Dear Mr. Shah,

I send my apologies for having been behaving like that.

Recalling the time when you gave me a scolding, I thing(k) of what father is. Having grown up without my real father, when you gave me hugs, I learned the warmth of father. 

Sincerely Emi

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One afternoon while I am strolling the properties of Krystal in Vallarta and enjoying bit of  solitude, I run into Michaela. She is in tears. I feel like a cow! She cries out. Apparently one of the poses Pompeo had requested in the huge bathtub was for her to get down on all four. While we are still standing on the path, I notice Nathalie walking towards us, she too is  in tears. I will talk to Pompeo. I don’t want any of you to do what you are not comfortable with. I appease them with hugs, put my arms around the both and we stop for a glass of wine.

On our first evening in Puerto Vallarta, we are all sitting around a long table at Krystal’s Japanese restaurant Kama Kura, enjoying the dinner hosted by the Alfonso Vasquez M., the corporate manager . I am sitting either right next to Nathalie or close enough. We are all animated and getting into the spirit of things when suddenly we hear Nathalie making bird like squeaking sounds. Both of her hands are wrapped around her neck and the horror on her face conveys that she is choking on something. Her face is turning white and contorted and she is certainly in pain. She kicks off the chair and stands up. I grab her by the waist. She is pointing her finger at the partially bitten piece of chicken she has thrown back on her plate and then to her mouth. Fortunately, all it takes is for her to bend over my arm and me slapping her back a couple of times. Out comes a chicken bone, her face smeared with tears, her nose running. But after a glass of water and a sip of wine, our despampanante rubia is back to life, her face once again radiating.

On any project away from home, the entire group becomes your sole responsibility. You want to make everyone feel comfortable, well fed and motivated. Build a team. Even though when you get a group of the most beautiful women together, its hard sometimes, because each one of them thinks that she is the most beautiful of the bunch. Thus there is always a bit of competitive edge to such groups. In this case, enter also the nationalistic pride because they are representing the fierce game of the world soccer. But by and large they behave phenomenally well, even helping each other. During a couple of small crisis, the 23 year old Andrea Huber has established herself as the pleasant and cajoling peace maker. Mexico’s own Belén Balmori at 28, plays caring mother, They are big help.

The thing the producer has to worry most about is that all girls get a good night’s sleep and are rested and relaxed the next morning. Keep them together, never giving them or one of their admirers a chance to get closer and sneak away. Because you don’t want to have those elements interfere with work. Seems ironic coming from Playboy executive, but when you are involved in such a project you have to constantly strive for the balance which tilts heavily towards work.

But how do you keep the Cupid away from trying? Alfonso, (not the hotel manager) tall, suave and handsome is one of the people brought along Irina  – the social director of sorts – who is assigned to help us with anything and everything. Pat Tomlinson is a part of our Chicago team and is the most efficient and able stylist/make-up artist. Jan is a big golf aficionado and Alfonso has organized a t-off at the nearby Flamingo course and is to join Jan and Michaela for a round of golf that morning. While the two have already arranged a cab and are waiting for Alfonso to join them, he is nowhere to be found. Not in his room, nor in any of the likely resort restaurants where he could have been having breakfast. Where do they finally locate him? In Pat’s roomJ

© Haresh Shah 2013

Illustration: Celia Rose Marks

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