Taking a break to enjoy the flowers in bloom

March 9, 2009 at 6:50 am 6 comments

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).

garden4The 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.

garden10Friends, 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.

garden14Political discussions can also be heard all around as politicians, business people and consular officials pour in to add a celebrity element to the party.

garden12I 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.

garden13Inspired 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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  • 2. Zag  |  March 9, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Wow, amazing!! It shows how much effort has been put in. You are lucky to be invited over there.

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  • 5. Fariha Akhtar  |  March 10, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    SubhanAllah….their garden is amazingly beautiful. Such places leave you truly refreshed…I’m looking forward to pics of your garden now 😛

  • 6. Zaib Husain  |  March 12, 2009 at 6:55 am

    How wonderful to read about Karachi in bloom. I am currently in Lahore, and it is also a sight to see with flowers everywhere. The local government has also been working hard to make the parks beautiful, and there are fountains galore in the city. Here’s hoping that all of Pakistan will flourish and bloom forever.


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