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City Wars Celebrity Roast: The Best of Twitter

 

If you’re on Twitter then you must be aware of the recent nationwide trend that was #OyeKuchKarGuzar. Initiated by MangoBaaz via a flaming hot celebrity roast, the city wars soon took to Twitter and people were quick to defend their cities against the stars of the video; Ushna Shah, Uzair Jaswal and Ali Safina.

Here are some of the most popular tweets from the trend:

Turns out, the hashtag was about Pakistan’s first online movie being released by Djuice Pakistan. It’s a YouTube based movie and you can watch the newly released trailer here:

 

 

 

Three Great Places to Dine Out at in Gulshan 

There was a time when the residents of Gulshan and Nazimabad had to go all the way over to Clifton or DHA for good food. But times have changed and thankfully, a decent meal in an ambient restaurant doesn’t involve a 15 km drive anymore. 

For those of you unaware as to where to spend your money, here are my top three picks for the best places to dine out at in Gulshan e Iqbal.

1. Chop Suey

A beautifully decorated space located near Disco Bakery, Chop Suey serves American Chinese cuisine. Co-owned by the famous Chef Saadat, the restaurant boasts of a unique and original flavour that is not based on ‘ketchup’ like most Chinese restaurants in Karachi. The noodles are home made, the recipes are created by Chef Saadat and if you’re lucky you can spot him in the kitchen keeping a strict check on the quality of the food that goes out. 

We ordered Dynamite Prawns, Tom Yum Gai, Special Chop Suey Sizzling Chicken and Mongolian Beef with seafood rice. The bill came out to be 2700 PKR and we were surprised at the generous portions too! Another positive thing I noticed was the liberty to choose the serving size. The single serving was enough to feed two very hungry people and the family serving would have been enough for four I’m assuming. 

2. Pizza2000

If you are into pizza and haven’t tried Pizza2000 yet, please book a Careem right now and head over to Rashid Minhas Road to try this scrumptious piece of heaven. Located next to the famous Dacca Sweets, this is probably one of the oldest pizza joints in Karachi. Their deep pan crispy crust is full of flavour and their extra stringy extra gooey cheese provides for a mouth watering pizza experience. The best part? A large pizza will only cost you around 500 PKR. It’s cheap enough for you to try Dacca Sweets ka meetha dahi for dessert later. 

3. Big Thick BurgerZ

If you’ve had BTB in DHA then good news for you, they’re now open in Gulshan too! If you haven’t tried them out yet then let me give you a bit of an insight into the wholesome goodness that is BTB. These guys basically make the most healthiest and premium burgers in Karachi. They take the best ingredients like meat from MeatOne, Brazilian Chillies, Malaysian Potatoes and BBQ burgers on a live charcoal grill. They are the only ones in the city to use the charcoal grill and it ensures the smokiest most authentic bbq experience.

The prices are steep at around 500 per meal (including fries and drink) but hey, this sort of decadence comes at a value. I mean, they use a Swiss cheese sauce in their chicken tenders for heavens sake! If you haven’t tried them out yet, do give them a chance. They’re located in the dip shop lane near Bolan Sajji House, opposite Masjid Bait ul Mukarram. 

Are there any food joints from Gulshan that you think are un-for-gettable? 

To the victim 

I’ve been there. The dark pit of depression that leaves you completely and utterly helpless. Useless. Grieving and insecure. Mostly after a loved one has been taken away from us. It’s a terrible place, that pit. It’s dark and cold and lonely. And it makes the best of us take the worst decisions.

Then some day, you notice, there’s a light. And a pair of hands. Wait. Several pairs of hands, trying to pull you up and out of the pit. 

But by now, the pit has become so comfortable. Familiar. Cosy. So we let the light pass and the hands leave. And then everything we do wrong, can be blamed on the pit. And somehow we stop being accountable. 

So please. If you find yourself in the pit, look up. There are several hands waiting to pull you up. Please grab hold. We need you to walk with us again. 

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Disclaimer: I’m not a psychologist and I don’t know anything about anxiety or depression. This piece is just my own thoughts based on my own experiences and observations. I am in no way demeaning another individual’s pain or generalizing how people cope with grief.

All time favorite Pakistani National Songs

Its 6th September and this is the time of year when we all feel more patriotic.
National songs always give you patriotic and emotions feelings that develop a bond of love and affection to our own homeland.

Here I am listing all of my most favorite national songs if you feel like giving yourself a cheesy defence day today.

“Chand Roshan Chamakta sitara rahay”
I have strong affection with this song as i remember my father singing this for me and I extremely love the lyrics.

