A group of eight retired people decided to visit the Kanha National Park in Jabalpur. We had tentatively booked rooms in a hotel, but it was working out very expensive. On the Internet we found that the Parsi Dharamshala in Jabalpur charged Rs 300 per room per night for two persons and we decided to brave it out, booking a stay for two nights and three days.
Prayer room in Jabalpur Dharamshala; caretaker Behroze Dossabhoy (inset)
On our arrival we were surprised to find that the Dharamshala was well maintained and had clean and comfortable rooms. There being no agiary in Jabalpur, the Dharamshala had a well-kept prayer room. The lady with whom we had spoken over the telephone for making the booking turned out to be 85-year-old Behroze K. Dossabhoy who worked with pride and passion, serving us good meals at breakfast and dinner — scrambled eggs, akuri, chicken with potatoes and peas as well as mutton vindaloo. She was very obliging. On the third morning when we were leaving at 5 a.m. she insisted on providing us morning tea which was greatly appreciated.
We bless the Jabalpur Anjuman for having such a fine caretaker.