Sohana tried to fit into this little cart but later we put her in a normal sized cart. Now handicrafts in dubai are a rare sight and the only few that I've seen have been at Global Village and those aren't really very nice so I wasn't really expecting much. When we walked in the place was positively buzzing and it was heartening to see so many people come out to support handicrafts. I began browsing and I was instantly happy that I decided to make the trip because there were an amazing number of lovely handmade things sprinkled everywhere. I knew right away that a significant amount of money was going to be spent.
I was stressed that we would never get to Festival City and Monit was supposed to be there only until 6. There were no signs for Festival city and I was getting tense by the minute. Finally we saw a sign for Festival City and we breathed a sigh of relief and began singing 'Kokomo' is unison. Ankita joked,"Ya ya now sing Kokomo and till now you weren't even breathing." So we finally parked and headed to IKEA which was quite a distance because I'd parked at the other end of Festival City. Seeing Monit after all this time was fantastic and we hugged fondly. We met Puja and another friend from NID after many years. It was an impromptu reunion of sorts for a while. After a quick cup of coffee (tea in my case) Monit and I decided to spend the evening at Ankita's house. The evening slowly turned late into the night as we chatted about everything under the sun, about old friends, old times. Monit had acted in my very first film where she played a bored wife. She had memories of me that I'd forgotten completely. Ankita showed us someof her work which was beautiful and detailed. I loved her cards and bags. I really hope she can market both because I'm sure people would love them. I loved this bag on the left and Ankita gifted it to Monit.
Monit said I'd changed. I was much quieter. I am much quieter and much older than when she saw me last. Sometimes life can do that to you. I don't say that as a negative thing. I have changed and it has been a gradual transformation which is not only positive but very important and intrinsic to who I am today. I flagged a cab for Monit at 12:30 in the night and drove myself home completely tired and completely satisfied with the day. The dog greeted me at the door and a hot shower later it was lights out for me.
The picture on the right is the elevator in Ankita's house which takes you to the upper floor. It's a huge apartment with plenty of light, space and a fantastic view of the city.
Saturday was quiet and I watched this funny movie called Chalo Dilli. It was not bad. I had run out of episodes of CSI so I ended up watching other stuff. I watched American Gigolo. A young Richard Gere looked quite good although there was zero chemistry between him and Lauren Hutton. The love scenes were truly pathetic and the frontal nudity was unnecessary. The film was altogether very average. I cleaned the house which was in quite bad shape as I hadn't had time to really look after it. In the evening we watched 'Heroine'. Kareena Kapoor tried very hard but the script was so chock full of cliches about the film industry that it was quite below average for Madhur Bhandarkar. Arjun Rampal is edible. He should be served on a lovely ceramic plate with cherries on the side.