Thursday, August 14, 2014

My Stockholm Diary - 24

At Formex
It, August 13, remained a busy day. I accompanied Naresh to FORMEX, a trade fair for interiors and gifts etc. at Stockholmsmässan at Alvasjö. Formex is a business to business fair. I was fully impressed by the infrastructure and arrangements. As I wrote earlier also, we in India are still to go a long way in this regard, if India is to come on the world map in business and commercial interaction. Naresh was engaged in his pre-fixed business meetings with his business counterparts. I could see around over refreshments offered by the exhibitors. We had a quick lunch of pasta and wine at the huge stall of candles. The aroma of scented candles was pleasant to the senses. Some Indian companies were also present in the fair through their local agents and distributors. I found a couple of exhibitors were having old stuff like rickety tables, wooden boxes (sandook), steel trunks and old utensils of brass etc. from India. It was a good experience to see the business sense at its best.
Ambassador Banashri Bose Harrison

In the afternoon, I visited the Indian Embassy and had a courtesy meeting with Ambassador Banashri Bose Harrison.   It was nice to renew my association with Embassy. We would tend to visit the India House in Stockholm in the morning of August 15 for the flag hoisting ceremony on the Independence day of India.
Dinner at Bablu & Kiran Home

As usual these days, the evening was fully enjoyable with Bablu and Kiran Kumar, close friends of Anju and Naresh, over a dinner at their spacious villa. A session of cards (teenpati) in between the snacks and the main course made us further relaxed and light. Both Kiran and his gracious wife Bablu are  wonderful hosts.

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