News By/Courtesy: Gunjan Dayal | 07 Jun 2020 23:14pm IST

An interview of an old man who refreshed memories of college in this quarantine making those boring lectures and mundane days being missed more. Is there can be a special spot that holds the history of serving generations of IAS officers? Yes, there is known as Ganga Dhaba whose owner is Deepak Garg, 65 years old serving officers from the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA). Deepak told in an interview “My family has been here for almost 90 years. It was my grandfather who first started working here as the supplier to the hotel that existed then.” The Academy came up in 1959, which was when they started a small chai shop just outside. He lost his father in 1964 when Deepak was all eight, and the responsibility of raising four children fell upon his mother. “Our growing up years was a huge struggle. My mother used to teach home science at a local balwadi school, and which was also where my siblings and I studied,” he told. Deepak says he began a food joint in 1978 which he named Om Chinese restaurant. "There was a huge appetite for Chinese food in those days, and hence the name and choice of cooking," he told. Things proceeded for nearly 17 years and then Deepak had a Public Call Office (PCO) for the Officer Trainees installed. There were so many requests for PCO installation because at that time mobile phones were not available and if there will be a PCO then it will be easy for the officers to communicate with their families. The company has done so well that he soon installed more than ten telephones with separate cabins to give them some privacy when making and receiving their calls. Deepak goes to share an interesting tidbit about how his restaurant's name changed to Ganga Dhaba from Om Chinese. “The OTs who would talk on the PCO from here would always refer to the place as ‘Ganga Dhaba’. It was because this place is so close to the Ganga hostel inside the academy, that slowly the name changed and it became Ganga Dhaba. This happened sometime in 1995,” said Deepak. It was those officers that gave that small joint its identity they decided to permanently change its name to Ganga Dhaba. It's only by the boundary that the Dhaba is outside the academy but it was part of the academy and part of that big family, Deepak shares, for all practical reasons. There have been instances of Deepak and members of his family learning dishes from the officers. He also told that “So many dishes on our menu today are because some officers came in and decided to teach us how to make them. We never had a robust South Indian menu, and dishes like dosa and uttapam were taught to us by the officers.” They saw two generations of officers, served the parents, who now are the parents, and came back to drop their children at the academy and told them to take care of them. The money they made was not that great, it was never about money for them it was about that respect and love which they received over the generations and it kept them going. Being in the Dhaba from the moment it opens at 6 a.m. Until midnight when it winds up, Deepak and his family had a few heartrending heartbreaks and a lot of romance blooming. When they were asked about it, Deepak’s son, Abhishek told that “The one thing about all the officers we have seen over the years is how decent they all are.” The officers never misbehaved with them or disrespected them also there were couples in the academy but they all behaved properly and with dignity. Another cultural activity privileged to the Dhaba is when the officers are practicing for the singing competitions. They sing old songs together, and they even become part of the competition through their practice. It was like a home away from home, as food items were made in a plain, homely manner at the Ganga Dhaba. Deepak also said, "We have no cooks here, we make anything. My wife, Sussma, is the head cook here and we're all pitching in – my son Abhishek, my daughter-in-law and I. So, for them it was about these small moments always and never about money, it was about the bond which they shared with generations of officers.

THIS ARTICLE DOES NOT INTEND TO HURT THE SENTIMENTS OF ANY INDIVIDUAL, COMMUNITY, SECT, OR RELIGION ETCETERA. THIS ARTICLE IS BASED PURELY ON THE AUTHOR'S PERSONAL VIEWS AND OPINIONS IN THE EXERCISE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT GUARANTEED UNDER ARTICLE 19(1)(A) AND OTHER RELATED LAWS BEING FORCE IN INDIA, FOR THE TIME BEING. 

Editor: Pushpit Singh | 07 Jun 2020 23:23pm IST


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