Rooney’s Normal People) as well as magazines like Monocle and The New Yorker, which you can cart home or read in the sea-facing nook here. A bpb writer asked and was told that book donations are not accepted, which is a pity because we have a whole case of already-read novels waiting for a new mom. We’re sure you do too.
On the stairs you will spy several wildlife photographs taken by Mithil, but it is clear by this store’s effort that all he wants to do is save the most endangered species of them all – the reader. So tell your friends about Trilogy, heck, take them there, but prepare them for the shabby entrance lane that leads up to the store. And outside, if you see an overdressed Bandra millennial looking to “get a drink at Trilogy”, hit them over the head with a tome and tell them that the Tham brothers have nothing to do with this establishment.
Getting there: 1 Carter Road, Chimbai, next to Jogger’s Park, Bandra (W), call 8080590590, library memberships start at Rs 300
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