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Koshy's Cafe - May 2012

Koshy's of Bangalore is recognised as an "establishment of Bangalore", a very popular restaurant and hangout on St Mark's Road, Bangalore owned by the Koshy family in Bangalore originally from Mavelikkara, which is a meeting point for journalists, artists, theatre persons, students and foreigners. Founded in 1940, it retains an old-world charm with huge pillars and large fans. The main building has Parade Cafe, which is simply referred to as Koshy's, the Jewel Box restaurant and a bakery.

It is said that Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Nikita Khrushchev, Queen Elizabeth II are some of the dignitaries to have dined there. It has also won MTV's award for the Most Stylish Place in Bangalore.

Historical links, family business and lineage[edit]

The multi-generational family-owned business represent the entrepreneurial zeal and commercial spirit of their lineage from the aristocratic Saint Thomas Christian family Polachirackal recorded from the 16th century with their tharavad in Mavelikkara. Starting with the first Portuguese discoveries including that of the navigator Vasco da Gama, the family/house had evolved from accumulating one of the largest wealth through merchant trading from their oligopoly in black pepper commodity trading as part of the spice trade controlled by the Dutch East India during the age of discovery between the 16th and 18th centuries. The family/house's excessive wealth allowed them to become the court financiers to Marthanda Varma and financed the Kingdom of Venad during the Travancore–Dutch War in the 18th century against the Dutch East India Company. This culminated in funding the Battle of Colachel in 1741 leading to Marthanda Varma defeating of the Dutch East India Company which was the first loss of its kind by the European naval super-power in the Indian sub-continent. The house were signatories to the Treaty of Mavelikara in 1753 contributing to the establishment of the Kingdom of Travancore, diminishing the role of the Dutch East India Company in the Indian subcontinent and leading to the rise of the Maharaja of Travancore Marthanda Varma and the Travancore Royal Family. The Polachirackal house held the highest-ranking hereditary title for a Christian family in Travancore being of nobility titled as Tharakan and were of the highest ranking Christian peer to the Maharaja of Travancore. The Polachirackal house through the Saint Thomas Christian Syro-Malankara Catholic Church is acknowledged by Pope Pius XI and continues to do so by the Holy See of the Vatican City as one of the oldest Saint Thomas Christian families with their tradition of origin being that their ancestors who were of a royal lineage from the Chera Dynasty were converted by Saint Thomas in 53 AD and preceding Western Christianity and Christian monarchies in Europe.

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Coordinates: 12°58′32.21″N 77°36′5.09″E / 12.9756139°N 77.6014139°E / 12.9756139; 77.6014139