was not easy — house after house in the neighborhood did not take Indians, neither did hotels. But finally I hit upon a boarding house up the road which seemed suitable in every way and terms were agreed upon. I wrote to Baba and explained how matters were at home and said what I had found and hoped that all would be comfortable.
Early next morning came a telephone message from the boarding house saying that our friends could not be put up, ― no reason given. Off I started again and finally just one day before Baba and his party were due to arrive, I found a not very suitable place in Holland Road close to Russell Road. I got back home to lunch at 2 P.M. ready to wire Baba again, only to find a pressing wire from him, stating that he and two of his party were most anxious to come to us and if Father would put them up, Meredith and the rest would go elsewhere. Here was a dilemma. Fortunately, Mother and Father were in and had opened the wire. Father's reply was, "I will. I promised Herbert so they must come." One more example of how Baba works and gets his will done.
I put the top floor at their disposal. Baba and Ali had my room, Chanji, Herbert’s sitting room and I the room next door to Baba. This arrangement gave Baba a room for his meals and a waiting room for visitors, and a small room for private talks. Baba wired, "Happy and pleased." The whole party was no trouble at all. Unfortunately, we did not realize that rice and dahl, made of lentils, were their staple foods with salad and green vegetables.
Meredith slept nearby and Rustom came in for the day — the former often coming along with his sandwiches and spending the day there.
The time was spent mostly in making new contacts and seeing again those whom Baba had already met. Some he wanted to see only once and for a few minutes; to others he said, "Come at nine and stay all day." Among others who met him here for the first time were Delia, Minta, Mabel and Quentin Tod.
The following account from the diary of Delia De Leon tells of her first meeting with Baba:
"I had spent my summer holiday at East Challacombe, a retreat run by Meredith Starr for the purpose of bringing people to Baba. I went there because I was searching desperately for something that always seemed to elude me and was at my lowest point, physically, mentally and spiritually. I could not manage to go down there again when Baba came, so it was arranged that I should meet him when he came to London, and an appointment was made for me to see him on Sunday, the 27th.