Leena Kejriwal - Leading Indian Photographer  


Flurys of Calcutta: The Cake that Walked

"The cake that walked" is a book that was commissioned by the Apeejay group to keep the memories of Flurys alive. Calcutta´s sequined Park Street has many claimants to treasured moments, but this old world tearoom is unique. In this book Flurys of Calcutta: The Cake that Walked expert editorial photographer from Kolkata Leena Kejriwal successfully captures the old world charms associated with this famous colonial establishment. Here is what the artist says about this project...

I had earlier captured moments at the Flurys, before it was renovated, for Priya Paul. I had covered the restaurant and the factory with its old ambience, which had been there since the 60´s. I captured the bearers and the chefs in the shop and factory. The chefs using the century old ovens to bake the famous milk bread, the making of the delicious rum balls and other unforgettable flurys goodies…it was an experience watching everything being made so systematically in the old setup.

Once it was renovated, I once again walked in with my camera to capture the spirit of the place after the change. It seemed to be experiencing a renewed burst of energy, which must have been similar to its popularity in the earlier days. I could sense that many more memories were going to be made here in the coming days. And then perhaps, Priya would again need to put together a collection of images to capture the past for the future generations…

The book comprises of images, which I had taken over a span of a year and a half at Flurys and the factory, lingering over cappuccinos as I waited for the world and its friends and family, to walk in and enjoy the inimitable Flurys experience. Hope you enjoy the images as much as I enjoyed taking them.

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