MUDALIAR APPA RAO
At the time, the Poona Center was in the home of Appa Rao Mudaliar at Saraswat Colony, 399 Somwar Peth, where weekly meetings had been held since April. Ramakrishnan had contacted this wealthy family to request the use of the hall in their large residence, where other local religious and spiritual groups sometimes met. The room was overflowing with newcomers when Baba arrived, and the Center workers had to stand outside. (The family and neighbors had spread saris strewn with rose petals on the road leading to the house.) Sadashiv Patil garlanded Baba, Gadekar delivered a short welcome address and Madhusudan sang a ghazal.