Saturday, September 27, 2014

Re-opening of Ladies Club.

3 graces of ladies club Multan.
Shagufta Khaksaar, Uzma Burana, Tahira Najam.

Ladies club, Multan is an independent organization, with a proper membership and annual subscription system. Although, a nominal amount but funds collected through that are used to pay for salaries of the staff at duty and maintenance of the place, alongwith, electricity, phone and gas bills.

Unfortunately, as our entire country is gripped by the fever of tax evasion, this place (which basically serves women of the privileged class of the city of saints) also suffers from problems of the kind. Most probably, annual contribution is an extremely small amount of money that few of the prestigious members forget to pay, in time. The staff at duty, whose livelihood depends on the sum, desperately goes on reminding them but it takes them months, sometimes years to pay their dues.

Like every other living institution, this club also faces highs and lows. Sometimes, it is the most happening place, attracting a lot of people and attention. Sometimes, it gets dull. Some members, also act like fair weather friends. They turn up only, when the best of things are happening here. Without realizing, the club still had to bear the expanses, when it was going through a low phase. They simply refuse to pay for the time, when they were not around. Such irresponsible acts, cause a lot of  inconvenience for administration and smooth functioning of this club.

There are some generous and benevolent members, like Mrs. Farrukh Mukhtiar (lifetime president of the ladies club), who lend out favours at all the difficult times to keep this place, working flawlessly. But this does not mean, others should consider it their right to free entertainment and socializing. Which in such a case, becomes accepting a charity. As mentioned earlier, most of the members here, belong to the upper strata of society, they should remain as committed towards their responsibilities, as vigilantly, as the want the club administration to run this place. So, it is a reminder and request to all the members. Pay your dues in time. No matter, what club, association, institution, you are associated with. Always, pay in time.

This issue is addressed here because there were problems that the club admin to face, reopening the club, this time. But it had to be done in September, in any case. So, Mrs. Farrukh Mukhtiar(president), Mrs. Fariha Munir (Joint secretary) and Mrs. Shagufta Khaksar (program secretary) took the plunge.

A tea was arranged on Monday, 23rd September to reopen the club. The highlights of the show were an Islamic lecture and dua by Mrs. Shahida Burq. A quiz show to mark the martyrs and war of September 1965, which was conducted by Mrs. Uzma Burana. And few games to keep the members actively involved in the program, by Mrs. Shagufta Khaksar.

The gifts/ prizes for all the competitions were also a contribution by Shagufta Khaksar. Whereas, generator was a courtesy by Dr. .Munir Hussain Shah. And tea/ refreshments were provided by Mrs. Farrukh Mukhtiar. So, this is how, the members of the administration came together, on their own to reopen the club. A good number of members attended the show and admired the efforts of the administration. At the end Mrs. Fariha Munir was requested to distribute the prizes. Later, all the members had a nice time, over tea in the open lawn.

FarihaMunirShah giving away the prize to Madam Razia Beg.

Mrs. Iqbal Chaudhary.

Mrs. Rao and Mrs. Najma Khand

Yasmin Bokhari, Mrs. Shahida Burq, Mrs. Nasim Durrani and Shahnaz

The program secretary, Shagufta Khaksar, conducting the show.

Rabia Bossan.

Sadia from Ausaaf newspaper

Siamese Twins, dressed in Khaadi clothes,
Shagufta and Azra.

Madam Razia Beg from Nawai-Waqt

The show is on.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A lunch by Bushra Gillani and Mona Gillani

The beautiful hostesses, Bushra & Mona Gillani.

              Summer has come and passed
               Wake me up when September ends

             Bring out the bells again
                Like we did when spring began
                 Wake me up when September ends

This song by 'Green Day', truly expresses the feelings of the natives of 'City of saints'. For most of them, the beginning of fall is more romantic than the onset of spring. They desperately await the end of September, so that they know, this cool but short winter season is going to stay with them, a little longer than the Spring itself.

