Friday, December 20, 2013

Nearly a month now in India ...

Since my last post here, I have had a very busy fortnight indeed. Catching up with relations, completing a myriad set of household, bank, financial and other activities, getting help for the repairs needed at home (carpenter, electrician, plumber, etc.) and clearing the extra stuff that fills up my wardrobe and storage areas by either sending it out free to others on "Free Cycle" or posting ads to get them sold off to needy people has taken up most of my time. This is not counting obligatory visits to friends, colleagues and close relatives, and invites to weddings, social functions and get-togethers.

I invited some of my doctor colleagues to an evening function last week. The get-together brought doctors who looked after my father (during his crucial last six months in 2012), doctors who looked after (and are still looking after) my mother, doctors who take care of my family during my absence, and doctors who are my close friends. Out of the 15-16 doctor couples whom we had invited, a few were unable to come, but all the others did. We had booked a small function hall called the "Capers" inside Best Western Hotel Sahil at Mumbai Central. Here are some of the attendees pictures:

Early birds settling down for the evening.
Exchanging vital points

Dr. Mustufa Khokawala

Dr. Yusuf Bagasrawala
Dr. Shabbir Suterwala

Dr. Shabbir Baldiwala

Mr. Elyas Savliwala

Dr. Parveen Rushnaiwala

Mrs. Nafisa Bagasrawala

Mrs. Ifroz Muhbeen

Making a point? Drs. Savliwala and Bagasrawala

Conversing and gathering knowledge

Dr. Souhail Savliwala

Dr. Salma Savliwala

Tasneem Savliwala

Hannah with her friend Sana

Dr. Sheela Verma

Dr. Rashida Bapai

Dr. Rajendra Verma

Dr. Mustafa Bapai

Enjoying moments of quiet and peace

Mrs. Nafisa Bagasrawala and Asifa Ubharay

Guests enjoying the dinner

Drs. Mustafa Bapai (left) and Ashfaq Ubharay (right) with Mr. Elyas

Drs. Savliwala Sr. and Bagasrawala

Dr. Shabbir Suterwala

Dr. Praful Shanbag

Mrs. Shanbag

In other news, I bought a new scooter on Friday the 20th. With this new acquisition, commuting in Mumbai will become hassle free! The new scooter is a Honda Activa, and I paid about Rs.2000 more compared to the actual M.R.P. Armed with the new vehicle, I zipped over to meet Nishrin at her salon.Thereafter, I went to a petrol pump to get the petrol tank filled, to Grant Road to purchase a new helmet, and finally, home. In the later part of the evening, Nish and I attended the "varsi" functrion of Hamid Rafique's father at Alibhai Tajbhai Hall, Bhendi Bazaar.

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