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Profile Munir Safdar has achieved his success through commitment & dedication – a story eluding many today. Starting from humble beginnings after seeing his father’s empire nationalised in the 70’s by the then Pakistan government. This changed his course in life – and opting to move to England to join his wife. Munir opened up to Mast – something that took a lot of convincing with this soft spoken reserved personality. Arriving at his offices in Brislington I noticed the uneasiness of Munir to go ahead but I am not a person of being put off so easily – I decided to have a one to one chat to wade off the uneasiness –and he slowly opened up for an exclusive!

Q: Tell us a little about yourself. M: I was born in Punjab , Pakistan, educated in Pakistan, my father was a thriving businessman there. Q: (Noticing that his answers were short and done, I decided to take the flow of the interview his way) – When did you come to England? M: I came to England in 1984 to join my wife. This was not part of the plan of my family but as my father’s business was one of the many nationalized by the Bhutto government in the 70’s my parents thought it was best I moved out of Pakistan and settle in UK where my wife was. Q: (I also make it short and to the point)- So where did you settle? M: This was in Cardiff, South Wales, where I joined a family business. I stayed in Cardiff for a few years then moved on to Newport to look after the Newport branch of the business – later moving to Bristol and opening another store in 1988.

Q: What business was this and was this your own then? M : We were and still are in the furniture business. This was a family business and was our first furniture store in Bristol on Stapleton Road at where the Job Centre is today. Q: What were you specialising in at the stores? M ; We do household furniture, mostly beds and sofas. In 1992 my wife and I decided to go solo and open our own furniture store, Furniture Direct, at the same location with branches in Cheltenham, Yate, Bedminster and Fishponds. Q : Your current outfit is mega – could you please give us an insight of your set-up? M : Our Group operates under One Holding Investment – we hold property portfolio – we manufacture Mattress, Divan Bases, Head Boards, Bean Bags at Bristol and Batley. We also import household furniture from the Far-East. Q : Is this on customer order off your catalogues? M : This is solely for wholesale purposes. We are a manufacturing and wholesale group. We thank God the turnover of the group is nearing the 20m mark and do hope to do better. We started our manufacturing business with Jay Khan whom I met in Malaysia in 2004 – that was the beginning of our friendship and partnership. In 2006 we decided to venture into business together and with support of our parents and spouses – Their prayers, blessing and support have helped us set up a good venture now growing from strength to strength. Q : I have noticed that you are at most, if not all community events in the region, how involved are you locally? M : Though I am a reserved person I do get involved in a big way especially in community groups in Cardiff and Gloucester. I have been involved in Pakistan Association Appeals and events assisting where I can and in 2012 I was part of the organising committee of the Arain International Convention that was held in Cardiff. We had participants of the Arain Community from all over the world, your magazine covered the event and you must have enjoyed every moment of it


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Q : Oh yes, it was exciting and may I say very well organised. You said that you were involved in charity & community groups in Gloucester & Cardiff, why is this so? M : I have been associated with the Cardiff community since my first coming to the UK, so that relationship has been on for a long time, not to say that I am not involved in community work in Bristol. I am very much active assisting where I can in Bristol and you must have noticed that I am at most Pakistani events in Bristol assisting where I can. Q : Who do you supply? M : We are suppliers to some major players in the market and are proud that our clients are content with our products and service. Q : What is your goal? M : Our aim is to make Visco Therapy, Bedmaster, Bonkers Bean Bags and Humza Amani a national brand and “Inshallah” we are on target to achieve this goal. Q ; What’s your workforce like? M : The Group has about 150 members of staff . Our workforce is drawn from all communities – At Visco we treat our staff as our family members as they play a major role in our success.

Q : I think you are doing pretty well! M : Thank you . I think I have given you everything you need to know. Q : Kind of, but maybe a sip of this cup of tea then we carry on. That was nice , thank you . Away from business let’s talk about you as a person. I know you are as they say “ up to the sky” with business commitments. Do you get involved in community projects? M : Jay and I are in the process of setting up a charity organisation – we plan to do this without external funding. Our first project will be in Pakistan where we are hoping to take over a school that is in need of expertise, assistance & funding . We hope to provide education and skills to the pupils, equipping them with the necessary knowhow to further their lives. We know setting up a self sponsored charity group is no easy task, but are confident and focused to achieve success. Our friends and families are fully in support to make this happen.

Q : I see you keep very trim, what’s the secret, what are your hobbies? M: Thank you, I play a lot of Badminton in my spare time, maybe that does the trick – I eat healthy and look after myself. With the kind of business I run it is important to spend quality time doing what one enjoys. I visit friends and relatives on the weekend. My partner and I love flying, in a year I make close to ten trips to the FarEast for business, that is also something I love – flying. Q : Can you tell us a little about your family? M : I have three children – two boys and a girl. My eldest son Sumear helps me in the business, he manages our import division. My daughters are still schooling. My mum travels to and from Pakistan to visit us. My wife who has been very supportive of me, helps in the business – this works well for all. Q : What are your future plans M : I would like to do a lot but I believe the best in the current climate is to focus on what we have – develop this to a level of a 50m turn over – that is our main priority now and the near future.

Munir Safdar & business partner Jay Khan


Dr. Shaheen Shahzadi Chaudhry Face to Face with the High Sheriff

different groups as well as your full time job as a magistrate, how do you manage to balance everything? Well, you need to prioritise and with that i decide what is important and I attend those. That’s not always easy to get right. No, especially if you’re a mother as well as a wife, hospitality must be maintained at all times in our culture but I’ve got used to it now, I’d be lost without it I think. Moving on to the role of High Sherriff, how do you feel about being the first Muslim lady to be appointed to this role? I feel very privileged and humbled that somebody has thought that I am of that caliber to become the High Sherriff and represent the city, I am truely privileged and honoured for that. I am very proud as a Bristolian that this is now happening as obviously Bristol has a bad history what with it being a slave port and only 50 years ago Bristol Omnibus and the Transport and General Workers Union were not allowing any black conductors or drivers. the changes are phenomenal, this is a groundbreaking year, especialy for us having Farouk coming in as Lord Mayor and what will follow him. Do you think this is the sign of another big change? Absolutely I think people now are open and broad minded, people are much more accepting. Despite the terrorism, despite the Islamophobia, despite all the racism, discrimination that is prevalent in certain parts of society and parts of the City, I think the goodness outweighs the negative. We need to represent more of the diversity of this city because it is rich in its culture, in its diverse people, in its language and its food and that should be celebrated. Any excuse and reason we can use, then it should be used and I think would be a facilitator to bring the diversity of this city together and encourage people from our community to come forward to prepare to become High Sheriff because it’s a non-remunerated position. What you can achieve is amazing and what you can do for your community especially the Black and Minority Ethnic Community, is worth stepping forward and getting involved. People are just people, they have different religions and different viewpoints but we are all people. This is going to be a wonderful year this year. This is going to be reflected at the High Sheriffs concert on the 14th of June at the Bristol Cathedral which I am arranging. to raise money for BYCA which is the Bristol Youth Action Charity for under privileged children between 8-13 years can have play schemes and activities in the holidays so rather than hanging around on the street corners and making a nuisance of themselves they are actually actively involved so hopefully it prevents them from getting into the criminal justice system. That’s a great idea. Have you got any other plans that we can tell people about within your position, sort of an idea of what you want to achieve by the end of the year? Yes, there’s the legal Sunday when we welcome the start of the new legal year, Judges and people from the law are involved. various fundraising events that are going to be held possibly at the Mansion House, we are just at the negotiating stages at the moment or possibly at the City Hall.

May I ask when did your family first move to Bristol? We moved to Bristol in the late sixties, 1968 to be exact. Where did you move from? We came from Cambridge initially in 1964. My father was a GPO (General Post Office) installer working in the GPO offices so we moved around quite a bit in the South West. Sidmouth, Yeovil, Taunton, Cirencester and then Bristol. So fairly local? Yes, around the South West, it was a nomadic life in those days. I attended schools temporally in the cities, we were in but my main school was Knowle Junior School, from there I got a scholarship into Red Maids School which is an all girl school, and from there to Bristol University. After reading through your brief I see that you are supporting a lot of

Dr. Chaudhry & her daughter, Zaheer Shabir, Faruk Choudhury & Mohammed Elsharif


There’s also the crime prevention which is going to be giving out certificates and awards for people who have been brave in the community.

“This is my City, this is my country” And what about personally, do you have any goals that you would like to achieve personally still or have you achieved a lot of things that you wanted to do in your life? Oh Good Lord no! There’s more to be done. Personally, I’m very passionate about mental health especially in young adults which i’m going to be raising awareness of during my year. This is because I’ve been a JP for 20 years and some youngsters coming into the criminal justice system need to be within the NHS getting proper treatment and they fall through. By the time they are diagnosed properly and treated their quality of life has deteriorated. So the quicker they are treated properly and appropriately with services that are accessible to them the quicker they can have a better quality of life. I want to raise awareness of that. My other passion is to raise awareness of children with learning and physical difficulties. That’s on a semi professional/personal level. On a personal level I would like to do a lot more travelling.

the criminal justice system as opposed to getting into proper medical care. And they’re in total the wrong section then? Absolutely, time is wasted, time is precious and time is lost. It makes the prognosis depressingly bad, if it’s not dealt with in a timely manner. Sitting on mental health tribunals you, see the other end of it when they are in Hospital or are sectioned.

So what they need to do for instance is to be culturally aware of how to address people, handshaking – is it appropriate in their circumstances? Eye contact – is it appropriate? It’s about looking at the culture of things so that the barriers aren’t there for service providers and they can go in and give their service without spending time on learning a bit more. And I do this in the first instance and then 4 months later I go back in to see how they put it into practice, what are the difficulties they’ve experienced and what do they think they are going to change to make sure that they don’t have that again.

