The Oldest Dairy Store in Chennai, India
The smell of freshly-made ghee, the array of oils, and a touch of history come together to this dairy shop in India.
B. Venkateswara Rao came to Madras from Andhra Pradesh and set up a small shop in the northern part of the city, which was booming then. His son, Jagamohan, points to a fading sepia portrait on the wall and says, “My father started this store next door in 1921, in front of a house owned by a family of Marwaris. We shifted to this space in 1926.”
The store started operations by selling butter and ghee that was brought in from Tenali, in Andhra Pradesh. Once they shifted to the current location, the business expanded to include provisions as well, even if the majority of revenue still came from butter and ghee. Jaganmohan says, “We managed to buy this building only in the late 1940s, though we had already been there for more than a decade by that time.”