7 Dec 2011


The Volga.

Most cities in India used to have and continues to have at least one Volga bar, restaurant or hotel. Even Mumbai has one. It's a hotel behind Leopold.

Today, it would be strange that a new affordable bar, restaurant or lodge would be named after a river that is considered the Ganges of Russia. But then, the Volgas of Indian cities were named during Soviet days and catered to the working class. The stories of wars and struggles along the river probably resonated or just the Soviet idea would have given macho meaning to the strong rum drinking Comrades (or whatever they drank those days) from those forgotten years.

Sam, tweets from Bangalore to inform me that the other popular name from that era is Tashkent, a city that was part of the former USSR and for us Indians, forever associated with the talks with Pakistan, where then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri represented us.

There's no popular Russian word for cheers, so let's just say Laal Salaam to BJP, Trinamool and similar surviving communists of our days from Volga.


Curry Spice said...

thats a damn cool signage and a damn cool story.

Slogan Murugan aka M S Gopal said...

Thank you. Watch this space for more. More coming next week.

Adhish said...

Notice that the name says Volga II. I believe there was a Volga near Fort where Volga Paan House is now. Perhaps that was the originial? I think the paan house was right next to the restaurant and outlived it.

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