Amir Construction have this morning a front page advertisement in The Times of India suggesting that I sell my flat in Pune Bombay, buy a bigger flat in Pune with a part of that money, invest the rest of the money, and live in peace and comfort for the rest of my life. The proposal is tempting.
But instead of Pune I would like to go further into the Maratha hills, to Mahableshwar for one thing, living among strawberry fields, marking the change in seasons with arrival and departure of tourists from Bombay still hanging on to their pokey little city flats.
Or, maybe I would like to sell my flat in Bombay and live in Goa. On a beach, like a beachcomber buying one of those dark, cool Goanese houses, living among old furniture, village gossip, and waking up each morning and looking out of the house to scenes from Mario Miranda illustrations.
Or Bangalore, everybody is leaving Bombay and buying houses in Bangalore these days, I understand. Living among constant greenery driving through a large parkland, going to the races to earn a small side income, to add to the money left from the sale of the house in Bombay. Bangalore, perhaps, would be just right, not a bursting, polluted city like Bombay and not a hick town like Indore or Jabalput or, even, Ahmedabad.
Or go and live in Kerala. Not Trivan drum, but beyond Trivandrum, along the Kovalam becalm in a thatched house under a palm grove, the blue sea coming right, up to the door during the high tide. Or in Cochin, I would prefer Cochin to Kovalam, the scent of the spice market the architecture of the white Jews, ferryboats droning between Mattancheri and Ernakulam.
Or buy a house somewhere in the North. Not Delhi no Delhi cultures is Congress culture. But Agra would be nice a view of the Taj from the window, like Shahjehan looking out of the Agra Fort the cantonment with its tourist restaurants the havelis of old Agra, Balraj Shahni's shoe factory.
Or further North much further, where godmen temporarily reside after they have been extradited from the US. In the valley of Kangra or Jhelum. Perhaps, in Dalhousie, walking up to the Gurkha Regiment's reveille call, then going back to sleep since I would not be in the Gurkha Regiment, or any other regiment. Or living in Rishikesh with the monks, getting up to the sound of temple bells, the Ganga slowly flowing by on its way from the mountains to the sea.
Or I do not even mind Pune. I would like to take up Amir Construction's taken up Amir Construction offer, sell my flat in Bombay go to Pune. My only problem is that like millions of others I do not have a flat in Bombay.