That sounds really nice! Where would you like to go? Spain would be my first choice at the moment; my father and I are planning to go to Southern Spain, Alhambra, Granada, and Cordoba, all the old Islamic places and see the Moorish influence. I would also likke to visit Africa. Going back to mental health, I still think that it’s something that’s a taboo subject. As soon as you have admitted you have an issue and you are treated for it is really important that people know you can carry on with normal life. I know people think that mental health is either an excuse for certain types of behaviour or you are going to go crazy and people don’t want you around. In my experience that’s certainly not the case with 90% of the people I know who have mental health issues. But it’s really down to getting the right treatment as quickly as possible. And that’s why with youngsters because of the behavioral element people parents may not be aware or the police are not aware so first thing they do is get into

H.E Pakistan High Commissioner Mr Wajid Shamsul Hasan with Mazar Iqbal & Dr. Chaudhry

nobody’s fault it happens, just like any other illness. As a freelance trainer over the years since 2000 when I left Maternity and Health Links, the organisation that I set up to provide language support for non English speaking users of the health service, I took a couple of years out and did some voluntary work overseas then I came back and started doing freelance training to agencies, raising cultural awareness what we now call diversity and training.

And then it can end tragically? Yes that’s when they are a risk to themselves, their health, their safety or the safety of others, the risks are so bad that they have to be sectioned and they end up in Hospital. Even when in the community, the community is not resourced well enough to be able to cope and care for them. In the Black & Minority Ethnic Community you find that the stigma of mental health and the cultural, people don’t talk about it. They don’t want to admit it or want to go to the GP because they don’t want to be perceived as ‘going mad’. That’s the word they use so they’ll use homeopathic medication or religious means , which I don’t say is wrong nevertheless it needs to have proper medication. It’s not a stigma, it’s not your fault, it’s

I think that is a really important because people are afraid of what they don’t know. Yes and they don’t want to ask questions. They don’t want to be seen as either ignorant or prejudiced and so I create a safe environment and I say this is the place you can ask any question that you have always wanted to but never had the confidence or opportunity to do it. It’s wonderful, at the end of the session I get comments like,” I didn’t know you had a sense of humour”, you must learn to have a sense of humour, it breaks down so many barriers that it just gives me such a high.

Centre image: Dr. Chaudhary, Lord Mayor Cllr. Peter Main & Mehboob Chaudhary


“It is better to be ignorant for a moment and ask the question, rather than be ignorant for life and not ask the question” That really is a big thing for me, people are worried and you interact with people the way that you always have so if I meet somebody its quite natural for me as a gentleman to shake hands but then you kind of think should I do that if I’m with a Sikh gentleman or whoever, is that then appropriate? So then you start to worry “am I going to offend somebody” by doing this thing that is natural to me because that is my culture? So it’s good to know. If you are in doubt, ask because nobody is born with all the knowledge in their head. It is only by asking that you learn and as my father said, “it is better to be ignorant for a moment and ask the question, rather than be ignorant for life and not ask the question” and that’s something that I have taken with me all the way through. That’s very wise. It is, it is and he said that because of his life experience and you learn with age comes wisdom. Yes, I will ask a lot more questions now than when I was a teenager. Sometimes I stop and think will I offend somebody if I ask and then I think well if I don’t ask then I will keep cropping up with this every time it happens. And the other thing, how do you address somebody in other cultures, men, women, names – first names, second names, how does that follow, is it a proper name, is it a prefix to a name, is it a suffix to a name, is it the honorary title, is it the surname of the family, you know all these things come into it. I have a lousy memory for names within our culture – I’ll say sister or brother and somebody somewhere will use their name, or I’ll just ask them and say I’m awfully sorry I know your face but I just can’t remember your name especially if you see people out of context. Yes, the names thing gets me too. Of course because you meet so many people yourself don’t you for the Magazine? Yes as you say there’s a title and sometimes a caste and then there’s a surname, it is confusing but we only stop the confusion by learning and asking. And it breaks down barriers. People like being informed. There are a few people that will not want to help if you are genuinely asking a question and you do not understand why somebody’s name is so long and they have different bits to it. Well thank you very much for your time. My pleasure, I look forward to the article. Well thank you very much for your time. My pleasure, I look forward to the article.

Bottom Left: Lord Mayor of Bristol Councillor Peter Main with banker/community leader Amjid Ali Bottom Right : Peaches Golding OBE – High Sheriff 2010-2011 with guest

Top Right: Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson meets friends & family of Dr Shaheen Chaudhry JP 2nd Top Right : The High Sheriff with family members 3rd Top Right: Chief Constable Avon & Somerset Constabulary Nick Gargan with Lord Lieutenant Mary Prior MBE JP


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JOHN SHADDICK “As a police officer you always have to be respectful to all communities"

John Shaddick PC 2536 is based at Trinity Police Station. He is a neighbourhood beat Manager covering Stapleton Road corridors. He has been working with different communities to better life in the area. His presence at community events has won John many friends in different communities. I first bumped onto John in 2011 having noticed him and his team launch mobile community policing vans on Stapleton Road. I finally got to have a one to one talk with John and as is my tradition I started by asking:

Q: When did you join the force? J: I joined in August 2006. Q: That’s quite recent. J: This will be my 8th year-I was a Sales Manager in the printing industry – having worked with various printing companies around the country. Q: Printing is good – why the switch over? J: I have always wanted to do policing. Printing was circumstantial, something was calling me to go into policing at 36. I find it a fulfilling career-worthwhile, fit for my personality and when I get older I will have a few tales to tell. Q: Where did you start your policing career? J: After six month training, I joined Trinity Road as a Response Officer dealing with emergencies. I have always been at Trinity Road. Q: Working in and around Easton must be trying. How do you cope? J: Not really, Easton like any other area in the country has its ups and downs and it is our duty as police officers to cope with situations. As Beat Manager I had set my sights to put in a lot into the community, more or less giving back to the community, building bridges within communities. I developed a weekly club, Easton Street Sports, playing football and coaching young children 6-16, organising sponsorship for team kit and spent Friday evenings with different communities promoting community cohesion.


Q: How responsive were the parents? J: They were encouraging. The teams still play and some of the lads are playing in different leagues in Bristol. Q: How much have you learnt about different customs(diverse communities)? J: As a police officer you always have to be respectful to all – I spend time at the Asian Day Centre run by Amarjit where we show the friendly face of the police. I visit the Somali Women Association and listen to their issues and educate them on safe living. We visit different places of worship and attend community cultural events in the city to better police- community relationship.

“I truly believe that we can only live in the present moment I had spent too much time planning for the future and living in the past" Q: You are out and about everywhere. Have you ever been in a compromising situation that you had to call for back-up? J: When you are dealing with weapons, yes, but the only time I’ve gotten scared was dealing with people with mental issues. You could be fearful most of the time but that’s part of the job. It is important to recognise that mental health is an issue. Q: The press has termed Stapleton Road as the most dangerous in Europe. J: I disagree with that I spend every day of my working life on Stapleton Road – I can see the good work and positivity of the majority in the area. Police have worked tirelessly with the local community and other agencies to rid the area of the few who have tarnished the name of the area but working in the area I know it is not what is implied of it. Q: How is the force tackling kerb crawling in the area? J: We have a team which works 24/7 pro actively targeting the actual

PC Shaddick with PCSO Abdillahi

kerb crawlers and other individuals causing anti-social behaviour in our community. We see the girls as victims. The clients of these girls have an opportunity to attend a “change course” where they are able to speak with specialist additional agencies to educate these males about the girls lifestyles, vulnerability and what lead them to what they are and the health consequences. Q: Drugs & the Youth – what is the force doing to control this? J: Drugs can affect all age groups and not just particularly young people. We have worked extremely hard to prevent drug dealing and drug use within our community and have had massive success with ‘Operation Bowler’ now working in partnership with Neighbourhood Policing teams. This has added six uniformed officers upon the streets of St Pauls and Easton for the past two years. Q: As you know Khat, this is destroying families, especially in the Somali community. What are your views? J: Britain is one of the few countries that has not banned the sale and use of Khat. Over the years there has been an issue with the increase of Khat chewing houses in the Easton area. I have and still am in contact with the Somali community and organisations on the effects of Khat to both health and social issues, we have problem with this as it is

openly sold on these streets by people with no legal trade licences. We have tried to educate the sellers to acquire licences from the council hoping this will discourage the rampant sale thus increased use of this grass. Q: Finally away from the official business – tell us a little about your good self. (I see a smile and a bright spark on John’s face) J: I am 42 – enjoying my police service – I am the current captain of Avon & Somerset rugby team and still enjoying playing every week, and have just been to Bangkok in January, I love travelling. I was born Bedminster and attended South Street Primary school and Bedminster Down Secondary and proceeded to South Bristol Technical college to study photography. I love my curries and enjoy fishing and do tend to use the gym and run regularly. I also study Buddhism. Q: Are you Buddhist J: No I am not but I read a lot about Buddhism and am intrigued by “mindfulness “I truly believe that we can only live in the present moment I had spent too much time planning for the future and living in the past – with Buddhism you get the sense of here & now. I love listening to Blues and own three guitars. Q: Thank you for sharing your experiences with Mast J: It is a pleasure.


