When I arrived at Sharmini's home at about 8:15pm, a few of the AWL members were already seated with drinks in their hands. The house was beautifully decorated, a Christmas tree stood in a corner where gifts were laid beneath.
In between bites, we quickly caught up with each other’s lives and we even got Ida Daniella (Dani) to sing for us . Always one to humor us, Dani began belting out Irene Cara's "What A Feeling" while the rest of us clapped, cheered her on and tried to sing along.
After much bantering and laughing, dinner was served buffet style and as always, all of us piled our plate highs with salad, rice, vegetable and mutton curry, grilled chicken. Dinner was as good as the hors d'oeuvres (if not better), and we began begging our hostess for her recipes.
After much laughter and raucous in our hostess' living room, we all adjourned for a night cap and the night continued with games and small talk. All in all, it was a lovely celebration for all of us and the party encapsulated the spirit of Christmas in its entirety.
We are indeed grateful to Sharmini for being so generous with her hospitality.