Awards with a Difference
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