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Lounge Loves

By Sahar Iqbal

The House of Bombay Cooking & eating have been a Bombay wala indulgence for centuries. In Islamabad The House of Bombay offers formal dinner, with a mix of Kashmiri, Punjabi, Sindhi, British and Arabic cuisines, alongside special Bombay recipes from the menu of 1922. This restaurant is a glimpse of a romance that is reflected through its ambiance. The environment not only gives a soothing impact but also allures you with its charm. You will see variety of traditional dishes in the menu. So traditional food lovers will find this place irresistible. Their Chicken Balti is fast becoming everyone’s favourite. Address: 18 Margalla Road, F8/3, Islamabad.

The World of HSY Prints The World of HSY prints will be introducing it new collection for the season after the success of its debut last year. For the summer of 2012, the design house draws aesthetic inspiration from global culture including the Ottoman Empire, paisleys from Persia, florals from Havana, Ikat from South America to the regal embroideries and motifs of Lucknow. The prints will be available all across Pakistan from the 9th of March 2012. For more details log in to https://www.facebook.com/Theworldofhsyprints

Mausummery by Huma Mausummery by Huma will be holding their lawn exhibition from the 6th – 8th of March 2012 at Marriot Karachi featuring a diversity of designs in keeping with Mausummery’s signature emphasis on individuality and design. This year’s collection is a fusion of different cultures, with strong influences of vintage Victorian designs, ancient Al-hamra architecture, arabesque patterns to Kashmiri shawls. So this is one exhibition not to be missed.

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Interview

Ahad Home Signature Where details count By Injila Baqir Zeeshan 34 I March 04 - 10, 2012


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n artist’s passionate attention to detail’, is an apt tagline that sums up the premise for Ahad Home Signature- a name well known in the field of interior design. Mian Ahad is an artist who has established a commendable niche for himself, defining superior quality of furniture. He is acknowledged for his label in the market, equally on the local and international scene. Beginning work in 1984, AhadYaqoob holds under his belt, the designing of projects such as the PC Hotel, Governor’s House in Muree, Chief Minister’s Secretariat as well as his residence in Lahore, Darbar Hall in Prime minister’s office in Islamabad, Motoralla Mobilink Telecom and Unicorn Investment offices in Empire Centre Lahore. He has also designed for the outlets of Maria B, Hang Ten, Sprungli and Nee Punhal. And these are only to name a few. In Paris, where he is currently based, he has to his credit, the designing and refurbishing of the residence of King of Morocco’s mother- wife of King Mohammed V. There are many more projects he has completed in the US including Virginia Great Falls, Marrakech Galleries, Virginia and other residential projects. And the list goes on. At the moment Mian Ahad is thoroughly enjoying his choice of living in Paris, where he is working on refurbishing old apartments. When I ask him about which one of his projects he has particularly enjoyed, he replies that each one them has been truly special for him, to which he has always given his best. Talking about Parisian apartments, he narrates how his job includes making bigger spaces open up where smaller rooms had once been. ‘The

classic and historical lifestyle is now changing and we must refurbish and relocate all living spaces incorporating today’s modern lifestyle’s needs and requirements.’ I ask him the reason for choosing Paris as his hometown, to which he questions me in turn, asking how I can ask such a question knowing full well the insecurities, the turmoil and the difficulties of living in this precarious society. ‘My friends are here, my production is here but I am passionately in love with Paris- I think it was the best choice of my life!’ Moving out of his country has not impeded Mian Ahad from ensuring the top most quality for his product. His niece, as well as a team of highly trained professionals are sincerely taking care of the production of Ahad Signature lines of furniture here. There are two showrooms located off MM Alam Road in Lahore and one in Denver Colorado. Out of the two showrooms located here, one displays Ahad’s classic and the other showcases his contemporary line. Telling about these two lines Ahad comments, ‘The contemporary is an off shoot of the classic. Classic is my forte and I keep striving to make it better but I equally enjoy the straight line. I infuse elements of Italian into the art deco and most importantly, I sell whatever I make! It is indeed a blessing when for your living, you are doing what you feel passionate about.’ Styles of the 50s and 60s are now making their way back into interior design. Mian Ahad likes to work on these trends while designing residential projects. This revival of the past is what he enjoys. Even though he will make an effort to understand the client’s requirements, he will only incorporate an intelligent design suggestion into his plans. If a client on the other hand, is trying only to cause destructive ruination of his living space, then Ahad has to put his foot