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SpeCIal Feature The issue of forced marriages has been traditionally treated with hesitation by governments, for fear of offending cultural sensitivities. Young people between the ages of 16 and 25 are most at risk of being forced into marriage in the UK, with children as young as two being targeted. But more information about the nature of forced marriages and a clearer understanding of cultural values has brought the subject under governmental scrutiny, and in November 2008 laws to prevent forced marriages and protect the victims of forced marriages came into force in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Forced marriages are not the same as arranged marriages. An arranged marriage is performed with the full and free consent of both parties and is still the chosen practice for many people all over the world. Forced marriages are a result of cultural factors, and no major religion in the world advocates forced marriages. A forced marriage is a marriage conducted without the consent of one or both parties, where pressure is a factor. The Forced Marriage Unit, set up by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, said it helped in 1,485 cases of possible forced marriage last year, involving 60 different countries across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America. The statistics for 2012 show that of the 744 cases where the age was known, over 600 involved young people under the age of 26. Thirteen per cent involved victims under 15 years old, while 22%

involved 16 or 17 year olds. The oldest victim was 71 and the youngest was just two. The majority of cases investigated abroad, where the location was known, were in Pakistan (47%), while the majority of those from within the UK were in London (21%). Locally in the South West there have been awareness days to curb such marriages but they have had little or no effect. These marriages are prevalent not only with Asians of the subcontinent but also communities from Somalia, Chad and other African & Arab countries. Often there is a whole spectrum of pressure placed on young girls ranging from subtle, emotional pressure or harassment, threats of violence, abduction, rape and even murder. A number of young people are often tricked into going abroad, but when they arrive, are forced into marrying someone prearranged by the family. However, some parents do not realise that forcing someone to get married is unacceptable, and it is this cultural trend which has in the past prevented the authorities from getting involved. Sadly though this stigma is often associated with the Pakistani community here in the UK. This is due to media sensation. Forced marriages are a norm of many communities, Indians, Kurdish, Turkish and Bangladeshis to name a few are all part of this abusive culture. It is important that we educate these communities on the ills and consequences of forced marriages rather than belittle them. With regular networking and education we slowly make inroads that would help these communities understand the pain and misery that these girls and boys are put through with forced marriages. Often victims who have experienced such traumas are best informed to propagate this practice. Mike O’Brien, Minister for Racial Equality, stated in 1999 that “The government must respond sensitively to the issues of


“Forced marriage is a devastating form of abuse” cultural diversity, but multicultural sensitivity is no excuse for moral blindness.” Forced marriage affects men and women from all over the world, and across many cultural groups. The British Royal Family even has a history of it, as did many members of the British aristocracy in the past. It is important to understand that it is not limited to just a few cultural groups, although it does usually affect women who are of South Asian origin. Most victims are young women between the ages of 14 - 25, but only those who are aged 16 and over get married in this country. Girls who are much younger are sometimes taken to other countries and made to marry whilst there. Men are no exception, they too are affected, although information for this is even more limited than for women, due to underreporting.

Early and forced marriage contributes to driving girls into a cycle of poverty and powerlessness. They are likely to experience: •

The causes of early and forced marriage are complex, interrelated and dependent on individual circumstances and context. But the practice is driven by these main factors: •

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GENDER INEQUALITY – women and girls often occupy a lower status in societies as a result of social and cultural traditions, attitudes, beliefs that deny them their rights and stifle their ability to play an equal role in their homes and communities. POVERTY – in families on a low income, girls may be viewed as an economic burden. The perception of girls’ potential to earn an income as comparatively poor pushes girls out of their homes and into marriage. NEGATIVE TRADITIONAL OR RELIGIOUS PRACTICES – in many countries the importance of preserving family ‘honour’ and girls’ virginity is such that parents push their daughters into marriage well before they are ready. There is a belief that marriage safeguards against ‘immoral’ or ‘inappropriate behaviour’

FAILURE TO ENFORCE LAWS – sometimes families are not even aware they are breaking the law. In some countries early marriage is so prevalent, prosecutions are seldom brought. CONFLICTS - disasters and emergencies increase economic pressures on households and many families that wouldn’t previously have considered early marriage turn to it as a last resort.

VIOLENCE, ABUSE AND FORCED SEXUAL RELATIONS – women who marry younger are more likely to be beaten and to believe that husbands can justify it. POOR SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH – child brides are more likely to contract STDs than their unmarried counterparts because of their greater sexual exposure, often with an older husband who by virtue of his age is more at risk of being HIV positive. ILLITERACY AND LACK OF EDUCATION – girls tend to drop out of school shortly before or when they get married. There is a commonplace view that once a girl is married she has crossed the threshold into adulthood and no longer needs an education.

What is the role of education in preventing early and forced marriage? Supporting girls to complete a quality basic education is best done by focusing on girls’ rights. This means making sure learning environments are: •

SAFE – that girls can get to and from school safely, are in a secure environment, their specific needs are met and penalties for teachers who sexually abuse pupils are enforced. ACCESSIBLE – that education opportunities are available and free, schools are built close to communities, there are separate sanitation facilities, parents and communities are involved

in running schools and there are communications campaigns on the importance of girls’ education INSPIRING – that girls are taught by qualified teachers (especially female ones), teachers are trained to understand girls’ rights and gender equality, curricula for girls are relevant to their needs, including teaching on sexual and reproductive health.

Getting and keeping girls in school may be one of the best ways to foster later, consensual marriage, while also contributing the delayed sexual initiation, lower rates of HIV and AIDs and greater gender equality. Home Office Minister for Crime Prevention Jeremy Browne said: “Forced marriage is a devastating form of abuse that is absolutely unacceptable in our society. The new figures show an alarming number of victims, including the young and vulnerable. It is vital we protect them. By criminalising forced marriage the Government is sending a strong message that this terrible practice will not be tolerated.” Foreign Office Minister for Consular Policy Mark Simmonds said: “Forcing someone to marry is an appalling and indefensible practice which is why the Government is committed to eliminating it, with young people particularly vulnerable. We will use every means at our disposal, whether it’s engaging with schools and communities or through using mobiles and social media to reach potential victims. We want those who are worried about forced marriage to know that there is help out there.” Freedom Charity is launching a new smartphone app designed to provide information about forced marriage with links to where potential victims can get help and professionals can access information. The free app, which has been part-funded by the Forced Marriage Unit, is available to download on the iPhone and for Android. Freedom Charity founder Aneeta Prem said: “It is more important than ever that everyone in the UK is aware of the warning signs of a forced marriage.”


Gee Shaheen MUA Born Gulshan Shaheen is the eldest of a family of four, two girls and two boys. She attended Fairfield Grammar school and City of Bristol College where she completed level 2/3 in Beauty Therapy in City of Bristol College, and gained certificates in Microdermabrasion, Massage and ear piercing. She works as a mobile Beauty Therapist, She was working as a Makeup Artist for Bobbi Brown and also worked for prestige brands such as Chanel & Christian Dior in the past. Her passion is family and friends and making people feel good about themselves . Makeup, travelling, computers, fashion and horse riding are hobbies she enjoys as and when she can. Richard has a one to one talk with the face behind the talent! R: May I ask you how you first got into the makeup industry? G: Yes, I basically went through an agency and I was quite fortunate. I started working for Lancôme, and that was about five years ago, so it was through an agency originally.

R: Have you had a long interest in makeup? Most ladies do, I would figure. G: Yes, it started out as a hobby, and then I pursued it in that way. Like I said I got into the industry and just kind of moved around. R: Excellent. Do you have experience in Asian ladies as well as English ladies? Is there a mix? G: Yes definitely. Every brand I’ve worked for has been different. I’ve worked for quite a few. At the moment, mostly Asian and darker-skinned women whereas before when I worked for Chanel it was more the English lady, so every brand target a different people. R: So is there a lot of difference in the makeup you would use for say an Asian lady, compared to an English white lady? G: Yes, I think with a traditional Asian lady they like their colour, maybe something a bit more visual, whereas a traditional English lady would be a bit more subtle, a bit more natural. With Bobbi you could take it either way (Bobbi Brown). She’s about being natural but you can tweak it to what you want as well. R: Excellent. Of course, I am learning about makeup because obviously as a fella I tend to not wear much makeup! What are your future plans? G: At the moment, I am concentrating on my mobile make-up orders. As a makeup artist, I am looking into developing my art and moving towards being a National Makeup Artist, so I am looking forward to that, and just basically building my mobile portfolio. When working at Bobbi Brown balancing work and my own work got


difficult and was very full on but that’s what it was. Now I am full on into my own work and working with various models to further my expertise. R: Excellent, that sounds very good. Do you just do the makeup side of things or do you give advice at all? G: Yes, Bobbi Brown was very much into giving advice about products and looking after your skin as well as makeup, your diet and things like that. She is a firm believer that if everything inside is right, outside looks right, so that’s our general rule. Every person we sit with start off with skincare going all the way to end up with makeup and finishing touches. R: So it’s not just selling somebody a product like a lipstick? G: Exactly. It’s more like customer service. We write everything down. Some brands were “sell, sell, sell” where as with this one it’s giving the right information that will actually benefit the customer and you tweak it to their need, so it’s more advice, yes.

“Always embrace what you have. A lot of people look at celebrities and think “I want to look like that”. Look at yourself; if your skin is right your makeup is right, I am a firm believer of that.” R: Did you carry that over to your own business?

G: Yes, definitely. I get messages on Facebook, text messages, “oh what shall I use, what would be good, I am going to this so and so event” and I am really happy to give my professional advice. R: Fantastic. With various different events that are going on do you get involved with make-up for say celebrities or maybe people on TV that kind of thing? Or is it just purely members of the general public you deal with? G: I generally deal with members of the public; I have seen some of my team deal with celebrities, especially Bobbi Brown’s team, personally I have worked with people on Casualty and Holby City, they came down and had makeup done. I have done makeup for a video shoot which hasn’t been launched yet for an R&B group, that was quite good. They are American and I did a couple of the models for that . R: Do you see yourself doing more of that kind of thing? G: Yes. Last year I did a charity event for a fashion show which I did on a voluntary basis. It interests me and builds up your portfolio and gets you into working with different kinds of people. R: Could you give our readers a quick makeup tip? G: Sure. Always embrace what you have. A lot of people look at celebrities and think “I want to look like that”. Look at yourself; if your skin is right your makeup is right, I am a firm believer of that. Make sure you use the best quality for yourself. If you are paying for good makeup make sure you pay for good brushes as well, as application is as important as finishing. R: Have you ever done makeup for gentlemen? G: I have done a few, yes. Bobbi Brown is unisex so we have done some gentlemen especially at prom time where they have some blemishes they would like covered so it’s more finishing rather than makeup. R: Do you do nail and hand treatments at all? G: My profession was a beauty therapist originally so I have done manicures and pedicures, etc. I offer wedding clients a manicure but I don’t do acrylics or anything like that. R: To finish, could you please

Tell us a little more about yourself? G: I am a mobile makeup artist- I was working for Bobbi Brown for nearly two years. Before that I worked for Chanel, YSL and Dior. My actual background is in IT. R: That’s a big difference! G: Yes, it is a massive difference. That was more a career opportunity but I took time out from that to do what I enjoyed which was beauty. Before IT I worked in Health and Social Care with children which I enjoyed but my passion is makeup and beauty which is why I pursued it and I have been doing that for about six years now. R: Thank you Gee.

