The city that changed the game
In 1962 ICL, the company my father was working in as a steno opened a branch in Lucknow. My father grabbed this opportunity to get himself transferred to the new location to be closer to his widowed sister who was struggling with 4 children alone in the big city. All those years of living close to each other made our families really close and helped build ties that have stood the test of time.
The reason that Lucknow proved to be a game changer in my life journey is that it was a much bigger and better than Ulhasnagar. Here we rented an apartment in a close knit community of around 200 families and though the community had 4 gates, it had no security. It was this apartment’s owner and our landlady, Lali who introduced us to all kinds of fascinating stories that formed an integral part of our childhood. With no one owning a car or even a scooter, everyone shared a similar standard of living without much disparity in the community. Everyone had one bicycle at home to commute and for families there was always the Rickshaw. Going from one end of the city to the other would have cost you 10 or 20 paisa and Coke was for 25 paisa (It was a luxury for us back then!)
If one suffers we all feel the pain and if one prospers, all prosper. Togetherness is strength, togetherness is courage.