Chand Roshan Chamakta Sitara Rahay
Sabse Ooncha yeh Parcham Hamara rahay
Is Jhanday pe Ab Qaum ki Laaj hai
Is Jhanday pe Sab ki Nazar Aaj hai
Jaan se kion na Hum ko yeh Pyara rahay

This song is sung by all time great singer of her time Zarqa a greatest talent of all time

“Hum Zinda Qoum hain, painda Qoum hain, hum subb ke hay pehchan Pakistan, Pakistan”
we all remember singing this all time favorite national song on Independence Day or Defence Day celebrations in our schools.
“Apni Jaan Nazar keru”
Greatest of all time Late Asad Amanat Ali sung this beautiful national song and it is still alive in our hearts.
 “Maaon Ke Dua”
One of the best patriotic song sung by great Aalamgir and all time fave national song in the list.
“Jeeway Jeeway Pakistan”
Originally sung by Shehnaz Begum, of the best patriotic song which gives you real patriot feelings for the beloved country.

Moula”
sung by Vital Signs, one of the best patriotic song sung by them.
I love this one line from this song

Aman o muhabat kay din day dai, hum nay hai lambi raat guzari


“Aay Jawan”
How can you forget greatest of all the time song by the legendary Awaz Band
“Aaay Raah-e haq kay shaheedo”

This song has spiritual and magical effect, madam Noor Jahan sung it during the war of 1965 to rise patriotic feelings in nation and for the support of our soldiers. This year’s coke studio 9 also featured a beautiful rendition of it that was a tear jerker because of how strong the song is and also because it features the late Amjad Sabri. 
“Dil Dil Pakistan”
Sung by Vital Signs, an evergreen classic that almost 4 generations of Pakistanis know by heart

How are you spending this Defence Day? Let us know in the comments. 

#BreakingNews: Rangers to carry out operation against flash mob 

In a beautifully shot video by some college students and sponsored by a clothing brand, Pakistanis on the internet have witnessed the latest horror engulfing our nation: Dancing girls in a public place.

ALi ChauDerY ​from Facebook expressed his anger and fear in his statement: “This is so bad. These girls are from upper class and they are trying to promote West in our Islamic Republic.” 

When asked about the number of street harassment cases in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan directed at non upper class women and what he thinks should be done to prevent them, Mr. ChauDerY appeared to have signed out.

Princes$ AneeLa too had something to say. “I don’t understand what this means but it’s soooooo unnecessary. I get catcalled almost everyday while going to college and that means I should stay in my limits and avoid such public places. Its normal for men to stare at us when they want that’s why we have to pretend to be invisible, not be so bold and dance in the streets.”

JI leaders have also taken notice of the video and urged the Rangers to abandon the Karachi operation and clean up the streets of Lahore instead.
“FIRST they say beating your wife is wrong. NOW they want women to be comfortable doing their thing in the streets. What will you tell me next? The sun is a star?!”

We tried to find supporters of the video for comment but they had all mysteriously deactivated their profiles. One of them refused to give her quote for this piece saying something along the lines of ‘cyber bullying’, ‘challenging norms’, ‘free thinking females’ and ‘fragile egos’.

If you have seen the video don’t forget to post about it using an outrageous status on your social profile to show the West that in Pakistan, we love our status quo.

List of Pakistani Movies to release on this Eid Ul Adha.

Eid ul Adha is around the corner and all Pakistani directors are ready to launch their new hits into cinemas.
Finally this is the time when Pakistani Film Industry is growing fast and producing some good pieces of entertainment, here is something new for you on this Eid.

ACTOR IN LAW:

Actor In Law featuring Fahad Mustafa a great and versatile actor with co star Mehwish Hayat another beautiful and talented name of Pakistani showbiz industry, this time we will see Indian actor om puri in our own film, yeah you heard it right, This great story will be released on this Eid,

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JANAN: 
Most awaited film of this year produced by Reham Khan and Hareem Farooq, this movie has its vibrant colors of Pakistani culture a colorful story in which Amreena Khan and Bilal Ashraf will be seen as co stars.

Third poster of #Janaan

ZINDIGE KITNI HASEEN HAI: 
Another love story will hit in cinemas on this Eid, ZKKH is love story in which we will be seeing Feroz Khan and Sajal Ali as screen couple in cinemas.

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ISHQ2020

Another love story story of young students will be releasing on this Eid Ul Adha.

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So you don’t need to get bored on this Eid, dress up and go watch your favorite actors in cinemas and support Pakistani cinemas because this is the right time to support our own productions! 😀

​L’Oréal Pakistan hosted the graduation ceremony of its philanthropic professional program “Beauty for a Better”

L’Oréal Pakistan hosted the graduation ceremony of its philanthropic professional program “Beauty for a Better”

L’Oréal Pakistan hosted grand event of graduation of its philanthropic professional program recently in Lahore.

