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RE: RES: Muito obrigado

Released on 2012-03-26 13:00 GMT

Email-ID 211492
Date 2011-02-20 02:41:25
Dear Reva

Curious destiny - this map was originally drafted, a long time ago, to
study the radio waves from Navy communication stations in Brasilia and
Recife.My merit was to see that it was also a geopolitical map.finally it
will arrive in your office in Washington D.C.

I will be spending a few days with my wife (vacation) in New York. I'll
mail the map from the Big Apple so that it will come to you as quickly as

My postal address remains (hopefully)

J. A. de Macedo Soares
Palacio do Planalto
Prac,a dos 3 Poderes
Brasilia/DF - BRAZIL
CEP: 70150-900

Glad to know that you will be spending some time in Brazil...we hope it
will be quieter than the Middle East nowadays

All the best and do send me a word by e-mail when this map gets to

Jose Antonio

-----Mensagem original-----
De: Reva Bhalla
Enviada em: 19/02/2011 15:01
Assunto: Re: RES: Muito obrigado

Jose Antonio,

You have no idea how happy your email has made me! I was so heartbroken
to have lost that map. I was at a bar catching up with some friends
yesterday and a guy next to me saw the huge smile that came across my
face when I saw your message, he turned to me and said 'wow, I would
like to know what to do to make a girl smile like that!' I don't think
he would have ever guessed it had to do with a world map with Brazil in
the center, haha..

Muito muito obrigado, Jose Antonio! You are so wonderful to find and
send me the map. It will hang proudly in Washington, DC. I'm also
making plans for next year to spend at least 6 months to a year in
Brazil, so can't wait to be back in your part of the world soon enough!

I hope you've been doing well. The Mideast has kept us sleep-deprived
for weeks, but the work has been good.

My home address in DC is:

Reva Bhalla
1400 S. Joyce Street # 311
Arlington, VA 22202

Likewise, please send me your address, as there is something that I
would like to send you as a thank you for all the kindness and
hospitality you displayed during my visit to your beautiful country.

Thank you again!!


On Feb 18, 2011, at 3:09 PM,

February 18, 2011

Dear Ms. Reva,

We managed to find another copy of the map that was stolen.
We were really saddened at the prospect of your office not having,
a world map with the right point of view.

To what address should I send this very suspicious looking tube with
the map?

best regards

Jose Antonio

-----Mensagem original-----
De: Reva Bhalla [
Enviada em: quarta-feira, 12 de janeiro de 2011 21:47
Para: Jose Antonio Macedo Soares
Assunto: Muito obrigado

Senhor Macedo Soares,

I wanted to express my gratitude again to you and your colleagues for
taking the time to meet with me in Brasilia. It was an honor and
privilege for me to engage in such a stimulating discussion in the
situation room and to be given a tour of the presidential palace. This
is a side of Brazil that not many people get to see, and I have you to
thank for giving me that opportunity.

I have terrible news, though! That beautiful map that you so kindly
gave to me was stolen from me in the airport. I had it in a case
attached to my bag, and the next thing I knew, it was gone. I've been
calling the airports and airlines for the past several days hoping to
track it down, but haven't had any luck so far. I am heartbroken, to
say the least. I really loved that map and was so honored to have it. In
any case, thank you so much for giving it to me in the first place. It
was a really special gift.

After spending time with the cariocas in Rio, the Itamaraty crowd in
Brasilia, the gauchos in Rio Grande do Sul and all kinds of Paulistas in
SP, I am leaving your beautiful country with a much better understanding
of the Brazilian soul. I plan to be back soon and hope to see you
again. Please let me know if you have plans to visit Washington, DC or
Texas. We would love to host you.

In the meantime, I hope we can stay in touch and collaborate on various
projects in the future.

With warmest wishes,


Reva Bhalla
Director of Analysis
Senior Analyst - Middle East, South Asia, Latin America
+1 (512) 699-8385 (mobile)