My husband has to travel a lot for business purposes. The cities he frequents include the Pink City of Jaipur along with Vizag and Nagpur. It’s an irony that though, he has been to these places a number of times (of course, for short and hectic business tours), I have been to Jaipur and Vizag only once and, never have visited Nagpur.
I’ve a particular interest with Jaipur for its rich historical and archaeological resources. Not only that, the city boasts of producing exquisite handicrafts, jewellery, fabrics, carpets and marbles. Anybody who loves vibrant colours and intricate designs with great finesse will be in an empyrean bliss while in Jaipur. During my one and only visit to Jaipur, many years ago with my friends, we stayed at one of my friends, Meera’s house. That trip happened when I was in college and, I’m still in love with the tradition, culture, food and festival of Jaipur. The city has changed a lot since then naturally, but the old world charm soaked in history is still very much there.
Being the capital city of the state of Rajasthan, Jaipur is now quite a populous city with a plethora of factories, industries, hotels, and restaurants. People from different parts of India and abroad keep on visiting the city, not only for the sole purpose of enjoying a trip but also for business intentions like my husband. Though there are numerous hotels in Jaipur, but he prefers to accept the hospitality of a particular one since the last two years. This affinity for that hotel happened to grow after an incident he experienced there during one of his visits.
Some two years ago, Mr R, my husband, was on his usual trip to Jaipur. At that time, he didn’t have any predilection for hotels and, any reputed one could have served his purpose. That time, however, he chose Four Points by Sheraton as it was closest to his meeting venue with the clients.
The meeting was scheduled on the day after his arrival and, according to him, was very crucial. In his own words, he was feeling quite tensed, couldn’t sleep well at night, woke up as the first rays of sun seeped into the room through the heavy curtains, had a quick breakfast and started for the meeting. It was just half an hour prior to the meeting when he was checking all the documents for the one last time, to his utter horror, he discovered that he had left the bag containing some papers and quite an amount of money in his hotel room!
Frantically, he rushed back to the hotel and to his room, but there was no trace of the bag there. He had no idea where it could be and, for a moment, he lost all the hope of getting it back intact with its belongings as the bag was without lock and key. However, he went downstairs and enquired at the reception desk about it. With a warm smile, a lady there told him that one of the hotel staffs had found a bag on a table in the reception area. After verifying the things inside the bag and rivalling those with my husband’s statement they handed him the bag. It happened that way, when he was waiting at the reception for the car to arrive, he kept the bag on the table and in all his hurriedness and tension, forgot all about it!
However, Mr R was absolutely delighted by the gesture and alacrity exhibited by the hotel staff. There would have been no proof even if the bag was not handed over to him at all for he had no idea where he left it. No doubt, Four Points, the brand-name for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc, has recently crossed the 200th hotel milestone having its branches all around the world with such kind of service to its guests. Anyway, on that eventful day, Mr R’s meeting was successful even after the initial delay. So, it became kind of lucky charm for him then on. However, he has not learnt a bit from all these incidents to become careful and, keeps on losing things (some of them are quite important) every now and often.
Connecting the post with Debbie’s #Forgiving Fridays