Celebrations, Italian style

A celebration in advance. That’s what the Italian embassy did on Saturday evening. Reason? ‘‘It is too hot to celebrate the occasion on June 2. That is why the government gives us the liberty to celebrate this day a few months in advance as per our convenience,’’ said wife of Italian Ambassador Benedetto Amari, Marigrita.

With light studded trees and a live band playing numbers right from By the rivers of Babylon to Ek mein aur ek tu, the evening was reminiscent of Bollywood during the 70s — women with their ‘bun’ hair do and saris tightly draped around their body and men seen with felt hats. Even the conversation had more to do with Bollywood and Hollywood and the role of media.

But what caught the eyes of all was the typically Italian menu that had finite takers. Those spotted on the occasion were Digvijay Singh (who preferred to stick to the Italian ambassador and his wife), followed by K C Pant and his wife Ila Pant. Next in line was the British high commissioner, Sir Rob Young with wife Lady Catherine, Romesh Bhandari, fashion designers Asheema and Leena, Bishan Narayan Singh, Jt CP (traffic) Maxwell Pereira, diplomats...

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