Thought I’d write about some of the eyecatchers we met on the recent bout of gallivanting!!!!
Laura was the person from the event management team that took care of all our travel and stay arrangements, and like the last time at Rome did a great job. Helpful to the core , pleasant and clearly very duty conscious. She’s a great asset to the Event team , Peroni .A very good event management team !!
At times with worry lines etched on her forehead , trying to hustle every one into the waiting buses , at times with a really pleasant smile, welcoming us to the next venue and almost all the times being very caring … that’s how I remember , Laura .
The group, we have now come to know quite well , had several Indian ladies ,.Besides Deepa & Saraswati ,there were Indian ladies from Singapore and from Vietnam ( I think ??) .The last named was a person of Indian origin from Mauritius , married to an Italian !!! All the ladies carried themselves with grace and dignity . Three cheers to the Indian women !!! Surrounded by Europeans and South East Asian , they where a very distinguished group .
In the group we had a Thai lady , married to a senior Nokia Manager .In Rome she had attended as a “partner” , this time around she was a spouse !!! I didn’t quite put her in the eyecatchers category in Rome , but this time at Milan & Monza , she did stand out !! Strolling around an expensive mall , window shopping ,we saw the two enter the Prada stores , the husband following with a wry smile on his face an a shrug of his shoulders to us .She eventually walked out with a swanky Prada hand bag !!! Could have easily cost close to a lakh ???!!!! Somebody said Thai partners are costly too maintain and we could see why !!!
She seemed a very friendly sort and good natured. Not particularly happy to be at the race track at Monza but never the less tagged along. Seemed to like Deepa quite a lot and gave her a huge hug and kiss as she said goodbye .. said she was planning to visit India !! We may see more of her soon !!
With us was lady from Indonesia , who had a moon shaped face , calm and serene and as Deepa remarked , a flawless complexion . At Milan we had dinner at the same table with this lady and her husband and an interesting couple from Vietnam. The Vietnamese lady was quite a character , although a very successful business person . She runs a garment export business & if I’m not mistaken a travel agency as well .On the race day she wore a loud jacket which was printed as a newspaper !! I used to refer to her as the newspaper, when out of ear shot , that is !! Never the less she was an entertaining and an accomplished business person.
At the dinner table conversation went along briskly and at one stage we came to know that the Indonesian lady and her husband were very keen on another child , but a male one .They already have two female children and desperately wanted a male, to carry on the family business .The Vietnamese suggested that they could go to Thailand, where a doctor she knows would arrange for fertilization outside the womb and then implant an appropriate egg , to enable be certain of a male child .She mentioned she and her husband have been through this experience with the same doctor in Thailand and she swears by him !!
She did also toss on the conversation table a statement that women dressed for other women and not for men .I guess she felt men dont notice .Do know that on several occassion I was found napping as I would be asked what so and so wore on a particular occassion and I wouldnt have a clue .But off late I’m a bit more conscoius of these things .. I’m a long way off but I’m getting there !!Had to say though that while men may not focus hevily or exclusively on clothes , they do notice .. you bet !