In 2006, the Left Front government invited the magnate ratan Tata to set up his Nano factory at Singur.
After a while ratan rose, and went off to the kitchen to prepare the meal; but she was not so quick about it as on other days.
While ratan was awaiting her call, the postmaster was awaiting a reply to his application.
The master said: "You need not be anxious about my going away, ratan; I shall tell my successor to look after you."
With an overflowing heart ratan rushed into the room with her—‘Were you calling me, Dada?’
The roof is carefully thatched with the leaves of the nipa-palm and these are sewn into a thick mat with ratan.
He had to cook his own meals, which he used to share with ratan, an orphan girl of the village, who did odd jobs for him.
Bamboo and ratan, whole or split, afford the materials for all these baskets and cages.
At last ratan would enter, with puffed-out cheeks, vigorously blowing into a flame a live coal to light the tobacco.
Just before starting he called ratan, and said: ‘Here is something for you; I hope it will keep you for some little time.’
1650s, from Malay rotan, from raut "to trim, strip, peel, pare."