Mission Delhi – Sultana Abdullah, Hazrat Nizamuddin East
One of the one percent in 13 million.
[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]
A 60-year-old, slim beautiful woman with her own apartment in a posh Central Delhi locality is looking for a bookish romantic handsome man to marry.
The white coiffured Sultana Abdullah is a retired Air India hostess who spent more than 30 happy years in the national carrier administering the in-flight cabin crew. These days she is often seen cycling around her colony’s bylanes.
Ms Abdullah’s principal qualities—in her own words–include her “wicked sense of humour”, “unfailing loyalty to friends” and the fact that “I check my email only once a month.” Her ideal man should be between 50 and 65 and with common sense. He must be proud of his Indian heritage but should have western sensibilities. “I prefer a happy balance of liberal and conservative instincts!” The suitable candidate should be fond of good music and must not talk politics under any circumstances around the dining table. He should be sufficiently wealthy to take care of his comforts–“at least.”
A man with children and grandchildren a big plus for “extended families are great fun.”
Disclosure: Ms Abdullah’s lifestyle can be expensive. She occasionally ends up going to Paris for haircuts, Rome for shoes, Nairobi for spices and Wenger’s Cake Shop for sandwiches. She has been married once several years ago in London but “the wedding lasted longer than the marriage.” Her last romantic fling took place three years ago.
While religion is not a factor, Ms Abdullah promises to seriously consider proposals from Parsi men—“Because I lived in Bombay for 18 years and because my Air India was founded and nurtured by Parsis.”
Men with paunch, safari suits, and hair colors, please refrain.
[This is the 142nd portrait of Mission Delhi project]
A Suitable boy for Sultana