The Irani Café : A gastronomic experience heading towards extinction

The two videos below are created by “indiandocumentaries” and are posted on youtube.

Reader Dara Acidwalla also informs us of an article: The Quivering Café – The Touch of Iran in Mumbai compiled by Bhanu Pratap Singh and written/edited by A. Swarup

 

Inheritance of Loss: Part I

When the Zoroastrian Iranians came to India in the 19th century, they had no riches and were in search of a better livelihood. Mumbai (Bombay), at that time, was already home to another Zoroastrian community, the Parsis. A couple of Iranians worked in Parsi homes as caretakers and met in the evenings to discuss the life they had left behind, and their future prospects. One evening, a man served tea to everyone and charged them a small amount. The result: A business was born, of serving tea. And this was the beginning of an Irani café.

 

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Inheritance of Loss: Part II

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  • Dara Acidwalla

    Arzan !
    – Irani Restaurant Instructions by Nissim Ezekiel -P L E A S EDo not spitDo not sit morePay promptly, time is invaluableDo not write letterWithout order refreshmentDo not combHair is spoiling floorDo not make mischief’s in cabinOur waiter is reportingCome againAll are welcome whatever casteIf not satisfied tell usOtherwise tell others.GOD IS GREATTo that i would addP L E A S EDo not copy An avid You Tube-er i have seen Inheritance of loss Part-1Uploaded by indiandocumentaries on May 5, 2010http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG-Xn8HPFSwAlso i am aware that a lot of the words were fromBhanu Pratap Singh’s photo essay calledThe Quivering Cafe -The Touch of Iran in Mumbai which appeared on EMAHO on July 20, 2011.dara

  • Dara Acidwalla

    Arzan !
    – Irani Restaurant Instructions by Nissim Ezekiel -P L E A S EDo not spitDo not sit morePay promptly, time is invaluableDo not write letterWithout order refreshmentDo not combHair is spoiling floorDo not make mischief’s in cabinOur waiter is reportingCome againAll are welcome whatever casteIf not satisfied tell usOtherwise tell others.GOD IS GREATTo that i would addP L E A S EDo not copy An avid You Tube-er i have seen Inheritance of loss Part-1Uploaded by indiandocumentaries on May 5, 2010http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG-Xn8HPFSwAlso i am aware that a lot of the words were fromBhanu Pratap Singh’s photo essay calledThe Quivering Cafe -The Touch of Iran in Mumbai which appeared on EMAHO on July 20, 2011.dara

  • Dara

    I came across this video for the first time and posted it here. The text is the synopsis that accompanies the video on youtube.

    I dont understand your point here.

     

  • Dara

    I came across this video for the first time and posted it here. The text is the synopsis that accompanies the video on youtube.

    I dont understand your point here.

     

  • Dara Acidwalla

    Thanks for making the changes.

  • Dara Acidwalla

    Thanks for making the changes.

  • Benifer and Porus Irani

    Wow maneh bahut yaad avech aprah youngsters nah divas ….  Su hatu aneh su thai gayuch yaar !!  Still few left continue thriving……..  as malls and skyscrapers should not capture these aprah IRANI Cafes.

    Good luck !!  BRITANIA – MILITARY – YAZDANI – CAFE MUMBAI CENTRAL (was my grandfather’s)….  Go IRANI’s Go !!

  • Benifer and Porus Irani

    Wow maneh bahut yaad avech aprah youngsters nah divas ….  Su hatu aneh su thai gayuch yaar !!  Still few left continue thriving……..  as malls and skyscrapers should not capture these aprah IRANI Cafes.

    Good luck !!  BRITANIA – MILITARY – YAZDANI – CAFE MUMBAI CENTRAL (was my grandfather’s)….  Go IRANI’s Go !!