|Welcome back, Siba Prasad Maitra|
That Maitra was being missed in the Garden all these days was evident the moment he showed up this morning. Abruptly the exercises were suspended and everybody broke into a round of applause welcoming him back – something unprecedented in the Club. He had actually informed some people on WhatsApp yesterday of having
Not finding him at the start of the exercises (because of the rains), frantic calls were made to his residence – some ladies even plotting to send him back to New Zealand should he have forgotten to get us chocolates from the trip!
Maitra did not disappoint. He brought Whittaker’s popular cocoa bars along with loads of photos on his new iPhone and charming anecdotes that would probably take a month now to narrate. A gifted raconteur, he is capable of transporting his audience
|Soothing hot tea from Mallika Kagzi|
Significantly, Mallika Kagzi made a surprise appearance (while on roza) mainly to celebrate her marriage anniversary with us today. On a wet, drippy morning, nothing could have been more welcome than the special, piping hot tea she had brought along. But in the end, it was the jolly, sharp-witted and charismatic Maitra who carried the morning.
For the record, Maitra is founder director of Geluk Pharma, a company set up late last year in Mahim for marketing some extraordinary cosmeceutical and skin care products. It was in connection with sourcing and familiarising himself with the stuff in much of its raw form that he had made this trip to New Zealand.
We wish him the very best in his enterprise.