Beauty Tips with Gee Shaheen! The most important thing is to remember if you’re right inside then your skin and makeup will look amazing on the outside. The secret is to be hydrated; drink plenty of water, this will provide elasticity and radiance to your skin, along with a healthy diet. Secondly have a routine, a lot of people think just washing your face is enough but it really is not. The following routine should be carried out day and night. • First you should cleanse your skin this can be done with a cream, oils or even soap depending on what your skin needs. • Then use an eye cream, this is the most important but most commonly missed out, you only need a rice grain amount for both eyes and just dab underneath the delicate area. • Then use a good serum, these penetrate deeper into the skin and are usually more of a treatment product. • Then last of all a good moisturiser this can be a hydrating one or something specific to your needs, anti ageing, fine line or wrinkles, this would be changed for a night cream as required. • This is your complete beauty tip for brilliant supple skin. • For cleanser I would say Chanel Douche Foaming Cleaner, no7 Intense Protect Perfect Serum, Bobbi Brown extra repair eye cream and then Estée Lauder moisturiser (depending on requirements) Visit Gee on her blog website which is divinebeauty.simplesite.com


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CSL – Car Solutions Limited is an accident management company that works on a No Win No Fee basis. Situated on Oxford Street just off the M32 in the Easton area the group has provided assistance & advice to residents within the vicinity and the other Bristol areas. Managed by a team of some young enthusiast CSL under the guidance & executive management of Taher Mehmood boasts the largest vehicle storage space in the South West. Business correspondent had a one to talk with Taher Mehmood.

Give us insight of CSL. TM: CSL is an accident management company – for non- fault accidents. It is a family run business that provides a personalised service. When you have an accident and come to CSL we ensure you get the best possible advice and assistance need at the time. We have 10,000 sqft in-house storage, approved body shop and provide like to like vehicle replacement. CSL also handles personal injury claims. Just for the benefit of many who do not understand how a company handles claims and the pros & cons after an accident give us the different packages you offer beginning with Replacement Vehicle Hire. TM: Replacement vehicle simply means we give you a brand new car as you wait for your insurers to issue you a cheque or as your vehicle is in the process of being repaired by an approved body shop after an accident.

Are these repairs arranged or done by CSL? TM: Yes we are an approved body shop but we first give a client an option of sending the vehicle to a body shop of their choice though many prefer us to handle the works. Our body shop repairs gives a client a 3 year guarantee and I am glad over the years we have been lucky as we have had no complains or return jobs. This has boosted our image tremendously as word of mouth recommendation has really set CSL above the rest. CSL has 10,000 sqft of Safe Storage- how does this help your clients? TM: To have a spacious safe & secure storage space is very important for companies that do what we do – when one is involved with an incident we send CSL recovery trucks. These get the vehicle off the road, so they pose no danger to anyone and tow them back to our units where they are stored as we process the claim. Detail how a Personal Injury Claim works?

TM: In terms of driving, these are claims raised after an incident either for the driver or any passenger or person involved in the incident. This can be whip-lash or any injury caused as a result of the incident. Once reported we approach our solicitors who arrange for a medical followed by physiotherapy at a private clinic – a full report is minuted giving prognosis which details the injury and recovery time of the claimant which is then passed on to the other party involved in the incident. We also handle accidents at work or in public places such as slips & trips. It is important to always seek advice from experts in case of any incident. You are advertised as an Accident Management company. TM: Indeed we are. What we have been talking about is Accident Management – taking the stress away from a client when involved in an accidentarrange for medical – arrange for replacement car and arrange safe storage for the vehicle involved.


“When one operates in a local vicinity it is important to work across all communities” What do you have to offer your clients as replacement vehicles? TM: We have a wide range of vehicles – prestige vehicles, luxury and family vehicles. We specialise in Taxi vehicles including Hackney & private hire Taxis – MPV 6 seater and in the executive private hire range we have top of the range Mercedes. I just want to mention CSL has its own Recovery Unit available 24/7 and we guarantee a replacement vehicle within an hour of incident. As a business set at the Heart of the community are you or is the business in any other way contributing to it? TM: Oh yes we are. Personally I am involved in community groups having been at the forefront of Pakistan Association Bristol’s projects to assist both the local and international Pakistani community. I am also involved in local community projects assisting where I can. When one operates in a local vicinity it is important to work across all communities and assist when needed irrespective of the community. This I have instilled with my staff and children and it also raises the profile of our brand. Let me move away from business talk briefly - what are your hobbies – CSL takes the stress out of its clients – how do you relax? I see a spark in his face TM: I love my sports, I play a lot of squash, 5 a side football and I enjoy spending quality time with my family, regularly going out of town for a family meal and of course community work. Below: Pakistan Association Bristol Committee and Governors with Taher Mehmood at PAB Headquaters

That brought a spark to your face – alright back to business – what is the way forward for CSL? TM: Hopefully opening more branches in other cities. We have been marketing CSL in Cardiff and are looking into opening a branch in Gloucester. Since inception CSL has grown from strength to strength – expanded your storage – moved to new premises and I see your clientele is strong – what makes you tick? TM: Trust – I feel being in the business, we have built trust with clients – so the good word from a satisfied client is worth a million pounds. Secondly

what we have to offer – 24/7 hotline-recovery Trucks-Secure Safe Storage – personalized customer service – our team is friendly and efficient. We are recognized by most of the insurance firms as we have built a strong reputable track record with all of them. In business it is about credibility if you have it then you flourish & that is what we at CSL believe in . Yes we are a family business but we do not take things for granted we work to achieve and this is what customers want. Thank you Taher Mehmood for your time , we wish CSL well TM: Thank You


Lata, Asha & A.R. Rahman

Bollywood Classics Lata Mangeshkar Mangeshkar, whose voice has been equated to the ‘Voice of God,’ however, has no regrets about the changes in the music scene and finds it “inevitable.” Lata Mangeshkar was born on September 28, 1929 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh into a Maharashtrian Brahmin household. Her father was Dinanath Mangeshkar and her mother was named Shudhmati. Lata was the oldest of several children. She had a younger brother named Hridayanath Mangeshkar, as well as three younger sisters named Asha (Bhosle), Usha and Meena. Of these Asha Bhosle would grow up to rival Lata in the world of film music. Her exposure to music began in infancy. Her father Dinanath was an accompanied classical vocalist and was very active in the theatre. It is said that Lata made her acting debut at the age of five in a play in which her father was participating. Lata’s musical studies were not limited to hearing her father sing. She also studied under Aman Ali Khan, and later under Amanat Khan, and acquired a good background in classical music. 1942 proved to be a very crucial year in her life. This was the year that the film “Kit Haaal” was released. This was the first film that Lata recorded for; unfortunately her song would be cut and not make it to the finished version. More traumatically for the young Lata, is that this was the year that her father died of a heart attack. Lata was only 13 years old when her father died, but as the oldest child, responsibility fell upon her to help take care of her family’s financial needs. Her first appearance was a very small role in Paheli Mangalagaur (1942). Later she acted in such films as “Maajhe Baal” (1944), “Chimukla Sansar” (1943), “Gajabhau” (1944), “Jeevan Yatra” (1946), “Badi Maa” The period in the early 40’s did not look promising for Lata. Her thin voice was very different from the heavier voice quality that was in vogue the likes of Noor Jahan. She received numerous rejections. It was not until 1947 that she was able to get a toehold in the industry by singing “Pa Lagoon Kar Jori Re” in the film “Aap ke Sewa Main” in 1947 but her first big hit was in 1949 with “Aayega Aanewaala”. There is no doubt that the partition played a role in Lata’s rise to fame. During the partition, there was a disruption when many directors, producers and artists left Bombay, while others migrated to India from Lahore. One of the most notable artists to leave India, was Noor Jahan, who was the undisputed queen of the film song at the time. This disruption opened the doors to Lata in an industry that previously may have been harder to get into.

