India Coffee House..

One of these days when a big noisy bunch of us were roaming around MG Road, brooding about the diminishing green patch, we barged into India Coffee House for breakfast. Restless for photographs that we were, we walked all around the tiny place that ICH is, disturbed everyone and were eventually herded to the first floor that was completely empty in the morning.


The staff there were friendly and warm to the enthusiastic photographers disturbing their daily activities – like bumping into them and stopping them for a photograph, subtly getting the staff to pose and even barging into their kitchen. It is this barging into the kitchen that threw me into surprise. They used charcoal ovens for all their cooking. No LPG or any other means! I wondered why, and noticed that little has changed in ICH since the day the place was opened.

Mahesh, the manager there was friendly and welcoming and explained all about the place. “It is 50 years for our establishment,” said he, “but the building is much older; see it is still strong and does not need any repair but for a few minor patches. They did not even use any cement in the building. But next year, we are closing this place. We have a new building that is nearly ready in Avenue Road. We will be moving there.” I asked why did they have to move and if it has something to do with the Metro work. He said the owner of the building wanted them to clear the place, and will probably build something new in its place.

Charcoal ovens

So it is another year or so before another landmark in Bangalore is going to come down. Savour the place as much as you can before it is gone!

Off topic, I was seeing all the Metro Rail construction going on, replacing the greenery on the other side of MG Road. It is difficult for me to understand all the noises that are going on about tree felling and construction activity. It is true that the lane is a great landmark of Bangalore fondly recalled by all of us. It is true that some trees have to make way. But should we not sacrifice little things in life for a greater cause? A Metro Rail is a hundred times more beneficial to the environment of the city and we must keep that in mind. I am a treehugger myself, but a little thinking tells me easily that the green patch is giving way for something very good. I suggest people protesting against tree felling to spend the same time in 1) Trying to find another place and plant more trees, and ensure that they actually grown up 2) Push or protest if necessary for BMRCL to restore the greenery once the work is complete.

18 Comments so far

  1. Rajesh (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 10:24 am

    great post, I love to be there in India coffee house for a quick dosa and a coffee, that’s the only savior left on this busy road to sit back and relax while on the shopping turf, here is my tribute to India coffee house…

  2. Chitra (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 10:46 am

    Nice post! It is sad that ICH is going to move, infact I am really surprised that it has still not, just seeing how everything old has no place in the city anymore. I have written about ICH here.

  3. anita (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 11:05 am

    charming place. and definitely one of those old world institutions of bangalore that will be missed when it closes down.

    It is true that some trees have to make way. But should we not sacrifice little things in life for a greater cause? A Metro Rail is a hundred times more beneficial to the environment of the city and we must keep that in mind. – You’re right. We have to make way for development. But that doesn’t stop (or cannot stop us) from expressing our sadness at what has to be given up in the process. But I did read that they’re going to re-plant some of the older trees somewhere nearby and that’s definitely good news.

  4. Chitra (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 11:18 am

    Yes, Arun. Have to agree with Anita. Emotion is a whole different thing. Understanding of the issue on hand is one thing, handling the sadness, yet another!

  5. Lokesh (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 11:22 am

    Coffee House moving is a major development. Like Chitra says I suppose it had to happen. MG Road is a great location for this kind of place. MG Road will not be the same without this place. Will miss their coffee & cutlets.

  6. Ravi (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 11:28 am

    “Savour the place as much as you can before it is gone”

    You bet! Masala Dosa & Scrambled egg on toast – here I come! (perhaps a post too?!)

  7. Ragav (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 11:37 am

    Great Post Arun.. Nice Pics..

  8. R.A. Levin (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 12:39 pm

    I hope they’re not moving to make way for a Starbucks. :(


  9. Which Main? What Cross? (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 1:55 pm

    lovely pics . more please ….

  10. Rajiv4Ever (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 3:55 pm

    ‘Another one bite the dust…’by the strong stroke of TIME one more land mark is about to bite the dust, its very sad that ICH won’t get that much attention in any other road than MG Road. Now only cafe day and others will rule the MG Road.

  11. Arun (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 5:10 pm

    Thanks for the comments folks.. I guess all these are part of the evolution process that we have to accept and move on, weather we like it or not..

  12. Briju Prasad (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 6:03 am

    Thank you for the post Arun,
    I am really disappointed at the imminent closure of the Indain coffee house………..such a shame,
    I can remember as a kid being taken to Plaza cinema and being treated at ICH……well good old days drifting past………well the city will move on but not my memories I guess..

  13. Shabari (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 12:40 pm
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