Although I have always been a firm believer in persistence, tenacity, courage, and commitment women from Pakistan, I witnessed all these virtues first hand in the beginning of this year, and possibly much more, and it’s also women most of whom were simply on the wrong side of sixty, if not seventy. For employees of the floral art society (FAS), Pakistan, and, in particular, its head of Peshawar, the LOTOS club hosted an ambitious two day, international standard flower show in Peshawar and took members of the Karachi and Lahore chapters, and in some cases even their spouses, in connection with fears of cancellation of events due to the coronavirus, which was gradually starting to spread its tentacles at a time, bureaucratic obstacles, and pressure from peers. And that in the event turned out to be!
The most impressive aspect of the two-day event was that the theme of the FAS per year that celebrates heritage and culture with colors and aesthetically pleasing to strictly adhere to. The broad objective of the club was to promote tourism in Pakistan, as well as nursery production, encouraging the use of flowers, not just import them as in previous years. Thus, Pakistan blossoms 2020 Khushbu (spirits) from Lahore to Islamabad, mainly with local flowers, and was completed in Khyber, where measures were taken by the host club to not only use the heritage on the background of the occasion for, but also skillfully to weave culture into the celebrations.
About 150 people registered for the event, Peshawar from Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, and the UK, and was taken to stay the majority of guests in the historical Peshawar club, although many also stayed in the homes of friends or family. On the first day, all the guests were taken to a beautiful, iconic landmark building of the Islamia College, its wide lawns and flowers in the garden are artistically lit up with a themed world, where the welcome and hospitality dinner called Ittar (essence) was organized by the Ministry of tourism, KP age-old Ruse close to the hall.
But that was only the beginning of a stormy night that was planned. Immediately after lunch delegates were taken to heritage Gorkutreein what is known as otkryt-e-Shehr, or city fortress, the oldest living city in South Asia. Grave Gorkutree the meaning of a warrior, dates back to 3 century BC, and is a historical monument which was originally a Buddhist monastery and later is a Hindu temple. The site was converted in the 16th century caravan Serai, the daughter of Emperor Shah Jahan.
After tours of the venue where guests had the opportunity to visit the old Hindu temple standing on a site or to see the display of ancient Mereweather fire and enjoy traditional craft workshops, steps were taken to transport each in Pakistan traditionally, signature rickshaws In the Network Haveli, a unique national treasure that includes seven heritage mansions that belonged to Sethi family as one of the most powerful commodity families of the city. Most of the original residents moved out of the Haveli, by and large, the houses were either sold to be demolished or significantly repaired. One of these mansions that would have suffered the same fate, had it not been for fareeda Nishtar, the founder of the Peshawar Chapter of the floral art society and creative spirit, and strength for holding Pakistan blossoms 2020, was finally bought over by the government and thus saved from destruction.
Atmosphere Sethi, starting with themed street lighting and the display of creative flower arrangements on the theme of Islamic calligraphy, undeniable part of our heritage, in the Lancet Windows of the mansion is the legacy left all spellbound. Each floral composition depicts one of the 99 names of Allah, skillfully included in the exhibition. Not only the setting And background seems almost dreamlike, cultural facilities as two young ladies in traditional attire welcoming all the guests with traditional gajras, (fresh floral bracelets), the cultural and live music from rababa and mangai and suggestions of dried fruits and masala Gur and excellent traditional kehva made the entire experience unforgettable.
The next morning, we all gathered in the Peshawar club, a meeting place for our collective departure with a police escort. Once again hats off to the ladies of the Lotus club that they managed to pull off a trip in accordance with the schedule, despite concerns about failures at the last moment the powers that be, as special permission was sought to carry out that mission. With an experienced guide sits among us who are, as a rule, this journey became more pleasant and informative. As we left behind the Peshawar, he pointed out that after several years of unrest in the region, it was a blessing to have the opportunity to move freely through these once troubled areas. We walked in Jamrud, the starting point is that early in the tribal region now known as Khyber district marked Bab-e-Khyber, the historical gate to invade the subcontinent is as old as civilizations of Gandhara, Greek, Bactrian, Scythian, Parthian, Kushan, the Huns, the Rajputs, until the East India company, we can’t help but feel flawed from the fact that we tread the same path that so many ruthless invaders, who plundered the sub-continent and left their marks on us for all times to come.
