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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

OUR HOUSE IN NANDYDROOG MINE KGF AND EBRAHIM'S SHOP

This is a picture of our old house in Nandydroog Mine where we lived for more than 25 years. My grand parents lived in the same house for more than 55 years before us. Our house was just opposite the Skating Rink and Nandydroog Club. The house had a beautiful Tiled Roof and a beautiful garden lovingly attended to by my mum and our Malis Ellappa and Muniappa. The beautiful hedge and gardens are no more and just live in our memories. However, the Peepel tree planted by my mum is still standing tall. Unfortunately, the 2 Jack Fruit trees and all the fruit trees are no more. My dad retired from the mines in 1977 and we shifted to Robertsonpet. We left this house with heavy hearts but took with us many beautiful memories.


Adjoining our house were 4 shops - Pansy Tailor's Shop which later became Gopal Tailor's Shop, Basha's Shop also known as Ahmed Shop, a small Eatery or Hotel which had some amazing short eats such as bondas, bajjis, puffs, etc and an a sweet called kajur. The last shop was Ebrahim's or Abhram's Shop. Our childhood revolved around these 4 shops. Sad to see their present condition.



Below is a picture of Pansy Tailor's Shop at the far left with its Trellis still intact but with lots of tiles missing from its roof. Pansy tailor passed on the shop to his assistant Gopal so it later came to known as Gopal Taylor Shop.



Basha's Shop also known as Ahmed Shop is in the middle and is now closed.Basha and his wife have since passed away. His sons Afzal and Amjath live in Bangalore. The tiles are missing from the roof.

The Hotel or Eatery is still there but has changed many managements over the years. They still blast tamil film songs on their old radio. The Bondas, Vadas, Kajurus are still as tasty as they were in our childhood.

Abraham or Ebrahim's shop is at the far right and is still in business.  His shop was full of tasty treats for us when we were kids. Especially remember the pottu kadla, Fried peas, Jignut toffee and kamarkuts.

Ibrahim is now a grand old man of 85 years but still going strong. God bless him.

4 comments:

satish narayan said...

i couldn't believe that we stayed in the same area, i always go through your blog, i stayed next to Eb's house. The very next house sharing the same wall. its very nice to see these pictures after years and years. You had mentioned in your blog stating that you had moved out from this area in the year 1977, i think my parents would have moved to this place in the year 1974, i was born in 1975 and we stayed there for next 20 yrs.

satish narayan said...

i couldn't believe that we stayed in the same area, i always go through your blog, i stayed next to Eb's house. The very next house sharing the same wall. its very nice to see these pictures after years and years. You had mentioned in your blog stating that you had moved out from this area in the year 1977, i think my parents would have moved to this place in the year 1974, i was born in 1975 and we stayed there for next 20 yrs.

Bridget White-Kumar said...

Satish Narayan happy to know that you lived just next door to Ebrahim's shop. So that makes you our almost neighbour for a few years. Thanks for the nice things you've said. Do buy a copy of my book KOLAR GOLD FIELDS DOWN MEMORY LANE. It has lost of nostalgia about KGF in it. You could contact me on bridgetkumar@yahoo.com if you are interested in buying a copy. Warm regards
Bridget

Mohamed Ali said...

Nice to see this. It was an honour to be in this place. Now fly all over the country and still want to be in my nandydroog area to feel the pleasantness. Great to see my dad ebrahim still growing strong. He is 92 now. A blessed person who has not seen a hospital in his life. God kept him healthy and hope he continues. Mrs white your house is now occupied by late Rathinam's family who was a freedom fighter. But your house definitely lost its charm.
Sathish narayana was my only friend at that time and his brother saravanan were children's of mohan uncle and Mala aunty. You just missed there house in your blog when the series houses were described. Great work mam keep going.
God bless you.