THE DAILY GRIND

At the Daily Grind Internet Café on the corner of West Bay Street and Augusta Street curious passersby and weary drivers heading home from work all slow down to gaze at patrons smoking from what may at first appear to be an illegal looking apparatus called a Hookah. The Hookah is the latest smoking craze to hit Nassau. While the Hookah looks illegal it is far from it. Hookah comes from a background that can be traced back to kings and sultans in India and Persia as far back as the early 1600’s.

INTRODUCES ‘THE HOOKAH’ TO NASSAU’S NIGHTLIFE

At the Daily Grind Internet Café on the corner of West Bay Street and Augusta Street curious passersby and weary drivers heading home from work all slow down to gaze at patrons smoking from what may at first appear to be an illegal looking apparatus called a Hookah. The Hookah is the latest smoking craze to hit Nassau. While the Hookah looks illegal it is far from it. Hookah comes from a background that can be traced back to kings and sultans in India and Persia as far back as the early 1600’s. Hookah pipes, also known as Shishas (not to be confused with hookah tobacco, also called shisha by some) and Nargiles or Galyan, have rapidly gained popularity in the United States over the last 10-15 years. The rise in the popularity of hookah smoking has been especially pronounced among young adults and college students. This has given rise to many hookah bars and hookah shops all across the U.S.

Hookah is the actual instrument that one smokes from. The tobacco while called SHISHA in the western world is called mu’assel in Persia and other Middle Eastern countries. The first recorded use of the Hookah was in 1588. A Persian doctor named Abdul -Fath Gilani at the Indian court of the Mughal emperor Akbar first passed the smoke of tobacco through a small bowl of water to purify and cool the smoke, thus inventing the Hubble-bubble or Hookah, as it is now commonly known. At some point after its introduction to the Persian culture, tobacco was introduced to the new Hookah pipe, giving rise to the use of Hookahs that we see today.

It wasn’t until about 500 years ago that the hookah finally made its way to Turkey, where it experienced an abrupt increase in popularity among the upper classes and intellectuals causing many of them to buy hookahs. This is where the hookah that we are familiar with today was first invented. Brass and glass were substituted for the wood used in older designs, often incorporating intricate carvings and glasswork for higher-class consumers.

Hookah popularity grew to the point where coffee shops, like the Daily Grind in Nassau, began to serve Hookahs along with their regular fair, giving rise to one version of the modern day Hookah Bar. These coffee shops were so popular that hookahs quickly spread from Turkey to modern day Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and Morocco, where hookahs were given the name ‘nargile’. Hookah bars in the Middle East and western Asia today are a place where people come together for social gatherings and to relax and have a smoke.

 Hookah smoking today is a much more social activity than many other smoking varieties that was at first enjoyed only by men but has since changed and females and males alike all enjoy this less harsh way of smoking. Cigarette smoking is often something engaged in by competitive people who are in a hurry. Smoking a Hookah, on the other hand, allows people to sit down, relax, and have a drink and a nice conversation.

The Daily Grind Internet Café is Nassau’s premier Hookah lounge offering a wide selection of flavored tobacco (Shisha) to BE ENJOYED.

Published in Profiles98 Summer Issue 11 2012 

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