Naya Bazar, as the name suggested, had come up just outside the old city, north of Lahori Gate—one of the several gates of the walled city. At the turn of the 20th century, it was a flourishing grain market. Bullock carts laden with grains that came from Punjab and Meerut lined both sides of the main road called the Burn Bastion Road then.
The ‘Maharashtriya Sneh Samvardhak Samaj’ was started at a rented place at 4111, Naya Bazar in 1919. Apart from the Samaj floor, there were two extra floors with large open halls to accommodate newcomers to the city. “I vividly remember the railway colony on the building’s west. On the road between the building and railway colony, ran a mini-tram connecting Lahori Gate via Sabzi Mandi to Tripolia Gate,” says Madhukar Paranjape, whose family stayed a few buildings away from the Samaj from 1927 till 1988.
Paranjape did his early education from the school at the Samaj building itself in 1929. Two ladies taught at the school named Nutan Marathi Shala for about a decade. The building, which was later purchased by a transporter, has now seen a total façade change.