Photo Essay – The Lonely Foreign Woman and Other Women in the Italian Unification Celebrations, Italian Embassy Grounds
[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]
The beautiful people of the capital’s diplomatic world trickled in one after another.
One evening The Delhi Walla attended the Italian Unification Celebration on the grassy grounds of the Italian embassy in Central Delhi.
A foreign woman outshone everyone in a blue sari. Curiously, she was wandering around all by herself–she looked melancholic. Another woman wore a dazzling white pearl necklace, or perhaps the necklace wore the woman. One elderly woman came with her elegant walking stick. Another very elderly woman in a pious-looking sari was crowned by a hair-style too grand for even a Maharani—somebody said she was Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter (see photo 10 below). Also spotted: a good old braid, the only one to be seen in the evening.
A young woman chatted around with a baby stroller, and a baby in it. Also sighted: a pregnant woman, looking very pretty.
The most perfect dream was a woman with very long white hair.
As the evening ended, the sari-clad foreign woman was seen standing amid a circle of people; she was talking and laughing. After a few minutes, she was again spotted alone but this time she was looking happy (see last photo). The Italian unification turned out to be a good idea after all.
The world of the beautiful people