Mumbai, Aug 19: The story of Sunita Naik is nothing less than 'Slumdog Millionaire' the other way round. Once a millionaire with two flats in Mumbai's Worli and chauffeur-driven cars, she was one of the most acclaimed jorunalists and editors in the media circuit.
Things took a hairpin turn when she retired as the editor of Grihalaxmi magazine (a popular weekly in Mumbai) in 2007. That is when she sold her Mumbai flats and settled in Thane, reports an article on IBNLive.
"I used to get food delivered from the Taj once and I am here now. Had never thought this would happen," Sunita said.
Sunita has no idea how her bank balance depleted to such a miserable state. She remembers that a former associate handled her account, whose number she no longer had. Whatever was left with her were drained out because of her failing health.
To manage her medical expenses for the treatment of kidney stones, she gave up her Thane residence for a rented house in Versova. However, she could not pay the rent there too, which brought her to the footpath.
Now, sheltered in a Gurudwara, she refuses to go to a women's cell. She believes that she is still capable of earning money for a living, all she needs is a "little help". Well educated, she speaks five languages.