February 7, 2010
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Karachi has become notorious for a lot of reasons. One of the more benign ones – although serious in itself – is the late hours which most wedding functions run into. Over the past several years, it has become a sort of norm for many events and gatherings to end around the time the Imam of a masjid wakes for Tahajjud. No kidding, that’s how bad it is. However, a recently issued order by some government department (the police, maybe?) made it mandatory for wedding functions to wrap up latest by 12 am. Phew, that was a relief! Thankfully, clubs which catered to wedding functions took it seriously and really did make sure they started switching off the lights to indicate to the guests that time was up and they had to leave.
I just came from one such wedding. In this case, however, the hosts deserve a real round of applause – they served the food at 10 pm so that we were all done with dessert by 11 pm! I remember in one wedding I attended about three years ago, the food was served after midnight and at another one my parents attended not too long ago, it was around 1 am! Imagine having a heavy dinner at that hour! So you can imagine how delightful it was at my friend’s wedding today to see the feast being served at a decent hour.
Another thing I liked about today was the nice light food they’d served. Nothing was dripping in oil or choked with spices which means it’ll go easy on the tummy too. It’s not often you find such care being taken to make sure the guests really enjoy the food – not just the taste but the digestion part too! Heheh.
So yes, here I am at 12 am sitting comfortably at home, blogging away about a pleasant experience at a friend’s wedding. I hope more people can realize how much better the wedding experience can be made for all involved, if a little consideration is shown in the arrangements. It leaves the guests giving the hosts a lot more sincere and heartfelt duas! 🙂