January 15 2019: Google remembers Anglo-Indian traveller, surgeon and entrepreneur extraordinary, Sake Dean Mahomed on his 360th birth anniversary today. He was one of the most notable early non-European immigrants to the West. He introduced Indian cuisine and shampoo baths to Europe, where he offered therapeutic massage. He was also the first Indian to publish a book in English.
Born in 1759 in Patna then part of the Bengal Presidency, Sake Dean Mahomed came from Buxar. His father was in the employment of the East India Company. He had learned much of alchemy and understood the techniques used to produce various alkali soaps and shampoo. He later described the Mughal Emperor Shah Alam II and the cities of Allahabad and Delhi in rich detail and also made note of the faded glories of theMughal Empire. In 1794, Mahomed published his travel book, The Travels of Dean Mahomed. The book begins with the praise of Genghis Khan, Timur and particularly the first Mughal Emperor Babur. It describes several important cities in India and a series of military conflicts with local Indian principalities.In 1810, after moving to London, Dean Mahomet opened the first Indian restaurant in England: the Hindoostane Coffee House in George Street, near Portman Square, Central London.
In 1814 Mahomed and his wife moved back to Brighton and opened the first commercial "shampooing" vapour masseur bath in England, on the site now occupied by the Queen's Hotel. He described the treatment in a local paper as "The Indian Medicated Vapour Bath (type of Turkish bath), a cure to many diseases and giving full relief when every thing fails; particularly Rheumatic and paralytic, gout, stiff joints, old sprains, lame legs, aches and pains in the joints".
This business was an immediate success and Dean Mahomed became known as "Dr. Brighton". Hospitals referred patients to him and he was appointed as shampooing surgeon to both King George IV and William IV.
Mahomed died in 1851 at 32 Grand Parade, Brighton. ( source: Wikipedia)