by Anas Khwaja
Ahsan Manzil Cake:
To me the best item among all the foods, decor wise was the “Ahsan Manzil chocolate cake”. First I wanted to order a strawberry flavored pink Ahsan Manzil cake. Later I opted for chocolate flavor with 70’s Ahsan Manzil in mind.
Grace who happens to be my wife’s ex colleague is also an amateur cake designer. She came up with this wonderful cake which was the “WOW” factor. When we invited Laila Khala –the senior most family member among the guests to cut the cake, she initially refused to do so, as the cake was too beautiful to cut. Sohaib mammu declined to eat the cake on the same pretext-“Too beautiful”.
As part of the program we called 18 names of the family members who breathed their last on US soil. Shaireen, Eeeman and Ovais -each were supposed to read six names. As Ovais ran late I stepped in for him. As my turn came my voice choked from emotions. I handed the mic to Saniya to carry on with the rest of the names.
Eid Milan night turns to Ocean night:
I would say Sagar a.k.a Ocean is indeed “talent ka Samunder”. He stole the “Eid Milan Night”and turned into “Ocean night”. He carried the evening single handedly with KBKP show which he programmed in his laptop awake until 6am in the morning. Later he mesmerized audience with his golden voice.Vodpod videos no longer available.
Fahmi Omar in the session
Brief encounter with Chini Nana imposter was another twist of the show. Munni Khala and Laila Khala both were eager to know his identity and family background. This was one family member they had never seen before.
Coimg of age:
From online “Menu check list” to “Projector generated show” all are signs that we are coming of age and emerging into 21st century.
It was beyond my imagination that cocktail party can be so much fun without cocktail and we can literaly get away by not serving BHAAT. We all heard of “Brunch” ; after this party I am tempted to add a new word in Englist dictionary – Lundin (Lucnh+ Dinner). I ate so much Muri Ka bharta, Dahi Bara, Tikia, Samosa, Chicken Sanwich and drank so much coffee that by the time I was home I could not even think about food.
Saniya as a first time hostess did a marvelous job. A lot of credits goes to her for carrying on the program with dignity and accent free English (which I am unable to do :) )
In conclusion :
The hall was spacious enough to accommodate 85+ family members. Guests drove miles to attend the party on time. This is a first gathering in New York where both the Nawabbarian’s and the Nine Sharers mingled together. From NY Imam Mr Moinuddin Khan’s speech to performances by the youngsters all made this evening an eventful one.Vodpod videos no longer available.
All family members in North America are cordially invited to the 2010 Eid Milan & Holiday cocktail party.
We will try our best to make this a colorful event with mixture of music, games and cultural shows.
The refreshments to be served are based on one dish party theme. All you need to do is fill up and save the following form on the web-
Your joyful participation is critical for the success of this event. Confirm your participation no later than Thursday. Or call me at 646 536 2855 (office) 646 379 3603 (cell) and stay tuned to this website for updates.
Please make a note that there is a $10.00 entry fee per family to cover the rental fee of the hall which is due upon your arrival.
When: Sunday Nov 28 between 3pm to 6pm
Where: Central Queens Y 67-09 108th Street Forest Hills, NY 11375 Tel:718-268-5011