My mother was still managing the old Green's hotel in Dehra - a hotel that was soon to disappear and become part of Dehra's unrecorded history.
It was called Green's not because it purported to the spread of any greenery (its neglected garden was chocked with lantana), but because it had been started by an Englishman, Mr Green, back in 1920, just after the Great War had ended in Europe. Mr Green had died at the outset of the Second World War.
The hotel had already been in decline, and the new owner, a Sikh businessman from Ludhiana, had done his best to keep it going. But post-War and post-Independence, Dehra was going through a lean period. My stepfather's motor workshop was also going through a lean period - a crisis, in fact - and my mother was glad to take the job of running the small hotel while he took a job in Delhi.
She wrote to me about once a month, giving me news of the hotel, some of its more interesting guests, the pictures that were showing in town.
Commerce graduate, Computer literate with 1 – 2 years’ experience, good knowledge of English essential.
Apply to : Manager, Cosmic Bank, Agarkar Road, Sahakar Nagar, Pune – 411 003.
Name: Aaryan Kumar Lokhande
Address: 370, Karishma Apartments, Vidya Nagar, Pune.
Date of Birth: 7 July, 1986
Education: 2008 – 09 : B.Com (First Class), Pune University 2009 – 10 : Completed Tally
Experience : 1 year as an accountant at Patel and Sons Pvt. Ltd., Pune.
Interest: Reading, Browsing the Internet.
Mumbai - 400 016.
13th February, 2013
Times of India News Paper,
Mumbai: - 400 001.
Subject: Complaint against bad condition of roads in Dharavi.
I have been the resident of the above mentioned area for the last twenty years. The people here are all educated and go to work and children go to school. I would like to bring your notice that the roads in this area are terrible. Large and small roads are all uniformly riddled with potholes; in many places, entire roads haven dug up. More than that many roads were fully filled with illegal parking of trucks. It becomes very difficult to even walk specially during the rains. Not only this even the street lights are so poor, that it becomes very difficult for people to walk or take out their vehicles during late in evening.
One must be aware that how irresponsible is to park vehicles like trucks in the residential area. It has led to a multiple of problems. Many vehicles break down very often and there has been a distinct increase in road mishaps. Hence I request you to consider it and through your newspaper, I want to make one request to the concerned authority to take strict action against it. Also to consider this matter as important and park the trucks in some other nonresidential areas.
I shall be obliged if you publish my letter in your newspaper so that it catches the attention of the Councilor of our ward and an urgent action is taken.