Mahi mansion Shaurya, Ranchi’s answer to Mumbai’s superstar addresses Mannat (SRK) and Jalsa (Big B), is a sitting duck for vandals. A day after his house was pelted, Dhoni’s Harmu neighbours tell Arti S. Sahuliyar why all’s not well
“Last night after unidentified people pelted stones at Dhoni’s house, we were unable to sleep. It’s shameful,” Vinay Kumar Rai (55), contractor
Vinay and his family are proud neighbours of Dhoni, but they feel the administration should beef up security in the area.
“Staying close to Dhoni’s house is sometimes a problem as massive crowds at the gates prevent us from going out and doing our work,” Ashwini Kumar (24), management graduate
RAI TAKE: Security doesn’t match needs of mega celebrity address
“Last night’s attack had no logic at all,” Deendayal Barnawal (45), businessman
Homemaker Sangeeta (38) is upset the administration doesn’t do anything about traffic that goes haywire whenever Dhoni comes to town.
“Looking at the roads, who will say this is the neighbourhood of Jharkhand’s biggest celebrity?” she asks.
“I still don’t have Dhoni’s autograph,” Yash Barnawal (12), Class VI student, Delhi Public School
BARNAWAL TAKE: At least Dhoni’s neighbourhood deserves decent roads
“We are cricket fans and very upset about last night's incident,” Rajiv Srivastawa (42), senior executive
Homemaker Seema (35) admits they thought they’d enjoy the advantages of living in Dhoni's neighbourhood. But, frequent instances of chain snatching and theft have left them disappointed.
“Security guards stop us if we want Dhoni’s autograph, but they can’t stop vandals,” Abhinav Akash (13) and Bhabyasri (4), schoolchildren
SRIVASTAWA TAKE: Argora police station, get proactive
“Feel very bad for Dhoni. Why will youth have such bad manners,” Shiela Prasad (60), homemaker and full-time caretaker of physically challenged son Ravish Kumar (38)
Shiela is another proud neighbour. “But there are the usual disturbances of traffic disorder, crowds of fans when he’s here,” she says
PRASAD TAKE: Better traffic management & patrolling
“Dhoni’s home doesn’t deserve stones,” Rahul Kumar (15), Class IX student of St Lawrence Public School
The Kumar boys aren’t enamoured by the Dhonis. “We stay at the back of Dhoni’s house. Do din pahle yahan par party hua tha, humlog ko bahut disturbance hua tha (We were really disturbed by the party at his house two days ago),” Alka Kumari (13), Class V student
“Mahi and Sakshi (wife) are super stylish, so can’t blame people from crowding to catch their glimpse, but the noise disturbs our studies,” Manohar Kumar (19), ISC student, Yogda College, Dhurwa
KUMAR TAKE: Resigned to crowds