Imagine a restaurant that has stood the test of time for over 101 years. In an era of rapid innovation and change, such establishments are a rare gem. Enter ‘Bose Cabin,’ a name that echoes through Narayanganj’s history like a revered legacy.
This century-old eatery is one of the few remnants of a bygone era, preserving its essence in the modern age. The mere mention of ‘Bose Cabin’ resonates not only within the industrial city, once known as the ‘Dundee in the East,’ but also resonates across the nation’s boundaries.
Founded by the visionary Nripen Chandra Basu, affectionately known as Bhulubabu, Bose Cabin’s roots trace back to 1920. Bhulubabu’s journey began when he passed the entrance exam to become an inspector, but his passion for the anti-British movement diverted his path. Engaging in the Swadeshi movement, he played a pivotal role as a messenger for anti-British communications hatched in Calcutta.
Intriguingly, Bhulubabu’s story of transformation initiated with a humble ‘tong ghor’ at Falpatti in Railgate No. 1 area of Narayanganj. Selling tea, stick biscuits, and butter biscuits, this modest venture soon evolved into a thriving establishment. Gradually, as its popularity surged, the small shop grew into the iconic Bose Cabin we know today.
The year 1988 saw the transition of the shop to its current location on Sanatan Pal Lane, Sahid Suhrwardi Sarak, where it continues to flourish under the guardianship of Bhulubabu’s grandson, Tarak Bose. This family tradition of sustaining Bose Cabin’s legacy remains intact.
Bose Cabin has witnessed historic moments intertwined with the nation’s political and cultural tapestry. From pivotal events like the anti-British movement, the language movement of 1952, the liberation war of 1971, to the anti-authoritarian movement in the late ’80s, the restaurant has been a silent witness and contributor to these chapters.
Renowned figures such as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Hussain Shaheed Suhrawardy, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani have graced its premises. Notably, Bhulubabu’s thoughtful gesture of offering Netaji tea during his arrest led to Bose Cabin’s remarkable ascent. The blessings received from Netaji catalyzed the restaurant’s popularity, propelling the evolution into ‘Bose Cabin.’
Delving into its culinary offerings, Bose Cabin’s breakfast menu boasts a delightful array of parathas, eggs prepared in six diverse ways, bhaji, halwa, dal, pudding, mutton, and chicken curry. As the day progresses, the restaurant serves mouthwatering delights like egg toast, egg chops, cutlets, sandesh, shingara, lachchi, potato chop, fried chicken, and white polao with chicken rezala.
Particularly renowned are the delectable cutlets that draw patrons from afar, embedding a sense of tradition in every bite. For many, tasting these cutlets, potato chops, or savoring a cup of tea at Bose Cabin becomes an integral part of their lives.
For Mr. Rajib Roy, Bose Cabin has been a constant companion throughout his journey from childhood to adulthood. Fondly reminiscing, he recalls visiting the restaurant with his father and now continuing the tradition with his grandchildren. The essence of Bose Cabin goes beyond being a mere restaurant; it holds memories that span generations.
Opening its doors at 7:00 am and closing at 9:30 pm daily, Bose Cabin’s timeless routine remains unchanged over the decades. The restaurant’s allure lies in its nostalgic charm, invoking memories for one generation while discreetly serving as a social hub for another.
In an era where change is constant, Bose Cabin stands tall as a testament to endurance, connecting the past, present, and future over a cup of tea.