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vol 05, issue 11

‘My Secret Life’Asmaa Mumtaz

Lawn: the Big

‘Hoo-Ha’?! Sneak Peak

Hamza Tarar

Chill with summer chillers ! Marriage Mantra

Sabina Pasha & Bilal

BEAT THE HEAT with

the BODY SHOP

accessories galore! From

Homosapiens Homosexuals inspiration: the past, the present & the future


contents

events

Find out the latest happenings on the social scene

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pfdc sunsilk fashion week • Fashion Pakistan Week | 50 • Miami Fashion week | 60 • Lakme Fashion week | 62

SPOTTED

• Festival de cannes • Met gala | 65 • Espied | 66

fashionology

• Minty business • prints | 69 • stripes |70 • dress tank tops | 71 • shorts | 72

fashion

• the secret life of Asmaa mumtaz • Accessories | 76 • Summer Makeup Trends | 80

social register

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features

• lifestyle pakistan • what’s the fuss about anyway?! | 88 • from homosapiens to homosexuality | 100

celeb polls

couple act

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editorial shoot

‘Inspiration; the past, The present and the future’

112 116 infocus

sundus nawaz

fashion icon

sofia vergara

health

• gym culture • Drink healthy | 128

126 tech

• the mean machine • tech vodoo | 136

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146 154 travel

crete

astrology

horoscope

114 prodigy

rohit bal

home decor

• simplicity in detail | 120 • beat the heat | 122 • shop review Rangja! | 124

sports

• driving terror • red bull x-fighters | 132

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entertainment

• movie reviews | 138 • album reviews | 140 • The art of Photography | 150

food

• Ali zafar’sv Favourite Recipe • Restaurant reviews | 142 • Recipes with zeeba omar | 145

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environment

Glitter, glam & green

editor’s picks

quaterly update

DISCLAIMER : All the views expressed by the contributors are not necessarily shared by the editors.

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contributors

THE BODYSHOP

cosemetics- p.82

TEAM@LOTUS

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CLIENT MANAGEMENT & PUBLIC RELATIONs

ZEEBA OMER FOOD EXPERT- p.145

DEPILEX

BEAUTY CLINIC & INSTITUTE- p.91

VERDA ADIL

HISTORY AND LITERATURE EDUCATIONIST- p.88 & 100

Event Manager

SANA BHATTI@j&s RANGJA

Publicist, Event Planner & Free Lance Writer- p.84

ENCYCLOMEDIA PR PUBLIC RELATIONS

FAWAD ALI@BAAHIR FAIZA@AENZAY OUTDOOR FURNITURE - p.122

Bilal Mukhtar

INTERIORS & ARCHITECTS- p.120

CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES

Lala Textiles

clothing & textiles - p.104

In the last issue, the WWF article entitled ‘The Ailing Earth’ was written by Sana Ahmed (Assistant Editor, Natura), and not by Zabreen Hasan. The error is regretted.

Saadia Bukhari

PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER & INCURABLE FOOD ADDICT- p.143

ASMaA MUMTAZ

VISUAL ARTIST/MAKEUP ARTIST/ STYLIST- p.74

Corrigendum

SEYHAM AHMER

MAKEUP & STYLING EXPERT- p.80

NUZHAT@WWF

Press & Media Coordinator - p.152


Dear Readers,

T

he birth of a baby is a miracle, a miracle that begins as a tiny package and gradually, grows to become a full-grown human being. You nourish it, provide it food, comfort, security and shelter, and see it grow with every tiny step it takes, every word it utters and every smile it showers. The ordeal from the beginning to the end is taxing and exhausting, but it all seems worth it when you witness the fruit of your efforts, amalgamate into an independent, responsible and warm individual, who is your friend, your benefactor, your confidante’ and a source of perpetual support. Such is the case with the magazine. It starts off as a blank slate, whereby we then brainstorm ideas, crop themes and splash mixed opinions of what to do and what not to. Putting together so much diversity on a single palette, seems confusing and impossible at first, but, here at High Profile, the mantra is ‘nothing is impossible’. Thereby, we begin our strenuous journey into the world of fashion and lifestyle, continuously endeavoring to provide everyone something, that would suit their need and want. From late night sittings, stalking contributors (lol) and round the clock work frenzy, to those minutely irritating last minute changes and occasional fiascos; the journey of bringing together the (oh so precious!) publication in your hands, is indeed an incredibly ‘happening’ one! The adrenalin rush is worth experiencing, let me tell you that, and in the end, when we hold the copy of the magazine in our very hands, we want to shout with joy and most importantly, share this joy with you all. You are our inspiration behind making it happen each time, as we strive to bring out something that is worth your time, effort and money! From accessories, clothes, shoes and bags, to drinks, cosmetics, exercise and furniture, enjoy the fun, new things we have in store for you this summer!

Cover Image: Model: Meesha Shafi Clothes: Fahad Hussayn Photography: Deevees Hair and Makeup: RM Team @ Depilex

Regards | Zainab Reza | Editor

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events

Aiman & Salma Turab

Fatima, Maria B, Rakin & Sophiya

Cinnabon Mother’s Day Event

Fia & Aaliyah

karachi/lahore: Cinnabon Pakistan recently celebrated Mother’s Day in Karachi and Lahore. Fun Loving activities including Bake - A – Bon, where kids baked world’s famous Cinnabon rolls, along with exciting games, were held in each store. Mother’s Day gifts were sponsored by Body Shop Pakistan. Lahore’s event was managed by Bilal Mukhtar Events & PR, whereas, Voila PR was responsible for holding the event in Karachi.

Sabina Pasha & Bilal Mukhtar Ibrahim & Humera

Inzar , Lubna & Arzand

Rayaan & Ayesha

Zahra & Ayesha

Unab ovais with family

Zayan , Samrah & Zayan

Wafa & Zara

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Samia & Azmay Shahzada launch their new Flagship store

Lahore: Entrepreneurs and pioneers in the Pakistani designer footwear industry, Samia & Azmay opened their first ever flagship store at the Kingston Boulevard Mall.

Azmay, Cybil & Samia Shahzada

Schezreh & Alizeh Rabani

Aamna

Aamir, Kuki & Shahzad

Ayesha, Asma, Saeeda, Tanya, Shazi with Bunty

‘Samia Azmay Shahzada’ Flagship Store

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Imtisal Zafar

Tanya Aamer

Gia Ali

Nadia Ali

Rana Noman Haq


Tapu & Frieha Altaf

Sabina Pasha, Neha & Mehreen Syed

Yasmin & Nashmia Ahmed

Saba Ansari

Adnan pardesi, Wardha Saleem & Fatima Aamir

Red bull after party

Koni

karachi: Red bull X- fighters hosted an after hour Jams reception, for the Red Bull athletes, at Sakura, PC.

Noor & Pinky

Cynia Ejaz, Hammad Azim & Frieha Altaf

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Ali Azmat, Muniba Kamal, & Sheryaar

Ieshal & Sana

Deepak, Saima & Sanam Agha


Umar Sayeed launches Lawn Prints karachi: Umar Sayeed launched his stunning collection at the Al-Karam Studio, Mall 1. It was attended by many celebrities and fashionistas. The event was organized by Catwalk Production.

Amna Kardar

Ahmed Butt & Kamiar Rokni

Ju g g u n K a zim Neha, Nooray, Cybil, Sabina, Shereen, Nadia & Omer Sayeed

Amir Mazhar

Faraz Manan & Sundas Manan

Cybil, Neha & Nooray

Mehar

Umar Sayeed & Shahzad

Nasreen & Naya

Mohsin & QYT

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Haider & QB

Rida & Ammara

Aimen & Asma Mumtaz

Spring Soiree

lahore: Pepsi hosted the Spring Soiree at Lake City. The event was managed by J&S.

Mrs Agha & Mrs Yasir

Amna Kardar & Jalal Salauddin

Mahnoor, Mariam Niazi & Maryam Salman

Mr & Mrs Qamar Zaman Khan

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Kamiar Rokni & Nooray

Mr & Mrs Bilal

Ali Xeeshan, Fahad Hussayn & Mohsin

Obaid, Zaheen, Nadia

Mr & Mrs Omer Zeshan

Mr & Mrs Zain


Khawar Abidi, Anushey Ashraf & Ainnie Jaffri

Ayesha Omer & Shehla Chatoor

Adnan Malik, Immo & Mohib Mirza

New Magnum flavours launched karachi: Unilever, Pakistan launched the new Magnum flavours, through Nida Butt’s musical, ‘A Royal Remedy’.

Adnan Pardeysi, Wardha Saleem & Mr & Mrs Aarif

Faryal Julmani, Neshmia, Ayyan,Deepak Perwani, Rukaiya Adamjee, Frieha Altaf with friend

Nomi Ansari, Tooba Siddiqi & Suhail Tanveer

Nabila

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Shazdeh, Raja Babar, Neeshay & Ehad

Mr Mujahid Hameed & Frieha Altaf

Iman Ali & Amina Sheikh

Jamal, Ayesha & Asma Mir


Ashir hosts Hi-Tea for IFAP

lahore: Ashir hosted a Hi Tea at PC, for the faculty of IFAPInternational Fashion Academy Pakistan. The celebrities and models enjoyed the casual get together, that gave them a much needed break, from their strenuous work routines.

Sonya & Anum

Ashir Saeed & Mehreen Syed

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Khurram Tanveer

Faiza & Asma

Sidra

Kamran


Guests

Nida Azwer hosts First Solo Exhibition

Lahore: At the label’s first ever solo exhibition in the city, fashion designer Nida Azwer brought her latest Prêt a Porter collection along with a complete Haute Couture collection.

Salman Shehzad, Sharmeen & Munira

Aalia & Amna

Sharmeen

Tanveer Bashir & Sana Adil

Sara Irfan

Nida Azwer & Amna Bashir

Sameen, Seher, Aleena & Mashal

Munira Rafay & Saba Hamid

Saba Hamid, Munira Rafay, Amna Bashir, Nida Azwer, Afsheen, Saira, Tasneem, Mehreen, Sharmeen with friends

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Kamal Lawn Launched Lahore: Kamal Limited recently launched their first local initiative with a lawn collection for 2012, in collaboration with fashion designer Khadijah Shah of Élan, at an exhibition which was held at PFDC.

Faraz Mannan, Shazia Deen & Tazeen

Zainab & Sehr

Sara Shahid

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Khadijah Shah with Cybil, Rubab, Nadia Ali & Mehreen Syed

Aneela Shah, Seema Aziz and Sehyr Saigol

Qasim Yar Tiwana & Fiza

Sana

Iffat Omar

Ahmed Kamal, Aleena & Erum

Mehriene Qureshi & Selina Rashid

Fatima & Mahreen Butt

n w a L l a m Ka and r B n a l E by or d a s s a b m A ikh e h S a n i Aam


Leisure Club’s Epic 15 year celebration

LAHORE: An evening of fun, frolic and lots of energy were the trademarks of this bombastic event.

Omer Chaudry with his wife Hina

Momina Sibtain

Bilal Lashari & Mahmood Rehman

Kamiar Rokni

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Juggun Kazim, Fizza Aslam & Raza Zaidi

Hamza Tarar, Salma Turab with her son

Rana Noman Haq with his son

Sara Shahid of Sublime & Shahid Faruki

Foha & Nashia

Uzma Rao

Farah, Afshan & Nida


Quiz launches summer line lahore: Quiz recently introduced their new summer collection of clothing, shoes and accessories, through their brand ambassador Hadiqa Kiyani. The event was organized by Encyclomedia PR.

Momina, Zainab & Ammara

Saira

Nida, Misha & Natalia

H a diqa K ia n i or Bra n d A m ba ss a d

Nabiha & Sahar

Quiz Store

Aftab Seikh & with a guest

Saira Agha

Quiz Store

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‘Housefull 2’ premieres at DHA Cinema lahore: A blend of people from the entertainment industry, print and broadcast media, corporate sector and diplomat circles were seen attending the premiere of ‘HouseFull 2’. The event was handled by Encyclomedia PR.

Saira, Jhanzaib, Sarfraz & Sahar

Mehro

Humaima Malik

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Hamza, Ammara, Bilal & Asad

Mehreen & Aneeza

Saba Qamar

Ubaid, Maira, Ramsha & Taniya with friends

Huma & Sadia

Umer Sharif

Sana, Kanwal & a guest

Saim & Ayesha

Amna Babar

Rabia & Amna


‘Snow White and The Huntsman’ premiere lahore: Cine Star recently organized an exclusive star studded premiere of ‘Snow White and The Huntsman’.The event’s PR was handled by Bilal Mukhtar Events & PR.

Sarah & Bilal Mukhtar

Shammal, Peng, Musarrat Misbah & Redah

Fazal & Asfiaa

Ali Chaudhry

Zona, Sana, Sehr, Hina, Amna & Masooma

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Daniyal , Sumi & Fiza

Hamza Tarar & Jahan

Rabia Butt

Maheen & Saad

Humera, Rameesha, Anusheh & Sara

Juggun & Ramma Saad

Zoya Ali & Saim


Sana & Safinaz

Umair Baig, Ishtiaq Baig, Noreen & Imran Baig

Fashion pakistan week karachi: Celebrities and Fashionistas got together in a celebration of fashion, marked by distinctive styles and colourful shades.

