Islamabad:April 14:A prize-winning garden to sit and relax in; a demonstration on flower arrangements for different occasions and a high tea to boot — this was the scenario at an event held by OAKS — Old Students Association of Kinnaird College, Islamabad chapter. The function was held at the residence of member, Naila Saadat and attended mainly by women who are known as ‘silver oaks.’
It appears that there are now roughly three groupings within the association — not by design but by automatic selection, keeping age etc in mind — the ‘golden oaks’ or those who studied in this prestigious institution way back; the ‘silver oaks’ who are the middle year/age group and the ‘green oaks,’ a younger lot who are graduates from the last decade or so! This evening the ‘golden oaks were missing; the green oaks had gone off to the birthday party of one of their own group and the ‘silver oaks’ enjoyed this get-together. Of-course everyone gets together when the occasion demands — like at any function held in the institutions premises or other important gathering.
Anyway, after most of the ‘girls’ had arrived and taken a tour of the garden, Ghazala Abdullah, the general secretary of the Floral Art Society (FAS) and a specialist on the subject, demonstrated the art of arranging flowers and artefacts to decorate a corner or dining table for a special occasion. She also explained how it was a good idea to prepare a permanent, fancy stand, which could be used instantly for the purpose by just adding a few fresh flowers to make it look elaborate — and receive compliments from those visiting your house! Interested participants asked questions about the display and were given tips on how to get better results while arranging flowers, so it was an interesting, interactive session.
Tea was served and various groups discussed subjects of their choice which ranged from politics — which are popular with the activists; the craze for launching ‘lawn’ material and how women vie to get an outfit that’s ‘in’ and of-course just a little bit of gossip — albeit not of the harmful kind — to add spice to the occasion! In conclusion, it was time to appreciate the efforts that made the evening a pleasant affair — the hostess thanked Ghazala for the flower arranging demonstration and on behalf of all the members, Fariha Hasan thanked the hostess for her generosity in hosting the event.The news.