As the 1950’s began, Lata was firmly established as a film singer. Music directors she sang for included such greats as Shankar-Jaikishan, and Anil Biswas. films “Mahal”, “Barsaat”, “Ek Thi Ladki” and “Badi Bahen” were just some of the famous films that used her voice. The next three decades would see Lata Mangeshkar reign as the undisputed queen of the Hindi film song. She sang with almost all of the major music directors, and acquired a considerable clout in the politics of the film industry. It is pointless to try and enumerate the songs that she did; however, there are a few songs which stand out. In particular “O Sajna Barkha Bahaar Aayee” from Parakh (1960), “Aaja re Pardesi” from Madhumati (1958), “Itna na Mujhse Tu Pyaar Badhaa” from Chhaya (1961) and “Yeh Sama” from “Jab Jab Phool Khile” (1965), seem particularly notable. However Lata’s reign was not always a smooth one. There was the well known professional rivalry with her sister Asha Bhosle. For some years she would not sing with Mohammed Rafi due to a long standing dispute over royalties. Over the decades, the actresses for whom she was singing became younger, and Lata was growing older. It was inevitable that at some point it was no longer going to be a workable match. We cannot pinpoint a time where her career started to decline. However by 1980 it was clear that it was not a necessity to have Lata sing for a film. Furthermore, there was a change in the style of the new songs. Emerging music directors such as A.R. Rahman just did not see Lata’s voice as fitting into their approach to creating music (although Lata did lend her voice for some of his work). The result of all of this was that Lata Mangeshkar gradually moved from the peak of her career into today’s state of semiretirement The legend, who ruled the golden period of Indian cinema music for almost seven decades, says she is not singing much these days as she does not relate to modern music. Mangeshkar, whose voice has been equated to the ‘Voice of God,’ however, has no regrets about the changes in the music scene and finds it “inevitable.” “Change is inevitable in this world. Everything has changed, the films, the actors and the music,” Lata told Mast correspondent in an interview.

Quietly, without fanfare, the Nightingale turned 83 on September 28 – 2012, when asked what she did for her 83rd birthday, the icon said, “I don’t believe in birthday celebrations. Like every year, I was out of the town. I leave Mumbai a day before my birthday.”

To the right: Lata, Asha & Usha in a family portrait


Nothing about Lataji is ostentatious. At a time when her peers colleagues and even juniors have hung up their boots she continues to rule the roost. M: After more than 65 years of singing you continue to be our national treasure. What summits remain for you to conquer? L: It’s difficult to put full stops to an artiste’s goals and achievements. Speaking for myself as a singer, new destinations have appeared during the journey of life. One needs an incentive to keep moving forward. Whether it’s a writer, actor or a star he or she should never feel I’ve nothing more to achieve. M: You said you can only speak as a singer. But you’re much more than that. You’re a symbol of national integration and cultural unity. Every Indian all over the world feels a patriotic pride at the mention of your name. Does that make you feel proud and responsible? L: No, certainly not proud. But yes, it does place a huge responsibility on

me. If people expect so much from me, I have to give them something in return. Whatever I’ve got in life is because of the Almighty. You may not agree with me, but I feel I’ve got much more fame and recognition in life than I deserve. M: You’ve always said you don’t consider yourself an extraordinary singer. L: But it’s a fact. I don’t. If I start thinking I’m as good as people say, my growth as artiste would cease. Humility is the mainstay of an artiste, pride is her downfall. M: Fans behave with extraordinary restraint with you. They never mob you. They worship you from a distance. Has it been difficult for you to live up to their expectations? L: I’ve had to make many sacrifices all my life. When I was a child my father passed away. There were only sacrifices to be made thereafter. I had to shoulder all the responsibilities. When a person is young he or she’s tempted to shrug off family responsibilities and move on in life. This didn’t happen with me. At least not as far as I know. Even if I strayed I didn’t keep flowing with the current. I came back and did the right thing by the family. Maybe that’s why I have evolved as an artiste. M: You never set up your own home. Wasn’t that a tremendous sacrifice? L: To me my family and I are one. I never thought of a life separate from my family. Yeh baat kabhi mere dimaag mein ayee hi nahin. Ab to aane ka koi sawaal hi nahin. I have crossed that time in my life. M:People want to know why you aren’t singing more songs these days. L: Achcha (laughs pleasurably).Who told you this? Main jitna araam se gaa sakti hoon main gaa rahi hoon. If the younger composers feel they’ve something substantial to offer me-and I’m sure they do-why do they speak about this to others? Why don’t they ask me about it? But unless they ask me how would I know they want me to sing? Mujhe koi sapna to nahin aayega na? M:Why do you think they hesitate in approaching you? L: Perhaps because I’m such a senior artiste. Maybe they feel inhibited because of my seniority. But I’ve worked well with younger music directors like A.R.Rahman, Vishal, Anu Malik and Jatin-Lalit. I don’t behave any differently with them. I learn a song from them exactly the way I did from more senior composers. I never try to exercise my will on them. M:Do you intend to concentrate on non-film albums now? L: I do want to do non-film albums. But not at the cost of my other obligations. As far as singing for films is concerned, I’ll continue to do so for filmmakers with whom I have a personal tuning, like Yashji. He’s like family. I like singing for him. My relations with Rahman are also excellent. I love singing for him. I’d love to continue doing songs like these. Whatever I can do at my age, I will. Naturally I can’t run from studio to studio all day long like I used to. M: And where are the songs to run around for? L: (Laughs) This is new trend. Youngsters like things like re-mix. So many singers are re-mixing our Marathi, Gujarati and Hindi songs. This too shall pass. We cannot say anything for sure about its impact. Singers who do re-mixes and cover versions of songs by Rafi Saab, Mukesh Bhaiyya or me do not benefit in any way from singing our songs. They have no repertoire of their own. I wonder what they get out of it! M: Do you find this deluge of Bhangra music to be healthy for film music? L: We always had Bhangra-folk in film music. But earlier it was used sensibly with reason. It’s okay for a lark. But nowadays they sing and dance the Bhangra wearing anything from skirts to shorts. I can’t see myself approving of this trend, and never mind if people think I belong to the ancient times (laughs). Recently some of my Marathi compositions sung by my sister Asha were very badly re-mixed. To each his own. It’s better to remain quiet. The trend has to end somewhere. Better to sit quietly and watch the show. M: Thankyou Lataji for your time. L: Thankyou very much.


Entertainment Shreya Ghoshal comes to South Wales Born March 12th 1984- Shereya Ghoshal is best known as a playback singer in Hindi films, she also sings in other Indian lamguages including Assamese, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Odiya, Malayalam, Tamil, Teluga and Neali. Shreya was born to a Bengali Hindu family in Baharampur West Bengal. She grew up in Rawatbhata, a small town near Kota, Rajasthan. Her father, Biswajeet Ghoshal, is a nuclear power plant engineer and works for the Nuclear Power Corporation of India, and her mother is a literature post-graduate. At the age of four, Ghoshal accompanied her mother on the harmonium. She received training in Hindustani classical music by Maheshcandra Sharma in Kota. As a child, she won the children’s special episode of the Sa Re Ga Ma (now Sa Re Ga Ma Pa) contest on Zee TV. Kalyanji, who also judged the completion, convinced her parents to move to Mumbai. She was trained by Kalyanji for 18 months and she continued her classical music training with Mukta Bhide in Mumbai. Ghoshal caught the attention of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali when she participated in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa for a second time, this time as an adult. In 2000 Bhansali offered her the opportunity to be the voice of Paro, the lead female character in the film Devdas, who was portrayed by Aishwarya Rai. This was her big break in Bollywood for which she received National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer along with Film Fare Award for Best Female Playback Singer and Film Fare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent. She also won the Award for the song “Bairi Piva”.

She was honoured from the U.S. state of Ohio, wherein Governor Ted Strickland declared June 26th as “Shreya Ghoshal Day”.

Promoter Nasser Fazal 2013 sees Shreya Ghoshal perform live in Newport South Wales in a show organised by veteran promotion maestro Nasser Fazal. The concert is scheduled for Sunday April 28th at Newport Centre South Wales. Nasser has been in the promotion industry since the 70’s when his passion for music and art caught up with him and who can blame him with his father as projectionist a local cinema in Newport. He has worked with big names likes of Shahrukh Khan and in 2012 he brought the King of Bollywood Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to Cardiff , giving Mast The Magazine exclusive rights to coverage and a lifetime one to one interview with the King. He currently runs an online film lease library that has seen clientele from far and wide. Asked by our correspondent if he feels like slowing down, he said “Slowing down no not in my dictionary, I am just getting started – 2013 is going to rock the people of the South West & South Wales.

Mariah Carey’s $1billion (£670m) legs While most ordinary folk limit their insurance expenditure to their homes, cars, travel and pets, it’s not uncommon for celebrities to splash out on their body parts. The singer stumped up for her stumps after she was awarded Gillette’s Legs Of A Goddess prize. Winning the award apparently awakened the pop diva to the popularity of her pins, and subsequently insured them for a bonkers $1billion. Adding to the absurdity, Gillette commemorated Carey’s limbs victory by having a statue of her legs made.


The Saint

After his 2010 venture at Pure Sound studios in Dhaka Bangladesh releasing a Bengali album Jhoom, featuring the hit single Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Sharabi things did not go down well - knocking on doors of promoters and distributors with no luck. Not the giving up type after winning a nomination at the MTM South West Asian Awards 2012 and was the only Bristol based artiste to perform at the Awards backed by Sapphire Band London, Saif Saint was back in Bangladesh to lay tracks for his first Hindi Album “Masti 2013”, recording at Song Fair Studios Dhaka with composer and key board player Erfan Tipu and dueting with Farjana Shirin aka Nipa. Mixing & engineering are Rafique & Oion with Ali Akbar for auto-tune. Recording session musicians were, Flute-Shohid, Violin, Shalim, Dhol & Tabla, Polob Shannal. The album is due out late Summer under the Mast Records label. Cover photo by Richard Tippett.

The Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan The Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan gave a fantastic, lively performance at Bristol’s St Georges concert hall, presented by Asian Arts Agency. The group of five musicians played tabla, harmonium, dholak, sarangi, jaw harp and castanets and were joined by a beautiful swirling Kalbelia dancer and a resident fakir that balanced on a bed of nails whilst balancing huge bowls on his head. The charismatic Artistic Director, Rahis Bharti (tabla) gave the audience a taste of Rajasthani culture with introductions and anecdotes between songs. He was careful to point out that amongst the numerous Rajasthani gypsy groups, this was the Dhoad group with their own ‘Dhoad’ style and flavour. Performing a repertoire of traditional, spiritual Rajasthani folk music and semi-classical North Indian music they certainly got the audience going with everyone out of their seats, dancing and singing at the end.

