Google Doodle pays tribute to 'Shampooing Surgeon' Sake Dean Mahomed

With a bottle of shampoo, soap powder, mint leaves, ginger and turmeric, Google celebrated Sake Dean Mahomed, an entrepreneur, traveller and author.

In 1810, he opened Britain’s first Indian restaurant, "Hindostanee Coffee House," on London’s George Street, introducing Indian dishes and the traditional hookah to the Brits.

He was also the one to bring the steam bath, Indian therapeutic massage and shampoo baths to Europe.

In 1814, he opened a spa in Brighton, a seaside town in the UK, and soon came to be known as “The Shampooing Surgeon of Brighton.”

In 1822, King George IV appointed Mahomed as his personal ‘shampooing surgeon.’

He was also the first Indian to publish a book in English — "The Travels of Dean Mahomed."

Mahomed helped merge the cultures of UK and India, and to commemorate his services a portrait of him hangs in the Brighton Museum.

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