A Patriot All the Way - Air Chief Marshal Idris Hasan Latif

Dear Readers,

This issue is very special to me! My father-in-law Air Chief Marshal Idris Hasan Latif, whom I called Baba, was a man of honour and his word. He was the most honest and principled human being I have ever known. He could be very tough when he felt something was wrong and he disliked people who were corrupt. But at the same time he was very kind and generous to those in need. His wisdom, I will miss immensely.

When I asked him once why he didn’t accept or pursue the post of the President of India, his reply was that he would not be able to justify his duties with the changing politics at the time; and he also wanted to spend as much time as possible with his family, especially with his ailing mother.

Baba did not want to live after his wife Begum Bilkees passed away. He passed away barely six months after she did. The bond between both husband and wife was truly one of magnetic force, and as time came one found their way back to the other.

It’s truly my honour to present this cover story on this patriotic hero of the nation.  

Moving on, it’s that time of year again when celebrities from around the world head over to the city of Cannes in the French Riviera to attend the Festival de Cannes where apart from the best of cinema one also gets to see the best of fashion. Turn over to our Feature Story that showcases our pick of the best at the 11-day festival.

In this month’s People in Focus section we have two charismatic women from diverse fields—model and winner of the Mrs India Earth 2017 Shweta Chaudhary and philanthropist and entrepreneur Roshini Nath. Read on to know what the toughest and most exciting part of their work is.

Taking us through her holiday to Cape Town in South Africa is Delhi’s fashion designer Dharna Hassija who referred to this as her best Valentine’s Day present from her husband. Check out Grand Getaways for more.

In Wedding Moments we have two sensational weddings—that of Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja from Mumbai, and Shweta Keerthi and Akash Sethia from Hyderabad. With the best in décor, food, and drinks, they were both well-attended by the who’s who of respective cities.  

And tell us what you think. If you have any suggestions, comments or queries, please e-mail me at publisher@you-and-i.com.