L’Oréal Foundation focus on two main commitments; promoting science and providing help to the most vulnerable members of society through beauty. Conveying the values of excellence, generosity and creativity, science is at the core of the Foundation’s commitments, most particularly its commitment to supporting women researchers through its “For Women in Science” program, a worldwide initiative in partnership with UNESCO. The Foundation’s other commitments, whether education/training, socio-esthetics, and reconstructive surgery, are based on a vision of beauty as a way to improve the lives of disadvantaged people and help them re-enter the world of work, a way to help them regain the sense of self-esteem and self-respect necessary for a life of dignity.

L’Oréal has been present in Pakistan since 2009. Today the subsidiary covers a range of brands from the Group’s Consumer and Professional Products divisions, including L’Oréal Paris, Garnier, Maybelline New York, L’Oréal Professionnel, Kerastase and Essie. For more information about L’Oréal in Pakistan.

L’Oréal, the world’s leading beauty company, firmly believes that beauty can be life changing. “Beauty for a Better Life” – is a philanthropic educational program with the mission to help the less privileged members of our society gain employment and a sense of self-esteem through top quality, free-of-charge professional make-up training over a period of 3 months.

The “Beauty for a Better Life” program which was rolled out with the support of the L’Oréal Foundation and in partnership with the NGO, ‘ICARE’ hosted the graduation ceremony of the 1st batch upon the successful completion.

“Beauty for a Better Life” has been implemented across the globe in different countries to bring a positive change in the lives of the program beneficiaries through top quality, extensive and hands on training programs, free of cost.

L’Oréal Pakistan doing this initiative with collaboration of ICARE NGO as are the oNGO partner for this program which is headed by Mrs. Mehreen Syed – ICARE is officially registered under the Societies Registration Act, XXI of 1860. The training will take place at the IFAP, which works jointly with ICARE in Pakistan. ICARE is dedicated to providing high excellence education in the field of Makeup Artistry, skin care, hair care, styling and overall grooming in order to support entrepreneurship in women.

The graduation ceremony kicked off with a welcome note by Shahzain Hafeez, Product Manager L’Oréal Pakistan who spoke briefly about the program. This was followed by media addresses from General Manager DPP L’Oréal Pakistan, Salman Amjad and Mehreen Syed, Chairperson ICARE who all shared their thoughts on the inauguration of the educational program in Pakistan. This was followed by certificates distribution ceremony and group photograph of the graduates.

As the idea of beauty is itself associated with individuality and creativity, the program’s mission is to enable every participant experience a positive change and get equipped with professional make-up techniques. L’Oréal as an organization celebrates sustainable growth and individuality which is the main objective of this program in Pakistan.

Under the mentorship of Mehreen Syed who is the local spokesperson of L’Oréal Paris the graduates were able to get their hands on the latest techniques of makeup and styling. The extensive 3 month training enabled them to get familiar with the latest trends in beauty through a training which equipped them with practical knowledge. The aim of the program was to make the participating women self sufficient enough to support their families and helped them to get an experience through various stages of learning under qualified stylists.

The primary beneficiaries of the “Beauty for a Better Life” program in Pakistan were mainly women from disadvantaged backgrounds; unemployed women, as well as women experiencing social or family difficulties.

The “Beauty for a Better Life” program deploys customized theoretical as well as practical teaching curricula, delivered by quality instructors solely dedicated to the program’s limited number of students. The training will take place in a specialized institute IFAP (The International Fashion Academy Pakistan) which will help meet the needs of this program.

Speaking about the graduation ceremony of “Beauty for a Better Life”, L’Oréal Pakistan (General Manager DPP) Salman Amjad, “The program is an initiative to empower and educate women to make a difference in their lives. The program is designed in accordance with the international standards in theory and practice of the L’Oréal Foundation. In Pakistan, we specifically want to cater to the youth and to make them financially

One Week of Style by EGO

Whenever I’m in a hurry and absolutely need to shop for something, I head to ego. I know how easy it is to find something perfect that beautifully accentuates my curves and makes me look trendy at the same time. The best part is, it’s super affordable too. If you want to stock up your summer wardrobe with affordable smart casual ensembles, here are my top  picks that you can wear throughout the week.

If you like the look, make sure you click the link to shop it online!

