Monday, May 16, 2016

Friends of SOS at Haniya's place

The hostesses of the party with Hania Shahid

Save the BEST for LAST! That's what Haniya Shahid and friends of SOS Multan believe in.
Although, it is common in committee groups, the head who collects and manages the total amount, gets the money first--- but not in this committee! Hania Shahid makes sure, all the members receive the sum and arrange their parties first. Then she designs an event so splendiferous that it obliterates the memories of even the best of parties, like ''the rung party'' she had last time. Magnetizes new people, along-with those already associated with this cause. And that's exactly what she did again, at the closure of 'friends of SOS committee, season 3'.

On 5th of May, alongwith her group members, Rubina Arshad, Saira Nasir, Saima, Ayesha, Qudsia, Kokab, Reena, Rabia, Shazia Fareed, Ittratt Bano Gillani and Shahida, Hania Shahid arranged last party of this committee at her own beautiful house in the evening.

It was again a resplendent event. The decorations started right from the entrance. Kites beautifully tucked in Saffron clothed arches_all the way up the drive way. The tea was to be served in the front yard. Whereas the sitting and the ramp for fashion show was laid in the backyard. Which had another breathtaking set up to offer.

The favourite part of the writer of this post, were dozens of glass bird feeders hanging in the trees with flickering artificial candles. Which also appeared, like giant bubbles floating at the corners or chandeliers in the open. Absolutely fascinating. Although, even this writer had bought few of these glass bird feeders but nobody could think of using them so artistically, so perfectly in such abundance but only Haniya Shahid.

Black and White theme for sitting areas seem to be catching up fast. The entire sitting layout was Black and White. Chairs dressed in White skirts with big Black bows. Unnecessary lighting was avoided to keep the romance alive. Concealed colour changing, disco lights were placed under trees and creepers, to enhance the beauty. A musical band entertained the audience with live music and singing. An enormous ramp was there with the stage to provide the young participants from SOS village, true feeling of being models at a fashion show. Yes, the models were from SOS village, all dressed up, glowing in shimmering make, all pretty little ladies.

Shinning like a diva, Haniya herself hosted the show confidentially. The program started with tilawat Quran by a girl from SOS village.  After that Haniya invited Mahnaz Fareed on stage. Who showed a presentation about all the achievers from SOS village. Those children, who acquired respectable living and education through this institution and now are creating their niche by getting jobs. She went on to describe, some of them are also employed back at SOS village, SOS Herman Gmeiner School, SOS institute of technology, Multan. It is a fantastic system which does not let go of their lives even when they enter their adulthood.

Here, it is important to salute Mahnaz Fareed for her efforts. This lady is determined, personally takes great pains, follows these children and makes sure they get the maximum access to best of education and opportunities, not just in the city or the country but all around the world. To her, every child in SOS village is her own child and she does not want them to be deprived of anything, no matter what. 
She is a great example of success in every field of life. Her efforts and contribution to the society must be acknowledged by awards and honours by government and other institutions, being bestowed on her.  

After Mahnaz, Haniya invited all her group members on stage and thanked them for their co-operation for organizing this event and agreeing to everything she suggested. She also requested them to speak on the occasion. Ms. Shahida greatly admired Haniya's ideas and efforts and thanked her for taking all the arrangements upon herself. She said, they were blessed to have her as member and entire city is blessed to have a lady like her.

Finally the drums rolled and the fashion show started. One after another, on the beat of lively tunes of music, the girls appeared on the ramp. Full of poise, beauty and confidence. Few of them were accompanied by the hostesses. Haniya, Rubina Arshad, Saira Nasir, Sidra Bakhtawar, Shazia Fareed, Saima Fisal, Rabia Rehman and Shahida also graced this catwalk. Those who were present at the occasion, simply loved the show. A record maximum number of attended this party out of 115+ members of this committee.

As described above, the tea was served in the front lawn. Which was beautifully decorated with food stalls from Haniya and Itrat's very own restaurant Lahore Chatkhara, Multan branch. Women relished over the variety of cuisine and simply loved, the live assembling of chaats and cooking of sweet Jalebis. From barbecue to Chinese, everything was in abundance to serve the vegetarians and the meat lovers. With plenty of diet and regular cold drinks and teas. It was indeed a marvellously done event. Congratulations to Haniya and all her group members!

