Awards with a Dif­fer­ence

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THE AWARD FOR the travel and tourism in­dus­try held in the Shangri-La Ho­tel in the cap­i­tal saw some heavy­weight at­ten­dance. The feisty former Union Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of Tourism, Renuka Chowd­hury, was the chief guest at the event. Jew­ellery de­signer Poonam Soni designed a crys­tal and sil­ver plat­inum fin­ish tro­phy for the UBM group for their IMP (In­dia’s Most Pre­ferred) Plat­form. Soni her­self was awarded and hon­oured by the chief guest. The Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber from Hy­der­abad, who is known for her beau­ti­ful saris and her can­did ways, Chowd­hury, flew in spe­cially for the event. That she ap­plauded Soni’s works and showed keen in­ter­est in her jew­ellery style over din­ner must have made Soni’s day! When thanked by the UBM head for mak­ing the time from her busy sched­ule to fly down, in her inim­itable style, she quipped, “I had to come, you have got the best”. An­other oc­cur­rence that caught our eye and made this event spe­cial was find­ing the forth­right and glam­orous BJP spokesper­son, Shazia Ilmi, and op­po­si­tion party mem­ber Renuka Chowd­hury in the same frame. It was re­fresh­ing to find them min­gling with each other, leav­ing their po­lit­i­cal agen­das aside. Fash­ion de­signer Rina Dhaka also graced the event with other dig­ni­taries and po­lit­i­cal big wigs.

Poonam Soni with Renuka Chowd­hury

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