Today, Google’s honorary doodle gave acknowledgment to Anglo-Indian traveler and businessman Sake Dean Mahomed who not only became the first Indian author to publish a book in English but later would open an Indian restaurant in England.
Sake Dean Mahomed was born in Patna in 1759 who came from Buxar and knew much of the alchemy and understood the techniques used in the production of various soaps and shampoo.
Introducing the classic Indian Cuisine to Great Britain, Mahomed continued to find success as the “The Shampooing Surgeon of Brighton,” opening a spa in the British seaside town that attracted the rich and royal.
Mahomed opened the Hindostanee Coffee House in 1810, Britain’s first Indian restaurant, which was appreciated by the media as it’s a place for grandeur to enjoy hookah and Indian dishes of the highest perfection.
However, Mahomed was forced to close his lavish restaurant in 1812 and desired to reinvent himself.
As per the Google, “Moving his family to the beachside town of Brighton, he opened a spa named Mahomed’s Baths offering luxurious herbal steam baths. His specialty was a combination of a steam bath and an Indian therapeutic massage-a treatment he named “shampooing” inspired by the Hindi word champissage meaning “a head massage.”
Mahomed also published a book about the healing benefits of the treatment with testimonials from his patients. King George IV appointed Mahomed as his personal ‘shampooing surgeon’ in 1822 which greatly improved his business.
Mahomed’s portrait hangs in the Brighton Museum, honoring this man who helped merge the cultures of his two homelands.”
The doodle itself depicts a portrait of Sake Dean Mahomed on a bottle surrounded by Indian herbs and spices.