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Grand Power Packed Sunday Afternoon with a 1000 people

It was a grand power packed Sunday Afternoon at Sofitel BKC’s Banquet Hall with a friend couple hosting a pre wedding lunch for the FM &  his wife’s daughter & her husband to be….congratulated them & wished them all the best & caught up with a lot of friends and acquaintances,many of them ‘Who’s Who’ in the World of   Politics,Business,Medicine,Education,Media,Banking,Equity,Broking,Bollywood & Music &….exchanged pleasantries with some & banter with others ! ….it was a heady cocktail mix !….so you can consider this blogpost as a hangover !

It was interesting to catch up with the NextGen too ,children in their 20’s of friends in their 50’s….hey guys don’t address me  with “Hello Uncle “….makes me feel old !

There must have been over a 1000 enjoying the exquisite & extensive hospitality of the Hosts  !……felt warm when the hostess said “Gaurav, the Aloo Gobi’s just for you !”…& there were a 1000 dishes of  various world cuisines  to choose from  in a 360 degrees presentation around  the Banquet Hall on the outside !….the party was all over the  2nd Floor !…..our friend and hostess is humble and down to earth and has a Heart of Gold ….it’s a common perception that one born into an illustrious political pedigree would throw weight…not her !….earlier this year in February she was responsible for ensuring our once in a lifetime ‘Mata kaa Bulava Aaaya Hai’ Vaishnodevi Jatra was indeed a lovely & memorable one !….,a year  ago when I had jocularly told her I missed her Aloo Gobi ! she actually send not just the Aloo Gobi but Paneer Makhanwala too over to our residence that could feed an army !…she’s deeply religious too & an ardent worshipper of Siddhi Vinayaka & Infant Jesus & St Anthony… like we are too…. Every Tuesday is specially marked for a visit to the famed Prabhadevi temple & Worli Shrine  for Prayers to both

Wife was amused when an elderly man came up to me and hugged me saying ” I’m very proud of you!….you come on TV and are very knowledgeable ” and  kept repeating this even when it turned out to be a case of mistaken identity !…so I hugged him back !

And an Equity Guy who’s sought frequently for his views on and off TV enquired ” Gaurav , What’s your big scrip!?  but excused himself when asked for his !

And there was Wife’s favourite Arnab Goswami of Times Now,in a brown kurta, who I asked ” Why do we keep seeing the same faces on your 9 pm debate panels!….get some more depth!” to which he intensely replied ” Yeah ! I keep requesting to expand the number of political reps ! ” ….I thought the debate would be better off without political party reps !….but then I think it would loose it’s noisy and ‘tu tu main main!” essence !…” I thought you would be in London & Turkey to cover the PM’s visit to the UK and G20 Summit in Antalya”  I asked Arnab…” I’ve send my team” he replied…..then there was the other Power Journo of India TV,Rajat Sharma….it would have been fun if he had conducted an impromptu ” Aap Ki Adalat”  of  people there and then !

For Many it was undoubtedly an afternoon to ‘See & Be Seen’ and ‘off the record’ conversations….as for me ,I enjoyed the Aloo Gobi and a few more desserts than my wife thinks I had !…she says she counted at least 70 of them on offer !

Now on to a market week that should continue to display Vulnerability & Volatility,more so with the impact of Paris Terrorist attacks raising the deeper question on how long can an Equity Upsurge of the past few years last !

Guys go Bottom Up like we’ve been doing rather than Top Down in your Equity Approach and you should be happier

Cheers !




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