May 15, 2018.
My dear Dad.
Hopefully, you will receive this letter in the best of your mood. I am quite well and doing fine in my studies. My house examination has just ended. You will be pleased to know that I have attempted all the papers to the best of my ability. I hope to get a distinction in one or two subjects. I have become at home now with the new class and the new college. The only thing I am finding difficult is to manage my expenses out of the amount you send me every month. The new college is at a distance from my hostel. So I have to pay more for transportation. There is an increase of five hundred rupees in the hostel dues. I am also, planning to join an academy because the new course is rather difficult. After paying all the dues, I am left with almost no money. Sometimes, I have to cut down my expenses on necessities of life. Due to this financial restraint, I am even finding it difficult to concentrate on my studies.
Pay my regards to mother and love to Saad.
Your loving son/daughter,
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December 2, 2007.
After a few days stay at home I am feeling very lonely in the hostel. Your letter of yesterday meant so much to me. It dispelled the gloomy and depressing mood in which I was. I thank you heartily for the same. Dear father, many a time during my stay with you. I thought of discussing a particular thing, but I hesitated to talk about this delicate topic. Today, however, I like to draw your attention to it through this letter. In these hard times, the prices of goods are soaring very high. God knows how long this state of affairs would persist. It has added to our worries and problems and I find myself at my wit’s end as for how to confine my wants within the limited allowance of Rs. 3,000 per month. Every month I go on postponing my purchases but I feel this state of affairs cannot continue for long, for there are books which cannot do without. Similarly, mother has been persistently asking me to supplement my diet with butter, milk and fruit but I am afraid I cannot afford these ‘luxuries’. Father, you know, I am no spendthrift. I never visit hotels and restaurants, seldom go to the pictures and do not spend on my friends. But in spite of all this, I find it hard to pull on with Rs. 3,000 per month. Hence, I humbly request you to increase my monthly allowance to Rs. 4,500. I feel I am a drain on your pocket, but education and other necessities of life these days are so costly that one knows not what to do. I do hope, you wiH accede to my request I hope to see you and dear mother in the coming holidays. How is little Saadia? I have bought p nice present for her. With regards.
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