Partners: Café Military
Ali Chamber, Medows Street, Fort (presently Nagindas Master Road).
At 3 everyday
when Shirin walks into Military Café,
Behram is content,
That the day is spent.
Now for some quality time,
for newspapers and tea,
with his lovely Mrs Khosravi.
Partner: Café Military
(1933) Ali Chamber, Medows Street, Fort (presently Nagindas Master Road).
Back in the 1960s, riding his Triumph Tiger 100, Behram Khosravi was so tough that even Bombay’s local roughs- Mahim’s Alex Dada, Matunga’s Narayan Papaya, Shivaji Park’s Bhaskar Rao and Dadar’s Mania Surve- all kept a safe distance. Behram would cruise around Bombay and beyond supervising his father’s bakeries and restaurants spread across the city as well as manage the family’s vadis (orchards) located in the hinterland.
Today at 76, wearing a red Budweiser tee, his mean machine is a black and yellow taxi which he takes from his home in Mazagon to his restaurant Café Military at Medows Street.
Furniture: Café Military (1933)
Ali Chamber, Tamarind Lane, Fort (presently M. Shetty Marg).
The café, through its title, brings back the military presence at the heart of the Fort locality, where it rightly belongs.
In the 1800’s the Fort was filled with establishments catering to the needs of the forces-army saddlers, military and naval outfitters, mess, army and general agents, hotels.
Bombaywalla looks forward to meeting the ever-smiling, adorable proprietor, featured at end of this video.
This photo and more to follow, establish Hashim Badani as a people’s person and photographer.