Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Ladies club, 'Eid milan'.

Mrs. Naseem Raheem, hosting the show.
While Rabia Bossan, Tahira Najam and Mrs. Iqbal Chahudary on stage

October was a fun filled month for Multani-ites. Alongwith eid festivities, parties, weddings, different get-togethers went on everywhere. How could ladies club Multan, lag behind at such a time. Fortunately, a very talented group of ladies, had its turn to organize a party. And it had to be perfect, as Mrs. Naseem Rahim, a 'lifetime achievement award' winning member of the club was the chief organizer. The distinguished lady also has the honor of serving the club, as 'secretary' for several years. The other group members included the names of Rabia Bosan, Mrs. Zahra Khitran, Mrs. Farrah Ilyas, Bina Younas, Mrs. Munaza Iqbal, Mrs. Farah Saqib and Rani Mudassar.

On 25th October, an Eid Milan was arranged. Mrs. Naseem Raheem started the function with an introductory speech, extending 'Eid mubarak' to all the members. After addressing some important issues and highlighting the upcoming program, she invited Dr. Huma Athar to host the rest of the show. Dr. Huma remained a very active member of this club, since her childhood, as Mrs. Naseem Raheem is her mother. She always made her participate actively in all the activities. Huma also served as program secretary of this club for many years.

Huma had a unique idea of conducting a talk show. For that she invited Mrs. Tahira Najam and joint secretary of the club Fariha Munir Shah on stage and bombarded them with funny questions and queries. The rapid fire round, had everybody rolling on the floor with laughter, as the guests had to answer quickly and many slips of tongue, occurred to amuse the audience. Dr. Huma proved that laughter is indeed the best medicine and a good doctor is the one, who puts this in his practice (her practice in Huma's case). Later, Mrs. Khakwani and Mrs. Munaza Iqbal, also had to go through, a similar round, at the hands of tickling doctor.

Another part of the show was 'Eid dress' competition. All the well dressed, well prepared ladies were invited to take part in a catwalk. One after other, the seniors and the juniors swayed along, imparting feline grace to the ramp. Styles, colors, designs, jewelery of the participants bedazzled the audience.Mrs. Naseem Raheem, together with Mrs. Farah Saqib conducted this part of the show. Mrs. Shagufta Khaksaar, Fariha Munir Shah & Shazia won this contest.

To further compliment the perfection , a very formal, scrumptious dinner was served. It was indeed a brilliant show and everybody loved, every second of it. Thanks a lot ladies, for putting so much of effort and arranging a superb show, keeping up the traditions.

At the end, the writer of the blog would like to add some personal notes. A tragedy that she has often witnessed by few of the guests at this place. Multan is believed to be a conservative place. Not only, people who run this blog are aware of this sensitivity but the entire media/ press of the area is very conscious of the fact that not many women are allowed by their husbands and families to get their social or cultural activities published everywhere. So, we remain extremely care for featuring only those people, who belong to enlightened, broad minded backgrounds. And their permission is asked before even their picture is taken.

Although, club mainly allows female journalists but for photography, sometimes males are sent by respective newspapers. Sometimes, some embarrassing situations are created by some women, who probably want to be noticed more than others at the spot. Only because, they select not to be published anywhere. When, they appear at a gathering, encouraged to participate in the activities, they create scenes by throwing attention seeking tantrums about removal of all male photographers from the party area, without acknowledging the fact, that just minutes earlier they had a full photo session with the same photographers. It is truly demeaning. An inconvenience and insult to hosts and also to the media personnel, who are as honorable to hosts, as any of the guests present at the gathering. Many of the ladies of this club are pardah observing and they always adopt dignified ways to take to a side. No photographer has ever seen their face, they do not raise hue and cry or burn down the scene by their antics. Kindly, do learn something from them. Nobody in this city is a celebrity big enough that the photographers can not do without taking pictures, the press here is not paparazzi but people invited at the request of the members. And why spoil other people's show? To get respect, you need to extend it as well. Always, keep that in mind. Thank you.

Dr. Huma Athar

Fariha Munir, Farah Khwaja, Rabia Bosan, Tahira Najam

The show is on.

Azra with others

Mrs. Shagufta Khaksar 

The senior graces.

Farah Khwaja.

Mrs. Khwaja, Mrs. Najma Khand, Mrs. Shamim Shaad

Mrs. Yasmin Bokhari, Azra, Uzma Burana.

Mrs. Khitran with a friend

Yasmin Durrani.

Shahnaz Iqbal

Razia Beg

Rabia Bosan.
Farah Khwaja and Ayesha Durrani.

Huma Athar conducting the show

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hina Gillani's FMS committee lunch

The hostess of the event,
Hina Gillani.
Change of weather has already taken place in the city of saints. October arrived with cooler evenings and pleasant afternoons. Allowing ladies to dress in a little more ceremonial way on the Eid as well. Women, who were tired of wearing simple cottons and lawns for over half an year now, opted more for silks and chiffons. Materials, which automatically add charm and elegance to the personality.

