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Down memory lane

What: Launch of a book, Flurys.

When: December 20.

Where: Flurys, Park Street.

The launch: The history of Flurys has been tied up with the history of Park Street from its inception in the 1920s as a tearoom that offered confections and savouries along with tea, coffee and conversation. It is in this spirit that columnist and writer Bachi Karkaria has put together a book on Flurys, penning different stories and anecdotes. It is a personal insight into the lives that have intersected in this tearoom.

“It is basically a collection of memories of visitors and staff members who have formed a part of the Flurys family,” said Priya Paul, chairperson, Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels.

The historical fragments in the book bind together the changes in the city’s social fabric over time. For example, how the growing strength of the Marwari community influenced the inclusion of Baked Beans on Toast in the menu with the ingenious addition of onions and chillies, which made it one of the most popular and fastest sellers. “Park Street is a short street with a long lineage and Flurys occupies a place of prominence on it,” smiled Bachi.

The book is a coffee table edition available at the Flurys outlets on Park Street and Alipore as well as Oxford Bookstore. It is priced at Rs 1,500.

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