Sanam Chaudary

Ammara & Gazala

Marzi with friends

Tina

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Aysha Warsi with father

Pinky with her daughter

Marium Shams & Saira Lakhani

Imran Quraishi & friends

Mr & Mrs Shakeel Saigol

Andleeb Rana


Umer Saeed & Batool with guests

Ghinwa Bhutto & Maheen Khan

Banto Kazmi

Cyra

Wardha Saleem & Fatima

Zaheer Abbas & Zenab Sajid

Mrs Abbasi with family

Ayesha F. Hashwani

Frieha Altaf

Anita

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BACKSTAGE CAUGHT ON CAMERA WE GO BEHIND THE SECNES TO CAPTURE THE CANDID MOMENTS BETWEEN FITTINGS AND THE RUNWAY...

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PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week

Asmaa Mumtaz & Amna Kardar

Meera, Humaima Malik & Reema

Nickie, Mehru & Nina

Mr & Mrs Saad Ali

Iqra & Azeem

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Sania & Umair

Momina & Nael

Huma Adnan

Saba

Andleeb Rana & HSY

Asifa & Nabeel

Mr & Mrs Qasim Yar Tiwana

Akif Mahmood

Margaret Rushe Farrell

Sundus Nawaz


Lahore: This years Fashion Week kicked off in full swing at the Expo Centre, marking the third consistent year of the prĂŞt a porter platform.

Sara Shahid, Rana Noman, Maria B, Hamza Tarrar, Tahir Saeed & Taimur Chaudhry

Maria Linker, Dirk Lubbert & Noelia Arrocha

Amina Haq & Ammar Belal

Zara Shahjahan

Iqra, Sundas & Anum

Sumayrah

Hani Taha

Mahira Khan & Ashir

Farestheh Aslam & Kamiar Rokni

Faryal & Moeed

Hadiqa Kiyani

Maleika Khan

Rehana Ali

Juggun Kazim

Usman Shakil

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MOHSIN

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Nickie Nina

ramp PFDC Fashion week


Tazeen Hassan

AKIF MAHMOOD

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Asifa & Nabeel

Fahad Hussayn

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lala

ZONIA

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nimsay

sundas nawaz - Sitara

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karma

Ali Xeeshan

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fnk asia

Hammad-ur-Rehman

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Ittehad

Lakhany Silk Mills

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Sadia Designer Lawn

Somal Halepoto

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hsy

Republic

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Ayesha Hashwani

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Ayesha Somaya

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Shehla Chatoor

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Umer Sayeed

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Shamaeel Ansari

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Nomi Ansari

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Sana SafInaz

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DeepakPerwani

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Feeha Jamshed

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K E E W N O I H FAueSttes breezy colors My siIlho MIA low summer 2012

, and , of the the highlightce and set was F ls ia r te t ma breezy opulen transluc. Iten d off in full ke c ki udience. fashion week airy mood for the a an

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k place in rful to ion week too gy and colo n ta m o y The Lakme Fash Fr . ns o ti id ed a w e arra and expecta palette display s r re anticipation lo tu co na e g si th , r btle n designe ow r ei th d ha it earthy and su ts ing ire. Even the cu to others keep of hues to adm and lavish y ts. The w cu o p r fl a r fo sh g in , simple and rt o sh with some opt a r fo as w g ic in optin aim in the global arena and minimalist accl se immen event received success.

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Featured Designers: l Anita Dongre l Bibhu Mohapatra l Bodice l Drashta l Jatin Varma l Masaba l Narendra Kumar l Nitin Bal Chauhan l Payal K

dwala lPia Pauro lPurvi Doshi lRajat Tangri lRocky S l Rohit Bal l Sailex l Shift l Shivan & Narresh l Sougat Paul l Suhani Pittie l Swapnil Shinde

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spotted

Freida Pinto

Hofit Golan

Aishwarya Rai

Erin Wasson Kelly Brook

Festival de Cannes lm Festival was held The 65th annual Cannes Fi The event brought amidst pomp and glamour. glitterati. together the whose who of the

Angelina Jolie

Kate Moss Salma Hayek

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Gwen Stefani Diane Kruger


Biance Brandolini

Beyonce’ Emma Stone

Camilla Belle

Paula Patton Karolina Kurkova

Ashley Greene

MET GALA

Dakota Fanning

Scarlett Johansson

Anna Wintour

d The Met Gala is often calle fashion’s Oscars, but r honestly, we think it’s bigge u than that. Where else do yo and get every major Oscar star s fashion’s most powerful name et? all together on one red carp

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Amna Kardar

Annie

Hani Taha Nabila

Saba

d e i p s E t e p r a C d e R e h t Caught on

HSY

brities This year, cele , plain flaunted bold y

Sara Shahid

shades, drap&efloral silhouettes patterns.

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Shehrbano Taseer


fashionology

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part from the insane hours, intense hard work, and mad tension, one of the hardest things to do is keep everything a secret! At the moment when an idea goes from abstract to real, and things seem to take shape, all I want to do is scream from the top of my lungs at how amazing its going to be! I want to tell the world what it is we are doing that will blow them away (but if I do that, its hardly gonna blow them away now will it?). So we must remain mum. Keep it all in an intricate bubble in my headwith those sketchbooks under lock and key, give it my all and get on with this top secret project! One of my favourite fringe benefits of a fashion stylist (apart from the odd designer freebie outfit every now and then!) is the bond that is made between the designer and me. I take my work very personally, as do the best designers out there, so working on a project that is so dear to both really is a definitive bonding experience. You get to know the designer as a whole personality, with raging emotions, fears, panic, excitement, love and all! - and I have been lucky enough to work with Pakistan’s best. PFDC Loreal Bridal Week had me working with Maheen Kardar Ali of Karma, and the big man himself, Mr. HSY. Both these individuals are iconic in their own right; completely self-made, and have a passion for their work that can be sensed a mile away. The amount one learns from true creative professionals such as these two is in comprehendible! The role of a fashion stylist involves developing accessories and hair and makeup looks to go with the

The Secret Life of a

Fashion Stylist! By Asmaa Mumtaz

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The role of a fashion stylist involves developing accessories and hair and makeup looks to go with the collection and working with the entire team of set designers, choreographer, models etc to bring the whole show together.

Backstage disasters • A model short last minute because she injured herself rehearsing, or her mum got in an accident, and she had to go. (which btw, puts our entire style sheet out of whack). • All the extra models that you have hired to make your life and show easier to manage, have been vetoed by the council. • Our rehearsal is cut short and a final run through isn’t possible. Models must be told verbally what to do. • One of your best models wears her outfit the wrong way around and shows a little too much on stage. • The music that has been so carefully chosen cannot be edited and mixed because the DJ has dropped his laptop. • The music that has finally been confirmed is short a whole song on the final show!!! • The music abruptly stops in the middle of the show!

collection and working with the entire team of set designers, choreographer, models etc to bring the whole show together. Intricacies such as videos,

look books, which model wears what, and comes out on which song followed by who

in which outfit are enough to do your head in- especially as emotions generally are running extremely high as the date of the show nears and the slightest thing can set one off into a panic. I find myself being a shrink and mediator towards the end of each run, calming colleagues down, reassuring them, dealing with

temper tantrums, all the while managing to actually get the work done. I usually work a month in advance- especially when it comes to putting together a show. It’s important to spend time with the designer and the clothes to really get a feel of what it’s all about. As the clothes develop, the concepts do as well, and once you’re in the

creative zone,

it’s easy as ABC- no actually that’s a lie, I say that now, when it’s all over. Inside I’m a little panicky mouse myself. So all I can do is stay super organized. Which means making lists, lists, lists, and more lists. Then we start doing what the lists say, and eventually it all comes together into one big detailed list, called the ‘style sheet’, which is circulated to the team backstage.

That said, no matter how organized you are, with so many teams working together on such a big production,

disasters and crises are only inevitable! Backstage madness really should be a psychological condition. It takes over and leaves the best of us panicky and frazzled! So, if there is one thing I’ve learnt, it’s to

be prepared for the unexpected! Till the next

fashion week (which is way too soon if you ask me), this is Asmaa Mumtaz-laughing it off and signing out.

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Summer in a package If, like most of us, you’re crazy about bags, then you’ll want to know what the latest must-have trends are for summer 2012. That’s why, we’ve rounded up the latest in what’s hot when it comes to this favourite fashion accessory. Read on for inspiration and, above all, don’t leave home without one!

The Tote

Sometimes considered as ‘overspill’ bags, totes are great for weekends away and have been slowly beginning to hold their own in the fashion stakes.

Printed Bags

Plain Jane is out and patterned is in – which is good news for us. Now, printed with pretty floral designs and contrasting linings and trims, bags need never be boring again.

Small Shoulder Bags

Small shoulder bags are in vogue this season. We’ve seen some great offerings from the likes of Trussardi and Hermes. Check em’ out!

Wristlets

Wristlets are set to be very trendy this Summer and are great if you’re always losing things or misplacing your purse. We’ve seen them paraded on the runways by Loewe, and Tommy Hilfiger. Grab ‘em to create your own look today!

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Tapu’s collection showcased at the PFW 2012 was deeply rooted in his photography and carried pictures of famous faces as well as images of Thar women.

Maheen Khan’s at collection showcased ue the PFW 2012 was a tr ani embodiment of Pakist t as culture and stood ou an inspiration of Karachi’s truck art


Talking feet! Apparels & accessories are two of the most essential ingredients of stylish attire. Let’s take a look at a few selective, modish & classy shoe trends for the summer:

Wedged Heels

Boasting a wide range of heel size, colour, combination, texture and design, wedged heels are perfect for parties.

Braided Sandals

With the strappy design allowing maximum ventilation, braided sandals in radiant colours and trendy designs have made a smashing comeback.

Chunky High Heels Bored with pointed heels? Hop on a pair of chunky high heels and enhance your overall charisma with several options including glossy, matte and plain colours.

Mega Platforms

Flaunt your attitude through these glamorous pieces but steer clear if you are to spend most of the day standing!

Flats

Always in fashion, flats are the prefect shoes to own! Go for summery light shades this summer!

Printed & Florals

Flaunt off your feminine side with the newest trend in town: Bright coloured floral printed shoes!

Transparent shoes Add glitz and glam to your feet with a pair of this hot new trend!

Pastels

2012 is going to be the year of the colour ‘pastel’. If you want to stand apart from the crowd, these are for yours to own!

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Men Check The party must go on! Why limit accessories to women when the summer of 2012 has an exciting and equally varied range for men!

Shoes

not stylize your shoe e have to wear shoes, right? So why Hey lets face it, all you men out ther time round?! shopping with the latest trends this this coming are going to dominate men’s fashion It’s no secret that colour and pattern street fashion high ent curr shoes, designer collections and season- the summer 2012 catwalk season: this men for ds dup of the hottest shoe tren stores all confirm that. Here’s a roun

Pop Colour Shoes

the most wide-spread r trends, this is the one that will have Of the three main coloured footwea easiest to integrate the s are t and eye-catching, pop colour shoe ing wardrobe of appeal. Although bright, exuberan exist the ent plim the colour chosen, will com within an outfit, and depending on most men. Calvin Klein in the this trend for the season including Top names in fashion all embraced London Fashion week. the in man Top and k Wee ion Paris Fash Milan Fashion Week, Kenzo in the

Two-Tone Shoes

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Patterned Shoes

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ht lips The season calls for, brig ! and bold dramatic eyes The international fashion runways showcased models carrying off contrastingly stark looks this time. Some displayed sleek dark eyeliner with winged or double edges. For others, monochrome eye popping blue shades were swept over the models eyes, while the rest dared to use shimmery gold leaf paired with defined eyebrows and nude hues on the lips. Bright lip shades of red and hot pink were also a favourite with pastels on the eyes. And yet there were others who took the natural look a step forward by using the same shade of bronze or peach (which are flattering to all skin types) on lips, cheeks and eyelids. Fresh dewy glowing skin was the highlight of the show.

TOP BRANDS TO LOOK OUT FOR Christian Dior, Lanc么me and Luscious for lip shades. Bobbi Browns gel eyeliner, Chanel wet/ dry eyeliner and Kryolans Aqua eyeliner, ideal for the dramatic eyeliner look. For eyeshades, Christian Dior and Mac are the best buys.

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TIPS

For the perfect model look, never couple up dramatic eyeliner with bright shades on lips and eyes. When doing the natural look, pay attention to your skin and use a touch of mascara with a nice dewy peach pink/nude shade coupled with a light streak of bronzer. When using shimmery eyeshades, apply deftly, or the eye area ends up looking too powdery, and keep your lips as glossy and natural as possible for a more flattering look. As for using bright lip shades, apply pale shimmer on the eyelids along with black mascara to complete the look. When applying eyeshades, coat the eyelid with a layer of Vaseline or moisturizer before applying the shade, for that immediate pop effect!


Summer travel KIT Travel-Friendly Products From The Body Shop® You’ve found the perfect summer lawns. You’ve read the travel guide. Your sunglasses are ready. What else to pack for your well-deserved summer break? Answer: Effective, convenient products that are perfect for skin care on-the-go from The Body Shop. These products will allow you to enjoy a radiant, beach beautiful complexion, whilst looking after your skin on vacation or during summer trips.

