THE INDIAN High Commissioner to Malaysia, His Excellency Mr. RS Rathore, hosted a Deepavali open house on this date in 1992. That was my first encounter with members of the diplomatic corps… nope, I wasn’t an invited guest, my office sent me there to cover the event 🙂
The Rathores hosted the open house on Tuesday, 27 October 1992; My article in The Star published on Thursday, 29 October 1992, page 10.
I was eventually granted an interview with HE Mr. Rathore just before he completed his tour of duty here; this article was published in Sunday Star on 27 December 1992, page 10.
Years later, I did get invited to such events…
In US, at the Commonwealth Women’s Association meeting and lunch hosted by Mrs. Lekha Sreenivasan (wife of Indian DCM) at her home in Bethesda, Maryland, 26 September 2000. Seated L-R: Datin Kamilah Abdullah (wife of Brunei Amb), Mrs. Joan Bolger (wife of NZ Amb and former first lady of NZ) and Mrs. Khaleeda Shehabuddin (wife of Bangladesh Amb); Standing L-R: Mrs. Lekha Sreenivasan, Mrs. Meheera Yakub (Bangladesh), Pn. Jameah Kholil (Malaysia), Mrs. Zakia Mansoor Hussain (Bangladesh) and Mrs. Yvonne Salina (wife of Malta Amb).
In HK at the HK Indian Women’s Club Diwali Afternoon held on 30 September 2009.
(L) In HK, the “four musketeers” got together for a farewell meal (18 Jun 2010); (R) Farewell for CG of India, Mr. Ralte and Ziki, hosted by the Chief of Protocol, Mr. Tony Nguyen. (22 Jun 2010)