And end of September is, what  Mona Gilani and  Bushra Gilani selected to hold their party in FMS committee. The arranged a lavish lunch at Shahjahan Grill, on 20th September.

As their surname suggests, these ladies are indeed related to the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Yousaf Raza Gillani. Fresh as flower, this gorgeous young lady Bushra is his niece, his real sister Madam Nargis' daughter. Although, she has just got out of her teens but Bushra is happily married and mother of two beautiful toddlers. Her sociable and loving nature has already landed her, among the top socialites of Multan.

It seems unbelievable but Mona Gillani is a mother of teenagers. Her husband is a landlord and an entrepreneur. She prefers to stay at home and socialize with a small circle of friends. It is the good fortune of FMS committee that these two amazing ladies became a part of it for the first time.

Back to lunch now. A good number of members managed to attend the function and feasted over delicious desi cuisine selected by Bushra and Mona. Yellow seemed to be the favourite colour, as more than one lady selected to appear in it. It turned out to be a pretty colourful occasion, with lots of discussions, shared jokes and laughter.

Thanks a lot Mona Gilani and  Bushra Gilani for hosting such a lovely lunch and we look forward to more soon.

Bushra and Kiran Dogar.
The gorgeous, Mala Ahsan (Shimaila Jabeen)
Rabia Bossan.

Rameen Anis and Romana Tanvir

Dr. Huma Athar.
Rabia Bosan, Bushra Gillani and Mona Gillani.

Tehmina Munir in Red.

The party in full swing.

The little ladies,
Anam and Maria with Maha Bokhari in the middle
and Hamza at the back
FarihaMunirShah with beautiful surprise visitor,
former member of this committee Naema

Saturday, September 20, 2014

White Angel's party by friends of SOS.

The White Angels together.

Summers are almost over and so are summer vacations. All the Multani-ites, who fled to hill stations or countries abroad, to take refuge from the seasonal heat, returned at the end of August, because the vacations ended. Which ultimately brightened the social scene in the city  in September.

Friends of SOS, also got reunited after a break of two months, over a hi-tea at Ramada by Romana Ahmed, Shumaila, Mrs. Iqbal Khakwani, Asiya Mahay, Maria, Zeb Khan, Saira, Sara, Hina, Madeeha and Amra.

Living upto the traditions of this committee group, another unique theme awaited the members. White Angel, was the desired look. Ladies were requested to appear, wearing White to compliment the theme. The response was amazing. Most of the angels, embraced the idea with open wings and flew, floating in the party, all draped in White. A treat for the sight indeed.

There were games for entertainment of the guests and surprise gifts for the participa
nts . The prize for the most well dressed lady, went to Mehreen Buccha. Whereas, Anjum Sohail was acknowledged as the most punctual of them all. Romana Ahmed, gave away the prizes. 

As, Eid-Qurban (Annual Islamic ritual of animal sacrifices at the time of Hajj) is approaching. All the friends of SOS, were requested to donate, hides of their sacrificial animals to SOS Children's village. Those present at the occasion were also provided big shoppers for the purpose. A reminder that they should not forget these under privileged children at the village, who look forward to the community for love and care, at events like eids, etc.

And here is a request or all the visitors/ readers of this blog. Kindly, donate whatever you can for SOS Children's village, Multan and the skins/hides of animals for eid-e-qurban is a great way to begin with. This is one place, where you can see the living charity, happening infront of your eyes. This is one place, where no terrorists are raised but a great future for the society is being nurtured. Always, remember SOS children's village Multan for your contributions. And dump the skins at any 'collection point' by SOS village point near you.
Bushra Gillani.

Bushra & Mehriya with friends.

Romana Ahmed with more of White Angels.
Romana Ahmed giving the prize for best dressed lady
to Mehreen Buccha.
Anjum Sohail receiving the special prize
for punctuality.

Bushra Gillani & Mehriya Omer

A beautiful White Angel.

Zeb Khan & a friend.