We passed Jamrud Fort, built by the Sikh General Nalwa Hari Singh in 1890, and continued absorbing the harsh, naked outlines and magnificent mountains of the Khyber, on the sides of the road on both sides as we drove along. We saw 34 tunnels made by the British in the Khyber Railways, which they created, all of which are intact even today, although the railway is long gone. We saw the deplorable state of the track parallel to the pass, and a few of the 92 bridges that still survive. Osicki we passed the impressive Fort built by British, half way between Peshawar and Landikotal, and stopped for photos at the monument opposite it, in memory of the aid, which gave the funding to make the road.
When we walked in Landikotal, we passed the Sphola stupa, in the V century Buddhist stupa on a hill, which is now abandoned, as artifacts from it, were either sacked, or placed in the Museum of Peshawar and mountains, with bright plaques to British regiments stationed at the station since 1857.
Our next stop was to check Michni post where we were guests of the Khyber rifles, one of the most renowned emblem of the border guard service. With stunning views of the foothills of the Hindu Kush, where we were treated to an in-depth history of the area, a visual representation of the regiment, and also pointed to the strategic assets from our point of view, such as the last checkpoint on the Pakistan-Afghan border Torkham, and vile dungeon of the king of Tamerlane.
After many photos, we went to the Khyber rifles mess, where steps were taken for our lunch. Clutter is like a real Museum, with pictures of all the dignitaries and royals from around the world who visited him, and displays of antique guns, maps and navigational instruments. One of the most striking disorder-this is the room of lady Diana, where she remained, and till now it holds photos and memorabilia. Other highlights included-sun clock colonial clock that speaks the time taking up space in the garden, near an old tree that is in the chain! As the story goes, One day a certain captain squid had too much to drink and imagined the tree to chase him, so he asked his guards to arrest him. They obediently wrapped around him, and told him that he was arrested, and the shackles were left on the poor tree since that day. Another interesting element in the garden is a grey rock that we said, of course, that there is a white stripe built in to it that clearly seem to proclaim the words of Muhammad and Allah.
We are also treated to a cultural dance with dancers shooting blanks, how they moved, rocking his head as a sign that their heads could be cut off, but they never run away, and Chitrali dance, which was quite playful, and attack inspired by the Greek goddess Athena.
After lunch and a tour of the mess, everyone went to Peshawar to rest and prepare for evening program, called Mehek, and lunch to raise funds for TCF organizes the Lotus club in great Qilla Bala Hisaar – means higher Fort in Dari – built by Babar in 1526, the entrance to which resembles the Amer Fort in Jaipur. Once the Royal winter residence of the Pashtun king Taimur Shah Durrani (1773-1793) overlay of the red citadel on a high hill currently used as the headquarters for frontier corps of Pakistan. Members of the Lotus club is making every effort to decorate the area creatively with fresh flowers following the theme of heritage on wheels, so you could see flower arrangements on unusual substrates, such as vintage car, truck-Art wheel carts, traditional Tonga transport, and guns.
After a very tense speech and some Chilim Kalash cultural dance and music performances, a traditional dinner called khwancha rotiwas that deserves special mention. Dinner is a tray of food – rice, roti, vegetables, curries, and meat cooked on the grill served on tables to seat four, as quantities of the products on each tray are sufficient for only four people. Delicious food, ending with Shireen Anwar and kulfait brought a surreal journey to a befitting end. More power to women of Pakistan that make so much and so quietly that promote peace, beauty, harmony, heritage, tourism and education in Pakistan!