Do not forget dear friends! Haniya remained topper and a distinction holder, throughout her academic life. Did her MBA from B.Z.U, Multan with flying colours. Had the honour of serving as Director of National Bank of Pakistan for four years, during previous government. And is also a constant, most regular, greatest support of SOS Village Multan. Being the daughter of Mrs. Jameeda Malik, a renowned educationalist of Multan, Haniya fully incorporates her teaching experience in smooth functioning of SOS Herman Gmeiner school, shoulder to shoulder with her dynamic friend Mahnaz Fareed. And thus is one of the most valued board members of both, SOS school and SOS village Multan. This event speaks a lot about her refined tastes, great management skills. Also as mentioned earlier, Haniya alongwith her partner Itrat is the only female restaurant owner in the city of saints. Truly a talented and blessed personality. Lots of prayers and best wishes for her in the future. Good Luck for everything

The models, girls from SOS village Multan

Sidra Bakhtawar and Mahnaz Fareed

Freeha Ismail and Saima Faisal

A little girl in the party, Hajra Shah

Romana Ahmed and Mala Ahsan

Rubina Arshad with friends

A friend with Saira Nasir

Romana Tanveer
Aarfa Waqar

All smiles

Kiran and Afshan

All dolled up beauties, Saima Faisal and Rabia Rehman

Mehriya Omer, Attiqa Hussain

The gorgeous Hina Ali
Farah Saqib and Uzma
Hania on the ramp with SOS girls

Ayesha Usman, in the middle of her friends

SOS village model girls on the ramp

Friends with Hina Shahid

Shazia Fareed and Zahra Bassat

Zainab and Uzma Akbar

Riffat with her friends from SOS
Snapchat shot, Shehaer Bano, Maha Bokhari and Hajra Shah's Selfie with FarihaMunirShah

Beautifully decorated gifts for the guestson Left,
glass bird feeders used as candle hangers on Right

Kite decorations on entrance, Live Jalebi cooking and different food stalls
The most fascinating part of all the decorations, glass bird feeders with flickering artificial candles

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Celebration of Saraiki culture

Uzma Burana hosting her show
Multan is one of the few places on earth, where Saraiki is regarded a native language.  As this city is considered a parallel civilization to Rome; Saraiki is often compared to French language in sweetness, softness and beauty. It has a strange poetic quality about it. This language is widely spoken in entire South of Punjab and at the bordering areas in Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtoonkhwah.

Richness of Saraiki heritage and culture can flabbergast those, who are unaware of it. Vibrance of colours, ethnic touch, elegance wrapped in austerity, these characteristics truly elevate Saraiki handicrafts from rest of the world. Here, everything can be hand embroidered. Apparel, shoes, beddings, wall hangings, table to foot mats. You name it and Saraiki people would present to you an article dripping with colour, shimmer and originality. Artefacts made of camel skin, mirror work, miniatures, paintings, mosaic. Truly hand made, from beginning to end.

In every age, Multani Gold remained famous around the world for its purity. The jewellery made out of real Gold and silver is simply fascinating. Earthen to Blue pottery, Saraiki artisans are great masters. They have their own marvels of tradition and style, which speak for themselves anywhere in the world that they are from the city of saints, from the land of sufis.

As sufi-ism originated from this land, the poetic quality and unfathomable love for music is a part of its heritage. Most of the songs sung by Sufi singers today, were originally written by Saraiki saints and poets. This language is loaded with folk songs. Which have now become a part of tradition at every Pakistani or Indian wedding throughout the world. Saraiki people are artistic by birth, they have the spirit of a painter, a poet, a singer, a dancer in them. And that breathes a happy soul in them, that no heat can ever kill. They will rather crack a joke about the rising temperatures of their land and laugh over it. or sing about it or would simply dance it away.