Monday: Tribal

Tribal

Tribal; PKR 2,450

Tuesday: Pink Overload

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Pink Overload; PKR 1,950

Wednesday: North of Heaven

NorthofHeaven

North of Heaven; PKR 3,250

Thursday: Galore

Galore

Galore; PKR 2,750

Friday Casual: Number One SK

Number one SK

Number One SK; PKR 3,650

Saturday: Arable

Arable

Arable; PKR 2,951

Sunday: Craze

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Craze; PKR 2,750

 

My top picks for baby – 0 to 6 weeks 

When I was pregnant, I made a comprehensive list of items I’d need when she arrived and then ended up buying even more stuff than I had originally planned. But only a few items really came through to help make my life easier. So I thought, why not share my top picks with other moms. 

1. Nursing Pillow

Even though I got this a little later on the suggestion of other moms, I can swear by how easy it makes my life. When your baby nurses all the time, you literally don’t have time to eat, much less work. As a working mother I need at least one arm free to type on my laptop while she nurses. The nursing pillow made sure she was in the correct position leaving one arm completely free. I got mine from nafees nomolood for under 2000 pkr. 

2. Nursing Cover 

Even though these look great and work effectively too, I still keep switching between these and the traditional ‘chaadar’. Covers are harder to strap on in public as compared to chaadars but nursing covers are designed so you can see the baby while you nurse which is something your traditional wrap does not offer. If you’re planning on breastfeeding at work or in public, make sure you get one and see if it suits you. You can get it from Nafees Nomolood in around 800 pkr.

3. Woombie Swaddle

Samar being my first baby, I had no idea how to swaddle her. Thankfully, I had accidentally picked up the Woombie Swaddle for PKR 1500 from Babyshop. This ultimate swaddle was perfect as it didn’t create a hassle, I could get her ready in no time and it didn’t come undone no matter what. Highly recommended especially for first time moms.


4. Wipe cloths 

You might be surprised by how much milk your baby spits up on a regular basis. Babies throw up, drool and have leaky diapers. Your best friend in these times will be those handy dandy wipe cloths. Always keep one handy if you don’t want to waste 100 boxes of tissues every month.

5. Diaper disposal bags 

You can get a packet of 250 from Naheed Superstore for less than 200 bucks. It makes diaper disposal less disgusting and is better than regular plastic bags since these are fragranced to counter that poop smell.

6. Changing pad 

Your baby doesn’t give a rat’s behind about you and your schedule. It doesn’t matter if you’ve just given her a bath and set her down on the bed to change her, she will pee when she wants, where she wants. To keep yourself from going through the hassle of changing your bed sheets in the middle of the night, always always always use a changing pad. You can get one from Naheed for a reasonable amount but I got mine with my baby bag. It folds so I can carry it around with me when traveling and fits into my bedside drawer which makes night time diaper changes very convenient.

7. Laundry basket 

You need a separate small little laundry basket for your baby. Keep her clothes away from the rest of the family’s to keep them germ free and to keep your clothes baby mess free.

8. Nursing bra and post partum clothes

If you’re breastfeeding or planning on breastfeeding, please do yourself a favour and buy some comfy nursing bras and shirts that button down at the front for easy and non complicated feeding anywhere.

9. Bottle Sterilizer  

Even though Samar refuses to take the bottle, one of the most convenient things I’ve gotten is a microwavable bottle sterilizer. Its basically a plastic container that you fill with water and bottles and pop in the micro for 5 minutes. Ta-da! No need to boil your bottles and pacifiers the old fashioned way and no need to care for that expensive electronic sterilizer. The one from Nuby cost me PKR 3000 and came with 2 6oz milk bottles.

Are there any products you would like to add to this list? 

To My Daughter 

Dear Samar,

I don’t know how old you will be when you read this. But I suppose you’ll be old enough to look in the mirror and scrutinize your skin and hair and eyes.

I hope that when you look in the mirror, you see a happy face, beautiful and confident.

When you look at your skin colour, you feel radiant and golden. I hope you don’t feel the need to pick up that face wash with ‘whitening pearls’, to lighten your coffee not cream complexion.

When you look at your facial hair, whether light or dark, you don’t feel the need to get rid of it. Because maybe by then we would stop treating it like a disease.

When you want to wear a sleeveless dress at a concert, you don’t keep your arms down to hide the slightly darker underarms, because you know you’re brown, and it’s completely normal to have dark patches.

I hope when you hit puberty, and your body starts to change (we’ll have a talk about this soon if we haven’t yet) you learn to stand straight and tall and proud of your body structure. I hope by then, you will see girls in magazines and on tv who look like you and your friends. 

I hope that when you watch fairy tales and read books and watch movies, they tell you to dream big, to achieve big, to strive for something more than a saviour and a Knight in shining armor. 

I hope that you know that you are a work of art and some people will like you and some people will not. But it won’t matter because the ones who do will make sure you remember that you don’t have to be pretty if you don’t want to. 

No matter how much makeup you buy, always remember to keep your heart full of love and honesty because that’s where real beauty lies.