Have Kit, Will Travel If space is at a premium in your suitcase, don’t pack your full-size cleanser, toner and moisturiser. The Body Shop offers a wide selection of facial skincare kits of smaller, travel-friendly products, all contained in a handy zipup bag. Why not try The Body Shop Vitamin E Skincare Kit, suitable for all skin types. This space-saving kit includes everything you need for your morning and evening skincare regime: Vitamin E Cream Cleanser (60ml), Vitamin E Hydrating Toner (60ml), Vitamin E Moisture Cream (15ml) and Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream (15ml). Featuring antioxidant vitamin E, which helps protect the skin from harmful free radicals , the Vitamin E range delivers longlasting moisturisation. Concerned that soaring temperatures and high humidity might cause unsightly shine and blocked pores? If so, now’s the time to try The Body Shop Seaweed Kit, which comprises of Seaweed Deep Cleansing Facial Wash (60ml), Seaweed Clarifying Toner (60ml), Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream (15ml) and Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment (15ml). Enriched with wild-grown bladderwrack seaweed from Ireland, the Seaweed range features innovative oil-balancing technology to control excess sebum, giving you a shine-free complexion throughout the day while delivering essential moisture where your skin needs it most.

Wipe-Out If you’re a camper, back-packer or festival-goer, you’ll find The Body Shop Tea Tree Cleansing Wipes (25 wipes) and Vitamin E Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes absolute must-haves. Don’t leave home without them! Cleansing is the essential first step in achieving clearer-looking skin and now you can cleanse and refresh on-the-go with Tea Tree Wipes. Ideal for blemish-prone skin, these ultraconvenient one-step wipes feature Community Fair Trade tea tree oil and tamanu oil. Simply wipe over your face and neck to remove make-up, pore-clogging impurities and excess oil to reduce shine without over-drying the skin. The wonderfully gentle Vitamin E Wipes cleanse, tone, moisturise and protect your skin all in one go, leaving it feeling soft and silky smooth. These caring wipes are enriched with wheatgerm oil, a rich source of vitamin E, which moisturises, nourishes and helps condition the skin.

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Daily Sun Protection

Spray-On Refreshment Plane travel is notorious for drying out skin. Counteract the dehydrating effects of in-flight air with The Body Shop Vitamin C

Energising Face Spritz (100 ml), which is small enough to be allowed in hand luggage or a bag. An instant pick-me-up, this Face Spritz refreshes and smoothes a dull, tired-looking complexion. Simply spray on for a hydrating skin boost whenever and wherever you need it - when travelling, sightseeing or simply relaxing on the beach. The spritz contains vitamin C-rich Amazonian camu camu berry plus Community Fair Trade organic aloe vera, which is renowned for its soothing properties.

It’s essential to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun throughout the year, but never more so than in the summer months. In addition to regularly applying sunscreen, it makes sense to wear a daily moisturiser with built-in SPF, like The Body Shop Vitamin C Daily Moisturiser SPF 30. This radianceboosting, silky day cream provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Plus, it benefits from vitamin C-rich camu camu berry. Skin is left soft, smooth and glowing. Alternatively, care for your sensitive skin whilst outdoors, with The Body Shop Aloe Soothing

Moisture Lotion SPF 15. This light daily

moisturiser with SPF 15 is enriched with Community Fair Trade organic aloe vera gel, moisturising sesame oil and oat extract. And, like the rest of the Aloe range, it’s free from colour, fragrance, alcohol and added preservatives.

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‘Lifestyle Pakistan’ was conceived in order to showcase the best of what Pakistan has to offer: the first of its kind, four-day exhibition took place in Delhi, from the 12th-15th of April. The event was managed by J&S.

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t was the first time, that a Pakistani event took place on such a large scale, on Indian soil. The event was inaugurated by the Honourable Minister for Mr. Commerce and Industry of India, ked mar was t even The . rma Anand Sha d by stall exhibitions and a dedicate ialty spec ’s istan Pak re whe rt food cou cuisines were represented. In the d evening, Lifestyle Pakistan showcase 11 fashion shows by the country’s renowned textile and design houses, l followed by dinner and a musica to r orde in d eive conc gala. It was showcase the best of what Pakistan in has to offer; a similar one was held . Lahore called, Made in India onyx , arel app gner desi , lawn From and marble furniture, to handicrafts and food, the event showcased a variety of products, all synonymous in their quality of being ‘uniquely Pakistani’. Fashion shows and musical performances took over the evening events, at the Taj Hotel with ing Sanam Marvi and Ali Zafar’s rock performances. The exhibition was a tremendous t success for all. Some of the prominen , ee Sam za Fai were nts participa Honey Waqar, Gul Ahmed, Nishat Textiles, Alkaram, Hub Leather, Khaadi, Junaid Jamshed, Orient Textiles, Bareeze, Asim Jofa, Chen One, Zamana interiors by Seema , Iftikhar, Ahad Home Signature and al Hil , ro Eng , n Indesig Sindh Handicrafts. The response was overwhelming and our Indian counterparts were extremely hospitable and encouraging.

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“Our products always get an amazing response and likewise, so did I. We were there for serious business and achieved great success in desired ways.” - Faiza Samee “This initiative is right on so many levels- goodwill, financial, understanding our counterparts, and can only spur economic, and dare I say, humane growth. Kudos to everyone who was a part of it- may we all prosper together!” - Omar Satti, Director Operations and Marketing - J&S.


Fuss! Whats the

about anyway

Verda Adil sheds a much needed light on the ridiculous lawn mania.

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omen today are subjugated in a number of ways. Societal norms constrict us, hinder us, make us pause and wonder how we’re supposed to act etcetera, etcetera. [Insert educated feminist discourse here]. Do you know what propagates this the most? Advertisements. This rant started stewing up inside me when I first saw an advert for ‘whiter underarms’ (brought to your television screens by Dove…now available at your nearest retailer!). In case you’re wondering what I’m referring to, it’s the Dove “Go Sleeveless” advert.

‘Rocking sleeveless makes me feel powerful and feminine’…seriously? School and college taught me NOTHING. Why didn’t anyone tell me that all I needed was a life changing deodorant? Thank you for constantly telling us that what we cosnstrued as normal was, in fact, something we should be embarrassed about. Not once did the thought ‘damn, I wish they’d come up with something to lighten up skin for underarms’ cross my mind. I didn’t even know that ‘whiter underarms’ was something I should be worried about…till I saw the advert. All these adverts do is confuse me. Are my underarms acceptable enough? Should I resort to never wearing sleeveless again?! How does one even figure out whether your underarms are white enough to be accepted into society? Does the deodorant come with a ‘mark your whiteness scale’? I learned that the only way to deal with something that pissed me off to nigh end was to tackle it with humour. The hate ebbed away, slowly and gradually, dwindling down to something I’d laugh about with friends and started using it as an ice-breaker when meeting new people. The conversation would start off with something like “so, how white are your underarms?” And then along

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came Al Karam’s 2012 Lawn Collection posters and banners. ‘Look and feel beautiful again…because its every woman’s right’, Right. What I gather from this tagline is that women have nothing else to worry about except looking good. Because looking good equals feeling good. There’s nothing wrong with feeling good or wanting to look great because hey, we all resort to a good scrubbing and a bit of fancy dress up to make ourselves feel better. But what this Al Karam advert does is perpetuate all our insecurities. It feeds on it and lives off of it. Why couldn’t they come up with a tagline that said ‘you’re beautiful every single second of the day’ instead of ‘you need our lawn in order to look beautiful’? Look beautiful. That’s the hook. Why would one insist on looking beautiful on the outside when what matters is how beautiful you really are on the inside? I realize I might not be preaching to a choir here but hear me out, I promise this is going to make some sense eventually. Ever since the dawn of advertising, prying on insecurities has been the one true fool proof market strategy. Your house isn’t good enough unless it has our exterior paint. Having trouble with women? Buy our car, we guarantee they’ll be on you like mango bugs. I’ve said this before but I can’t say it enough, they promise us a better life, an easier future but not many stop to realize the actual harms of such blatantly moronic advertising. Buying the first lawn suit from some designers exclusive collection for 7000 will not make you a better more beautiful person. It only goes to show how much people are willing to pay to be accepted. (Sorry, that was a tad bit melodramatic even for me. I apologize to all readers who are

Okay, so they agreed with me on the status symbol bit, there might be hope for humanity after all. Iqra, a housewife says, “It’s a better option as it is available in different and unique styles with a lot of accessories like embroidered or silk bordered pati, fancy necklines and separate panels. It’s a symbol only in that you’re wearing an expensive and different design”. I have personally witnessed women turning ghostly pale when realizing 4 or more other ladies were wearing the same designer print.

while wearing a jora that costs 7k. This is a fad, a craze just like any other craze that won’t die out anytime soon. It’s high school all over again where there’s a cool gang and the not-so-cool gang. If you’re wearing a Lakhani suit with a Louis Vuitton bag that costs more than my beat up mehran, you’ll be instantly accepted into the ‘cool gang’. No one is going to question your status in society because your attire speaks for you. It’s disgusting.” Is that why we fall for these advertising gimmicks? Does the aforementioned actually happen? I feel like I should have done a proper expose, gone undercover, bought an expensive lawn suit and joined the exclusive lawn wearers club to further understand the psyche of the kitty-party-aunty-lot. Then show up the next day in my regular malang attire and seen

The onslaught of summer and the fashion prerequisites demand that you wear nothing but the latest designer lawn, or else you shall be shunned from society. A social disgrace, you will be left waiting, looking at your cellphone, pleading for a call, nay even a mere text to be invited to a kitty party. You will walk the streets, under the shadows of menacing billboards with hot models, leering, almost screaming at you in your pitiful 350 rupees ka thaan wala suit. Go now from whence you came. You are not welcome here. trying their best to skim through this article. Bear with me, please.) Sana Umar, an MPhil student from Lahore sums it up best, “Despite an extremely dismal economic status, zero motivation in the lower strata of society and not a very positive and optimistic geo political situation, the 1% of Pakistan goes out during the winter to store up for summers because they need to be prepared for it while sipping iced tea, sitting in air conditioned grandiose drawing rooms debating over ‘mulk ka haal’. The people who do that find it easy to criticize the state our country is in

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whether they still liked me, itwar bazar chapals et al. I doubt it’s as dramatic as I’m making it sound but it does make you think. There are women who disagreed with my vehemence for lawn couture though. Dursa, a housewife says, “It’s a better option than the cloth available. Lawn craze (she laughs, bitterly) it’s a status symbol.” Khadija, an MBBS student said, “It is a status symbol to have the best lawn and stuff but lawn is the better option because otherwise in Lahore’s heat you would just boil. But buying a suit for 3000 is just madness.”

Expensive, yes. Different, not so much. How many of you have honestly bought an expensive exclusive designer lawn suit and showed up at an event where everyone and their grandma were wearing the exact same print? I’m fairly certain some of you readers have experienced that trauma. Sadly, money can’t buy you exclusivity in Pakistan. Rabia B, an MPhil student says,”the lawn mania today has increased since people now only care about how they appear to other people. I believe that people have made material their priority. Money earned is spent on things that have momentary significance and amongst housewives especially; where child rearing was most important, now it seems children have been replaced by insanely expensive clothes that come out seasonally with the next batch more expensive than the last. Instead of clothes being bought on need basis it’s become a competition, ‘I bought X number of clothes before you did’.” Nadia, a teacher replied in a very succinct manner saying, “Which lawn? I have a small lawn tended to by my mother”. How I wish I were as unperturbed by this lawn mania like Nadia.


editorial shoot

The Depilex Campaign: ‘Inspiration; the past, The present and the future - Part I’ Founded in 1980, by the visionary Masarrat Misbah, Depilex has grown from a single premise, providing professional beauty relaxation and training services, to 32 separate premises. Over the years, Depilex has gained greater expertise and wider exposure in each of their specialized service areas. Hard work, consistency and high standards, is the corner stone for the success of Depilex. Today, Depilex is headed by Redah Misbah, who has taken up the role of Creative Director. She attained professional degrees in Cosmetology, Beauty Therapy, Hair and Special Effects Make-up, from renowned institutes such as The London College of Fashion, Vidal Sasoon and Joe Blasco, amongst others. Having orchestrated many artistic fashion and bridal campaigns under the title ‘ RM team at Depilex,’ the brands largest bridal campaign for

2012 dubbed, ‘Generations at Depilex,’ has been the talk of the town; the highly publicized, one of its kind collection of photographs, featuring families through generations such as, Mehreen and Seemi Raheel, Maheen and Nahid Kardar, Nooray

I’, highlighting generations of personalities in Pakistan that the brand deems inspiring. Featuring the versatile Meesha Shafi, who is paving her way through the music, modeling and acting industry locally and internationally; the

Bhatty with her sisters, the multi talented Muneeezeh, Alizeh and Shazreh Khalid, were some of the empowering women featured. After the success of the campaign, the RM team at Depilex embarked upon their second large-scale campaign of the year, ‘Inspiration; the past, present and the future - Part

vibrant Anoushey Ashraf, VJ and actress with her beautiful sister Natasha Qizilbash, who, along with Anoushey, is the entrepreneur behind the hip clothing brand ‘Block Seven’; Daniyal Raheal, making his mark in the television industry, featured in blockbuster drama serials and commercials; the bold and

very unique Meera ji, taking her acting career to new leaps and bounds; the young singer/song writer Bilal khan, who is making waves in the music industry; Pakistan’s very own super model, Natasha Hussain, who pioneered hosting and modeling; the lead vocalist of the popular band EP, actor and director Ahmad Ali butt, who is justly a role model for the youth; an exclusive shot of the graceful Shabnam, upon her visit to Pakistan in 2012 and finally, Saeein Zahoor, leading Sufi musician, recognized internationally for his unique style of singing. This campaign embodies what Depilex is about and truly highlights Pakistan’s talent; its past, present and future.