As, Eid-ul-Azha is quickly followed by the beginning of new Islamic year. The sacred, yet sombre month of Muharram-ul-Harram, calls for no celebrations as a sign of respect. Therefore, last few days of Zilhaj after Eid, before start of Muharram are followed by endless train of weddings and parties. During such busy days, it is indeed difficult to take time out to arrange committee parties, etc. Hats off to Hina Gillani who managed to arrange a fabulous lunch, on 18th October, for the committee members of FMS committee group.

It was the very first time for Hina Gillani to host a party for this group of ladies. As, she recently joined this committee, persuaded by her sister in law Fatima Gillani,who is among the pioneer members that FMS committee started with, more than a decade ago.

Hina had made a splendid arrangement at Shahjahan grill. She got a separate hall reserved for all her guests, so that her friends and committee 
members could enjoy a relaxed treat, in a private atmosphere. For many, it came as a revelation that there was such a big, beautifully laid, conference room type of hall in Shahjahn grill as well.

And the best part of the whole event, was the fantastic choice of menu. Special Mughlai cuisine, including barbecue and specialities fit for royalty, was the food selected by 
Hina  for all her friends. All those, who were present, thoroughly enjoyed this gastronomical delight.

Unfortunately, the turn over of members was not as much as wished for, to savour, what feast Hina had for them. As, in committee parties in Multan, it is becoming a trend that people only attend parties of those, who had attended their parties and they do remember, who had not attended theirs. So, always keep in mind, if you have joined a committee group with parties, do try to attend them all. Otherwise, people are going to refuse to be a part of whatever you are doing for them.

Anyway, Hina had done, all her best to make this party a great success and all those, who attended it, loved it. Those, who missed it, missed a great party.

Thanks a lot Hina for such a wonderful lunch. We look forward to more from you in future. Stay happy and blessed!

Freeha Ismail, Hina Gillani, Fatima Gillani
Tehmina Munir with the hostess Hina Gillani
Maha Bokhari.

Dr. Huma Athar and Marium Farrukh.

Sisters in law
Fatima Gillani and Hina Gillani
Having a good time together.

Special, delicious rice, with Cashew-nuts.

Gulab Jamun

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Garden party by Friends of SOS.

Hostesses of the evening.
Misbah Idrees, Tehmina Munir, Mala Ahsan with Mahnaz Fareed Sheikh.

Another amazing evening awaited 'Friends of SOS', on 14th October. An Eid milan, garden party in magnificent lawns of Multan Garrison Mess. Grandiose historical building of MGM, superb ambiance, pleasant weather, complimented by colourful, formal Eid attires by the members. Which was the demand of the hostesses, Mala Ahsan, Tehmina Munir, Misbah Idrees and Munaza Malik. It indeed worked well to cherish the spirit of Eid.

The hostesses had also arranged different games, with lots of prizes to entertain their guests. Being an eid milan, there had to be a prize of best dressed lady. The hostesses extended their generosity to all those, who were present. Every guest was a winner and well deserved it, as everybody appeared at their best.

Mahnaz Fareed  addressed the audience and updated them about the recent achievements, regarding SOS village and Herman Gmeiner school. Also present at the occasion, were the girls SOS is so proud of.  One of them is Salma Aslam, who just returned from a three weeks course from "Vienna International Christian - Islamic Summer University - VICISU''.

Mahnaz explained that it is not just everyday living that SOS village provides these children but their future is also kept in mind. It is made sure that every child here, when grows up, becomes a useful, respectably earning, established and law abiding citizen of Pakistan.

Back to the party now. Though a healthy number of members attended the function, but as we all know, the count of members in this committee exceeds more than one hundred. Not many members confirmed, their availability. So, the hostesses went on to hold arrangements on much bigger scales. Which caused a lot of inconvenience for them. Here is a humble request to all 'friends of SOS', that they should always confirm their availability or unavailability before the party. Rather, more appropriate to say, they must, they should take time out to attend these functions to encourage the cause that this group of ladies stand for. 

Congratulations to the organizers and the lovely hostesses for such a wonderful party and great hospitality.

The group photo.

Hania Shahid and Mahnaz Fareed Sheikh.
Dr. Huma Ather and Mala Ahsan with a guest.

Two of the members, sharing smiles with Dr. Huma Athar.

Enjoying the lovely ambiance.

Stunning Hania Shahid
Distributing prizes.

Misbah with guests.

The pride of SOS.

Listening attentively

Misbah Idrees, Tehmina Munir, Salma Aslam and Mala Ahsan

Munaza, Mala Ahsan, Misbah Idrees, Tehmina Munir