This is a copy of an e-mail that I sent to my elder daughter Pritam who lives in Seattle, WA.
As you might imagine, I am not the type of person who can sit around all day in a strange town for weeks on end without checking it out.
Since I have been here in Nagpur, I have been in the habit of taking an early morning walk, usually leaving about 6. Surprisingly, most Indians do not get up early and stores do not open until ten or so. This means that, at 6:00am, the streets are unclogged and traffic is light
Yesterday I discovered that there was a Hotel Pritam in Nagpur and immediately resolved to write and tell you about it. I don’t know anything about it but it would seem realistic to conclude that it probably not be up to the standard of the Poipu Hyatt or the Grand Wailea, which I know are two of your favorite hotels.
This morning (Friday 17th), I went off in a new direction. One of the first things I encountered was a garbage can holder (they do have them here) which said on its side, “Sponsored by Pritam Builders”. This seemed auspicious.
After a short distance I came across a seedy looking collection of food stalls. There was a sign on the property that said “This property owned by Balbir Singh Pannu, Hotel Pritam, Central Avenue, Nagpur. NO TRESPASSING.”
Barely five minutes after that, I came across a sign for the Pritam Apartments. I felt compelled to investigate. I’m sure you will be relieved to know that the Pritam Apartments are a quite nice looking block of flats for reasonably affluent Nagpurians.
With such a compelling series of coincidences, I decided that I must find the Pritam Hotel. It did seem as though this was the day. After some time I found a sign that said “Central Avenue”. Unfortunately, before I was able to find the Pritam Hotel, I ran out of steam and had to make my way back. I was already more than 2 kilometers away from our clinic and wanted to get back before the traffic and pollution got into full swing. But I will keep trying to find it..
Upon returning to the clinic, I checked the street map and found out that Central Avenue is a VERY LONG street. So I may take an auto rickshaw to find the hotel.
Thus I decided to write and let you that you are well represented in the City of Nagpur.