In Photos: Tales From Merwan’s, Capturing Stories From The Irani Cafe One Frame At A Time

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Some time ago, Raul wrote about Mumbai's century old Irani cafe and bakery Merwan's shutting down and why you must pay a visit before it does. Last evening I stumbled upon a Facebook group, Tales From Merwan's, that is dedicated to capturing the essence of the eatery in photographs. Started by Raj Lalwani and Kashish Parpiani, talented young photographers from Mumbai, the aim is to preserve the last few days of this iconic bakery for posterity, so we may not forget. I enjoy documentary photography immensely because of it's inherent candour. Nothing is staged and there are no props, just the candid moment, frozen in time. That is exactly why I found Raj and Kashish's photographs alluring, because they speak without screaming. From the chai stains on table tops to the dhakka mukki at the cash counter, the folding glass doors creating an impression of space to the animated guests nibbling and chatting away, you can find it all in their photographs. Know more about the photographers below.
Merwan's Mumbai, Photograph Raj Lalwani
Merwan's Mumbai, Photograph Raj Lalwani
Merwan's Mumbai, Photograph Raj Lalwani
Merwan's Mumbai, Photograph Raj Lalwani
Merwan's Mumbai, Photograph Raj Lalwani
Merwan's Mumbai, Photograph Raj Lalwani
Merwan's Mumbai, Photograph Raj Lalwani
Merwan's Mumbai, Photograph Raj Lalwani
Merwans Mumbai Photograph Raj Lalwani
Merwan's Mumbai, Photograph Raj Lalwani
Merwans Mumbai, Photograph Kashish Parpiani
Merwans Mumbai, Photograph Kashish Parpiani
 
Merwans Mumbai, Photograph Kashish Parpiani
Merwan's Mumbai, Photograph Kashish Parpiani
Merwan's Mumbai, Photograph Kashish Parpiani
Merwan's Mumbai, Photograph Kashish Parpiani
Merwan's Mumbai, Photograph Kashish Parpiani
Merwan's Mumbai, Photograph Kashish Parpiani
Merwan's Mumbai, Photograph Raj Lalwani
Merwan's Mumbai, Photograph Raj Lalwani
Merwan's Mumbai, Photograph Raj Lalwani
Merwan's Mumbai, Photograph Raj Lalwani
Merwan's Mumbai, Photograph Raj Lalwani
Merwan's Mumbai, Photograph Raj Lalwani
The Photographers behin Tales From Merwan's So if you haven't yet, go visit B Merwan & Co before 31st March and share your experiences and photos with us at [email protected] See as slideshow by clicking any photo below.

Garima Sharma

Garima Sharma
Founding Editor at MumbaiMag, graffiti and street art lover, traveller, blogger and amateur photographer, slave to Thor, my Lab.