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Padmavati Bamne
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I have known Poonawalas (i.e. Taher, Zainab their daughter Shabnam and Shabnam's daughter Sana since 1980. Those days I was still at sea sailing with Wallem Shipmanagement Ltd. Hong Kong. Urmil and kids could not sail with me all the time due to Anu's schooling. We bought a flat in Ranjeet Apts in Model Colony about late 1979. Poonawals lived nextdoor. Gradually Urmil deveeloped good friendship with Poonawals, and also the 5 other residents of Ranjeet Apts. And gradually she succeeded in forming a club comprising these 7 families. Shabnam was a little girl those days, just a few years older than Anu. This club started holding regular parties in the Ranjeet Apt parking lot. (Those days not many cars, hence there was ample room in the car park..unlike now when no spare room even for a motorbike!). Over the years I became VERY fond of Poonawals. They even came and stayed with us in Hong Kong. Presntly, I am truly close only to the Poonawals in Model Colony.

Taher runs a hardware showroom. He 89 in Feb) is not keeping very good health for the past one year or so. Consequently Zainab (80 this year) is managing the store. Zainab is a VERY socially aware person. It is thanks to her that the Model Colony Lake facing our respective buildings is now in such a healthy state. Until 10 years ago it was no more than astinking pond, and very influential people in the city had managed to get permission from the Pune Corporation to build a 5 Star hotel at the site. Zainab fought tooth and nail against this very strong and influencial lobby. She of course won, and managed to have the lake declared a world heritage!! She is also responsible for organising the Model Colony Parisar...a very very active co-operative which ensures not only excellent maintenance of the lake but also very healthy and clean environment around the lake in Model Colony. Model Colony Parisar is without doubt the most active and environmentally aware Parisar in Pune.

Shabnam is a very successful architect and home decorator. She too has become very active in the Parisar in recent years, She regualarly raises funds to enhance the beauty of the Lake. She is VERY effective in raising funds; particularly from Suresh Uncle! Sana is an excellent little girl too. She will be appearing for Board exams this year.
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