Bollywood comes to Tesco Extra Eastville – Tesco Cancer Research Charity "Bollywood comes to Eastville Tesco" was a Tesco Cancer Research Charity organised by Cathy Lally & Lisa Southwell (both Tesco Staff ). Tesco Extra Eastville have on many occasions supported charities and local community projects . In 2009 Radio Mast FM organised a Bollywood Road Show in conjunction with Tesco Eastville, Awareness for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. The 2013 Tesco Cancer Research Charity event featured Bollywood and Bhangra dancing by winner of the MTM Best Performer/Dancer Award 2012, Gita Mistry backed by two prolific Dhol players in the West country, Jeevan Singh & Bigge Singh. Mehndi (Henna) art and Indian eyebrow threading and make-up throughout the day was done by Samreen Azad and Aleena Azad.

On The Road with The Bollywoodettes!!! Gemma Kinzett, Kimberly Williams and Jenna Harris make up The Bollywoodettes. They are a colourful, energetic and unique group who have a passion for dance. Whether it be Bollywood, Bhangra or their own mix of the two. The Bollywoodettes will make you want to get up and dance!

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Cloud 9

A petite bundle of glamour and ambition, British born Hindi singer Avina Shah has been making headlines in the UK Asian Music scene since the release of her charity debut single ‘Tere Bina’, which supported the fight against domestic violence and touched many hearts. This was followed by her much acclaimed release ‘Dil Deewana’, Often described as a fresh multi-talented artist who captivates the crowd with her infectious stage presence, Avina’s vocals cater for a vast range of audiences, including listeners of Bollywood, Pop music, as well as Punjabi and Gujarati songs. She has also taken intense voice culture and classical vocal training in India. Avina is backed by the ‘Eastern Illusion’ Dancers, Musicians and Dhol drummers to create a show stacked with colour, rhythm and glamour. Avina’s ‘angelic vocals’ and songs have received incredible support from the public, promising a bright future as the young star sets to release her next few singles in 2013.

On the set of television’s first ever British Asian Soap, Cloud 9! For the first time on television, Zing brings you a brand new daily soap series, created specifically for the UK Asian audience! The electrifying new show portrays the story of protagonist Ajay who is desperately trying to win the affections of career-driven Simran. Cloud 9 features a range of characters, from the archetypal Brit-Asian Ajay, to the typical aunty-ji Mrs. Singh, there is truly someone for everyone to relate to! “Cloud 9 is a story which revolves around Ajay; a young Brit Asian who has no idea about the real world, and Simran; a mature career lady who knows what she wants. When Ajay is being pushed out of the house to finally experience a life of his own, he has dreams of the high life. Get the perfect job, a nice house, a flash car and of course, the beautiful bride which he prays will one day be Simran.  When he arrives in his new town, he’s hit with the reality of his own naivety.  Cloud 9 follows the lives of Ajay, Simran and other residents of this town

Arjun Something new from award winning British Asian singer, songwriter and producer ARJUN. True to his unique style of fusing contemporary pop / R&B sounds with well known Bollywood hits, Arjun leaves his mark on the timeless ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’. The original is composed by the legendary AR Rahman and is taken from the 1998 film ‘Dil Se’. Arjun, who has amassed in excess of an incredible 19 million YouTube views on his channel, picked up the Best Urban Act accolade at last year’s Asian Music Awards and is managed by leading UK agency Crown Talent. “Chaiyya Chaiyya is a classic film song which I grew up listening to. It’s a timeless track and I wanted to try fusing it with a contemporary Western tune. I experimented in the studio and then decided to try splicing in elements of Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass”.

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as they embark on their own journey for a better life.”

Kishan’s Kishan’s soulful vocals create the perfect blend in this engaging cover enriched with various live instruments. Having signed to Rax Timyr Productions and with his debut song releases just around the corner, Kishan is already generating a lot of interest both in the UK and across India and is tipped to be the next big Bollywood artist emerging from the UK. Backed with intense training in Hindustani Classical Music from a young age, he has attained the versatility to sing in many different styles and genres, be it Sufi, devotional or Bollywood.


In Concert Is a double pack DVD and CD recorded live at The Stables Theatre, Milton Keynes. Recorded “unplugged”, this acoustic set showcases the beautiful and powerful vocals of Nikki Lamborn and the exceptional musical talents of Catherine “Been” Feeney on the piano, backed, as always, by world class musicians; on acoustic guitar and dobro, Stuart Dixon and Murray Gould, two amazingly talented guitarists, one of the tightest rhythm sections on the circuit today on upright and acoustic bass, David Levy and stick man Richie Newman on drums and percussion. Nikki not only is an amazing vocalist she also makes you believe she has lived each and every lyric. From classic covers such as the moving “Songbird” and the rock anthem “Stairway to Heaven” (in my humble opinion Nikki is the only female vocalist able to do this classic track justice), through self -penned crowd favourites “The Living Tree” and “I’m a Believer” and finishing with future classics ”April Rain” and, my personal favourite, “Tiger Bay”, NTB always deliver. The combination of world class musicians supporting the vocal powerhouse that is Nikki Lamborn and the hauntingly beautiful strains of the Steinway at the hands of “The Been”, this double pack is surely a must have for all NTB fans.

“In Concert” is, in my opinion, a fantastic introduction to anyone who craves what I like to call “real” music.

‘Meri Rani’ by RaOol – a blend of English with Hindi lyrics! An explosion of sound is set to occur over the next month as one of the hottest tipped acts of recent years prepare to unleash their debut single across the globe. ‘Meri Rani’ (Set to Blow) is produced by the outfit known as ‘RaOol’, consisting of Australian singer/songwriter ‘D Wunder’ and DJ/Producer ‘Macks Wolf’. A guaranteed club banger, the single features unique RaOol production with a blend of English and Hindi lyrics, considered by some as Honey Singh-esq. The duo enjoyed huge success with their promo single ‘Strike A Pose’ and then created a frenzy with their production and feature on the single ‘Malang’ by Tasha Tah. The talented pair initially met over a musical exchange on MySpace three years ago and quickly realized that they shared the same passion for big beats and soon began adding South Asian elements. The RaOol genre was born!

ROB E - Majajne He got noticed singing Gurdas Mann's classic Sajna ve Sajna in his collage canteen, we featured his his debut single - Driver and the Bathinda born singer has his second release ' Majajne' which is set to light up dance floors across the world! Rob- E released his second single on 28th of March produced by London based music producer Sunny-G. Rob – e the nephew of Baldev Singh and Rajinder Raina who are respected singers in Punjab. With a family full of singers the heat is on for Rob-e to prove his vocal talent!

Rob- E started singing at the tender age of 6 as a hobby and was encouraged to sing from his young years, his family situation didn’t allow him the time to focus on his passion until he came to the UK that ROB-E is making time for his childhood passion. Majajne is a through and through Bhangra track to get everyone on the dance floor. The music production merges traditional Bhangra instruments and blends with Rob-E's unique voice. Sunny G is excited for the release “After producing tracks like Akhiyan for Parineeta Narula & Baapu for Gary Dhaliwal, I thought it was about time I switch up the things & Rob-e came up with the idea of Majane, it was a good experience working on this project with Rob-e” said Sunny G the producer of the forthcoming single.

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INSPIRATIONS SIKH EXPRESS KENYA - Story by Waheeda Sheikh – correspondent The specially commissioned 'Sikh Guru Express' train, prepared for the travel of Siri Guru Granth Sahib Ji was resplendent with Guru Darbar, filled with an Akhand Paath, Sangat, Kirtan, Simran and Langar, as it journeyed from Kisumu, Western part of Kenya. Kisumu is home to Lake Victoria which is known as the source of the Great River Nile on Uganda side passing through Nakuru in the Great Rift Valley and the capital Nairobi to Makindu, on the Nairobi Mombasa Highway, Kenya, defining a moment in history as the original saroop of Guru Granth Sahib Ji was returned to its original roots at Gurudwara Makindu Sahib. The journey was cheered by people of all races. It is important to note that in the East African States, Hindu, Muslims, Sikhs & Christians live in harmony. sharing and supporting one another.

Yes you CAN be Muslim and MODEL: The woman proving that modest religious guidelines have a place in the Fashion World. Story by Munira Noor, correspondent . The founder of an agency that represents Muslim models is proving that women can dress modestly and walk the catwalk at any international fashion show. Nailah Lymus launched Agency last year, and she is also a designer, stylist and practicing Muslim who merges the world of secular fashion with the sanctity of Islamic customs. The 29-year-old, who styled the headpieces for fashion shows told our correspondent that 'You can be modest and still be fashion-forward and stay true to your faith.' For practicing Muslims like Nailah, the figure-hugging, flesh-baring fashion world is often regarded as incompatible with their faith. And with labels receiving more attention the more skin they reveal, needing to cover up on the catwalk for religious purposes is hardly a selling point for aspiring models. But the U.S.-born, New York-based fashion designer is determined to bridge the gap between modesty and high fashion. 'Women can be covered and confident, Secure and beautiful. ‘These girls have everything - the height, the look. Muslim women are fashion-forward,' she asserts. 'We embrace everything that other women do, but we just have certain stipulations.’ Before launching her brand the designer was careful to get the approval of some imams and elders in her community. While the company gives women a chance to express themselves through fashion that does not focus on daring to bare, it also represents an effort to break down common misconceptions about the Islamic world. 'There's a thought that Muslim women can't work or go to school or dress fashionably,' said the designer. 'I want to get rid of that misunderstanding in an inviting forum.'

