THE GRANDEUR, splendour and majestic ambience of the Defence Services Officers’ Institute (DSOI) was overwhelmed as Nawabs of various estates made their grand entry on November 11 evening. Begums (officer wives) had invited Nawabs (officers) to celebrate a Husband’s Night with a difference; where the guests went back to the historically fabled world of the great Moghuls.
Begums clad in silken flowing shararas; and ghararas (skirts) and ‘dupattas’ (veils) welcomed guests with flowers and ‘ittar’ (perfume) in the traditional style. Nawabeen with their sherwanis, ‘pagris’ (turbans), caps and dupattas (scarves) made the evening a grandiose affair.
Traditionally attired attendants serve sumptuous snacks and drinks in silver trays, transporting them to the era of the Nawabs. Beautifully decorated to resemble the grandeur of the Nawabi lifestyle, the Defence Services Officers’ Institute (DSOI) was divided into a Darbar area, which had low seating arrangement where guests could partake cocktails and enjoy a traditional ‘Kathak’ dance performance on the delightful Umrao Jaan number `Dil Cheez Kya Hai’.
This was followed by a lighthearted Qawwali. The dance and Qawwali were woven into a beautiful skit depicting the life and styles of Nawabs.
A contest was organised where as many as 20 Nawabs vied for the title of the Best Nawab. Walking through DSOI ‘tehzib’ was in vogue and greatly appreciated. The language of ‘aap-janab’ and the dictum of ‘pehle aap’ was a part of each and every conversation, so was Aadab or salutation, which has its own sophistication and style.
Later in the evening, Nawabs and Begums hit the dance floor to blaring music embracing classics and modern, funk and ragas, mudras and hip-hop moves.
Dinner was served where the – ‘Dastarkhwan’ denoting bounty of the table, offered Nawabeen culinary delights of Mughlai fare.
COP, Navy visits selection centre
VICE ADMIRAL Nirmal Verma, PVSM, AVSM, Chief of Personnel (COP) is on a short visit to Bhopal. During his stay he will be visiting the Naval Board of the Selection Centre Bhopal where he will observe the entire selection process carried out to select officers in the Navy.
Vice Admiral Nirmal Verma is accompanied by Mrs Madhulika Verma. Vice Admiral Verma is the designate Vice Chief of the Naval Staff. Both Vice Admiral and Mrs Verma belong to Bhopal and are here to attend the Golden Jubilee celebrations of St Joseph’s Convent.
Did you know?
THE 152-foot Statue of Liberty was a gift of international friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States. This statue is a universal symbol of freedom, democracy, and diplomacy. The relationship between the United States and France began during America’s quest for independence from Great Britain in 1776. As a result, French soldiers fought alongside the American colonists. Paris was the site for peace negotiations between the United States and Great Britain at
the end of the war.
In 1865, Edourd de Laboulaye of France developed the idea of creating a giant statue to honour the friendship and the commitment to liberty between France and the United States. He formed the French-American Union to raise money for this project.
Joseph Pulitzer used the editorial pages of his newspaper to raise support in the United States for the fund. French sculptor Auguste Bartholdi and structural engineer Gustave Eiffel finished the project in Paris, and the French people presented it to the people of America on July 4, 1884. The statue was shipped across the Atlantic in 214 crates broken into 350 individual separate pieces. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886 and President Grover Cleveland accepted it on behalf of the American people.
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