When I read about a theft of a handbag happening at a restaurant in Besantnagar even while the foreign tourists were digging into the famous idlis the restaurant is known for, it was reminiscent of my experience while sipping from a cup filled with freshly brewed coffee. The only difference perhaps was the country where the incident took place. My husband and I were on the last lap of our European tour by Cosmos and were having breakfast at Franktour hotel in Paris. I was so absorbed in relishing the brew that after finishing it I bent down to pick up my handbag placed by the side of my chair and was in for a shock! The bag had disappeared and I noticed the young man (probably an Italian or French) sitting in front of us too was missing!
I rushed to the reception to lodge a complaint but knew the futility of it. On our way back I peeped into the garbage bin placed outside the hotel to see if the thief had dumped my handbag after realizing it contained nothing of use to him-either dollars or gold but I was disappointed. Fortunately my husband was carrying our passports on his person throughout our 17 day tour. My only regret was losing all the trinkets I picked up in various countries we visited and my reading and glare glasses not to speak of my new beautiful blue pure leather handbag which till today I have not been able to get one even remotely similar to it!