'I've achieved my dream' - Malala Yousaf – An Inspiration to many girls whose education & life has been affected by cases similar to hers! Malala Yousafzai the Pakistani schoolgirl brought to England after being shot in the head by the Taliban, has announced the first donation from her new education charity with the support of Hollywood actor Angelina Jolie. Malala, who now attends Edgbaston High School for girls in Birmingham, said it was the happiest moment of her life in a video played at the Women in the World summit in New York. The 15-year-old set up the Malala Fund after the Taliban tried to assassinate her in October 2012 for asserting her right to go to school in her home country. The grant of US$45,000 (£29,500) will be given to an unnamed organisation in the Swat Valley in Pakistan to support the education of 40 girls aged five to 12 who would otherwise be forced into domestic labour. In a video played to an audience of thousands Malala said: "Announcing the first grant of the Malala Fund is the happiest moment in my life. - "I invite all of you to support the Malala Fund and let us turn the education of 40 girls into 40 million girls." Jolie, a UN special envoy, introduced the video and pledged to give $200,000 to the fund. She praised the girl's courage.


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FASHION ISTA Indian fashion varies, from village to village and city to city. Indian fashion is rich in tradition, vibrant colours and prepossessing. The bold colours created by the inventive drapes of textile catch the eye like no other contemporary clothing.

The ancient fashion garments in India were generally not stitched though sewing was known to Indians. As they left the loom most clothes were ready to wear, the traditional Indian Dhoti, the scarf for uttaiya or the popular Turban are still a visible feature in India and continue to be part of Indian fashion. The Saree combined with the Stanpatta forms the basic ensemble, as the Saree or Dhoti is wrapped from the hips and the Stanpatta is simply fastened to cover the top body and is tied with a knot at the back. This forms the beauty of Indian dressing, so elegant and unique. The Saree is worn covering both legs or in the alternative with one end passing between the legs and tucked at the back, this style is still prevalent in large areas of India and popular on Bollywood screens. The Saree remains the traditional, ceremonial and most elegant fashion out of India, the garment is not cut or tailored to a particular size yet when worn it looks like it’s a made to measure outfit. The tightly blouse worn under the Saree is known as the Choli. In Indian tradition the manner of wearing the Saree and its colours are indicative of the status, age, occupation, or region a woman hails from. The other popular attire of women out of the Indian Sub Continent is the Shalwar-Khameez. This Indian dress originated from the Kashmir and Punjab region has evolved as a comfortable and very respectable Indian Garment. The Shalwar-Khameez is popular internationally. The Shalwar is a pyjama like trousers worn the waist down, drawn tightly at the waist and ankles, though the fashion icons from the movie industry have even created a flare and baggy versions. Over the Shalwar women wear a long loose tunic known as Khameez. Some women prefer to wear the Churidar instead of the Shalwar; this is similar to a Shalwar except that it is tightly fitting at the hips, thighs and ankles. These are worn with a mandarin or collarless tunic called a Kurta. Modern versions of the feminine Khameez can be much less modest than traditional versions. The Khameez may be cut with a deep neckline, sewn in diaphanous fabrics, or styled in cap-sleeve or sleeveless designs. When a woman wears a semi-transparent Khameez (mostly as a party dress), she wears a choli or a cropped camisole underneath it. When women wear the Shalwar Khameez, they usually wear a long scarf or shawl called a dupatta around the head or neck. For Muslim women, the dupatta is a less stringent alternative to the chador or burqa. For Sikh and Hindu women, the dupatta is useful when the head must be covered, as in a Gurudwara or a Temple, or the presence of elders. For other women, the dupatta is simply a stylish accessory that can be worn over one shoulder or draped around the chest and over both shoulders. in Britain and Canada. The Shalwar Khameez is sometimes known as "Punjabi suit," In Britain, especially during the last two decades, the garment has been transformed from an everyday garment worn by immigrant South Asian women from the Punjab region to one with mainstream, and even highfashion, appeal. By varying the fabric, color and the level of embroidery and decoration, the Shalwar-Khameez can be formal, casual, dressy, or plain; and it can also be made to suit practically all climates.

Sherwani & Jewellery play a great role in Indian fashion Gold ornaments are usually worn against the skin at all times. Sherwani is a long coat-like garment worn in South Asia, very similar to an Achkan or doublet. It is worn over the Kurta and Churidar, Khara pajama, a salwar, or sometimes a dhoti. The Sherwani originated in Central Asia and was the court dress of nobles of Turkish and Persian origin in the Delhi Sultanate and Mughal Empire, before being more generally adopted in the late eighteenth century when the British incorporated the British frock Coat with Salwar Khameez. The founder of Pakistan Mohammed Ali Jinnah frequently wore the Sherwani and it is also associated with the first Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal La Nehru. It is the national dress of Pakistan for men. Most government officials in South Asia wear the formal black Sherwani on state occasions. It is made from heavy material and heavily embroidered for occasions. The Sherwani coat fits close to the body, fastened in the front with buttons, and extends to slightly below kneelength. Sherwanis are usually embroidered or detailed in some way. In Indian tradition and dressing, Gold is believed to have purifying powers for anything it touches. Gold ornaments often have either precious or semi precious gems are popular with both men and women in Indian culture.

Traditionally ornaments had economic significance in old India and a bride’s ornaments were her lifetime financial security. The nose pin more common than a nose ring is a symbol of purity and marriage though in this age and time all girls wear them as fashion. Necklaces also form a great part of Indian fashion. One special necklace worth mentioning is the Mangalsutra; this is worn only by married women. A Mangalsutra is equivalent to a western wedding ring. A woman will wear it during her wedding ceremony and only take it off when her spouse passes on. Bangles are worn on the wrist and are believed to be protective, in the early days women wore them as symbolic guards over their husband. Ear Rings are a must for Indian dressing, in form of rings, studs or long decorative jewels. Traditionally a girl’s ears were pierced before her first birthday. Finger rings, toe rings and anklets are today worn by all women thus making the ring a common adornment and no longer considered a symbol of Indian marriage. Besides these ornaments is the Mangatika or Tikli, an ornament worn at top of the forehead in the parting of the hair, is a small pendant on the end of a chain that is clasped to the hair. This too was originally worn as a symbol of marriage. Kajal commonly known as eyeliner is another significant part of Indian beauty. From a time when a child is six days old, its mother applies Kajal and a black dot on the forehead to mark the child’s beauty thus protecting the child from evil. Finally is the Sindoor, a dot on the forehead indicating a woman status as married. It is applied as part of a wedding ceremony. Looking back at the Indian fashion from top to toe one is always fascinated by the artistic beauty of the Indian fashion, vibrant, colourful, elegant, unique and though changing with time, it still maintains that original Indian classic garments and jewellery.


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Kerala, located on the South-western tip of India, enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Asia. Fondly referred to as ‘God’s Own Country’, Kerala was selected by the National Geographic Traveller as one of the 50 destinations of a lifetime and one of the thirteen paradises in the world. An equable climate, serene beaches, tranquil stretches of backwaters; lush hill stations and exotic wildlife are the major attractions of this land. Classical art forms, colourful festivals, unique cuisine are some of the cultural marvels that await travellers. Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine and Panchakarma, the rejuvenation therapy in Ayurveda have also helped Kerala to gain a pan-global reputation as a top of the line destination. In Kerala, the season never ends, thanks to the year-long moderate climate and numerous festivals and events. One of the best preserved forest regions, teaming with rich wildlife, the Periyar Tiger Reserve, located in Idukki and Pathanamthitta districts of Kerala State in South India is one of the 27 reserves in India meant for the conservation of the big cat - the Tiger. This 777 sq. km. tiger reserve is home to rare, endemic and endangered flora and fauna and forms the major watershed of two important rivers of Kerala, the Periyar and the Pamba. The diverse forest types found here support around several mammalian species, huge variety of birds and the region has an appreciable presence of reptilian and fish life. The tiger reserve is also home to around a large number of butterfly species. Even though dedicated for the conservation tigers, the Periyar Tiger Reserve is noted for its good elephant population. These gentle giants can be seen roaming around in herds, especially at the lake fringes. Those who love the colour green better get ready for a mesmerizing experience at Periyar Tiger Reserve. The colour green and its many hues await you at Periyar. With majority of the natural vegetation here being tropical evergreen and semi evergreen forests, People oriented and park centered community based ecotourism is the hallmark of Periyar Tiger Reserve. Kerala's backwaters are the most popular tourist attraction of Kerala. The palm-fringed, tranquil backwaters were once just the state's trade highways. Kerala is her backwaters and lakes. They have dictated her history, shaped her present and promise a future by virtue of offering incomparable beauty and unique experiences. The state's palm-fringed backwaters are inland lakes connected by a network of canals. With 41 west-flowing rivers, the backwaters stretch to almost 1,900 kilometers. The backwater routes date back over the centuries and have been long used for all transportation needs, in particular trade in coconut, rubber, rice and spices. Today, these waterways link remote villages and islands to the mainland and nerve centers of the coastal area.

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Bristol Diverse open doors Bristol Diverse open doors Day is an annual event organised by Bristol Multi-faith forum and supported by Bristol City Council. It gives residents an opportunity to visit a range of places of worship. Its main aim is to give a flavour of the many faiths in the city of Bristol. This year there was an opportunity to participate in a discussion “Faith in Time of Austerity� and Trail followers were treated to refreshments and snacks. The Chief Guest at the Trails was Lord Mayor Councillor Peter Main who was accompanied by incumbent Lord Mayor Councillor Faruk Choudhury. Diverse Doors open Day aims to build bridges of understanding between people of faith and secular society and to create better relationships between faith communities. The 2013 event has just proven that as we visit and learn about different faiths it gives us a better understanding of diverse communities.