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down. Recently, Mian Ahad has entered into a joint venture where he will be part of a multi-label furniture store being opened in Dolmen Mall in Karachi. This is a result of the efforts of Pakistan Furniture Council, PFC, which has been formed by about 20 furniture designers of Pakistan. The council has been registered now and is working towards solving some of the biggest issues that are haunting the local furniture makers. Ahad speaks openly about the regretful

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state of affairs, ‘We have torn down our jungles without planning to cultivate new ones. Furthermore, we are wasting wood by putting it in places where it shouldn’t be; the prices of the raw materials are sky rocketing and there are no proper training institutions for the labour, which provides a whole new set of problems. What are we supposed to do in these circumstances? The furniture we are producing becomes so expensive that our prices are

Styles of the 50s and 60s are now making their way back into interior design. Mian Ahad likes to work on these trends while designing residential projects. This revival of the past is what he enjoys


‘The classic and historical lifestyle is now changing and we must refurbish and relocate all living spaces incorporating today’s modern lifestyle’s needs and requirements.’

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Recently, Mian Ahad has entered into a joint venture where he will be part of a multi-label furniture store being opened in Dolmen Mall in Karachi. This is a result of the efforts of Pakistan Furniture Council, PFC, which has been formed by about 20 furniture designers of Pakistan. The council has been registered now and is working towards solving some of the biggest issues that are haunting the local furniture makers no longer compatible in the international market. That is the reason why the whole world is now reverting to the Far East for their furniture needs. If the government doesn’t subsidize the rates for raw materials and machinery, this industry and craft will suffer irrevocably.’

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We leave Mian Ahad on a more positive note where he emphasizes that he is still hopeful for our country, now that the new council has been formed. He is positive that it will give us a formal platform, which will bring together all the furniture makers and help them

into restoring better working conditions, ensuring a healthier future for this craft. And for the sake of our dear nation, I sincerely hope that PFC’s efforts materialize into something useful, and wish Mian Ahad all the best for future. Mian Ahad’s photo: Asmat Khan of AFZL Studio


Women’s Day Special

Issues facing Pakistani women and their role models By Sumeha Khalid

Our very own Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy made us proud by becoming the first Pakistani to win an Oscar for her gripping documentary ‘Saving Face’

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en days before the world celebrates International Women’s Day 2012 on March 8, our very own Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy made us proud by becoming the first Pakistani to win an Oscar for her gripping documentary ‘Saving Face’. Sharmeen has proved that with hard work and dedication, our women can achieve anything. International Women’s Day was first observed as a popular event after 1977 when the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace. To mark the day, Pakistan Today asked some leading ladies of our society two important questions: What do you think is the most important issue facing Pakistani women today and which Pakistani woman do you see as your role model? Nadia Hussain (Model & designer) Discrimination is a major issue. Bilquis Edhi is someone who has done a lot for our women. Afreen Shiraz (Designer- Ellemint Prêt) Lack of education resulting in lack of awareness and exposure. Low self esteem as well. Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is my role model for now, for not only giving tremendous hope to victimised women but also helping our women in building confidence in themselves. Nadya Mistry (Fashion designer) Illiteracy is our issue. My mother is my role model. Maheen Karim (Designer) We need freedom- the ability to make choices and follow our dreams. Getting an education and choosing to work for a living is our right. Most Pakistani women are deprived of this simple freedom. My role model has to be Benazir Bhutto. She was a strong woman who took on a man’s world and made a difference. Her sacrifices for this country must never be forgotten and may the women of this country learn from them and make their voices heard. Ammara Hikmat (CEO Encyclomedia PR) The most important issue is the inside outside dichotomy and I am not even talking about the less privileged class. If we look around, women we know have been denied access to education, jobs and recreation and they are discouraged to go outside their homes. This deep-rooted gender bias embedded in society not only limits their mobility and active economic participation in business setups but also deprives them of training opportunities and social services. It would be unfair to call a single woman my role model. A lot of women have inspired me. These include my mother, my mother-in-law Shaheena, Justice Nasira Iqbal who was my teacher and my sister-in-law Raheel Tariq Khan.

