Preparing for the launch of this website, I googled the web to see if it was already listed. To my surprise, I found a fragment of my own writing quoted in an article by Indian journalist Behram Contractor [on June 4, 1980], about Samovar, the restaurant at the Jehangir Art Gallery in Bombay (republished Aug. 8, 2007):
“Ah, Samovar [...] where the whole world meets the whole world [...] this lovely haunt of the artists and the poets [...] where V.S. Naipaul drops in for lunch and where Pearl Padamsee sits at the most prominent table in the place and writes her film reviews [...] I have no words to write about Samovar. So I leave it to Henrik Eger, a visitor from Germany, who must have one day wandered into Samovar and left this poem behind:
A Russian Samovar in India,
A German guest at noon,
A Muslim friend with Hindu eyes,
And I, engulfed by food,
By music and by plants."
Behram Contractor (1930-2001) also known as Busybee, “was one of the most popular figures in Indian journalism" (Wikipedia) and called the “Art Buchwald of India, the P.G. Wodehouse of our times and more."