Interiors: Café Samovar (1964)
Jehangir Art Gallery, Esplanade Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort (presently Mahatma Gandhi Road).
Samovar’s single chai (tea) priced at a reassuring Rs 5 has comforted a clientele of artists, writers, musicians, tourists and researchers over the decades.
After a hard day of reading and maneuvering at the Maharashtra State Archives across the road, researchers make their way to Samovor at 5:30 pm and are happy to find prices that have some resemblance to those on the documents they study.
Hashim Badani gets a waiter’s attention.