Irani cafes- the symbols of a bygone era

They were the quintissential social interaction venues and gave Bombay its vibe

I grew up in Bombay, now renamed Mumbai, in the 50s and early 60s. The city still had streetcars called trams that plowed every major road and provided cheap accessible transportation. It also boasted around 350 Irani cafes. Today there are a couple dozen left…