Sake Dean Muhammad, also known as Sheikh Dean Muhammad, he was born in Patna in Bengal presidency. He is one of the most prominent people from the non-Europe origin to gain such massive respect in European society. In European cultures, his name is pronounced in different ways, including the Sheikh Dean Muhammad and Sake Dean Mahomed. He was a prominent surgeon, a traveler, and an entrepreneur. He was among the only few non-European origin people who got real respect and appreciation for their work in the different fields. He was one of the first Asian entrepreneurs to introduce Asian traditional cuisine and bath products, like shampoos and other therapeutic massages. He was the first Indian origin person to be published in England. Also, his book was the first book in English by any Indian to be published.
Early Life of Sake Dean Mahomed:
Sake Dean Mohamed was born in Patna in May 1759, in a Bengali Muslim family. He also grew up in Patna city. It is said that he belonged to the elite family of Indian Nawabs of Bengal. His ancestors worked in the Mughal courts.
His First Book, The Travels of Dean Mahomed:
He was the first Indian to publish a book in the English, His book named the travels of Dean Mahomed, Published in 1794. His book mentions many different names relevant to the history of the Indian Sub-continent. He talked about Genghis Khan, Babur, and Taimoor. Then he talks about the various aspects of his travels across the European side. He visited a large part of Europe during his travels; he spoke about all the briefs in his book. He also talked about the start of the colonial era in India, Evolution of East India Company from a trading company to a force to overthrow Mughals.
Life in England:
When he moved to England in 1810, he settled in London. Where he opened an Indian styled cuisine in England, it was the first Indian restaurant in England. The restaurant offered many Indian delicacies and other things like Hookahs and Chillum etc. But the venture was a failure, and he had to shut down his restaurant. Then he entered the shampoo making business and massage business. He had worked in a similar type of business. He introduced a new kind of massage in England called “Champooi” or shampooing. He and his wife moved to start their first shampoo massage parlor in the Brighton. He said that his bath had miraculous properties of healing body wounds and was like a medication for the human body. He also wrote two books about his invention of an Indian shampooing bath or vapor bath, in which he describes the procedures and some reviews from the patients he cured using his method.
Death and Recognition:
He died on 24 Feb 1851, was laid in the St. Nicholas’s church. He’s got no recognition at the start, but in the late 1970s and 1980s, several authors studied his works. He got several recognitions from the England government and lords and got a google doodle designed for paying him a tribute