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Our journey from being a sought after tenant to a landlord

Seems quite incredible that it has been more than three decades since we moved into Delhi to live.

In seventies, Delhi was very welcoming to Bengalis and Tamils (actually anyone from South of Vindhyas). We were model tenants. We paid our rents on time, had a reputation for never creating ruckus and vacated the premises on the expiry of the contract if asked to.

Stereotypes are dangerous. However, it can safely be said that we profited hugely from our stereotypical “meek and submissive” image. We never had trouble finding a house to rent.

Times have changed. Delhi of thirty years back was dominantly Punjabi by nature. And many Bengalis and most South Indians were first-generation settlers; mostly seeking out “safe” ghettos like Karol Bagh.

Memories of those days came rushing back today. We went and rented out our apartment in Dwarka. Thereby, becoming “landlords” for the first time in our lives. To compound the irony, we rented out to a Punjabi family, on the recommendation of our next door tenants. And, guess who the “landlord” of the next door apartment is? It is a Tamilian family.

In Delhi, finally, the meek may not have inherited the earth, but have staked out a claim to a shared space.

Happy housewarming, Mr Arora.

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One thought on “Our journey from being a sought after tenant to a landlord

  1. I can tell you that trying to rent a flat nowadays, finding a landlord that allows you to stay in his holy place is nothing short of a miracle. If you are a foreigner like me who does not earn a European income and who has an Indian husband, firstly no one believes we are married, and secondly they all assume you will have nothing but parties and are not “coy”. Yet they feel no shame in showing you the most disgusting looking, dirty, filthy flat where nothing is repaired. Or they nosy around your life until they find some fault. I know of landlords who have told their tennants to move out after only 2 months only because he had a foreign visitor stay with him. And many landlord never fix anything in the house which they are responsible for or pay back the deposit. So we all have our gripes, I guess.

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