07 Jewish business in Calcutta
The Jewish community was primarily a business community. There were Jewish industrialists like the Ezra family, Jewish landlords as well as many in medium and small scale businesses. Some of the businesses are featured and notes on large, medium and small businesses are provided.
Some of the businesses were among the Calcutta's biggest and most flourishing, such as the BN Elias' enterprises or the National Tobacco Company. Among them, there were numerous small companies such as bakeries, hair studios, import-export companies or tea-coffee stores. Their prosperity was built on hard-working ethos of the Jewish commmunity.
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Sandeep Roy, Calcutta-based NPR correspondent gives a taste of Nahoum's Bakery - the city's last Jewish-owned business in his radio dispatch. Listen here