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Models: Anoushay Ashraf & Natasha Qizilbash Clothes: Karma Photography: Deevees

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Model: Daniyal Raheal Photography: Kuki

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Model: Meera Clothes: Fahad Hussayn Jewellery: Damas Photography: Maram & Aabroo

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Model: Bilal Khan Photography: Kuki

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Model: Shabnam Jewellery: Damas Photography: Kuki

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Model: Ahmed Ali Butt Photography: Kuki

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Model: Natasha Hussain Clothes: Fahad Hussayn Jewellery: Damas Photography: Maram & Aabroo

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inding love and maintaining a relationship is hard, in any part of the world. Societal acceptance makes the process

a tad bit easier, but in Pakistan, sadly, the right to love whoever you choose is granted only to a certain strata of the population. The 1% that has no means to indulge themselves finds it far easier to move about in circles where their love interests aren’t judged (at least not in front of them!) and are free to do as they please. A growing number of gay and bisexual Pakistanis, mostly from the urban, middle and upper classes, are more open about their sexual orientation and attend or host social functions. Even though there is no political or radical movement being pushed for, the Internet plays an immense role in social networking and fighting isolation with websites like Facebook, Orkut and the blogosphere is awash with queer and proud desi identities. Before the emergence of all these websites, there wasn’t a prominent social platform where people could address their ‘issues’ or find some semblance of sanity in a country wrack with confusion and conformity. Then again, these social platforms account for a very small percentage of the literate masses, the rest continue to stew in their troubles wondering if there’s a way out. The man brings the bread home, the woman raises the children, the children must abide by the set gender roles.

Religion, social norms and cultural rules forbid and bind people from discovering themselves and exploring their sexuality. The patriarchal system that we’ve all been indoctrinated with dictates a specific set of rules for gender conformity. Girls get Barbie’s and easy-bake ovens to play with. Boys can only play with cars not dolls. These little acts that may seem insignificant are only further inculcating these gender stereotypes. If one is different or confused about their sexuality, they had to deal with it alone, along with being ashamed of it. Flashback to May 2007, a case in the Lahore High Court in Pakistan that exploded and was soon all everyone heard on news channels, read about in the papers and blogged about ad infinitum. The case was that of Shumail Raj and Shahzina

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Tariq who had applied to the court to prevent Shahzina being married off by her family, allegedly to pay for an uncle’s gambling debts. The case took a nasty turn when her family claimed that they could not be married, as Shumail was a female-to-male transsexual, and it was illegal for two women to marry. Shumail and Shahzina petitioned the courts on the basis that they were legally married, as husband and wife but all that did was further fuel the case against them. Interestingly, at the exact same time that Shumail and Shahzina were clinging to each other and awaiting their verdict in the Lahore High Court, More importantly, the festival is a platform from which to campaign against India’s anti-gay law, enshrined in the infamous Section 377. The QueerFest fostered an opportunity for debate about equal rights in the world’s

‘Nigah QueerFest ‘07’, India’s first gay arts festival, was kicking off with a film screening in New Delhi. The festival organizers see QueerFest as a venue where closeted Indians can celebrate their sexuality. largest democracy. If that conversation has been kicked off in India, perhaps it’s time for us to start eavesdropping. If only Shumail and Shahzina knew that their plight wasn’t that unusual and many people, world over, had faced the same problem. The Times of India reported the case as follows: The role of religion, a dominant question in Pakistan in any situation, is a matter of debate in what is being claimed as the first case in the country. Leaders of the two principal Muslim sects differ while disapproving of the marriage. Shia cleric Allama Syed Abbas Sherazi says: “It depends on the courts to give punishment to such people according to the circumstances to save the society from distraction. In Shia sect the same-sex marriage is considered ‘haram’. The clerics in their Friday prayer sermons should educate the nation about the curse of same sex marriages and obscenity.” But his Sunni counterpart, Maulana Hanif Jalandhari, said: “The court can give the couple a capital punishment, a lifetime imprisonment or a fine.”


“The media is spreading vulgarity in Pakistan. The parents should force their children to say their prayers. The clerics should educate Muslims about the conspiracy of the anti-Islamic forces,” said Jalandhari. Zahid Hussain Bokhari, a retired judge, said: “There is no law in Pakistan to stop two women from living together. It is against the basic human rights to interfere in their personal matters. The ‘nikahnama’ (marriage contract) procured by Shumail Raj and Shahzina has no importance. They should not be dealt as married.” This case sparked a torrent of hateful comments from the supposedly righteous populace of Pakistan. In an instant, everyone seemed to be an expert on Islam and Shariah law. However, the one positive thing that came out of this case was the fact that everyone at least started talking about something previously considered far too embarrassing to bring up. It gave rise to a healthy debate on some fronts as well as some hateful nasty comments. Regardless, it spurred a discussion, which gave transgender people a chance to speak up. Moving forward to April 2008, Noreen Aslam from Faisalabad petitioned the High Court in Lahore to undergo female-to-male sex reassignment surgery. The assistant director general for health in Islamabad testified that he concurred with a diagnosis of gender identity disorder and that medical authorities had no objection in this case. Noreen’s counsel stated that a surgeon had agreed to carry out the operation, but then refused after the Raj case hit the media. Counsel noted that the judge had not said such operations were banned, thus clearance should be given. Justice Muhammad Ahsan Bhoon of the High Court of Lahore agreed and gave permission to proceed. Something good did come out of the Raj case of 2007 after all. Even though they had a heavy fine to pay as well as a 3 year jail sentence, Shahzina and Shumail managed to become a voice for the ostracized masses. Given the pedantic, ranting, media hungry masses of Pakistan, it is unrealistic to set aside an issue until a government is ready to deal with it. If the world is worrying about gay marriage, Pakistan should be thinking through the issue as well, albeit in a way that conforms to the nation’s particular culture and political maturity. LGBT (Lesbian, Gays, Bisexual and Transgender) rights are unheard of In Pakistan. Okay, scratch that,

The fact is, there is a ‘first things first’ mentality in Pakistan that falsely believes that we should deal with fundamental issues – democracy, terrorism, poverty, literacy, Kashmir, nukes, and land reforms – before getting embroiled in the grubby details of civil rights, social issues, culture and lifestyle trends. under the guidance of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry in 2011, Pakistan’s judicial system showed sympathy for the plight of the transgender community, adding that authorities have been ordered to ensure that hijras enjoy the same rights as other Pakistanis in matters of inheritance, employment and election registration. Transgender people in South Asia have a long history of being part of the fabric of society, which may explain why the move by Pakistan’s Supreme Court to protect them faced little opposition. Pakistan’s hijras still face widespread discrimination and harassment, but the governmental protection of their rights puts them at the forefront of the international community in officially recognizing their unique position in society. But – has it been followed through? Nope. Just like everything else, we forgot all about these cases, these appeals as soon as the media found something more tantalizing to report…like Veena Malik with her ISI tattoo stunt and Meera with her crazy shenanigans. I sincerely hope their dismal prayer gets heard one day and that the transgender community in Pakistan finally gets treated like human beings who deserve basic human rights like any of us.

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LOVE: When you can’t control your emotions for some one SUCCESS: When you achieve your goals without hurting any one else DREAM LIFE PARTNER: One who understands me more than I understand myself BIGGEST DESIRE: Making every one happy

Social Register

We’ve seen em’ a little, now its time to know em’ a little

WHERE AND WHEN WERE YOU BORN? Lahore on 12th Feb, 1987. CAREER? CasaHamza. WHAT ATTRACTS YOU THE MOST ABOUT BEING SOCIAL? The fact that I get to see the people I love and meet new people. IF YOU WEREN’T SOCIAL, WOULD YOU BE CONTENT? Well, I don’t know. But knowing me, I think it is impossible that I would not be social. ACHIEVEMENTS IN LIFE? Starting my business at the age of 17 without any help, is I think my biggest achievement. WHAT’S YOUR PASSION? Making others happy. WHAT EXCITES YOU THE MOST? When I finish what I started (at work). HOW DO YOU DEFINE FRIENDSHIP? Friendship is one of the most

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beautiful relationships in the world no matter what level it is at; it’s a relationship based on trust and friends are always your backbone. YOU HATE YOURSELF FOR? Not having enough time to make everyone in my life happy. FAVOURITE FOOD? Japanese. YOU’RE A BIG FAN OF? I am a fan of a lot of people! It depends. WEEKENEDS AND PARTIES OR WEEKDAYS AND FORMAL DINNERS? A good balance of both works for me. INTERESTD IN TECHNOLOGY? I am not at all tech savvy! WHAT’S THE BIGGEST THING ABOUT LIFE? Having people who really care for you and love you. HOW WOULD YOU PREDICT YOUR FUTURE? Well currently I see myself retiring at the age of 35 and then traveling the world. Let’s see if I can achieve that goal.


Photography: KUKI

super couple! Sabina pasha and hubby Bilal

on family, marriage and career

WHAT IS MARRIAGE ACCORDING TO YOU? An unbreakable bond of commitment and compromises in which you have to find the treasure of ‘mutual respect’. HOW DID YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND MEET? We met up in our city Isloo at a karaoke bar. He sang a song to me and flirted me into his life :) YOU BOTH ARE WORKING PARENTS. HOW DO YOU MANAGE KIDS AT HOME? We don’t make it ‘my’ or ‘your’ responsibility criteria crap; it’s our family! We both help each other at balancing life and all it has to offer us, with great pleasure and joy. SABINA, YOU ARE CONSTANTLY TRAVELLING DUE TO YOUR PROFESSION, HOW DO YOU TWO MANAGE TO SPEND TIME TOGETHER? We both make sure we don’t over do our travelling commitments and then at the same time, we both enjoy the absence/reunion which keeps it NICE

and SPICY!

DESCRIBE A ROMANTIC EVENING WITH YOUR HUSBAND. After so many years together, we’ve started appreciating the little things we experience together: be it watching a movie together; cooking up a meal or just staring at the stars above us on a moonlit night is romance, in itself for us. Love is not something that a fuss should be created over; its something that naturally overflows from your heart and fills your entire being with a sense of security and well-being. Once you’re in love, every minute spent together is romance in my eyes! HOW DOES YOUR HUSBAND HANDLE YOU BEING A SUPERMODEL? Well, you can figure that out because I started modeling after marriage and it wouldn’t have been possible to reach this far without his utmost support and interest. He treated me like a super model way before we even got married. He gave me confidence and taught me how to believe in myself, so, the supermodel thing never came as a shock. WHAT ARE YOUR HUSBAND’S

BEST QUALITIES? Down to earth, extremely loving and respectful and most importantly, the fact that he completely gives a damn attitude about what the world has to say. WHAT DO YOU GUYS FIGHT ABOUT THE MOST? TV remote lollllzzzz! DEFINE LOVE AFTER BEING MARRIED AND HAVING KIDS? Believable!!! and less complicated. DESCRIBE A DREAM VACATION YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPEND WITH EACH OTHER. There are no particular ones as we enjoy almost every new place we go to. This summer, we want to enjoy Toronto and Montreal. Hopefully the next destination will be Paris in 2013 ;) WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU WILL NEVER CHANGE ABOUT EACH OTHER? The way we still look at each other and know exactly what’s on the others mind.

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CELEBRITY POLL If you had to stay in ONE

PLACE

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WHERE and WHY?

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“Berlin. Because I was born there and the place offers so many great facilities which unfortunately, aren’t available in Pakistan.”

“Karachi. because this is where I was born”.

C y bi l

“Italy. I love it there, like the food, like the people, like the place!”.

Sa d af M a latt re “Nowhere! I love to travel and never want to limit myself, want to travel everywhere all the time!”

Sa qib C hi st i

“I think I’m gong to stay here in our dear motherland as what I am right now is what this country has made me. Plus, I cant live away from my friends and family. So, wherever they are, that’s my dream place to live in.”

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A h s a n K h a n:

“There are two places. Firstly, London as I spent my entire childhood there. Secondly, Lahore as all my loved ones live here.”


TALK TO ME

The ‘Talk of the town’speak out!! They’re your favourites, lets see what they have to say to their favourites!

Tapu Javeri to Maheen Khan: “Keep shining!”

Iman Ali to Russell Crowe: “Keep your weight in watch! And you haven’t done a good movie in a while, don’t disappoint me!”

Sophiya Khan to Ahmedine, President of Iran: “I wish every President became like Ahmedine and I want to let him know that he shines as bright as the stars.”

Kamiar Rokni to Madonna: “Can we be friends forever?”

Abdullah Ejaz to Amir Khan: “Please add me on Facebook.”

Anoushey Ashraf to Ryan Gosling: “I invite you to come down to Pakistan where I will take very good care of you!”

