This is a guest post by Gurpreet Singh Tikku
Today a familiar face was doing rounds all across the internet and it didn’t take me long to realise that he is the ever gracious gentleman Boman Kohinoor Sahab of “Britannia & Co, Mumbai” fame. Kohinoor Sahab (I love to call him Sahab) shall be turning 94 this year however his energy levels would put a 40 year old to shame.
He was in the news because of his meeting with Prince William and Kate Middleton during their India visit a day back.The meeting was result of a short video that Condé Nast Traveler Had put together where Kohinoor Sahab expressed his Love for British Monarchy and his desire to meet the Royal Couple during their India visit.
While reading the post, I got transported to Bombay when I got an opportunity to visit his restaurant in 2013. We were a group of 12 hungry Souls and when we reached Britannia &Co. we saw him standing at the entrance . I had seen his pictures earlier and knew that we are looking at a Legend. A Legend who at this time and age could have easily resting at home tending to his Cars & Cats.
A Legend who could have easily Sub-leased this prime property to hundreds of Brands who are after him and make a regular income that would be much more than he earns from the restaurant even after putting his Mind, Boyd and Soul in it.
However, this man not only owns the restaurant till date but also spends good 4-5 hours daily at the restaurant seeing that things are in order and sometimes taking Food orders from Patrons, like he did from us.
We greeted him and he smiled wide and welcomed us inside. Before we could say anything, he asked his servers to join tables for us so that we could sit together
Every nook and corner of the restaurant spoke of Olden Golden Days. The Checkered Linen, The Old Almirah, The Photos, the Quotations and yes the Instructions for the diners too.
Like the one in the Pic below.
Some of them may look offensive but that is the way Parsis are. They are clear in telling you what they expect from you and expect you to act accordingly.
I was clear that we HAD TO ORDER BERRY PULAO, however I wanted to scan the menu for other things.
However, Then I witnessed a shade over me and that was Kohinoor Sahab behind me with a Paper Pad and a pen. He asked “What would you like to order Son?” And when a person of such stature asks you something, then You can only say one sentence, “Whatever you Suggest Sir” and I did the same.
He smiled and took an order for Patrani Macchi, Berry Pulao in Chicken and in Mutton, Lemonade and the legendary Pallonjee’s Rasberry Soda.
While we waited for the food, I saw Kohinoor Sahab moving in and around the restaurant, sometimes inside the Kitchen and sometimes to cash Counter. After a few minutes he would talk to the guests and ask their feedback and other moment he would be out of the restaurant again to see if any more Food Lovers like us are coming over.
All this made my belief stronger in the Saying that “Age is Just a number”
After we paid the bill and moved out, He gathered all of us at the gate and before we could ask, he asked if we can get a picture together and we wasted no time and seized the opportunity to get a pic clicked with this legend Kohinoor Sahab!
Hoping to be in Bombay soon and experience some more shine from this Kohinoor.
Long Live his Tribe …
Gurpreet Singh Tikku , an Entrepreneur, a Blogger, a Speaker and most amazingly he is someone who is known for his most vibrant energy that makes everyone around him so full of life. He believes there is story in everything one just need to notice and appreciate it.