Signage: The National Hindu Lodge
1st Floor, Prathna Samaj, New Queen’s Road.
It was probably the presence of a large number of modern facilities such as lodges, hotels and hospitals, that were meant for the exclusive use of particular communities that led to the term ‘Cosmopolitan’ being included in the names of establishments that were open to all.
Cosmopolitan Restaurant & Stores, a corner cafe across the National Hindu Lodge at Prathna Samaj is a good example of that.
Doors: Cosmopolitan Restaurant & Stores
Sir Hurkisondas Nurrotumdas Hospital, junction of Sandhurst Road and New Queen’s Road.
In Irani restaurants and bakeries across Bombay horseshoes are found at the entrances of the establishments. They symbolise good luck.
Humin Irani of Cosmopolitan Restaurant & Stores explains that his grandfather and father were very interested in the ‘spiritual line’; they prayed at the store counter, fasted, read people’s faces and befriended Israeli tourists of a spiritual bent.
Humin asks ‘Have you read The laws of the Spirit World ?’ ‘No? I will give you a copy’.
Picture by Hashim Badani who is very interested in the ‘photography line’.