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Co-directors Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy & Daniel Junge at the 84th Academy Awards (Sharmeen wears a Bunto Kazmi design)

Interview

Zara Shahjahan Redifining Chic

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoytaking Pakistan into the limelight

‘Saving Face’ chronicles the work of acclaimed British Pakistani plastic surgeon, Dr Mohammad Jawad as he traveled to Pakistan and performed reconstructive surgery on survivors of acid violence

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he category of Best Documentary (Short film) was presented by Rose Byrne & Melissa McCarthy to Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and Daniel Junge. This marks both Sharmeen and Daniel’s first ever Oscar award and was also the first Oscar to be awarded to a Pakistani in the history of the Academy Awards. Upon receiving the award, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy thanked the heroes of Pakistan, the academy, her colleagues, cast and crew, fellow nominees, parents, friends and family and said, ‘I am deeply humbled and blown away by the outpour of support and well wishes that I have received. It is an indescribable feeling and it is a dream come true! This is for all the budding filmmakers who think that their work will not be appreciated or recognized; if I can do it, so can you. Today, Pakistan was in the news for all the right reasons and I am thrilled that we are now recognized as artists and story tellers. Zakia, Rukhsana- this one is for you.’ ‘Saving Face’ chronicles the work of acclaimed British Pakistani plastic surgeon, Dr Mohammad Jawad as he traveled to Pakistan and performed reconstructive surgery

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on survivors of acid violence. Acid violence, an extreme form of physical abuse, is systemically underreported in Pakistan; official figures state that 150 cases of acid violence are filed every year, though it is estimated that the actual figure is far greater. This is caused in part by structural inequalities that make it difficult for women to access the judicial system in addition to longstanding cultural practices that support gender discrimination. ‘Saving Face’ is an account of violence told by survivors through their personal journeys of endurance, recovery and reconciliation. The film is equally a story about the ways in which women continue to struggle for justice in Pakistan as it is about their resilience and unwavering strength in overcoming difficult circumstances. The observational documentary was filmed entirely in Pakistan, primarily in the Seraiki belt in addition to Rawalpindi, Karachi and Islamabad. Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy hopes to screen ‘Saving Face’ in Pakistan, with special screenings at local schools, colleges, universities and communities in order to spread awareness and promote dialogue within Pakistan.


Children and Badin District

By Zahid Hussain Jalbani

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eing at the tailend of river Indus, the province of Sindh is vulnerable to a plethora of calamities, both natural and manmade. Shortage of water, heavy rains, cyclones in the coastal belt and floods, Sindh has seen it all: most recently – and devastatingly – in the monsoon of 2011. Badin and the 2011 Rainfall Floods They remain fresh in our memory. Having affected about eight districts of the province of Sindh, the Monsoon rains of 2011 hit almost all the 22 districts either on the left or right bank of the river Indus. It is reported time and again that Badin is one of the worst affected of all these districts – that not only this year but on each occasion for the past two decades, having been hit either by cyclones or floods, thanks to LBOD (Left Bank Outfall Drain) that second time badly inundated the whole district. These recent monsoon floods not only damaged the agriculture but also

