Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Third World Problems: Spending Fortunes on Birthday Parties for Kids who wont even remember them!



For my friends raising their kids abroad...sure its hard....sometimes you wonder if your children are missing out on things. Honestly....these days, you may actually be better off. Although it used to be the opposite, I can state that children growing up abroad TODAY are more humble, down-to-earth and less-snobbish than those growing up in luxury of Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore today.

From large bribes just to have your unborn baby placed on a waiting list of prestigious kindergarten to first-class tickets for a child's nanny to keeping up with the Jamils an Joneses to have a birthday party on a shaadi's budget!

An interesting article by Salima Feerasta about how much wealth is being spent on birthday parties of children.

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[A mother] put her child’s picture on a billboard at the party. Karachi is not far behind. There was a Ferrari party recently that used a Cars theme where the d├ęcor alone apparently cost Rs200,000. Another parent invited the actor who plays Mr Bean in the HBL ads to his daughter’s Mr Bean themed party. The invite for this party was a miniature stuffed toy in a tin while the goody bag was a leather box. A Mr Bean lookalike may have seemed a coup of sorts but it can’t top the Bollywood themed party for a 10-year old in Lahore a few years ago. Katrina Kaif performed live at the party while a huge screen displayed personal messages recorded by various Bollywood stars including Kareena Kapoor.

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