Ban on food at weddings…

I heard from some people that effective 1st Jan 2006, the Supreme Court has passed an order against serving food at shadis and valimas. That people serving food at such occasions would be arrested for contempt of court and charged with a fine of 5 lakh rupees or something. It’s pretty sad, considering my own shaid and Valima are in the first week of January.

Further, any idea about a good caterer and a reasonable menu? I was checking Hanif Rajput, but I want to know if other people have had good experiences. I need something within 200 rupees per head.

Just in case people do not notice, I will be using this blog for asking opinions about a lot of issues from a lot of different people, regarding issues that I come up with during my wedding. It might help someone else down the line too! I don’t know of any forum better than this one for asking such questions.

14 Comments so far

  1. rizwan (unregistered) on December 19th, 2005 @ 4:14 pm

    mubarak ho, congratulations.


  2. Tee (unregistered) on December 19th, 2005 @ 4:18 pm

    i heard that theres a ban on jahez (dowry) too???


  3. zain (unregistered) on December 19th, 2005 @ 4:31 pm

    Khurram chill man. And you are talking to the right people Hanif Rajput. Have you booked at KDA lawns? because there HR will fix this “ban on food” issue without any issues!

    Ask whatever questions you have. We will try to answer…


  4. hafsa (unregistered) on December 19th, 2005 @ 4:34 pm

    khurram, my brother is getting married in the first week of january and we are arranging dinner.
    as for good caterers, go for Saleem Memon. he’s excellent.


  5. Imran Ahmed (unregistered) on December 19th, 2005 @ 4:41 pm

    well, its really sad… i mean this is just a stupid thing. DONT THEY HAVE SOME OTHER SERIOUS MATTERS TO LOOK UPON…???? i’m with you Khurram, this is really disgusting. the country, where a common man doesnt have Clean Drinking water, Education, Shelter, Medical facilities, our Government has been busy in such UNIMPORTANT matters. i dont know what they are trying to prove with this madness. they always leave loop-holes within the law to cater themselves. THEY ARE JUST HYPOCRATS, bodies without any brains.


  6. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on December 19th, 2005 @ 5:14 pm

    I prefer The Rajput (a breakaway from Hanif Rajput) – the guy is very helping.


  7. Ali (unregistered) on December 19th, 2005 @ 6:28 pm

    congrats bro.. for catering, my experiences with Hanif Rajput have been great.. infact, we don’t think about any other anymore.. i’m also tying the knot, second week of January… :D

    altho, it does suck that the gov. doesn’t hav anything better to do than to impose bans on food or whatever… but in my opinion, if its a law, its a law.. n we’re bound by it.. no one said that the leaders have to smart.. but if we believe them to b our leaders, we should follow ’em to whichever path they take us.. i guess there is something abuot following the Laws of the land u live in Islam.. not sure tho so i won’t say anything about it…
    but as this is a free country.. n everyone has a right to their own thoughts n ideas.. i don’t really care about the ban… infact i think its a good thing… don’t know what the real reasons for the ban are.. but i’d rather not hav food at my wedding.. (yes, there’ll be no dinner at my valima, only refreshments)… why has it become such an important thing to serve food anyway? i mean i doubt that now that we’re not gonna serve food hav the people aren’t going to show up… becoz people don’t attend wedding for the wedding itself, but only for the food.. how lame is that? the hell with the sympathetic hungry naked hypocrites… i mean really.. why should one care for people who don’t really care about you? yes, this really is a selfish world we live in.. lets not get into the details of that..
    n oh another thing.. can anyone tell me how it becomes alright to do something wrong when everyone else is doing it? coz i’ve heard it a gazillion times… everyone’s serving food even if there’s a ban, so why aren’t you? yeah, there are soo many people raping killing stealing as well.. that makes it alright? anyhow, thats only me speaking.. :)
    good luck n best wishes Khurrum.. may Allah bless you with a happy life.. amen..


  8. Inspirex (unregistered) on December 19th, 2005 @ 9:34 pm

    Congrats dude…
    all the best….

    Yes, my recommendation for Hanif Rajput too…
    they’ll take care of everything……;)


  9. Pakeezah (unregistered) on December 19th, 2005 @ 10:30 pm

    I second Ali!


  10. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on December 20th, 2005 @ 12:28 am

    Shadi mubarak ho yaar!

    i do favor this ban but it shoudn`t be 100% ban,One dish should be allowed,think of a person comming to a shadi lawn from Malir to North Nazimabad which atleast takes an hour to reach at destination at 10:00PM and hes just served with Soup in winter or drinks in hot season..it sucks man!!

    mey tu kahta houn jo chuharay distribute houn unko doodh me milakar serve kia jaye:P

    i am in favor of banning dowry and it should be,and i second a guy who says that we are bound to follow rule,its not something appreciable if someone feeling proud to serve dinner even after banning,at one side we whine about system and on other side,we screw it ourselves.


  11. Moid (unregistered) on December 20th, 2005 @ 12:30 am

    It is quite surprising that instead of social and volutary boycot of Jahez and sumptous dinner, the stupid ppl r opposing ban by the govt !!

    Social change should come from educated ppl, not the stupid govt. But here the roles r opposite.

    There is a ban for good reason.


  12. Illusionfs (unregistered) on December 20th, 2005 @ 9:54 am

    The caterers as well as Hanif Rajput have served us well on several occasions.
    I would recommend this Hanif Rajput place near Millenium Mall/Drive In Cinema.. its on a small hill and has a beautiful setting. Do check that place out, even if you have already booked a place, it might change your mind.


  13. xia (unregistered) on December 20th, 2005 @ 1:38 pm

    Congrats to the brothers who are getting married soon inshaAllah.

    about the ban?

    **Begin Rant**

    I think its good. these fuzool rasoomats have made us a “tamasha” in front of this world. Marriage/Nikah should be the easiest thing for a muslim. We have made it the hardest just by following non islamic practices, traditions and cultures. I was actually talking to a friend last night and he was asking me about the overall cost of wedding/valima so that he can get married “decently”. I can only imagine how hard it is for a girl’s family who not only have to worry about the shaadi’s expenses but also about the jahaiz, mehndi, jora, zewar etc etc.

    **End Rant**


  14. Ramla A. (unregistered) on December 21st, 2005 @ 12:36 am

    Congratulations once again in order, Khurram!

    As for the ban, I never completely agreed with it. Ostentatious weddings…. pooh! This is a matter of prevention, not of absurd cures. And if one can afford it, why not? Similarly with dowry and gifts. How on earth can you ban something the people AND the lawmakers do not, in their heart or even actions, accept a ban on?

    Besides, speaking only of food – when I am invited anywhere, I expect food. Period.

    And I honestly do not think anyone who favored the ban had ever had the moral courage to decline the invitation of a wedding or to walk out of one which disbeyed the law (It’s much easier to not serve food on one’s own wedding – that simply saves a lot of cost). How Islamic and law-loving our leaders are, we already know.

    Enough of this sham.



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