Preparing for the launch of my first website (http://henrikeger.com/), 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 prolific and popular Indian journalist Behram Contractor [on June 4, 1980], about Samovar, the restaurant at the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai, then Bombay (republished on 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."
Originally published as “A Russian Samovar in India, an unusual discovery: Fragments of the past resurfaced,"
Mumbai, India, HenrikEger.com, August 14, 2007