The next six storeys are hotels, guest-houses, clubs, chambers of commerce, societies and associations. Six more storeys are offices, and managers’ residences and offices combined. The last six floors are for drivers, peons, caretakers, clerks and typists. In between the tenth and the twelfth storeys, there is a super-store in the skyscraper itself. In this store one can get everything from a paper-pin to a typewriter, and from milk, butter, cheese, jam, biscuits, cakes, toffees, pastries, to flour, sugar, spices, groceries and other domestic supplies.
There is a creche and nursery school also on the sixteenth floor, where about one hundred and twenty children are admitted every year. There are many clinics too. There is a proposal to hire an entire storey for a secondary school, adjacent to a hotel complex on the tenth floor. This will solve the problem of students of my age. One can enjoy films at the clubs and canteens on various floors. People can even enjoy a play or a concert in place of a movie.
My house on the eighteenth floor is a boon in the modern scientific age. But I do not forget the electricity failures, when the whole system goes to dogs,
Since the lifts do not work for long hours. It is only at such times that we start cursing ourselves and pine for our villages and small towns with green and open areas.