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History of Hookah

  • By Shefali Ahuja
  • •  Apr 12, 2019

History of Hookah

 Hookah originated in the north western provinces of India alongside Pakistan in Gujarat and Rajasthan. The Hookahs of the ancient times were rugged, archaic and had a very simple design. Initially hookahs were made from coconut shell bases. The Hookah headed towards the Persian Kingdom and made its way towards Afghanistan, Pakistan many parts of Asia and Arab parts of Northern Africa.

On the way to Persia, Hookah smokers introduces tombeik, which is dark tobacco cultivated in Iran. It is washed and packed in old styles and then hot coal is applied on wet tombeik adding to the flavour of tombeik. The hookahs of the Persian empire were crafted with wood and are still crafted with wood in Kashmir.

In the nineteenth century, many women in Persia indulged in Hukkah smoking. Hookah gained momentum in turkey at a very fast pace in turkey. It became a symbol of high class and it got transformed completely in terms of its design and style.

Hookah saw tremendous popularity in its growth in the Turk society. It went to the extent of finding its way in the bars. The Hookah bar tender was given the same status as that of a chef, due to the extensive preparations required in setting the Hookah. The tradition of smoking Hukkah went a step ahead and headed towards Lebanon and Syria, where it was named Nargile. Later, it migrated to Egypt and Morocco, where it got the name Shisha. In Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates., it is popularly known as Hubble bubble. In the contemporary times, Hookah bars are seen as a social place, where people discuss on varied issues such as politics and several local events.

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