Taking a break to enjoy the flowers in bloom
My father and I were invited on Saturday evening to a family friend’s house for a garden party (you’ve heard of the Queen’s garden party – well this is the local version of that and much more fun I can tell you).
The objective of this annual event is to get together and enjoy the seasonal flowers that are in bloom in Karachi. My father’s friend and his family – several generation of the Farooquis – work very hard to create this environment – it is not left to the gardener to manage. Busy though they are in their everyday lives, they are committed to ensuring that they work in the garden themselves so that they can create the beauty that you see in these pictures.
Friends, family and clients are invited on four or five consecutive days when the flowers are in bloom and the weather is pleasant.
Various meats are being barbecued for guests while other snacks like patties, spring rolls, fresh jablebi, kulfi-falooda, chocolate eclairs and caramel are avaiable in abundance, and fresh juices flow through the evening.
People who haven’t seen other in a while catch up with each others’ lives as they admire the beauty around them.
Political discussions can also be heard all around as politicians, business people and consular officials pour in to add a celebrity element to the party.
I took the liberty of taking some old friends with me. I take such liberties with people who are nice to me so beware! They had a great time – it was relaxing and refreshing to be sitting amidst the beauty of the flowers, listening to the birds, feeling the fresh air on our faces.
Inspired by the visit to the Farooquis, I spent some time in the garden yesterday to try and make it a hundredth as beautiful as what they have achieved through their passion for horticulture.
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