Netherfield Ball – Author RV Smith’s Kissing Escapades With Delhi’s Beautiful Ladies, Central Delhi Garden Party
The party secrets.
[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]
He came, he saw, and he kissed one willing woman after another. This is Ronald Vivian Smith, Delhi’s ultimate romantic figure.
One afternoon, The Delhi Walla attended a garden party hosted by author Rakhshanda Jalil. Beautiful faces outshone the beautiful flowers. The principal attraction, however, was Mr Smith. The venerable author looked quite venerable in his advanced years, and that was a deception. Mr Smith’s heart still sustains all the inconstant buoyancy of his ancient youth when he would be walking around town writing newspaper columns about the lesser known charms of Delhi. During those days, if whispers are to be trusted, Mr Smith charmed—a little too intimately–many of our great society ladies who today enjoy the prestige of respectable drawing room matriarchs. Indeed, Mr Smith is said to have had torrid affairs with many married women. His wife too, by the way, was somebody else’s before she eloped with him from Agra to Delhi.
After all those wild years, Mr Smith stayed loyal to his reputation. As soon as he entered the sun-filled garden, he spotted the beautiful Ms Jalil and immediately kissed her on her cheek.
His next objective was author Sadia Dehlvi–years ago he had composed a sonnet in praise of her beauty and had published it in a newspaper. Mr Smith embraced Ms Dehlvi and she was also graced with his kiss.
The next beautiful woman to whom Mr Smith turned his attention was author and journalist Poonam Saxena. He embraced her, too.
Finally, it was the turn of the ravishing Sultana Abdullah. The venerable Mr Smith seemed to admire the ex-Air India air hostess from a distance but did not touch her. Perhaps they had a past.
Mr Smith and some beautiful women
1. (with Rakhshanda Jalil)
4. (with Sadia Dehlvi)
6. (with Poonam Saxena)
8. (with Sultana Abdullah)