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displaced nearly the entire population of the district, forcing them to live either under open sky or in the socalled camps where even the most basic of facilities hardly made available. Children: the Worst Affected – a few case studies Having a population of 1.5 million, Badin houses approximately 0.80 million children – nearly half the total number – who are arguably the most hard hit by such calamities since they are dependant upon their providers: parents or guardians. Furthermore, on such occasions, they need emergency care because the sight of such disasters put children – above all others – through great mental trauma. Village Talho Khan Bhurgari, some 22 km away from Badin City, is situated in Taluka Tando Bago, and has approximately 150 households (HHs) with a population of 1000-1100. The village was affected by the floods of last monsoon: “Water rushed suddenly in the village while we were sleeping,” 56-year-old Abdul Wahid Bhurgari, one of the “notables” of the village

relates. “I have 4 children, all were scared of the water because we remained in our village although the water level was about 2-2.5 ft. because of which it was difficult to move our families and everything,” added Abdul Wahid. PLaCES – An innovative effort “I am student of class I and I have 2 sisters and 2 brothers. My father is a farmer. All five of us brothers and sisters were so scared of the heavy rain because it was raining with sound of thunder which made us even more scared,” shares eight-year-old Ashfaq. “We were in this situation for many days but now we have come out of it because we have been playing different games together and have different recreational activities through those we are learning in our newly established school (PLaCES) where our teacher (caregivers) is behaving with us in a very friendly manner and we love to come here,” Ashfaq further shares. “All of us who are studying, come here to PLaCES in the evening because in the morning we have to attend school


the community is conservative. But with continuous mobilization – the

which was closed for a couple of weeks but now water has receded and we are going to attend school regularly,” Ashfaq related with a smiling face. Saba, 5-years-old, student of class-I from the same village, shared with the same smiling face: “We were frightened because of heavy rains. Water is standing in our home and we were assuming it will take time to recede. But thanks to Allah it went away shortly and now we are going to school and also coming to this place where we are playing different games.” Allah Bachai, mother of 3 daughters and 2 sons shares: “We work in the fields – cotton picking, paddy harvesting, gross cutting for the animals – but due to rains, such type of activities have been stopped and our male member are now supporting us. However I am working in the PLaCES as caretaker.” Allah Bachai has qualified primary education. “Yes women are also coming in PLaCES for different activities like health & hygiene sessions, while children have different recreational activities here. I was also picking cotton during these months at Rs. 200 per day, but in PLaCES I am earning Rs. 5000 which is more satisfactory,” Allah Bachai further informs. Syed Aftab Shah, Social Organizer working with National Rural Support Program (NRSP) implementing partner of UNICEF in district Badin informs us of the hurdles faced in starting such programs: “In the beginning it was difficult to open PLaCES in village Talho Khan Bhurgari because

credit for which goes to our female staff who succeeded to mobilize the women of the village – PLaCES is now running successfully with active participation of the community. “Adult girls are also coming here, those who are not going to school for formal education in the morning,” further shared Aftab. Karshama, student of class-

What is PLaCES?

The purpose of “Protective Learning and Community Emergency Services” (PLaCES) is to offer services and to create an environment that will improve the safety, health and well-being of children and women in emergency.

VI, has to go as far as Nindo Town to attend school, because in her village there is no high school. She recalls: “Everywhere there was water. we were so startled because we never had seen so much water in our life. And for one moment we were hopeless because we

