Trilogy is set up by The Eternal Library, a library consultancy firm founded by Ahalya and Meethil Momaya, and is based in Mumbai.
We are passionate about books, reading, bookstores, libraries, publishing, writing, and generally try to be very devout bibliophiles. We are absolutely certain we got married only after our own bookshelves merged. It seemed inevitable somehow once David Attenborough and Terry Pratchett sat together side by side, and when Alexander McCall Smith and Ansel Adams exchanged bookshelves, we decided to tie the knot too.
How did we end up loving books and reading so much? As with every other deep passion, it’s a love affair that began when we were yay high. The parents and grandparents, avid readers themselves, nudged us pretty firmly towards a reading habit. Our teachers seemed to recognise the fledgling bookworms in us, and gave us plenty to munch on.
Add to the mix a benign librarian, friends who still turn up with books and bookstore vouchers on birthdays, and our own long-winded relationship with the written word and we can’t exactly say when books became more important to us than a night out, a movie, the latest in bling, or lycra hotpants. Once we lost ourselves in books, life was never the same again. We spend meal times reading books, analysing reading trends, decoding writing styles, and being extremely judgmental about movies based on books.
Yes, we love being readers. But we love even more knowing that through Trilogy and The Eternal Library we can share our reading experiences and do all we can to promote reading and the writing of great books.
Ahalya Naidu is a professional bibliophage, digging up word histories, curating collections for corporate and personal libraries, understanding bookmaking and typography as an art, as well as bookstore and library design. Ahalya has a special interest in books for children, and science and nature writing for those readers without a science background.
Meethil Momaya, an international award-winning nature photographer seeks meanings in compositions — be it picture or prose. He believes that to be timeless, pictures should evoke an emotion and prose should evoke a picture.
His work was recently exhibited in a solo show at the Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.