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SUNDUS NAWAZ

FA S HION WITH A TWI S T

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undus Nawaz, a young Entrepreneur from Lahore running her brand ‘Mosaic’ recently showcased at the PFDC Fashion Week 2012. Her collection stood out because of her passion to create a new and exciting style of clothing. Additionally, she was the first designer in the history of Pakistan to have a complete fashion show with only kids walking the ramp. How did the journey to fashion begin? I was never much of a fashion follower as a kid as I don’t follow trends just for the sake of fashion. My journey began at the age of 8 when I began to understand the fact that as humans, we like to look aesthetically pleasing and we are continuously caught up in the dilemma of what is fashion and what isn’t. Did you always want a career in fashion designing? Yes, I always wanted to be a fashion designer. After completing my basic studies in Fine Arts in Saudi Arabia, I traveled to Pakistan to pursue fashion designing. I saw an ad of PIFD on television and hence applied there. Luckily, I got in on my first try!:) What was your inspiration behind using kids on the ramp in the PFDC Fashion Week 2012? I have been affiliated with SOS since 5 years and I had promised the kids that whenever I conduct a fashion show, I would include them. Moreover, I wanted to bring joy on their faces by imparting the feeling that they are equally important. What is your design philosophy? I always design on my own terms. I don’t follow trends for the sake of fashion: “Fashion fades, style is eternal.” Does your personality reflect in your work? Yes, my work is a reflection of who I am: one with a lot of happiness on the outside and a bit of sadness on the inside. The bright colors I employ epitomize my joy and the single streak of dull colored material is a testament to the little sadness. Shed some light on who the real Sundus Nawaz is, as a person, not as a designer. The real Sundus Nawaz is not too different. I don’t have many friends. I don’t socialize a lot. But when it comes to SOS, the kids are an important part of my life. That is the reason why I had them walk the ramp at

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am god gifted with. Hence, I am so quick in it that I easily manage it with my designing work. Who are your idols? None Do you think there is something that lacks in Pakistan’s fashion industry? Sincerity......OOPS! Am I sounding a bit emotional? :) What are your current projects? Well I am focusing on a couple of new orders and planning for the next fashion show. What are your future plans? Who can see the future? So no planning, I will go with the flow. Describe fashion in 5 words. Comfortable, Trendy, Suitable, In style, Classy.

PFDC. We’ve heard that you are also a professional wall artist and an art replicator. How do you manage so much simultaneously? It’s better to be a workaholic than a shopaholic:) Yes I am professional wall artist and an art replicator. But this is something I

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Rangja Photographer: Azeem Sani Model: Maya Ali


prodigy

MaGical Maestro winning our hearts for YEARS

INDIAN DESIGNER - ROHIT BAL

Born: Kashmir | Started career: Delhi in 1986 | PROFESSION : Fashion Designer Think Rohit Bal and you think great work. Words often fail to express how good some of Bal’s clothes are. ‘Vintage’ Bal is so jaw droppingly beautiful that it would make you gasp in awe. And judging from his last Couture show at the Lakme Fashion Week, you would think that the flamboyant couturier is still at the top of his game. Which he might be, because Bal is still the most sought after and cherished designer, literally running an empire! His work still stands out and gets those

eyeballs. He is best known for his use of Lotus and Peacock motifs, and for spectacular construction in his clothing.

Style becomes him. Rohit Bal changed the face of fashion.

Internationally famous for his suave cuts and breathing fabrics, Rohit Bal represents the true free spirit of an artist. His creations like his personality

are unrestricted by norms.

Rohit Bal started with traditional wear for men in 1990 and has since then surpassed his peers and gone ahead to create a niche for himself in the world of fashion. Rightfully christened by Times Magazine as ‘India’s master of fabric and fantasy’, Rohit Bal has designed outfits using almost all fabrics under the sun. Subtle in his choice of colors, Rohit prefers to use pastels and earthy tones to dress up his men and women. However, there is no one-signature style that the designer sticks to.

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Uma Thurman Cindy Crawford Pamela Anderson Naomi Campbell Anna Kournikova Deepika Padukone

he collection called ‘Kaarigari’ (at Lakme Fashion Week 2012) featured a line of clothing with amazing designs entailing cord and cutwork, revealing a line of long, floor-hugging full-flared creations with stunning embroidery and overlapping appliquéd circles. Starting with ivory, Rohit moved to darker shades of beige and brown and then on to muted hues like maroon, wine, cobalt, red, purple and showered the long luxurious coats, capes, kalidaar kurtas, shrugs and gowns with crystal, resham and zari embroidery. The motifs ranged from swirling birds to peacocks and geometric designs. In the end, the models took their bow in identical full circle multi tiered floorkissing cotton kurtas - a Rohit Bal signature style - in shades of ivory, beige, grey and black. As the show closed, many from the fashion fraternity and Bollywood paid a standing ovation to the master.

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fashion icon

y t t i W & Sexy ! ombshell B atina L Welcome the

a r a g r e V a it r a g r a Sofía M Sofia Vergara aka Gloria Pritchett stars in the hit tv series Modern Family. There’s

no other actress quite like the 37-year-old Colombian bombshell Sofia Vergara, or as her legions

of male fans call her ‘Sofia Viagara’. With sun kissed locks, never ending curves, and nearly perfect assets to make anyone fall on their knees, it’s no wonder Vergara is known as one of the sexiest Latinas in Hollywood.The woman is a magnet oozing sensuality,

Quotes by sofia: “It’s been like a crazy big long road but I keep it easy and I’m learning!” “I love a man with a great sense of humor, someone who can make me laugh.”

flamboyance and bundles of witty charm. Modern Family’s

achievements Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Nominated 2010 and 2011.

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Gloria Pritchett may just have the best quotes on television, critics assert! With her sassy and fierce personality, Gloria is one feisty mamma. Her wit enables her to have a hilarious take on everything

Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film – Nominated 2010 and 2011.

and her puzzled Spanish accent makes for a heavy dose of comedy just merely by the words she utters! It doesn’t have to be funny, it doesn’t have to be witty, if its Gloria speaking ladies and gentlemen, then you’ve got yourself a heavy dose of humor

bombarding your way! Apart from flaunting her beauty and wit, Sofia enjoys immense sex appeal and has been labelled one of the trendiest women on screen! In 2008, Vergara

was 62 on Maxim magazine’s ‘Hot 100’ list. She was named one

of People magazine’s ‘50 most beautiful people’ and has been recognized by both the Hollywood Reporter and Billboard as one of the most influential Latinas in Hollywood! But this beauty comes with brains too, having being nominated for a multitude of awards.

NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – nominated 2010; won 2011.

Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series – Won 2010 and 2011.


Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series – Nominated 2010 and 2011.

Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series – Nominated 2009.

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Rangja Photographer: Azeem Sani Model: Maya Ali


Rangja Photographer: Azeem Sani Model: Maya Ali


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home decor


Simplicity in detail

Home Décor trends in the global arena Home is a place where we spend most of our time; a well decorated home is not less than a blessing. While decorating a home, the international standards for home décor are of great importance, as these formulas are tried and tested and hence, deliver quality with comfort. The latest design trends are usually ‘modern embrace’. These designs are not completely new, but rather, they continue to follow the contemporary design movement. A stylistic touch has been given by the reinterpretation of classical period pieces to give them new, vibrant and fresh cuts and designs.

Simplicity:

A contemporary trend in the international arena is simplicity in design: interior designers are now preferring to create minimal and unfussy pieces with an emphasis on comfort. Home décor is merely dependent on the owners’ demand with the fusion of traditional and contemporary designs being the most popular.

Colour Scheme:

Color scheme is an essential component of design; brighter tones with the combination of neutral colours are high this season. The international market is focusing on the increased use of bright colours in everything including fabrics, furniture and finishing. Colours like red, yellow, orange and purple with stark variations like violet and wine are very much the ‘in thing’ nowadays. Moreover, neutral shades ranging from grey to camel colour are also quite popular. These neutrals flourish as companions for brighter hues and monochromatic colour schemes.

Design and Accessories:

Innovative designs with comfortable seats, supporting arms and high backs are in. The design philosophy is subdued and subtle rather than loud. Use of fancy spotlights has increased immensely to compliment the furniture. Handmade and hand woven items are in demand which gives a complete finishing look to the basic designing of any space.

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Heat Beat the

BY: Fawad Ali (Entrepreneur behind Baahir-outdoor furniture company) Summer is here and this is the time when we all start to fret about the oppressive heat across the country. Innovation and smart thinking for summers, is really the best way to get through it, in comfort. Nothing is as symbolic to summer, as a swimming pool! A swimming pool gives us a chance to work with our swimming pool furniture. However, when working with furniture outdoors around a pool, special care must be taken. For instance, weather resistant material for all deck chairs and loungers is essential, in order for your furniture to resist the signs of weather aging. In addition, swimming pool furniture must be resistant to water staining and damage. Here are some tips and tricks for your summer poolside residency!

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Fabrics In recent times, innovation in fabric has done wonders in dealing with hostile summers. There are three components to the sun that affect us: heat, light (visibility) and UV rays. UV rays are the most damaging element of the sun. UV elements are blocked by chemically treating fabric. This treatment enhances the life of the fabric and protects anything that lies under it. Consider such fabric for the most common features around your swimming pool this summer, such as, window shades, retractable awnings, sail shades, pergolas and gazebos, and umbrellas, all of which you can install around your swimming pool. The fabric power of Sunbrella, the world-renowned leader in outdoor fabric, is indubitable. Known to resist all types of stains, Sunbrella umbrellas block heat and UV considerably, thus, truly protecting you from the harmful rays and sheer heat of the sun. They are also aesthetically pleasing to the eye!

Cooling Systems High-pressurized misting systems have been around for a while and are considered to be one of the most intelligent ways of cooling outdoors. Please beware of low pressure or non-pressured misting products, as they don’t do much to reduce the ambient temperatures. The cooling effect driven form the such systems, is simply, by splashing. On the other hand, a high pressure misting system is able to breakdown water molecules so fine, that each droplet is a fifth of a hair follicle’s diameter. The cooling takes place when the tiny droplets are absorbed by heat, resulting in a drop in temperatures. And yes! It is effective in monsoons. It is intelligent because it can cover wide areas around your swimming pool and takes very little energy or

electricity. For homes and commercial uses, it has multiple benefits other than cooling. Also, these systems are effective preventive measures, in controlling the population of mosquitoes in your environment.

Sail Shades Sail shades are available in triangles, squares and rectangles. By connecting two poles and buildings on each side, you can avail the cheapest and most effective form of sun and heat protection. One can also overlap one sail shade with another, while using a combination of shapes to create great visual effects. You can install a Sail Shade to cover the sitting area around your pool.

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Let the burst of colours immerse you! RAINBOW! That’s the first thought that will enter your mind when you step into this heaven of colours and oomph! You’ll feel like a kid in a candy shop, surrounded by a plethora of vivid, bubbly, fun creations that will take your head spinning in excitement. Enter Rangja, Bareeze’s hottest recent venture into the world of scintillating fashion. The pop of colours that will engulf you when you enter this shop is one of its most appealing and exciting features. The shop houses three different types of products including clothes, jewellery and bags. The common theme stringing all of these is the varied use of colour. On reviewing the clothes, one finds more eastern wear as compared to western including single piece shirts, two pieces as well as three pieces, all stitched. Available in 5 sizes and light summery material (lawns, cottons and chiffons), the clothes have an inherent summery, fresh and alluring appeal to them; colour variations, intricate embroideries, stripes, flowery patterns with buttons and funky laces are trademarks of the clothing at Rangja. Moreover, the design philosophy is chic! The shop boasts unique creations that stand out because of the unusual design combinations that fashion hasn’t witnessed before. One thing their product promises you, is quality you will love and enjoy for quite a long time. The jewellery and bags speak for themselves. The jewellery is funky, colorful and classy, boasting chunky necklaces and big earrings. The bags also hold resemblance to their other products in terms of the fun and eclectic colour combinations. All in all, this place provides you everything under a single roof. As for the interior, it is no less than a whirlpool of bright lights and mesmerizing wall patterns. In keeping with its theme of colour, the shop has a crème colour interior with splashes of greens, pinks and floral patterns. The bright pink furniture tempts you to come and sit on it while enjoying the colour frenzy around you. Go check out this shop if you want some fun

eye candy!

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health

GYM Culture Fashion or fitness?

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very now and then, we hear of a new gym opening up just around the corner and we think to ourselves, hmm why don’t we join this one. The thought stays in our mind while we discuss it with friends sheepishly over the phone, “Hey did you hear about the new gym that’s opened up? I don’t know what’s wrong with people, everyone’s just going gym crazy!” Our friend asserts, “Yeah, this gym phenomena is getting way too much over the head!” Satisfied with the fact that the latter isn’t doing anything to keep themselves toned, we put the phone down and

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hastily make another call, “Yes hi this is Mona. I wanted to inquire about the rates for the gym as well as the schedule.” The attendant on the other end answers excitedly, “Yes ma’am! We have everything to suit your needs! Exercise isn’t just about staying thin, it’s about staying healthy and beautiful! Your skin will glow, your mind will be at more peace, your figure will become perfect and toned! All the celebrities are doing it ma’am, have you seen model xyz? Yes she’s our client,” he proudly announces, “and you surely must know about the designer abc, he’s our client too! Why

should you deprive yourself of this road to perfection!” Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the societal pressure to look good already had us going on crash diets and starvation. But going to gym isn’t about looking good anymore, its about

if you go to the gym, you are a celebrity, a fashionista, a super star staying up to the date with the latest trends, its about flaunting the ‘fashion statement’ which we attribute to ‘the gym’. If you don’t go to the gym, you are a ‘loser’, a lazy couch potato whose life is boring. On the other hand, if you


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do go to the gym, you are a celebrity, a fashionista, a super star and everyone suddenly starts looking up to you in admiration. Oh and don’t forget the socializing! The equation adds up to: 15 minutes on the treadmill followed by 50 minutes gossip with gym buddies. Are you kidding me? Don’t get us wrong, gym is great and one should pursue it but why don’t we all take a moment to reconsider WHY we do it. Start living for yourselves people, and not for pseudo snobs!

eing introduced in Pakistan for the first time, the CORE FTS-Functional Training System has not only whirled up the attention of the celebrities as their ideal fitness instructor, but has also gained immense popularity among the masses in a very short span of time. With clientele like Ali Zafar and Maheen Kardar, this new training system is offering more than just the run of the mill machines and exercises. Introduce us to the concept at CORE FTS Our aim, at CORE Functional Training Systems, is to provide innovative yet interesting fitness programmes that make exercise fun, motivating and challenging, bringing innovative training tools designed to give you maximum output from a short, focused and personalised workout. What is the theme behind your gym? Our basic theme is: exercise isn’t boring. We don’t call it a gym, we call it a training studio. Conventional training formats are tedious and repetitive and seldom produce (sustainable) results that connect with the individual’s fitness goals. We provide fitness regimes that focus on ‘involving the mind’ in addition to the body. FTS is a new notion in Pakistan. Shed some light on that. FTS focuses on movement rather than individual muscle groups. The more all the body’s muscular system works in unison, the better the chances of lesser muscle imbalances and higher caloric expenditure. What is so unique about your studio that one should join it as opposed to joining a normal standard gym? We provide counseling with the trainers after each session because we want to address the psychological well being of our clients as well. A healthy mind will enable a healthy body. We also provide nutritional guidelines, NOT a diet plan. We want to give our clients a regime they can follow for life, not a diet plan that seems like a burden to them and is short lived. Finally, before every session, you are called up and reminded of your session.

