Dilip Chowgule and Ghani Tamboli have defied the boundaries of religion while running a flourishing paan shop at the heart of Kolhapur’s Shivaji Chowk for over two decades. Their friendship of 45 years stands as a testament to the power of unity in a diverse society.
The two friends have celebrated festivals together, treating each other’s families as their own. Tamboli’s son even stays with Chowgule’s elder brother during his trips to Mumbai. Their intertwined lives have grown beyond faith, as they consider Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj their true king, a symbol of regional pride.
In this tale of communal harmony, Chowgule and Tamboli stand as a beacon of hope, proving that bonds of friendship can withstand the storm of rumors and propaganda, preserving unity amidst diversity in a world that often seems divided.
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