didn’t know how long it would take for the water to recedes from our home and village.” Susan Processer worked as Child Protection Provincial Sub-Cluster Coordinator and got the chance to visit the same areas sometimes ago during the initial days of the Monsoon floods. “Sarwar (Unicef vehicle driver) was with me when we crossed this bridge – the water was touching the windscreen of our vehicle and we didn’t have any idea how deep it was. It was so horrible. But Sarwar managed well and we crossed that road safely and successfully. It is amazing that water has receded now and we can see how it damaged the area, people and their livelihood,” shared Ms. Processor. Susan Processor also got the chance to spend some time with the children and women present in PLaCES of that village, who enjoyed interacting with her. Processor remarked that children of any background need these kinds of activities to shrug off mental trauma and distress of any kind. Having gone through some of the worst of the latter, the children of Badin – and indeed of all other districts that were affected by the 2011 floods – needed the best of care in that regard. Being an expert of psychosociology, Ms Processor hit the nail on the head. However, it must be said that it does not take a psychologist’s eye and expertise nor the devastation of deadly floods to realize what Susan Processor did – any lay person who has been around children would know that these tender brains need to be cared for. The thornier the environment they get, the more meticulous the care needs to be – and it does not get worse than having your homes wiped off the face of the earth. The children of Badin need to be rehabilitated; they need our care: the sooner we, the government and people of Pakistan, realize that, the better it is – not only for our present but, more importantly, for our future.

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Books

Iqbal: Sahib-e-Afkar-e-Javedan Editing, Translation and Notes by: Kh. Hameed Yazdani Published by: Victory Book Bank, Lahore Pages: 336; – Price: Rs300/-

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philosopher, represents our ‘collective consciousness’ as a nation in this part of the world. The universality of his creative might and message is stated to lie in his triangular response, and perhaps the first fully articulated response from the Islamic world, to ‘modernity’ via his prose writings presenting his ‘basic philosophic insights’, his contemplative/inspired Urdu and Persian poetry, and his role as a political activist/social reformer. Noon Meem Rashed (191075), an unorthodox poet, not favourable to the traditional form of ghazal, is regarded as the first major exponent of free verse in Urdu with four original works to his credit viz., Mavra (1941), Iran may Ajnabi (1955), La Musavi Insan (1969) and Guman ka Mumkin (1976). The two books being reviewed here are comprised of a collection of critical writings on Allama Iqbal (by some reputed Iranian scholars/litterateurs) and Rashed (by the eminent Urdu critic and poet Dr. Wazir Agha) separately. Iqbal: Sahib-e-Afkar-eJavedan Dr. Khwaja Hameed Yazdani is a noted Iqbal scholar. In this book he has presented the translated version of a miscellany of articles on Iqbal, originally written in Persian. Prof. Javed Iqbal Nadim has managed its publication. In his introductory remarks, Dr. Yazdani mentions Aqai-Ghulam Raza Saeedi as the first Iranian scholar to

have acquainted himself with Iqbal’s poetics (1925-26) during his visit to Aligarh. This was also the beginning of Allama Iqbal’s introduction as a philosopher-poet, in Iran. The poet laureate of Iran, Malek-o-Sho’ara Mohammad Taqi Bahar (1884-1951) was the first to mention Allama Iqbal in a recital at the inaugural meeting of the Anjuman Fahangi-e-Iran-o-Hind terming the present era as ‘Khasa-e-Iqbal’. However, Allama’s reputation in Iran increased rapidly after the emergence of Pakistan. In 1948, an acclaimed Irani intellectual and writer Aqa-e-Mojtaba Minovi authored a booklet on Iqbal titled ‘Iqbal Lahori’. Kh. Abdul Hameed Irfani (1907-90), an educationist and a well known scholar of Persian, did his level best to further introduce and popularize Allama Iqbal in Iran when he was posted there as Press Attache (1949-55) at the embassy of Pakistan. In the postRevolution period, the graph of Allama’s popularity in Iran rose still higher. An international conference on Iqbal was held in Iran in 1986 at which President (1981-89) Ali Khamenei, in his welcome address (included in this book), paid rich tributes to the great poet. The book includes articles on Iqbal and his poetics, philosophy, and political views, translated from Persian by intellectuals and scholars such as Sayyid Ghulam Raza Saeedi, Muhammad Moheet Tabatabai, Dr. Hussain Khatibi, Dr. Zabihullah Safa, Ahmad Mosadeq, Dr. Sayyid Mohari Gharavi, Dr. Rajai, Jalal Matini, Dr. Ali Shariati, Dr. Ali Akbar Velayati, Dr. Ali Nihad Tarlan (a Turk scholar


