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
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.