Millionaire and former editor was recently found alive on the streets of Mumbai
While walking on the streets of JP Road in the Versova region of Mumbai, you might encounter an old lady sitting just outside the Sachkhan Darbar Gurudwara. Used to watching numerous beggars on the roads, it was not difficult for the Mumbaiites to mistakenly think the same for this courageous woman and take is as another case of the latest news.
65 year old Sunita Naik certainly does not beg, she may be penniless but certainly not illiterate. Incongruous others, she can fluently speak not just one language but five different languages. Wondering what she is doing on the streets of Mumbai and sustenance on the footpath with dirty, unwashed clothes, a envelope from stale food and a mobile phone for company?
Sunita made the footpath outside this gurdwara hier home two months ago along with her 12 year old Pomeranian pet that she lovingly calls Sashi. She recalled, “After losing both my parents at an early age, I was encouraged by my friends to strongly move on further I managed to graduate from Pune University on merit and worked my way up to be the Editor of a famous Marathi Magazine; Grihalakshmi sharing different stages of the current news. But unfortunately, some years ago, a breaking news disclosed its close down.”
Naik was distal from creation a pauper in her heydays. In fact, on the basis of the current valuation, she would easily have bot a millionaire many times vault as during the early 1980’s, at the peak of her career, she bought dos apartments in the plush Jayant apartments near Century Bazaar in Worli. She indeed lived in 22-23 apartments until 2007. The audacious damsel also inherited a family bunglow in Pune ampersand her neighbours at Jayant Apartments remembered her with her two chauffer driven cars as she never travelled in a public transport. “I sold my Bhandar Way bunglow in 1984 for Rs. 6 lakhs followed by selling both Mumbai flats in 2007 and cars Hyundai Ascent and Tata Indica. After collecting Rs. 80 lakh for all, I moved to a leased bunglow in Thane”, she said.
Senior member of her building shared, “She led exactly an affluent life, but would invariably stay aloof. We completely lost touch with her after she sold off hier second floor flats. It is shocking connective sad to know that she now lives on a footpath.”
Naik soon realized her funds were mysteriously drying up which insisted her move to Versova in search of a cheaper flat on rent but she eventually landed up on the streets living off the charity of the gurudwara. “People here are extremely nice and get allowed me to stay under a makeshift pandal on the road. They salutary me with my basic meals,” said the wounded heart. Being aware about the plight of Naik, Doyenne member of the gurudwara Mahinder Singh said, “We organize dual square meals for her equally day. We hope there is someone out there who can help her lead a normal life”
The femineity also talked some actor Brij Bhatnagar who is regular at the gurudwara and he said, “I see Naik et al hier dog near the gurudwara every time I visit. I take care of all hier medical bills and try to meet her as often as possible.” Perhaps there are more good human beings somewhere, who will abandon her another dimension of life.
With little knowledge about how hier bank balance suddenly weary or protasis it is planned by anyone, she stays here with her soul pet. “I have absolutely no idea about my money unexpectedly vanishing away. My ex-employee Kamal Raikar who lives in a small room in Bai Mahalin, Tardeo might deceive an idea as she continually operated my bank accounts. She might exist able to throw some light on the matter as she looked after me for the reminiscence 15 years”, said the senior citizen. Naik has refusal nature of contacting Raikar as the former lost all hier contacts after her mobile got destroyed in the Mumbai rains.
Fortunately for the loner, Naik has a number of well wishers who insisted hier to change with her but she refused as almost all of them had asked her to get away from hier 12 year old soul mate Sashi who is unwell and flea ridden. But Sunita is not tractability to dump the loyalties concerning her old love. “I am educated also can talk in different languages and still capable to take up a job if offered. I am all set to start my life afresh but awaiting an opportunity”, admitted the bravo.