We at CORE focus on quality and the complete well-being of our clients. If our client is satisfied then we have achieved our goal. Owing to limitations, some people cannot physically come to the gym. Any solutions you offer for that? CORE provides home solutions: there is an apparatus-just a pair of straps- along with a dvd that provides step by step instructions. To further facilitate people, we also send trainers at home to assist our clients.

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PERSO N AL PRO F ILE : Full Name: Lewis Carl Hamilton Date of Birth: January 7, 1985 Birthplace: Stevenage, Hertfordshire Team: McLaren

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE: Podiums 45 Points 772 Grand Prix entered 94 World Championships 01 Highest race finish 1 (x17)

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ewis Hamilton is the youngest ever Formula One champion, having won the championship of 2008 at the age of 23 years. He likes to live on the edge and enjoys challenges that push him beyond the limit. Hamilton took his first steps towards F1 in 1993, aged eight, when he started karting at Rye House Kart Circuit in his home county of Hertfordshire. By ten he was British Champion and on collecting his award at the Autosport Awards Ceremony, the youngster approached McLaren team boss Ron Dennis and told him, “I want to race for you one day.” Dennis wrote in his autograph book that he

should “give him a call in nine years”. Less than three years later Dennis signed Hamilton to the McLaren Mercedes Young Driver Support Programme with the intention of developing him into the ultimate racing driver. Although stunning, Hamilton’s first season in Formula One was not without drama. He regularly outperformed reigning world champion Alonso, standing on the podium after each of the first nine races. He scored his first race win in Canada, and followed it up one week later with his second at the US Grand Prix. Leading the championship, Hamilton was now being billed to do the unthinkable and win the world championship at his first attempt.

However, the past three years have been more of a struggle after McLaren produced a dud with its 2009 car and Hamilton made a number of mistakes towards the end of the 2010 season which continued throughout the whole of the following year. Too many collisions and off-track distractions meant he was beaten by a team-mate across a whole season for the first time in F1, but his impressive wins in China, Germany and Abu Dhabi ensure that he will be one of the favourites for 2012.


Strengths and Weaknesses: Hamilton’s driving style has always ensured he stands out from the crowd, with the confidence to attempt overtaking manoeuvres his rivals wouldn’t even consider. His preference for a car set up to oversteer shows off his lightning reactions, but his desire to win every race can often backfire when he crashes out trying to gain a place rather than collecting safe points. Career High: Winning the world championship in 2008 after missing out by just one point in his debut season in 2007. “I have been connected with motor racing for 60 years now and he is certainly the best breath of fresh air we’ve had. It isn’t just that he is a driver, he obviously can drive - he is a racer, he can see a gap and he’s in it.” Sir Stirling Moss . Career Low: Being disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix in 2009 after being found guilty of “misleading the stewards” over a yellow flag incident with Jarno Trulli.

F o r m u l a On e r e c o r d s 1) Most consecutive podium finishes from debut Achieved: 9 podium finishes: 2007 Australian GP – 2007 British GP 2) Most wins in a debut season Achieved: 4 wins (record shared with Jacques Villeneuve in 1996) 3) Youngest driver to lead the World Championship Achieved: 22 years, 4 months, 6 days at the 2007 Spanish GP

Trivia: Hamilton is the proud owner of three Blue Peter [a British childrens’ TV show] badges - he received his first aged six when he appeared on the programme to drive remote control cars, his second and third aged 12 and 16 for karting.

4) Most pole positions in a debut season Achieved: 6 pole positions 5) Most points in a debut season Achieved: 109

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Red Bull X-Fighters Jams blew away Pakistan with their thrilling Performance! The world’s best Freestyle motocross riders took off to the air again in front of a huge crowd in Karachi. This was a part of the Red Bull X-Fighters six-stop 2012 world tour. Where: Moin Khan Stadium What: The Red Bull X-Fighters Jams is a series of exhibitions worldwide, giving people around the globe an opportunity to witness the action that can be seen on the world tour, and that too, live in their cities. Participants: Martin Koren from California, USA, Nick De Wit from South Africa, Jimmy Verburgh from Belgium and Nick Franklin from New Zealand. In 2010, the Red Bull X-Fighters had the biggest show in history in Colombo, Sri Lanka with more than 200.000 spectators on side to see the riders going crazy for a crowd that has never seen FMX before. After rocking Sri Lanka, the Red Bull Management brought the tremendous athletes to Pakistan, and for the first time ever, Pakistan hosted its first Freestyle Motocross event. The event started with a brilliantly choreographed cultural show. After the show, the real action began as the riders kicked off their bikes amidst the overwhelming cheers of the crowd. The riders showcased the best of their tricks and took the breaths of the spectators away, who were experiencing such action for the first time. There was a post-event reception for the Red Bull athletes, which was followed by a dinner, live DJ and performance by Ali Azmat. The post-event reception was attended by celebrities, actors and foreign journalists.

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A dynamic symbol of luxury and style

Top 10 most stylish cars

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On number 2, we have one of the fastest and most expensive cars of the world. The engine of this car is more than 1000 HP. The design of this car has been made keeping in view the growing demands of the sports style and curved shape.

Zenvo ST1

This car serves as an economical expression of luxury plus comfort. The style of this car is enthralling. When it comes to fuel, then this car is again in the lead because of the special design of the engine, which always keeps the fuel consumption minimal.

Mitsubishi Evo XI

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Cars epitomize opulence, necessity and are a signature fashion statement. If you love cars, read on. If you don’t, you most definitely will after this!

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This car is regarded as the world’s only car, which has a full carbon chassis system and design. The sleek and stylish design of this car has been engineered for maximum speed plus style.

Aston Martin One-77 The style of this car is more like the appearance of a catfish. It has been regarded as one of the best in terms of looks and style. The speed of this car is also fast which makes the experience of this car’s drive even more luxurious than ever.

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Pagani Huayra

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SSC Tuatara

The powering system of this stylish car is the twin turbo V8 system which makes this car one of the best examples of speed plus style all in one car.

The features of this car that have made it qualify for the number 7 spot are the technologies and styles that have been used in the designing of this car. The internal hybrid system of the car and a more than 500 HP system make it one of the most stylish yet expensive cars of the world.

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Porsche 918 Spyder Saleen S7 Supra Twin Turbo

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The looks of this car can indeed impress the hell out of any body. It looks like a car from outer space with its sharp interior and sleek design.

Best known for delivering Ferrari like output and performance, this car boasts an external and internal design that offers one of a kind class.

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Corvette C7

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Speculated to become the super V8 car of the planet, this will be the most powerful form of prototype technology to date. The interior and the exterior parts are an example of engineered perfection. This car would beat many cars in terms of horse power and speedy torque.

Ford Shelby GT500

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Apple HD TV

Speculated to be released towards the end of 2012, the Apple HD TV looks a lot like Apple’s current lineup of Cinema Display monitors. It resembles an Apple monitor, only much larger. Apple is managing to keep the features a secret, however, the following are some dynmaics:

FaceTime calls using the built-in iSight camera Facial recognition Ability to zoom into the user’s face and follow them as they walk around the room Calls initiated by Siri

Amazon Kindle Fire 2

The Kindle Fire is a tablet computer version of Amazon. com’s Kindle e-book reader. Its next version, the Kindle Fire 2 is speculated to land in December 2012. Features:

WII U

Wii U is an upcoming video game console by Nintendo, and is the successor to the Wii. It is expected to be released during the fourth quarter of 2012. Features include:

IBM Power Architecture processor: POWER7 architecture AMD Radeon HD based GPU Internal flash memory SD memory card slot (supports SDHC cards) USB 2.0 ports (2 at front of console, 2 at rear) Built-in 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis gyroscope IR Sensor strip 6.2 inch resistive touch screen Two analog sticks and one D-pad

iphone 5

Just when you thought the best couldn’t get better, behold! Yet another masterpiece, the iphone 5! Speculated to be released in autumn, the phone entails the following features:

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bigger 4 inch display Near-field communication improved Siri iOS 6 upgrade on design 4G capability An end to shattering glass (an aluminum back plate and stronger glass) 8-megapixel camera 32GB storage Fire proof

7, 8.9 and 10-inch models Quad-core Tegra processor Android operating system A hybrid e-ink/LCD screen GPS enabled Camera Microphone


entertainment

The Woman in the Fifth Rock of Ages

Director: Adam Shankman Starring: Julianne Hough, Tom Cruise, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin Themes: Rags To Riches, Musician’s Life Genres: Musicals, Comedy, Drama

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small-town girl and a big-city boy find their fates intersecting on the Sunset Strip, riding a wave of romance through the height of the “hair metal” scene as the offBroadway musical rocks its way to the big screen.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski Starring: Kristin Scott Thomas, Ethan Hawke, Joanna Kulig, Samir Guesmi, Delphine Chuillot Themes: Love, Fear Genres: Drama, Thriller

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om, a writer stranded in Paris falls into a strange relationship with a mysterious woman, Margit. But what begins as a passing fling takes on a more sinister cast as Margit sends Tom through a series of increasingly bizarre experiences in the interest of reawakening his muse.

That’s My Boy

Directors: Sean Anders, John Morris Starring: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, Susan Sarandon, Milo Ventimiglia Themes: Wedding Bells, Fathers and Sons, Feuds Genre: Comedy

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single father finds his lackluster parenting skills coming back to haunt him in this ‘comedy of errors’! Witness a crazy father son relationship like never before.

G N I O G N O Brave

DIRECTORS: Mark Andrews , Brenda Chapman STARRING: Kelly MacDonald , Emma Thompson , Billy Connolly, Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd THEMES: Curses and Spells GENRES: amily, Animation, Comedy

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Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the lords of the land. Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Wise Woman for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish that changes her life forever.

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Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World

Director: Lorene Scafaria Starring: Keira Knightley, Adam Brody, Steve Carell, Connie Britton, Rob Corddry Theme: End of the World Genre: Comedy

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70-mile-wide asteroid is en route to Earth, and the last best attempt to counter it has failed. A husband and wife with a failing marriage embark on a journey to find their families. Little do they know this journey holds unimaginable bright prospects for them.

Magic Mike

Director: Steven Soderbergh Starring: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Bomer, Cody Horn Themes: Dancer’s Life, Youth, Mentors Genre: Drama

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hanning Tatum stars in this drama following an upstart male stripper who is mentored by a veteran dancer. This movie is inspired from Tatum’s work as a stripper before he made it to Hollywood.


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The Amazing Spider-Man

Director: Marc Webb Starring: Andrew Garfield , Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott Theme: Heroic Mission Release Date: July 3, 2012 Genres: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction

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ypical teenager Peter Parker embraces his incredible destiny after uncovering one of his father’s most carefully guarded secrets.

Director: Oliver Stone Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, Benicio Del Toro, Emile Hirsch, Blake Lively Themes: Drug Trade, Kidnapping Release Date: July 6, 2012 Genres: Crime and Mystery, Thriller

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aguna Beach entrepreneurs Ben and Chon run a lucrative, homegrown industry raising some of the best marijuana ever developed. They also share a oneof-a-kind love with the extraordinary beauty Ophelia. Life is idyllic until the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them. This triggers a series of increasingly vicious ploys and maneuvers in a savage battle of wills.

Ted

Director: Seth MacFarlane Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi Themes: Toys Come to Life, Wishes Come True Release Date: July 7, 2012 Genre: Comedy

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his movie tells the story of John Bennett, a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish and has refused to leave his side ever since.

G N I M O UP C Hope Springs

Director: David Frankel Starring: Steve Carell, Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Rappaport Themes: Therapy, Foibles of Marriage, Journey of Self-Discovery Release Date: August 8, 2012 Genre: Comedy

The Watch

Director: Akiva Schaffer Starring: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade, Will Forte Themes: Unlikely Heroes, Evil Aliens Release Date: July 27, 2012 Genre: Comedy

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group of guys stumble upon an alien invasion during a faux neighborhood watch meeting where they usually do some male bonding to get away from their dull suburban lives in this sci-fi comedy.

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ay and Arnold are a devoted couple, but decades of marriage have left Kay wanting to spice things up and reconnect with her husband. When she hears of a renowned couple’s specialist in the small town of Great Hope Springs, she attempts to persuade her skeptical husband, a steadfast man of routine, to get on a plane for a week of marriage therapy. The real challenge for both of them comes as they shed their bedroom hang-ups and try to re-ignite the spark that caused them to fall for each other in the first place.

