By Haneef Bantwal
Muscat: Social Forum Oman, under Karnataka Chapter’s annual “Bandhavya – 2017” a family get-together program was held on February 10, 2017, at Halban Farm House, Barka in a festive environment.
The people living in Oman with memories of their village struck with wonder by the spending arrangement of village market, which flashed them their childhood days. Hut shops, fair price ration store, road side stalls having all village food like hot and spicy snacks, and drinks like gas-soda etc attracted visitors as well as guests and refreshed their minds. For a moment, they felt like they were in their childhood once again. The audience gathered there were very happy and they felt proud that they could see their native place coastal village in Muscat.
It all started with games for children and other type of all rural sports for all age groups. Everyone present in the program participated in the competition without any hesitation. For ladies, female volunteer conducted all sports and games separately. This made them remind the days spent with their friends with sweet and sour memories of their childhood days. All men and women participated enthusiastically and their expression and appreciation made the organizer worth for 3 months hard working for this event.
The chief guest of program, Shafi Bellare, State Council Member of Popular Front of India, praised all the people who worked hard in making this program highly successful. He also praised the bonhomie in the community of Karnataka. “According to the current situation, due to lack of understanding and unity Indian Muslims were unable to get their rights. These type of gatherings should become an environment for unity and platform to solve all existing problems, and which is also the need of hour. If we keep continuing this type of attachment, it is imminent the tranquility we are looking for can be achieved,” he said.
President of Social Forum – Central, Abdul Hameed Panemangalore, Karnataka Chapter Vice President, Syed Moidin Saheb Sastan, the President of Pravasi Forum, Karnataka Chapter, Anwar Moodabidre were present on the occasion. They appreciated all the performers, and winners were given prizes.
Abbas Kaikamba welcomed the guests. Noor Mohammed Padubidre anchored the program, and Riyaz Gangolli proposed the vote of thanks. The program was managed by Salam Bailoor and Asif Bailoor.
The program was sponsored by Cochin Jewellery and Al Nahdah Construction, where by free medical camp also arranged for public. At the end of program dinner served for everyone which is prepared by members of Social Forum at the venue, reminding the environment of wedding ceremony which was one more attraction of this program.
[Haneef Bantwal, a native of Karnataka (India), is currently based in Muscat, Oman. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org]