writing in Persian) and others. Kashf-e-Zat ki Arzu ka Sha’ir Noon Meem Rashed bears a legendary presence in the hierarchy of Urdu vers libre. It is a form of poetry that ‘refrains from consistent meter patterns, rhyme, or any other musical patterns’ without being nebulous in form. Rashed’s style and mannerism in his poetics could be likened to that of the imagists in English poetry like T.E Hulme, Ezra Pound, F.S Flint, Richard Aldington, Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) and others. Introducing a new trend in poetry, these poets rejected ‘the sentiment and discursiveness typical of much Romantic and Victorian poetry’. Rashed’s emergence on the poetic scenario of Urdu in some ways coincides with, or follows, the advent of the progressive movement in Urdu, in the early 1930s, from whose fallout he could not have escaped, especially more in view of the fast-moving sociocultural changes taking place in the whole world, let alone the sub-continent, in the wake of the first World War, and latterly the second. Introspection is the watchword of his poetry. He seems to

soliloquize to himself on the dilemma of existence in its mammoth enormity. The quasi-existentialistic tenor of his poems tends to singularize him amongst his peers. ‘The themes of his poetry run from the struggle against domination to the relationship between words and meanings, between language and awareness and the creative process that produces poetry and other arts.’ His unorthodox style being the product of a ‘self-assertive tendency’ and backed by a vast study of the comparative literatures, lends an aura of mystery compounded by obscurity and allusiveness, to his verse. Dr. Wazir Agha, himself an avant-garde literary artist, undertook a comprehensive but analytical study of Rashed’s person and art in his lifetime. Tariq Habib, a young writer and researcher besides being a genuine Wazir Agha enthusiast, has assimilated the latter’s articles on Rashed along-with some critical-cuminformative material on Wazir Agha in this book. It is an appreciable exercise insofar as it offers valuable insights into the two literary luminaries in addition to highlighting the class and calibre of Rashed in the realm of Urdu poetry.

Kashf-e-Zat ki Arzu ka Sha’ir Research and Editing by: Tariq Habib Published by: Dost Publications. St. 15, I-9/2, Islamabad Pages: 184; Price: Rs275/-

Dr. Tabassum Kashmiri has written its introduction whereas its title is borrowed from one of Rashed’s poems beginning with the line: ‘Wohi kashf-e-zat ki arzu’. Dr. Wazir Agha’s articles in the book highlight the parameters of the new Urdu nazm as well as the ‘azad’ nazm (vers libre) besides the following topics: Rashed as a rebel, Rashed and the nature and mood of Urdu poetry, creativity versus the fine arts, a study of Rashed’s La Musavi Insan, an overview of Rashed, a critical analysis of Rashed’s poem ‘Yaran-e-Sar-e-Pul’, and three of

Rashed’s epistles addressed to Dr. Wazir Agha. To sum up, it is a commendable work of critical evaluation and research focused on the evolution and sustainability of the modern Urdu nazm (Cf. Iqbal, Josh (18941982), Faiz (1911-84), Tasadduq Hussain Khalid (1901-72), Meeraji (1912-49), Majeed Amjad (191474), Akhtarul Iman (1915-96), Sahir Ludhianvi (1921-80), Wazir Agha (1922-2010), Muneer Niazi (1928-2006), Satyapal Anand (b.1931) and Naseer Ahmad Nasir (b.1954), in an otherwise unconventional literary milieu.

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Art

Expressions of ‘Hope’ on canvas

Children are always very genuine in their expressions and the true expression is not meant to be graded

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By Nadeem Alam he road was broken and jumpy while the serenity around was filled up with all the paints that Mother Nature has to nurture its fabulous frames.