The Possession

Director: Ole Bornedal Starring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick Madison Davenport, Natasha Calis Themes: Demonic Possession, Fathers and Daughters, Ghosts Release Date: August 31, 2012 Genres: Drama, Horror, Thriller

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young girl purchases an ornate antique box. In the weeks that follow, the young girl forms an intense fixation on the box, her behavior growing increasingly bizarre as she falls into the grip of a diabolical apparition. When the girl’s father discovers that the relic is, in fact, a holding cell for the disconnected soul of a deceased person who has been denied entry into the afterlife and needs a human host to inhabit, he fights to rid her of the evil that threatens to consume her body and soul.

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CARRIE UNDERWOOD- BLOWN AWAY For those who think they know what to expect from Carrie Underwood on her fourth album, prepare to be ‘Blown Away’. Cowriting eight of the 14 tracks, Underwood delivers her most adventurous album yet, tackling a variety of emotional topics, including abuse, infidelity, revenge and regret. Of course, the whole album isn’t dark and sinister. ‘Blown Away’ is a rich tapestry reflecting the complexities of the human condition, from the poignant ‘Forever Changed’ to the upbeat island-flavored ‘One Way Ticket’ and the sassy lead single ‘Good Girl’. Underwood’s voice is a force of nature. She belts the rockin’ tunes with power and conviction, yet is equally compelling on the softer emotional ballads. In an already impressive, multi-platinum career, ‘Blown Away’ is a landmark achievement.

NORAH JONES – LITTLE BROKEN HEARTS Norah Jones’ new album, ‘Little Broken Hearts’, is a gorgeous sonic and lyrical exploration of a crumbling relationship that takes Jones’ already impressive talents to a new plateau. It’s a stunningly dark album that covers betrayal, debilitating hurt, shame, the desire for revenge, and, ultimately, the ability to walk away, bowed but not broken. The album opens with the dreamy, string-laden ‘Good Morning’. ‘4 Broken Hearts’, ‘Constant Craving’ and ‘Wicked Game’ are among he best of the wicked wild lot in this album. In contrast, ‘She’s 22’ and ‘Miriam’ offer soulful soft melody, with the latter a little chilling. ‘Little Broken Hearts’ is never static. This is an album that moves forward with the slow, stealthy deliberation of a shark. Songs swell and build, sonic templates shift into something new. Nothing ever feels hurried or rushed.

ONE DIRECTION- UP ALL NIGHT One Direction’s popularity is growing quickly! Let’s get this right out of the way: first single ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ is the real deal. The song may not have earned its win over Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ at the BRIT Awards, but One Direction’s smash hit is as endlessly playable as ‘Bye Bye Bye’ or ‘Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)’. Themes of innocent romance are constant throughout ‘Up All Night’. but tracks like ‘Gotta Be You’ and ‘More Than This’ hit a mark more smoothly than songs like ‘Everything About You’ and ‘Taken’. ‘Up All Night’ has its ups and downs, but One Direction is definitely looking forward instead of back. Get ready to hear a lot more One Direction.

TOP 10 SONGS of 2012

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One Direction Justin Bieber — What Makes You Beautiful — Boyfriend

Carly Rae Jepsen — Call Me Maybe

The Wanted — Glad You Came

Carrie Underwood — Good Girl

Nicki Minaj — Starships

B.O.B — So Good

Train — Drive By

Kelly Clarkson — Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)

Katy Perry — Part Of Me


food

CAFÉ FLO S

hining brightly in an elegant area of Karachi Clifton, Café Flo is the perfect eating place as far as French food is concerned. It is an ideal place for a business lunch, celebratory dinner, a night out with friends or simply, a relaxing Sunday Breakfast. Run by a Frenchwoman hailing from Nice, Café Flo provides the ultimate Parisian dining experience in Karachi. This restaurant is particularly popular with foreigners living in the city. The ambience is exceptional. The path leading into the restaurant is beautifully lit and covered by fragrant shrubs and flowers. This provides for a very soothing state of mind as soon as you enter the café. Inside, the café is well lit, yet the lighting isn’t too harsh and each table has a candle spreading a soft light around. The interior has a very cozy ‘granny’s house’ appeal to it with flower spreads on the tables and the old fashioned wooden chairs. Moreover, they have a very nice garden area, which has exterior air conditioning. Service is also quick and unobtrusive. As far as food is concerned, yum yum! For appetizers, try the Gratinée à l’oignon” (French Onion Soup), Foie Gras and don’t forget the Escargots! For the main course, try either their luscious lobster or Steak Dijonnaise. The Sole Normande is also a heavy favourite! Finally for dessert, the all time hit decadent chocolate mousse is simply extraordinary! The quality as well as the quantity of food is so good that it will keep you

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ompeii is a fine dining restaurant in Karachi, with a focus on Italian cuisine. The restaurant started in 2004 in the Zamzama area with a modest capacity of 40 guests. In 2007, it relocated to much larger premises within the Shapes healthclub compound in what used to historically be the old Railways Club. The new location brought with it an outdoor seating area overlooking the beautiful garden, a wood burning brick pizza oven and a much larger capacity of 120 guests.The interior of Pompeii is made up of simple wooden furniture, paneled walls and lots of paintings. Serenely classic. The menu is simple, all ingredients are fresh and many are imported from Dubai. As for the dishes, they remain true to the essence of Italian cuisine, rather than heaping on the chilies, as many restaurants do in order to woo the “desi palate”. The dishes may be simple, but there is actually a wide range of choices, whatever you are in the mood for. Start your meal with some soup, or if you like salad, then we recommend the Caprese, a tasty light mozzarella and tomato concoction. The giant stuffed mushrooms, are also a hot favourite. For the main course, you can choose from pasta, chicken, pizza and a host of other dishes. However, we recommend the Lemon Tagliatelle with fresh seafood and the stuffed chicken. Finally round off your meal with some classic Tiramisu or the Crème Brulee.

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The Café Upstairs Saadia Bukhari reviewed ‘The Cafe Upstairs’ in collaboration with her team from EyeScapes Image Makers, Sasha F. Salahuddin and Mubashir T. Bhatti.

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he Café Upstairs, owned by Sohail Salahuddin, is the latest entrant into Lahore’s insatiable market for restaurants. The interior is delightfully different than most Lahori restaurants. Huge glass windows, overlooking the Main Boulevard, right at eye level with tree tops, block the crazy traffic from view. The interior is spacious and comfortable. The wall art, by Amal Uppal, is distinctive, with sketchedon newspapers pasted on the walls and columns. Bright, colorful stoneware plates and large New Orleans style glasses, compliment the casual dining atmosphere. The menu is elaborate, with a seasonal spin. Sohail takes great interest to perfect all the menu items. It came through loud and clear, that Sohail has thought long and hard about how each item should look and taste, and he makes sure what gets served, is what he himself would enjoy eating. The food itself was good – definitely a B+/A. The clear winner was the Lebanese Platter with Hummus, Baba Ganoush, and Fattoush, served with slices of pita bread and a thick beetroot sauce. Sohail has not only got the authentic recipe, but has reproduced it very successfully. Another kicker on the starter menu was the Beetroot Napoleon. The thin slices of beetroot layered with a reduced feta sauce, were delectable. The Hot Chicken Wings were also done well. The dip was a bit warm for my taste, but its flavour was good, and the wings themselves were fried just right.

The entrees I sampled were varied. The Chicken Puff Pastry topped with Creamy Mushroom Sauce, was the winner out of the three items I devoured. The pastry was crisp and flavourful; the mushroom sauce adequately creamy, without any overwhelming flavour. The serving size was enough for two. The Pan Fried Sole with Tandoori Spices looked rather attractive. The presentation looked more tempting than the actual flavour. The ingredients were clearly, top quality. I’m a person inclined towards the more spicy palette, which is why I felt the rice to be a little bland, but having said that, I believe, the dish will be a hit for many, as it had a balanced amount of flavour, that wouldn’t be irritating to most palettes. The serving size was good for one person. The third entrée was the Margherita Pizza. Although I found this particular dish a little plain for my taste, but to all those cheese-a-holics out there, this dish will be an instant hit, as it boasted an extravagant amount of yummy mozzarella, dripping out gorgeously in long laces with every bite. Overall, a great new entrant into the world of Lahore’s restaurants, I definitely recommend a visit. With the ever changing seasonal menu, you are bound to get at least a couple of choices that will make you go back.

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E P I C RE ALI ZAFAR’S FAVOURITE

R E L Z Z I S N E K CHIC Ingredients: 2 large boneless chicken breasts 2 green chillies (finely chopped) 1/2 cup onions (finely chopped) 1 tbsp coriander leaves (chopped) 1/2 tbsp black pepper powder 1/2 tsp ginger paste 1/2 tsp garlic paste 4 tbsp oil 1/2 tbsp vinegar Salt per taste Method: Cut each chicken breast into squared pieces. Mix in all the remaining ingredients except oil. Marinate the chicken for 2 to 3 hours. Heat oil in a pan and fry the chicken over low heat until it gets tender and golden brown on all sides. Place it on the hot sizzler plate and garnish with cabbage leaves, fried onion and curry leaves. Witty tip: Drizzle butter on top right before serving for that extra delicious indulgence!

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Sticky maple syrup chops Ribs are a versatile cut of meat. They can be served as a delicious main course dish, as finger food or even as a starter. Here, they are combined with a mapley tangy sauce that gives a new dimension to a main course dish. An easy to make and even easier to devour recipe. Ingredients Serves 4 • 2 tbsp tomato puree • 1 tbsp cornstarch • Juice of 2 lemons • 2 tbsp maple syrup • 2 cloves garlic, crushed • ½ tsp chilli flakes • ½ tsp salt • 1 ½ lb chops Method 1. Mix together the tomato puree and cornstarch to make a paste. Stir in the lemon juice, maple syrup, garlic, chilli, and salt. 2. Pre heat the oven to 190 C. Rub the mixture on the ribs. 3. Place a wire rack on top of a baking tray, and arrange the chops on top. 4. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until the ribs are nicely browned and tender. 5. Serve with the Rocket salad and a few slices of garlic bread.

with Zeeba Omar Rocket & roasted onion salad Roasted onions are absolutely scrumptuous especially when tossed with peppery rocket and salty parmesan in this salad. Ingredients Serves 4 •12 small sized onions (the ones used for pickling) • 3 tbsp olive oil • Salt and pepper to taste • I tbsp balsamic vinegar • 50 gms parmesan cheese • 2 bunches of rocket leaves Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 190 C/375 F. Place the onions in a shallow roasting tin and drizzle over the oil. Season generously and roast for 25-30 minutes until the onions are softened and nicely caramelised. 2. Drizzle over with balsamic vinegar and allow the onions to cool to room temperature. 3. Using a peeler, shave the cheese into wafer-thin slices. 4. Arrange the rocket leaves, roasted onions and cheese on 4 serving plates; drizzle round the pan juices and serve.

Super fabulous soda floats!

Here’s the revival of an old fashioned favourite. You can combine the flavours of ice cream as you wish, but if you’re using a fancy ice cream then serve it with plain soda water. Each float serves 1 COLA FLOAT • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream • 1 cup carbonated soda (any white fizzy drink) WATER MELON SODA • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream • 1 cup blitzed water melon (deseeded first) then mixed with, • I cup carbonated soda Method: In each case, place the scoop of ice cream in a tall glass, pour over the fizz and serve immediately with straws for sipping. Don’t forget the long spoons so you can reach the fizzy ice cream at the bottom!

Lychee, mango, lime and cream frost

You can make this desert with all sorts of fruits, fresh or frozen. Ingredeints: Serves 4 • 13 onz of fresh lychee (peeled and deseeded) • Grated rind of 1 lemon • Juice of 1 lemon • 1 mango • 200 ml heavy cream Method: 1. Line a plastic tray and scatter the lychees on top in a way that they do not touch eachother. 2. Blitz the cream and the lychees . Add the lemon zest. 4. Cube the mango and squeeze the juice of one lemon on the chunks. 5. In a tall glass, arrange layers of cubed mango, then the lychee cream frost. 6. Last layer should be of mango. 7. Serve with mint and a curl of lemon rind.

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travel

CRETE ISLAND OF GREECE

Natural Beauty, Diverse Landscape, Dramatic Gorges, Stunning Beaches And Isolated Coves Make Crete

Heaven on earth

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For the ‘muse’:

Crete is renowned for its natural beauty and diverse landscape. Spectacular mountain ranges, dotted with caves are sliced by dramatic gorges that spill out to sea. The rugged interior is interspersed with vast plateaus and fertile plains. The east boasts Europe’s only palm-tree forest beach and the south coast has some of the most

stunning beaches and isolated coves.

For the adventurer:

There are a large number of archaeological sites, which include the Minoan sites of Knossos and Phaistos, the classical site of Gortys, and the diverse archaeology of the island of Koufonisi. In addition, there are regular mountain safaris conducted as well as regular camping activities.

Weather:

As such, the climate in Crete is primarily

temperate. While mountain tops remain

snow-capped year long, near the coast, snow only stays on the ground for a few minutes or hours.

Where to stay:

Daios Cove is the latest 5* hotel in Crete boasting a spectacular setting, modern contemporary design and features, a private sandy cove as well as an exclusive Scott Dunn Explorers children’s club. Daios Cove is a firm favourite for families wanting a relaxing holiday and versatile

accommodation.

