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.
Signage: Medows Street, Fort
(presently Nagindas Master Road)
Medows Street holds the dubious distinction of the most corrupted street name in the city. Named after General Sir William Medows, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Bombay from 1788-90, the street was locally referred to as the Ingrez or Angrezi Bazaar since it housed a profusion of European shops. By the 1860s ‘Medows’ had been distorted to ‘Medow’ and subsequently ‘Meadow’ and ‘Meadows’.
The correct address can be found on the signboard of the Commercial Watch Company.