The Undying Spirit of Café Leopold in MumbaiIn November 2008, the heartbeat of Indian finance was in the grips of terrorists that many believe were bred outside the Indian Territory. The attacks were targeted at the affluent Indian and overseas community frequenting the hotels of Mumbai. As the horrors unfolded, many doubted if this was the beginning of the end of the business community’s interest in Mumbai.
Café Leopold was also the theatre of horrific scenes when armed gunmen opened fire on visitors enjoying their meals on a lively Saturday. The damage that followed was unimaginable in terms of loss of lives and physical damage. For a couple of days, the horror would persist amidst televised conflict. Remarkably though, Café Leopold reopened its gates to visitors just four days after the incident.
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Café Leopold was set up in 1871. In the initial years, it was the watering hole for the city’s outlaws. The transition to its modern day avatar as a popular destination for foreign nationals was gradual. The century old café has seen a lot in its history and the attacks of 2008 shall remain the trough of its otherwise great history. The eatery has an air of antiquity about it.
However, the Leopold Café was not isolated in showcasing the gritty nature of the city. Hardly a month passed by before the Taj opened its doors for visitors. The case was similar for the other locations hit by the attack. All these establishments showcase the resolute stand that the community has taken against such pseudo forms of warfare.
Mumbai is a mystique for many. The streets of the city are lined by businesses that began several decades ago. Even the today the city holds vestiges of the colonial period and houses historical places of interest.