A series that documents Mumbai's disappearing Iranian Cafes started by Persian settlers in the 19th century.
These 100 year old cafes with their faded, time-capsule interiors and speciality dishes are an eccentric part of the fabric of Mumbai. They are democratic and inclusive places where people of all socio cultural backgrounds meet. They are also sadly a dying breed. In 1950 there were 500 of them; now only a handful survive.
Many of these cafes hold sought-after positions in street corners of South Bombay. Despite the prime real estate, their longevity is now threatened. While most of the current proprietors took over the cafes from their parents - the younger generation is not interested in running them.