BANGLEDESHIs CELEBRATE Left: The 21st of February is of special significance to ­people of Bangladesh. Each year, on this date, the country commemorates International Mother Language Day in recognition of the preservation of Bangla as the official language of Bangladesh. The Bangladeshi community in the South West celebrated the day at College Green in a function attended by the Mayor of Bristol, Kerry McCarthy MP, Charlotte Leslie MP, The Lord Mayor of Bristol Cllr Peter Main amongst many other dignitaries & members of the Bangladeshi Community. Right: The language issue quickly became a self-government issue when in 1952 protesters were murdered by the government forces of West Pakistan. Nevertheless political elections were held in 1970 with the Bengali Awami League, a nationalist party, winning a majority in the national elections. Riots and strikes broke out in East Pakistan, the independent state of Bangladesh was unilaterally announced, and Pakistan sent troops to quell the rebellion. The ensuing war was one of the shortest and bloodiest of modern times. In 11 days it was all over and Bangladesh, the world’s 139th country, officially came into existence. Sheikh Mujibur, one of the founders of the Awami League, became the country’s first prime minister in January 1972. Independence Day celebrations for Bristol & the South West were held at Rose Green Centre & attended by the biggest crowd yet seen at these celebrations.


Hindu Festival of Color – Holi! Holi is a festival of joy, mirth and buoyancy, and is celebrated when both man and nature cast off the winter gloom. Holi heralds the arrival of spring, the season of hope and new beginnings and arks the rekindling of the spirit of life. Holi is celebrated on the last full moon of the lunar month. This year 'Holi' was celebrated on Tuesday March 26th at the Hindu Temple Bristol. Leading the celebrations was Pandit Kamlesh Vyas.

Sikh Community Baisakhi Baisakhi is one of the major festivals of Sikhs and is celebrated with lot of enthusiasm and gaiety in the state of Punjab and all throughout the world where there is a significant Sikh population. Baisakhi Festival has tremendous religious significance as it was on a Baisakhi Day in 1699, that Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru laid the foundation of Panth Khalsa-the Order of the Pure Ones. Punjabi Forum President Mohinder Singh Chowdhury said, “ Unlike last year where we held a low key celebration due to the many Diamond Jubilee events then, this year it’s mainly due to the extreme weather condition. “He went on to add, we hope we can have one next year – Happy Baisakhi to all & have a blessed year!”

Bristol has been shortlisted as one of the four finalists for the European Green Capital Award 2015. The city has been shortlisted alongside Brussels, Glasgow and Ljubljana for the award, with the winner being announced on June 14 in Nantes, France. Mayor George Ferguson said: “This is tremendous news. We narrowly missed out on winning the prize last year but with determination we can do it this time round. To win this time we all need to rally round, and I urge people to visit the Bristol Green Capital website and back the bid.” The European Green Capital Award is given to a city which can act as a role model to inspire other cities and share best practices.

£3m Library opens at J3 in Easton A new £3m library, which includes a learning centre, a computer suite and a children's library, has opened in Bristol. The building, at Baptist Mills, on the border of Easton and Lawrence Hill, has taken its name from the nearby junction 3 of the M32 motorway. The Junction 3 library and housing complex is part of a wider £10m redevelopment of the area. The city is celebrating 400 years since its first public library opened. Speaking at the opening ceremony the Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson, said: "At a time when so many local services in the UK are under threat of closure, I am delighted to attend the opening of a new multi-purpose library. In addition to the new library, the Junction 3 site features 59 lower cost homes, seven commercial units and a new public open space. Local leaders were also in attendance.

Work in progress at Communty Centre in St Werburghs Its all systems go at Hazrat Bilal Centre, Bristol, a project for Muslims and non-Muslims but essentially there will be a Mosque section. The facility is planned to have a library/ computer room and a general multi-purpose hall. Speaking to Mast, Taher Mehmood, a trustee of the centre said, “The ground works was one gigantic task as the ground fill consisted of all the previous demolished houses in the street before the Pub was constructed in its place. Everything had to be removed before could start the piling to form ground foundations .

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Ooopppssss!!!! He is 'a world-class hunk, charming and an extraordinary gentleman.' – Miss Israel!!! President Obama met Israel's reigning beauty queen, who later called him 'a world-class hunk, charming and an extraordinary gentleman.' Obama and Yityish Aynaw, an Ethiopian Jewish immigrant to Israel, dined together at an official state dinner in Jerusalem, where the White House had requested her presence. After the dinner, Aynaw gushed about meeting Obama in an interview with the Israeli publication Yediot Aharonot. 'He’s an exciting man, a world-class hunk, charming and an extraordinary gentleman,' she said. Aynaw, who goes by 'Titi,' made history a couple weeks ago by becoming the first black 'Miss Israel.'

Meeting – The first between two Popes in more than 600 years! Pope Francis and his predecessor Benedict embraced in a historic meeting of two popes at Castel Gandolfo. The men met on the helipad at the papal summer retreat, before praying together in the chapel. Benedict offered Francis the kneeler traditionally used by the pope when he prays. But Francis refused to take it alone, saying 'We're brothers', and the two used a different kneeler in the pews and prayed together, side-by-side. Today's meeting is the first between two popes in more than 600 years as the Catholic Church finds itself in the unusual position of having two alive at the same time. In his recent inauguration Pope Francis received the fisherman's ring symbolising the papacy and a wool stole symbolizing his role as shepherd of his 1.2-billion strong flock. He also received vows of obedience from a half-dozen cardinals - a potent symbol given his predecessor Benedict XVI is still alive. He is 266th pope with a clear focus of his priorities.

Azad Singh 22 is thought to be the world’s smallest teacher... at 3ft tall Azad, who has a rare hormone disorder, weighs 2st 13lbs and wears clothes for a seven-year-old. He is an IT teacher in a all-girls pupils at school in Haryana, India, tower over him and call him “Chotu”, meaning Little Sir. Azad stopped growing at age five but his parents couldn’t afford hormone injections. He was bullied at school and told he would be kidnapped by a circus, leaving him afraid to go out. He said: “Bullies have made me strive hard to achieve my goals.”

OMG!!! Tradition it is – One WOMAN five HUSBANDS!!! A young mum told last night how she has five husbands, who are all brothers. Rajo Verma, 21, lives in a one-room shack with all five, sleeping with a different one each night on a rota. The housewife has no idea which one is the father of her toddler son. She said: “Initially it felt a bit awkward. But I don’t favour one over the other.” Husband Guddu, 21, the first to make her his bride , insisted: “I’m not jealous. We’re one big happy family.” The couple got hitched in an arranged Hindu marriage four years ago and he remains her only official spouse. But the custom in their village is she had to take as husbands his brothers Bajju, 32, Sant Ram, 28, Gopal, 26, and Dinesh, who married her last year when he turned 18. Eldest brother Bajju said: “I consider her my wife like my brothers.” Rajo cooks, cleans and looks after 18-month-old Jay while her hubbies go out to work in Dehradun, northern India. She said of the ancient tradition, called polyandry: “My mother was also married to three brothers so when I got wed I knew I had to accept all of them as my husbands. “I get a lot more attention and love than most wives.”

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Blast from the past The editor takes a glimpse back at events the group has organised or being involved with! Opening Doors for the local Community! Mast has been in the forefront opening doors for the diverse community offering free Radio training and a platform to further skills by creating and producing Radio programmes. All trainees are trained at no fee and then served the station to improvise their skills on voluntary basis. It is a tradition of the Mast Group to bring communities together, in entertainment, cultural and religious events with Road Shows and networking sundowners. As a Radio Station we strive to organize networking evenings across the board. The group has recently introduced an Asian Business Club incorporating Asian and Asian friendly businesses who meet every first Wednesday of the month.

Around six young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. In the 2008 Christmas season Radio Mast FM organised a Road Show at Rajani Superstore Bristol creating awareness of The Teenage Cancer Research- this was the idea of Kiddie Sheikh (now one of our magazine photographers) after his close friend Jordan Thorne was diagnosed with with Ewing’s Sarcoma in October 2008. He had been undergoing treatment at the Bristol Children’s Hospital and was having monthly treatment at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London. Sadly Jordan lost his battle to cancer on 14th July 2010.

We strongly believe in giving back to the community! Around six young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. They need expert treatment and support from the moment they hear the word cancer. Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for the six young people aged between 13 and 24 diagnosed with cancer every day. An official from the trust said,” We know that what they do need is to be treated together, by teenage cancer experts, in an environment tailored for them”.

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Starting with Snacks & Pitha, followed by cultural show and then full Boishakhi dinner finishing with Mishti Doi. Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK was Chief Guest.

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It was back in the 70’s, July 1977 to be precise, in Yorkshire, that the first Aagrah restaurant opened its doors. Kashmiri cuisine proves popular , over the years the Aagrah name has spread, with the growing number of branches in the region becoming both nationally and internationally recognised. The group launched in the South West at the prestigious Rookeryt Manor. Personally managed by members of the immediate family, each aagrah branch has its own particular specialisation and its own environment and ambience. Their greatest passion has to be for all the tantalising tastes and flavours of authentic Kashmiri cuisine, from its fragrant subtleaaties to its bold, pungent piquancies. In short, their passion is for delicious, wellsourced, expertly prepared and perfectly balanced food. Their hope is that it will be your passion too! The luxurious Rookery Manor Hotel & Spa, located in the heart of the Somerset countryside. This 16th century estate, set in award-winning lakeside gardens, is a beautiful backdrop for your hotel or spa break, wedding, corporate event, private party or dining experience. Owner Ian Clapp, whose family has lived at the manor for four generations, has created a unique venue with a relaxing Elemis spa and well-equipped gym.

There was a beautiful display of traditional Bangladeshi delicacies .The event was organised by Dr Habib Howlader - Dr Ashfaq Chad - Dr Imran Alam - Dr Kakita Muntarin - Dr Naheeda Bano & others - It included culture programme & family get together. Baisakhi is celebrated on April 14th but the organisers opted to hold it today 21st of April to include Bangladeshis from all over the region. Also in attendance was President Bangladesh Association Sayed Anwarul Haque -Vice- Chair Saiful Islam & Gen- Sec Murshed Ahmed Motossir.


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