" Stress is coming soon ... "

Welcome to Cafe Kyani

A list of prohibitions in a Muslim cafe greets the customer. Bombay's restaurants, libraries, government buildings and streets are filled with rules, prohibitions and warnings. And no one seems to mind when they are all roundly ignored. As Pico Iyer observed, "In Bombay, no one ever shuts up -- or down -- so a trip down any sidewalk is like a journey through a bubble-filled cartoon strip, in which everything chatters away at you with the overconfident volume of a man who's drunk too much at the office Christmas party. 'Do Not Touch Leave-out Items,' demanded a bus. 'Stress is coming soon,' piped the sticker on the back of a so-called Tourist Vehicle."


Further chapters of Bombay Bazaar:
images 12 - 22
images 23 - 30