Just finished an interview with a free lance graphic designer. Younger woman, not quite 30, fresh faced and somewhat brash. She had that typical style of speech that I associate with Pakistan and got very comfortable when I started talking to her in Hindi. Great body of work - she has dreamt up entire exhibition stands and given it perspective using software tools, she's even designed a window cleaner that is now being used at the Burj. There was no effort on her part to put up even a mildly sophisticated or any other kind of demeanour. She loves to dress up though. I could tell from the lilac trim on her abaya and matching head scarf - done up eyelids. Slightly swollen eyes, tired and mildly puffy. Its probably because of the stay at home husband who cannot work due to a "back condition". And two young children can certainly take their toll on a person.
So I quite liked the idea of working with her. I mean she is a woman with serious limitations. She's just doesn't fit the ideal proto or is even close. But she has built a network from I-Mate to Thuraya to Geox - she has held on to a car, a laptop, a certain dashing sense of style and a lot of accented English just so she can use the brilliant ideas inside her head to make a life for her family. So I think I'll give it a go.
Travelling next week to India, sans kids and husband. I've forgotten how to. But I'm sure once I've stocked up the fridge and pulled out matching socks and underwear for each day of the week for the kids and instructed P for the 100th time on what to do when Rhea wakes up in the middle of the night, I'll really enjoy myself.
I promise to post some stunning pictures of the mountains when I'm back.