The book launch was a grand affair. Three books were being launched
1. In Pursuit of the Woman by Rajbir Gill
2. Kaashi by an American author, Terin Miller
and of course
3. Chakra, Chonicles of the Witch Way by moi, Ritu Lalit.
And Maharani Preneet Kaur, Minister of state for External Affairs, Government of India was to do the honours. Oh it was grand. And for once luck was on our side … the boys and I reached the venue for the book launch, Patiala Aviation Club before the royal highness did. Phew!
We made it with fifteen minutes to spare! Wow
Among the planes
Kunal and I, waiting for the Queen.
Preeti Singh, fellow author who made it to the function despite a fractured foot
And then our chief guest, Maharani Preneet Kaur arrived, without any fanfare. And I had an awkward moment. Here I was all dressed up and stuff and the lady was simplicity and elegance personified.
The Maharani is so “normal” … gracious and warm, I was floored. Hum dilli vaasi hain, here snobbery and political clout of far flung relatives also makes people obnoxious. This lady was gracious and approachable.
Chakra was launched on Mother’s Day and who would be better to unwrap the book than my own son, a trained pilot, an author and blogger himself, and one of the two men I love to death, the other being his brother.
And the chief guest departs …
My thanks to Commander Rajbir Gill, his graceful daughter who emceed the programme and to each and every one who attended the function.
And of course, Kunal Marathe for the hectic backstage arrangements for the book launch.
And the beer and chicken party he hosted for us once we returned to the hotel, making us miss our train
But that is another story altogether 😛
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