A MOST UNUSUAL DOCUMENT OF MOHALLA CHABUK SAWARAN – RENT AGREEMENT WITH A WOMAN ROTI MAKER AND TANDOOR.
The year is 1909, and it is the Mohalla of Chabuk Sawaran. It is probably the house of Mian Kareem Baksh (perhaps portion not bought at that time), but his name is missing, as well as names of other persons of family. The year 1909 means that all the Chughtai brothers were mere children and had nothing to do with this agreement. Some of the names on it are Karam Din, son of Munshi Dil Muhammed (but the year means that it is not Mian Salah’s father), and strangely Karam Din signs his name in English. The other lady Roti maker PEEPO WIDOW OF KALA JEWOR has a thumb impression, as well as Nizam ud din son of Ghulam Rasool. The terms include tenancy of the tandoor, as well as conditions of eviction, when necessary. There are certain points that need to be clarified after study of same. It is an agreement between Peepo, widow of Kala Jewor, and Haji Allah Din, son of Nizamuddin Kake Zai.
The lady asserts that the decided Rs 3 per month rent will be achieved by her with great difficulty, and if the need arises, she will pay instead of cash, by offering rotis from her tandoor to the landlord. We do not think we have ever seen such an agreement before in our study. But those were difficult times and we should realize that. The agreement in our family means that this portion of the complex must have been bought later by Mian Kareem Baksh, as we understand it. Or definition lies elsewhere.