From Bombay I came to Delhi and got a job in the International Trade Exhibition in Pragati Maidan, Handloom Pavilion. President Com. Khrushehev and Com. Bulganil Prime Minister of U.S.S.R. were the Chief Guest of the Exhibition, I had an opportunity to see them. I was staying in the working girls hostel. I started working as an assistant librarian in Indian Council of World Affairs, Sapru House, Barakhamba Road. N.Delhi. The library was open from 9 A.M. to 8 P.M. So,I had shift duties- morning 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. and evening 2 P.M. onwards.
One day while I was free in the morning, walking through the corridors I heard a voice of lady in pain. I went inside her room. That lady was crying by Muscle pain, I massaged her leg. She became alright. She was an elderly lady returning from America. After taking PHD in Agriculture Science and working there for some time, she came to India for some work and staying in the hostel. After that incident, she became very friendly with me and adopted me as a daughter. She had many big contacts in Delhi. Whenever she goes there for some party, she used to take me. One day she took me to Rashtrapati Bhavan to meet Shrimati Rajamanshi Devi, wife of Dr. Rajendra Prasad first President of India. She was her childhood friend. They grow together in the village. When I met Rajamanshi Devi it was hard for me to believe that she was the first lady of India. She was very simple Lady, wrapped up in white Khaadi Saari. They were chatting for a long time recollecting memories of village life. After taking some refreshment we were returned.
They are the people – what they preached they practised it. Their children were going to the ordinary Govt: School where the common people children Studied. They could offered to send them in big private school. They wanted to study them in Hindi medium schools. All of them wore khaadi dress – the school uniforms were also in khaadi. If the cloth is torned, Rajamansi Devi used to make them to stich it and wear. She never allowed them waste food. Tea and Coffee were not served to the children. The time of snacks they were given water or milk.
One of the married granddaughters had twins “Hemant and Jayant”. They were brought to the grandparents. The grandparents were extremely happy to feed them. Both of them were sitting in the perambulator and the grandfather gave grapes and kept it in the middle. Both of them were struggling to take it first then the other one. Garndfather was laughing all the time looking at the struggle. Children used to tell me sometimes this kind of stories.
My friends wanted to see Rashtrapati Bhavan. Through Kiran I have organised it. They were very happy, they have seen Mughal garden also. Kiran invited all my friends and gave them refreshments. All the children are well mannered and family oriented.
I used to visit kerala M.P’s families. His 5yr old child has became very much attached with me. One day she accompanied me to president house.
Babu and she were the same age. They both did not know each other language. But they were happily playing. She will talk in Malayalam to him and he will talk in Hindi. But they understand each other and played well until I finish my class. They were playing with a toy horse. She wanted to take it home. He won’t give it Kiran made passified. Finally without any hesitation he gave the toy to her.
One day Nehru ji came to the family while I was taking classes. He patted the children and asked me how many yrs they have to complete matriculation. Dr. Rajendra Prasad sister who was a child widow and a freedom fighter was staying with them. So those who are known to her the leaders used visit her. Classroom was near to her room I was introduced to her as Dr. Radhakrishnan – Vice President of India (Gav Walli) from the village. I used to take the children for horse riding sometime Rajaiv Gandhi & Sanjay Gandhi also used to be there in the Race Course for riding. Returning time we will go together either to Teen Murti (Prime Ministers Residence) or Rashtrapati bhavan. Children used to call me “mastrani”. I used to teach them until Rashtrapities second term.
There is a small cinema hall. Good films were shown over there. We have reserved seats there. I accompanied them. One day when I was taking lunch there I noticed a silver jug with a tap for water hand washing and I enquired about it I was told that it was a present to the President when he got married from the wife’s family.