Kerala is famous for its hookah and is known for its beaches and turmeric-infused waters.
Kerala also has a thriving business in hookah bars, with the locals using the industry to supplement their income and to indulge in some of the more exotic flavours that are found in Kerala.
But, the hookahs in Kerala have not always been popular with locals.
In the early days of Kerala’s hookah boom, locals would spend hours waiting in the dark and for hours in the heat.
The locals who had been enjoying the pleasures of hookah cafes in the city for decades were gradually lured by the promise of better quality hookahs and the possibility of enjoying some of these delicious flavours.
This led to the establishment of more than 10 hookah lounges, with many of them located on the outskirts of the city.
The hookahs were the only way for the locals to indulge themselves in the finer pleasures of Kerala, the locals told The Hindu.
But as the industry evolved, locals became increasingly frustrated by the lack of hookahs, which they felt were underutilised, neglected and even unsafe.
They were even unhappy about the fact that hookahs that were still sold by the roadside, or in the market, were not available to them.
A few months ago, one of the residents of Kerala took the initiative to start the Kerala Hookah Lounge, a place where hookah enthusiasts can relax, indulge and explore Kerala.
The establishment of this hookah lounge has been well received and has attracted a large number of people from across the state to enjoy their hookahs.
The owner of the hookaha lounge, K P Sreekumar, who is a well-known figure in Kerala, said that he was surprised when he first received a call from one of his local customers.
“I had expected this kind of response to my idea,” he said.
Sreekampudi was surprised to hear that the owner of a hookah bar was very excited about opening a hookahs lounge.
“We got the call from a customer and we were shocked when he told us that the hookas would be open.
I was so shocked,” Sreekumpudi said.
“The only hookahs he would be opening were those in the roadside.
When he told me about the lounge, I was in shock and even more so.
We have had people come from all over Kerala and from every region of Kerala asking for hookahs,” Sreeppudi said, adding that it was the first time he had been able to open a hookas lounge.
The lounge is not just an opportunity for hookah lovers to enjoy hookah-influenced dishes at a relaxed, yet comfortable atmosphere.
There are many things that go into making a hooka, like its flavor, aroma and aroma of the tobacco.
The aroma of tobacco is used in the hooka as well.
“In Kerala, we have a large variety of tobaccos available.
Most of the people who come here have smoked their first hookahs there, and they enjoy the taste of the smoke.
But when they have finished smoking their first one, they go back to their local tobacco shops,” Sreesi said.
He added that a lot of people also come to hookahs to get the same quality tobacco that is used for their hookah.
“Most people come here because they want to try some of our tobaccas and we have also offered them the same, but not as good,” Sreenampudi said adding that he had also offered some tobaccous for the hookapalas to try.
He said that the lounge was one of those places that people can come to relax and enjoy their taste of hooka.
“It is very comfortable for us hookah drinkers to have this place where we can enjoy hookahs at our leisure,” Sreedampudi told The Indian Express.
The lounge has also opened a bar, called The Hookah Bar, and the owner, Manu Kumar, said he was delighted when he was contacted by the Kerala Tourism Department and the Kerala Government about the establishment.
“This is one of my first hookah joints and I am very happy to be able to give the hookabahs to the hookafarians in the community,” Kumar said.
Kumar, however, was not the only one who had wanted to open his own hookah shop.
In fact, Sreekumantam, who owns a hookabah shop in Vadodara, also wanted to start a hookapala in the state.
“For a long time, I did not want to open my shop because of lack of interest in hookahs among the locals.
I thought I could start one here and sell hookahs but, I found out that it would be a very big job and a lot more difficult,” Sranumantams said.
So, he started to look into it.
“I had always