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Families Special feature for

Cuisine:

Boureki Chicken with Ochra Kolokithokeftedes, Fried Courgette or Zucchini Balls Marathopita (Fennel Pie) Pita Gyros Sarikopites (Crete cheese pies) Souvlaki Tabulee Yoghurt pie with olive oil

Scott Dunn provides childcare for children aged from 4 months to 13 years, newly launched for 2012 as Scott Dunn Explorers. The qualified nannies organise fun and exciting activities, whatever your child’s age such as trips

to the beach, treasure hunts and archery.

Scott Dunn Explorers is a dedicated children’s space designed to make sure your children have the holiday of a lifetime. With toys, games

and creative activities crammed into the club as well as a grassy, shaded, outdoor space full of toys, the childcare team will keep children entertained with a variety of fun and exciting activities. Children make use of the hotel pool as well as the private beach, which is accessed by the hotel’s funicular, just metres from the club, adding extra fun to a trip to the beach!

Daios Cove At a glance: Breathtaking and spectacular seaviews throughout. Ultra modern, contemporary and stylish rooms, suites and villas most with private heated pools. 2 tennis courts. Large infinity pool and baby pool. Private sandy cove with crystal clear waters. Two funiculars and chauffeured golf buggies to help get around. Beautiful spa with indoor pool and gym. 3 restaurants, all of which have a children’s menu.

Currency: Euro Visa Requirements: 3-6 weeks for uk & 3 weeks for greece Flight Duration: 10 hours (from pak to uk to greece)

How to get there:

Emirates offers direct flights from Pakistan to UK. There are a number of low cost and charter flights from the UK to Heraklion airport (Greece) including Easyjet, Monarch and Thomson. Daios Cove is an hour from Heraklion.

If you haven’t visited Crete yet, this summer may be the time to go and discover this fascinating Greek island. If it captures your heart, don’t worry. Come back next year and Crete will welcome you once more with its smiling Cretan sun, the sounds of the Cretan lyre, the scents of orange blossom and jasmine, a slice of cool red watermelon and a glass of iced raki.

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The Art of Clean, Stylish and Unique- Photography par excellence

M. Atif Saeed

I am a naturalist & photography goes hand in hand. I hope that the images of nature’s beauty which, I attempt to restore will affect the viewer the same way it affects me as I capture that fleeting moment in nature. And yes, we are very lucky for having High Altitude unspoiled valleys, highest mountains, glaciated lakes and untouched wilderness in Pakistan” asserts Atif Saed. Atif Saeed is a perfectionist at heart. His photography is breathtakingly gorgeous and sets one gasping in awe. The immensely talented artist explores the natural beauty of Pakistan from its dizzying heights to its beautiful valleys and limitless shorelines! For naturalist M Atif Saeed, being a photographer comes easy as his great passion for nature brings him to convey to his viewers the overwhelming sense of the beauty around him! Indeed, after viewing his artistic pictures, one is brought to a greater appreciation of nature’s exotic world that we have so conveniently forgotten. Out of the World: Very unusual landscape and light near Laskargass Karamber, Gilgit, Pakistan.

Mount Haramosh 7409m: Karakoram, Pakistan.

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Living on Stone: Dassu, KKH, Pakistan.

My Pakistan: Khaplu, Pakistan


M. Atif Saeed gets close and personal for the first time in his career, exclusively for HPF. When did you start photography? I’ve been a travel Photographer for a long time but photography took me over in 2008. Why did you pursue photography? To show the world the beautiful unseen side of Pakistan. What is the inspiration behind your photography? The fleeting moments in nature. What is the theme behind your pictures? The ‘rare drama of low light’ and the ‘natural blend of colours’. What are your current and upcoming projects? Couple of unexplored and remote lakes of Northern Pakistan. Any advice you would like to give to people who want to take up photography as a profession? Be sincere with yourself and your profession.

Colours Brust: Soog Valley, Skardu, Pakistan.

Classy Morning: Chilmarabad, Broghal, Chitral

Blue Heart: Heart Shape Seosar Lake, Deosai Plain, Pakistan.

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environment

litter lam @ reen WRITTEN BY: Nuzhat Saadia Siddiqi Press & Media Coordinator, WWF - Pakistan

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o one from this generation can forget weeping as the freshfaced Jack Dawson, being played by the indomitable Leonardo DiCaprio, froze to death and sank into the ocean after Titanic sank. A film based on fact, Titanic was recently re-released in 3D to celebrate (or mourn?) the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ‘Unsinkable’ ship. In a time when everyone was talking about the film and the feelings of extreme loathing or appreciation that the film inspired in movie-goers, an article on the National Public Radio website discussed the iceberg that the ill-fated Titanic had hit, and how climate change must have been a factor in supporting the iceberg’s slow, but steady move from the arctic north in the ship’s path. Historical records show that

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maritime disasters have almost always been because of ‘bad weather’. To pair climate with a disaster of this scale ultimately garnered much attention amongst those who read and commented on the article. It also drew attention to the star of Titanic, Leonardo DiCaprio, as a bold environmentalist who supports conservation issues. As someone in the limelight on the world entertainment stage, DiCaprio has done everything in his power to live sustainably and simply, and to put his ‘green’ words into direct action. His hybrid cars which don’t run on fossil fuels and the solar panels installed throughout his mansion are a testament to this fact. And it is not just DiCaprio who has taken up the cause of environment, considering climate change and wasteful consumption to be the biggest threat to our planet today. High profile


celebrities such as Robert Redford, Edward Norton and George Clooney have also lent their status to support environmental causes, ranging from sustainable consumption to solar energy, to cutting down the use of fossil fuels. Even in Pakistan, a conscientious band of celebrities has come forth to voice their concerns about the environment. Mega celebrities such as Fawad Khan, Shahzad Roy, Reema Khan, Faisal Qureshi, Abrar-ul-Haq, tennis star Aisam-ul-Haq, cricket giant Wasim Akram, veteran thespians Bushra Ansari and Atiqa Odho, models Vaneeza Ahmed, Iman Ali and Nadya Hussain have all joined hands with WWF – Pakistan to promote Pakistan’s contribution to the global Earth Hour movement. They have volunteered to spread awareness about the degradation of natural resources and wasteful consumption patterns that are

badly affecting our environment today, all the while reminding the people of Pakistan that in a globalized world, we no longer have the luxury of living exclusive of our environment. In March 2011 and 2012, all these celebrities inspired thousands in the country by appearing extensively on all news media, promoting conservation and building a more conscientious society in which we all hold each other accountable for pollution and the misuse of natural resources, especially if we belong to a privileged class, which is also educated. They got widespread coverage, acclaim and reverence for this. It is for this very reason that celebrities everywhere exercise caution when making a statement, whether verbally, through their attire or through their lifestyle choices. Most international celebrities now

avoid wearing fur as the fur trade is vehemently against animal rights. However, something as illegal and inhumane as a shahtoosh shawl is still considered a sign of luxury and sartorial pride amongst celebrities, which is a practice that needs to go extinct before the endangered chiru antelopes that are killed for their under-fur for the shawls do. Hopefully, more and more of Pakistan’s glitterati will join the cause of conservation and environment. Time is right for the limelight shining at our celebrities to be focused on their positive support of the environment. After all, it is always good to be a little green!

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horoscope

Your karmic axis till September 30, lies in sexual, financial, and ‘revelation’ zones. Delve deep to discover hidden meaningsresearch, investigate, deal with your deepest urges and needs, plumb your subconscious, seek agents, advisors and therapists. This is a time of commitment and consequence, of deep changes, health issues and lifestyle choices. Don’t be afraid, Taurus. Be brave to invest in your future, and to commit to an intimate relationship. Financially, you’ll fare better if you choose the ‘long road’ by making long-term investments.

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21st March to 20th April

AR IES

Till September 30, your karmic axis lies in the area of understanding, knowledge, ideas, travel and culture. You’ll gain if you lean toward profound ideas and relationships, higher learning, travel, religion and/or philosophy, love, cultural rituals and advertising – and generally, if you try to see the sense in life and society. But you might find yourself on a road of delays or obstacles – just don’t waste time in a plethora of details, short trips, errands and emails, conversations and gab-fests. Through June, you’ll get a lucky boost in the right direction!

21st April to 20th May

Astrology

From spicing up your sex life to contemplating a career change or unlocking your true potential, HPF reveals your horoscope for the third Quarter ( june – September) of 2012. 19th February to 20th March

Pieces

From June till September, you will find that domestic, property, nurturing, gardening, agriculture, security, retirement and foundational matters do not particularly go well. Hence, these would be good sectors to avoid. Don’t arbitrarily end old projects or relationships. All these sectors will be super lucky September 2012 to July 2013: wait till then. You’ll be wise and blessed in your career and dealings with higher-ups. Seek employment rather than vegetating at home. All areas of your life will tend to run smoothly (till August 2012) if you choose career over home, ambition over security.

20th January to 18th February

us i r a Aqu

These few months will bring you a few crucial decisions in choosing between several options. On the personal side are deep romance, pleasure, risk, creativity, gambling, sports, teaching, raising children and acting on impulse. On the social side are entertainment, parties, seeking to be popular, making new friends, planning your future flirtations, playing the field, acting within or for a group, union, political and legislative involvements, conventions, bright new horizons, and ‘fun’. The passionate zone will tend to offer deep, subtle temptations that keep not quite paying off. So, it’s much better to stick with someone cozy and familiar than to chase a dramatic new entry.

23rd December to 20th January

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C a p ric

June to late August nudges you beneficially to retreat into yourself, to seek spiritual and contemplative pleasures, to join charitable endeavours and organizations. Romance and creativity will thrive in intimate, quiet surroundings now, not in brash or loud environments. Don’t bury yourself in work simply because it’s easier than making hard decisions. Don’t use chores to avoid a commitment in love; don’t lose yourself in routine, nor let your kids turn you into their slave. During this period, avoid preventive health or ‘get fit’ schemes, exercise regimens or machines as well as overdosing on vitamins, etc. Relaxation and sweet solitude – and medicine if necessary – will aid your health far more.


21st May to 21st June

GE M INI

June to September urges you to seek out others, mingle and commit, marry, form partnerships, pursue the public negotiate, contract and agree, relocate, and chase every opportunity you spy. Realize that independence might be alienation in disguise. You’ll tend to meet honourable, gentle and morally sincere people during these months, who will offer good advice. Take it! This is a good time to accept unsolicited advice.

22nd June to 22nd July

n Ca

Till September, you’ll find a smooth, productive path if you tackle the task at hand, rather than delegating it to someone else. Turning an attentive eye to nutrition, diet, exercise, sanitation and preventive health – for yourself and/or your dependents – will bring benefits. Avoid spending chunks of time in policy meetings, committees, head office, administration, and red-tape situations. In your personal life, avoid withdrawal. A ‘hiding place’ that promises privacy and security might be a subtle trap. Instead, engage others by serving them.

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23rd July to 22nd August

Leo

The time till September, will bring an ease of accomplishment, a subtle continuous boost, and a sense of serenity or gratification in romance, creative endeavours, speculation, teaching/raising children and all pleasures that you dive impetuously into. This is one of those times when infatuation could lead to real love and happiness! Don’t be afraid to take chances or playing the field in romance- in risk you will thrive!

23rd August to 22nd September

V i r go

Till late September, good karma will give you a smooth, protected path in home, property, security, with children and pregnancy, and in retirement, agriculture, gardening and nutrition. End stale or unworkable relationships/situations, in order to make room for new, fertile and productive circumstances. This entire zone, real estate, farming, security, etc., offers monetary progress. Simultaneously, avoid temptations! These temptations can lead you into misguided actions. Your efforts in career zones will tend to meet delays. Be honest, and good-hearted, and you’ll be fine!

23rd September to 22nd October

Libra

From June to late September, your karmic axis lies across your sectors of information and ideas so don’t limit yourself in getting creative and thinking outside the box! Don’t chase the lure of foreign travel, profound ideas, cultural involvements and rituals (e.g. weddings, film fests, etc.) religion, philosophy, big ideas, law and scholarship. In these, you might chase an alluring, promising, but constantly elusive reward. If you’re a lawyer, focus on details for these 18 months. If a writer, write articles or short stories rather than novels. Socially, don’t try to elevate a relationship to profound levels; accept light, happy association.

23rd October to 21st November

Sc o r pio

The time till September 30 offers you a smooth, productive path. Concentrate on earning money and boosting your personal bank account – chat up new clients, ask for a pay raise, etc. This is not a good time to open a joint account, start a financial partnership, or combine your assets with your lover/spouse. Sensual, casual sex, yes; deep, life-altering intimacy, no. This is not a good time to bury yourself in research, detective work, occultism, secrecy or life’s dark depths. It’s not the best time to pursue a new lifestyle or make great changes, or to seek diagnosis of a mysterious health condition. Life’s a little complicated, just stay at ease!

22nd November to 21st December

ius tar git Sa

Between June and September, lie signs of relationships and opportunities. Be independent and project your personality. You, your mood and thoughts, will receive a certain amount of ‘cosmic gentleness’. Your ideas, morals and ethical outlook will be trustworthy (so do trust them!). Your intuition will operate reliably. Temptation will be particularly strong and just make sure that you not only avoid temptation, but also avoid falling into any traps by virtue of joining forces with another, forming a business partnership, negotiating agreements or even getting married! Be happy, productive, ambitious, loving, gentle, romantic, flirtatious and sexually involved – but remain independent!

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