Like rest of the world, as modernism is taking up, Saraiki culture is gradually disappearing from the lives of its natives. Those who truly cherish and value their heritage, try to sustain it. Some go over the edge and make efforts to resuscitate it by providing others, opportunities to revisit their roots and reconnect with traditions. One such great effort was made by Uzma Burana. This lady proudly embraces the fact that she is a Saraiki and holds this culture in great reverence. So much, that the entrepreneurial field she selected for herself, despite being a feudal lady, is of ''khussa (traditional Saraiki shoe
) making'' by the name of ''village art'' and through that she supports the underprivileged families associated with this craft.

On 9th April 2016, Uzma Burana with her group members, Ayesha Durrani, Yasmin Durrani, Azra Parveen, Bano Saleem, Shamim Shad, Mehwish Durrani Mehmooda Rahat, Nighat Gillani, Fariha Jamil, arranged a party at ladies club Multan and named it ''Saraiki cultural festival''. Which happened to be a treat for eyes, ears and souls. Members of the ladies club were requested to attend the function in traditional Saraiki dresses and jewellery. The participants did true justice to the theme and arrived in bright clothes, worked with gotta, kinari and other embroideries and loaded with traditional Multani jewellery. Uzma Burana recreated the beauty of a traditional Saraiki household. Adorned with bright coloured embroideries, traditional decoration pieces and household utensils.  The set up was simply breath taking and conveyed the deep love the organizers held in their hearts for their culture.

The program started with the recitation of holy Quran. Uzma Burana personally took the responsibility of conducting the show. Very gracefully, she went on to introduce each aspect of Saraiki culture and threw some light history and culture. She had invited folk singers from her lands, who went on to sing folk songs on the beats of ''dholak''. All the members of the club were then invited to display their outfits and jewellery. As we know, Saraiki women are such bewitching beauties, each and every participant appeared extremely beautiful. But the judgement had to be done. Fariha Munir Shah, the joint secretary of this club was given the honour to decide. Keeping in view the voting of the audience, she declared Farah Sohail Sheikh as first, Mahmooda Rahat second, Tahira Najam and Shahnaz Iqbal were third. After that, Uzma requested her group members, Ayesha Durrani and others to start 'Jhoomar' (a traditional Saraiki dance) performed at weddings by entire family. Almost all the ladies, young or old participated in it. There were also skits by different members. Lots of games, singing and dancing. Each and every member was enthralled. Felt proud of being a Saraiki and thoroughly enjoyed the event.

At the end, Mrs. Shagufta Khaksaar, program secretary of the club made some announcements. Then, the dinner was served, which again accentuated Saraiki traditions. Saag, palak, Makai roti, chollay, etc.  A true sumptuous, scrumptious treat. Indeed, it was the best of the best party of ladies club, Multan. Thanks a lot Uzma Burana, people like you who love and honour their heritage are indeed blessing to the mankind, as they never let the ties break, which connect the nations to its roots. God bless you always.

Essentials of a Saraiki house
Khattra and Hookah, Bed and smoke machine in Saraiki culture
Changaer (plate) and Blue pottery cup
Madhani ( Saraiki Butter making machine)
True Saraikis drink tea in bowls
Saraiki singers 

Uzma Buana and friends

 Farah Khwaja and Ayesha Durrani,
Saraiki beauties, Assistant Program secretaries of ladies club

Presenting a skit, Mrs. Sipra, Mahmooda Rahat and Tahira Najam

Saraikan churning the madhani, Farah Sohail Sheikh at her best

The audience
Mrs. Gillani with other guests and Shaireen Rana from Jung, Ruqaya Naeem from Khabrein

Uzma Buran's mom giving away prizes to Mahmooda Rahat and her grand daughter
Stage full of participants
The new comers expressing their views
All the hostesses together with Uzma Burana
The Club administration,
Fariha Munir Shah, Shagufta Khaksar and Ayesha Durrani

Mahmooda Rahat and Shagufta Khaksar
Little Saraikan

Mrs. Qalab Abbass, Mrs. Zarina Behtreen and Mrs. Khwaja Mueed

The stylish Saraikans

Shagufta Khaksar, Mrs. Cheena Gillani and Mrs. Iqbal Chaudhary
All that glitters is Gotta and real Gold