Salima looked at herself in the mirror…she still looked young despite the fact of she being a mother of 10 year old son! She had decided what to wear for the dinner fellowship meeting…knee-length gray skirt with an 8 inches slit at the right side…which left her legs uncovered…and a maroon colored top…dressy one… which would go with her skirt. And a pony tail with hair band held high enough to let her pony tail dance while walking. And the usual make up on her face that would add to the beauty of her white beaded necklace! Salima believed that…for HR professional she is…making up should not cloud her natural smile and pleasing manners she possessed.
Irfan wore a bow black tie on his white Allen Solly cream colored shirt and neatly ironed trousers to go with a blazer.
Charlotte International was only three-year old hotel but was in race with other business hotels. The topmost floor business lounge cum dining restaurant attached to terrace had music jukebox with large selection of popular movie songs. As the environment is formal, hotel chose to play only mild romantic songs with more emphasis on musical instruments.
The dinner was fixed at 9 pm and both Irfan and Salima wanted to be present before time so that they could host the guest executives.
Ravi Shankar was the Executive assistant to the Managing Director of the multinational accompanied by Selvakumar, the Systems in-charge of the Project to implement the biometric initiative. Since the meeting was formal, they were also dressed in a blazer. And they were in time! Salima greeted both the executives while Irfan was just being courteous and business like.
Ravi Shankar was clearly in control of the project, one could gather from the conversation.
The menu was vegetarian as preferred by all of them and Salima volunteered to choose the options on the menu card as all the gentlemen felt she would do a better job at that. Irfan knew Ravi Shankar for the last three years since when he was working for the competitor company of the multinational. But, the biometric implementation was a new subject for Ravi Shankar and he had decided not to be biased by his relationship with Irfan.
The waiter brought the selected menu items to the table one by one.