Neeta Bhushan, Consul General of India in Chicago hosted an impressive reception on the occasion of the visit of her husband, Sri Anurag Bhushan, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India to Chicago at her residence on March 11th, 2018 (Sunday) at 6: 00 PM. The reception was graced by leading community and business leaders from different walks of life.
All the guests were bowled over by the strong academic credentials of Sri Anurag Bhushan, which,inter alia, include a graduate degree in engineering and a Post Graduate Degree in Management from such highly accredited and prestigious educational institutions as Indian Institute of Technology and Indian Institute of Management, respectively.
During the course of the informal deliberations that followed, Sri Anurag Bhushan paid rich tributes to the contribution of Indian Diaspora to enriching the socio-economic and educational fabric of the countries he served during his long career spanning about two-and-a-half decades. His rich diplomatic experience across the globe proved to be not only an icing on the cake but also made the interactions a great platform of learning for the guests.
The love between the Bhushans, despite long spells of separations on account of their respective postings to different countries, transported all the guests in a state of shock and awe. . Their fine balancing of work and family touched everyone. The Bhushans ensured that they never get so busy making a living that they forget to make a life.
“Both of them achieved excellence in foreign affairs and at the same time did full justice to the genuine demands of their family”, opined all the guests unanimously and added that their achievements on professional and family fronts should become a source of inspiration for working couples, especially their counterparts, who encounter multiple challenges in meeting the demands of their profession and family.
The presence of highly eminent persons at the reception, representing a number of organizations run by Indian-Americans, belonging to different regions, religions, and languages, showcased the success of Ms. Bhushan in bringing all of them under one roof, a rare achievement which was appreciated by such high profile US leaders as Governors, Mayors, Congressmen, Senators, University Presidents, etc. in the recent past.
The memorable evening came to a close with a sumptuous dinner, comprising tasty cuisine representing different regions of India, which was relished by one and all. Some of the guests who graced the reception included Mrs. & Mr. Hardik Bhatt, Mr. Amit Jhingran, Mrs. & Dr. Muzaffar Mirza, Dr, Azher Quader, Mrs. & Dr. Shoeb Sitafalwalla, Mr. Vinoz Chanamolu, Dr. Imtiaz, Mrs. & Mr Masood Quadri, Mr. Roberto Ramirez, Mrs. & Mr Iqbal Baig, Dr. Ali Niazee, Mrs. & Mr. Vinaykant Bhatt, Mrs. & Mr. Syed Jafry, Mrs. Rita Singh, Mr.Sanjjeev Singh, Mrs. Nyla Naseeruddin, Mr. Abrar Quader, Mrs. & Mr. Amrish Manajan, Mrs. Ayeisha Osman and Mr. Ashfaq Syed. Ms. Bhushan thanked all the guests profusely for gracing the reception.