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After half an hour’s drive, I was standing in front of a gigantic gate where security was asking about my identity, which proved me as a noble and harmless gentleman and I was allowed to enter the campus of a very prestigious academic institution ‘The

Chand Bagh School’, where 8th All Pakistan Art Competitions was going on. This campus is a brainchild of Gen. (R) Ghulam Jilani Khan, who also served as the governor of Punjab and chancellor of the University of the


Punjab. Ghulam Jilani Khan studied at Dehradun School, which had always been a place of his dreamlands therefore, he founded a school system on the same pattern here on Muridke-Sheikhupura Road and named it after his village ‘Chand Bagh’! As I entered the Art Hall, there were almost 50 students from various colleges and schools in neat and clean uniforms and with sparkling eyes, busy in drawing their ‘hope’ with acrylic colours on the coarse canvas. An assortment, of painted frames, was in the making in the midst of a huge campus where no inhabitant of that area could enter. However, on the gates of that campus, the motto of school, “Knowledge, Ethics, Character” was written in bold font. Art through the brushes and pastels of youthful hands, it always sounds

enchanting as the ripe ideas and novice wisdom normally deprives smudges of compromises and diplomacy. ‘Hope’ was the title of that competition for which the hope of our entire nation, our juvenile blood, was busy in developing new shades and unmatched lines. Iqbal Khokhar is an emerging landscape painter who graduated from University College of Art and Design. After joining Chand Bagh as art teacher, he not only focused on teaching art to his students, but also started to organise art competitions at the campus to provide his students a healthy and competitive atmosphere. Since 2004, Chand Bagh has been organising inter-school and intercollegiate art competition every year. It was the eighth competition this time round and students from various

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institutions of Pakistan were eagerly participating in the competition. Art is always hard to be categorised in grades or positions, and when it is a matter of the art by children, it is invariably impossible to judge them in first, second or third positions. The basic reason is that children are always very genuine in their expressions, and the true expression is not meant to be graded. However, such competitions demand for a judgment of first three positions at least. In the junior section, a simple, yet interesting painting rendered in a woodcut style attracted all eyes. The artist composed a child in the light of a lantern with elongated shadows and books in red colour. He divided his frame in two dominating portions of light and dark. The lit area was painted with yellow while the dark in deep-blue tones. Other then these two colour portions, the young artist, very cleverly used the red tinges in the form of scattered books. This frame, with all its simplicity and colour control, won the first prize. The other notable painting was in the college category where the painter came up with a strong palette and controlled technique of painting. She exposed two hands tied together with a red cloth holding a lamp, a symbol of hope, within her hands. The application of colours in this painting was very mature and strong while the painter actually designed a good sense of chiaroscuro as well. Another canvas with barren terrain and dried-out tree was also very symbolic in its nature. In the barrenness of the whole frame with blazing sun in the background, the painter painted a small fresh-green plant as a connotation of hope. Bold colours, strong composition and simple concept made this painting a noticeable one. Energy, education, corruption and lawlessness are our pivotal concerns. Good governance is what we stress upon for the solution of many problems. In these circumstances, young painters were very hopeful with their own perceptions and solutions. A small, Barbie-like girl, with her very simple painting, that reminded me the canvases of Paul Klee, presented a virtual ladder towards heaven. It was fastened upon the books, suggesting the only way to salvation as knowledge.

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Recipe

Preparation Time: 35 min

Yorkshire Beef Puff Ingredients

Method

2 cups beef (cooked, cut into small thin pieces) 2 eggs ½ cup beef drippings ¼ tsp salt 1 ½ cups gravy 1 cup flour 1 cup milk

Arrange meat over bottom of a 9 inch square glass baking dish that contains 1/8 meat drippings or oil. Beat flour, milk, eggs and salt for 2 minutes and then pour over meat in the pan. Bake in a very hot oven (450 degrees) for about 30 minutes. Serve with gravy or sauce. If you have no drippings, substitute with vegetable oil.

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