Enjoying a coffee at the Indian Coffee House
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Competition for India's traditional coffee houses

19 November 2010 Last updated at 12:22 GMT

The Indian Coffee House in Kolkata has been an institution for more than 50 years.

It has been a place where politicians, activists and intellectuals have come to converse over a cup of coffee.

But as the number of modern western cafes increases, it is feeling the squeeze of competition.

Howard Johnson reports from the famous College Street branch to see how it is faring.