Posted On Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 04:15:32 AM
I was expecting the temperature in Delhi, to be far lower than it was. I cannot remember a warmer Christmas in the capital, in the recent past. The forecast of course was, that it would get much colder, however, the Delhiites were not complaining.
When terror strikes in one city, the fear certainly percolates to all the other metros in the country. The pain, however, is not the same in another city. The people there fear for themselves but day to day life moves on unchanged. The uneasiness may only last a day or two. This is what I noticed in Delhi, with regard to the Mumbai attacks. And that is the way it was in Mumbai when the terrorists hit Hyderabad, Bangalore, or Delhi.
Christmas did have a certain amount of cheer in Delhi. There was enough going on if you wanted to keep yourself busy. Delhi pretty much remains unchanged over the years.
Its “who you know” in Mumbai as opposed to “who you are” in Delhi whispered a close Delhiite friend at a party predominantly attended by politicians and media bigwigs. “Over the years the ‘big’ manufacturers and industrialists are now in Maharashtra. The politicians and media moguls rule the roost here,” my entertaining friend went on to say. The term she used that took the cake was ‘social mountaineer’ which she used in every other sentence referring to the “Aam Dilli social climber.”
Anil Chopra along with Lakme had the Sabyasachi show which was a charity event to raise funds for the promotion of ‘cervical cancer awareness’. Sabyasachi put up a great collection, bringing to the ramp an old world charm and sense of style. His use of fabric, colour and embroidery remains innovative and breathtaking.
The cause, however, dominated my thoughts throughout the event. Two hundred deaths a day in our country are caused by cervical cancer. Alarming! I take this opportunity to urge all women to confront this imminent threat, in a timely manner. There are now preventions against this fatal disease, in the form of innoculations, and as with any ailment, “prophylaxis is better than cure.”
For those who are still not aware of Ritu Beri’s collection of jackets and coats, this line is fabulous. There were superbly cut jackets, embroidered, sequinned, bejewelled or plain. Her finish on these light weight jackets is excellent and so is her styling with interesting linings, be it velvet, zardozi or fur.
She had a Christmas lunch in her boutique at Sainik Farms showing off this collection, which included dresses and Indian wear. Little santa decorations swaying their hips and singing carols, the turkey with cranberry sauce followed by Christmas pudding and the amazing weather made for a perfect afternoon.
As we settle back into our lives and try to instill some calm in our systems, there is another fear brewing… The fear of war!! Nobody wins a war. There is too much destruction and devastation of the human race and nobody achieves anything. Revenge is a wasted emotion. I hope this talk of war dies a natural death.
I end with a touching quote I read recently, by Douglas MacAurther “The soldier above all other people prays for peace for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of wars.”