The story of this wonderful evening began around 15 days ago, when a friend--Bhaskar Bhatt, send these invites.
For someone who has been in love Gulzar's words ever since she can remember, I was on cloud nine and could not stop smiling at the mere thought of hearing the master recite his own work at one of my favourite places--India Habitat Centre.
The stage was set, and like me, several others had reached the venue way before time.
As usual, he was dressed in a sparkling white kurta pyjama and his footwear (a pair of Pujabi jootis) caught everybody's eye and fancy.
The programme of the evening was the promotion of the book of English translations of some of his poems by noted author Pavan K. Varma. The two presented an entertaining jugalbandi full of anecdotes of their friendship and read some of his most celebrated and favourite poems from the collection titled Neglected Poems.
I came home a rich woman with the copy of the book and his signature on the front page of the book was a bonus.
However, my most prized possession is his signature on my most favourite Triveni from the book Pukhraj.
I have made some videos which I'll post soon.