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Gunga Diner is a restaurant chain. It was founded by an Indian who left the country during the famine in the 1960s.

About the Diner

A shop of particular importance is located at the corner of Fortieth and Seventh. Its logo is an elephant with a howdah, and it uses a giant balloon in the shape of such an elephant for advertisement. Inside, one wall is occupied by a large mirror.

Rorschach told Moloch to put a note in the opposite trashcan if he had any information about who was behind the murder to Eddie Blake. Somebody (presumably Adrian Veidt) later put such a note in the trashcan, luring Rorschach to Moloch's home to be arrested.

Dan Dreiberg and Laurie Juspeczyk met for lunch at the Gunga Diner after Laurie was evicted from Rockefeller Military Research Center. Dreiberg offered to let Laurie stay with him.

When Veidt's Alien Monster was teleported onto the top of the Institute for Extraspatial Studies, the diner (which was opposite) was completely destroyed, as was its balloon. After the rebuilding, the site of the Gunga Diner becomes the home of a new restaurant called Burgers 'N Borscht.

It also demonstrated a move away from isolation and colonialism (represented by the Gunga Diner) towards globalism and, in particular, smoother relations with the Soviet Union (as borscht is a Russian soup dish).

Literary reference

The name "Gunga Diner" is a literary reference to the poem Gunga Din by Rudyard Kipling. The poem is a rhyming narrative from the point of view of a British soldier, about a native water-bearer (a "bhisti") who saves the soldier's life but dies himself.

This poem is perhaps best known for its often-quoted last stanza:

"Tho' I've belted you and flayed you, By the livin' Gawd that made you, You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!"
Like several Kipling poems, it celebrates the virtues of a non-European while revealing the racism of a colonial infantryman who views people such as the native water-bearer as being of a "lower order". The poem was published as one of the set of martial poems called the Barrack-Room Ballads.

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