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IDENTITY It’s all about you

JANUARY 2012

New Year Time Celebrations

Fashion Fever Warm clothes

Photographer Mujtaba Hussain

Winter delights Art and fun


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Howdy friends, Hope you all are doing well and following your New Year resolutions. First and foremost, Identity Magazine wants to wish you a very Happy New Year 2012. We pray that this year may bring victories and joys in your life with good health and fortunes. Following the tradition of debut issue, in second issue of Identity Magazine we have covered New Year and winter culture that is the New Year celebrations around the world which is undoubtedly a splash of festivities and scoop of traditions, superstitions and firework. Winter is here on its full swing so in this issue, we have tried to solve your ‘what to wear in winters’ dilemma which is the most common problem faced by everyone. Moreover, the issue contains delicious recipes of winter delights for your tummy. Try them at home and give your feedback. This time Photographer Mujtaba Hussain is in the lime light talking about his photography and sharing his photographic experience. Along with your New Year resolution, debut issue’s opinion, Identity Magazine has introduced two new pages Art and Game. Check out artist of the month, guess it, caption the image and find out which singer has huge fan following on Facebook? The magazine is a combo of fun that will entertain you from start till end but we are nothing without your feedback. Therefore, keep sending your valuable feedback and suggestions. Happy reading! Noor-ul-Ain Hanif

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Cover story Traditional Festivities

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Fashion in winter – It’s possible

Photo feature

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Photography of Mujtaba Hussain Resolution

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Food Winter and New Year Specials

Vision Fire works- Fun or danger?

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I am a regular reader of your magazine from now on but it still has a long way to go. Nice idea to put up your work on internet and my requests include new sections of beauty and places to visit. Areesh Rathore

Identity mag is giving a hundred percent to elevate brains of our youth about our traditions. Last month’s issue was great but I would really love a lyrics section with cokestudio songs.

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Cover Story vernal equinox, which usually occurs on March21, it is considered the holiest of all Zoroastrian festivals but is also a holy day for adherents of the Bahai, Alawites and Ismaili faith. Nowruz is a time for family and friends to gather and celebrate the end of one year so preparations starts a few weeks prior by purchasing new clothing and new furniture. Children have a fourteen-day vacation from schools and most adults do not work as throughout the holiday period friends and family gather at each other’s houses for meals and conversation. At night, Chahar Shanbe Suri is celebrated where people traditionally gather and light small bonfires in the streets and jump

over the flames shouting, “May my sickly pallor be yours and your red glow be mine.” Families return home after the events of Chahar Shanbe Suri and wait together for the exact moment when the vernal equinox occurs called Tahvil. Right after the moment of Nowruz, the family exchanges well wishes as an elder distributes special sweets to everyone and young children are given coins as presents. The most important is making the Haft-seen table literally means a table of seven things. Just like other cultural celebrations, many special foods are prepared like ash-e resteh, sabzi pollo mahi, baqlava samanu and noghl.

Thai New Year:-

New Year is a traditional greeting of Songkran festival which is celebrated every year on April 13th to April 15th. The term Songkran came from Sanskrit and denotes move or change. Songkran falls in the hottest time of the year so it’s most obvious celebration is throwing water on each other. People roam around the streets with bowls of water, water guns or even garden hose and drench the passersby. This tradition was started by the Thai ancestors to teach their decedents the lesson of cleansing their souls. . Many Thai people today take this opportunity to give their home a thorough cleaning. Going to temples and doing community service is the most basic way

Sawatdee pi mai meaning Happy

Traditional Festivities! By Kiran Ashraf

With the bells jingling and

calculations to determine future dates of the Islamic calendar.

confetti popping in the air, we bade farewell to 2011 and wished hello to 2012 which came our way with loads of expectations, resolutions and promises. Before putting our party shoes on, let's see how some nations differ with the Georgian calendar and went on to celebrate their own day of New Years arrival.

A number of important events in Islamic history have occurred during this month. Including Prophet Mohmmed’s migration from Mecca to Medina, battle of Karbala, demise of Hazrat Umer, Usman and Imam Hussain. The Islamic New Year is a nationwide public holiday in Muslim countries but is not a gala affair rather it's a quiet and sober celebration. It is common to fast on the 9th and 10th day of the month known as the day of Ashura. People gather in mosques to offer special prayers. Shia Muslims enact the scenes of the Battle of Karbala while reciting sorrowful poems in the memory of the sufferings and martyrdom

Islamic New Year:The month of Muharram marks the beginning of the Islamic New Year. Since the Islamic year is some days shorter than the Gregorian year so they follow astronomical

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of Imam Hussain. The most recent trend of exchanging New Year cards, gifts, celebrations and parties have been witnessed in many Muslim countries who celebrate it according to the Georgian calendar. Talking about Pakistan, the day is welcomed in a traditional manner with religious rituals and prayers being performed in mosques. Youngsters march towards the beach, gunshots are fired in the air, delightful dishes are cooked and restaurants offer special buffets.

Iranian New Year:The Iranian New Year or Nowruz first appeared in Persian records in the second century AD. celebrated on the day of the astronomical

Superstitions for 2012 Empty pockets or empty cupboards portend a year of poverty. If the wind blows from the south, there will be fine weather in the years ahead. Making as much noise as possible at midnight will scare away evil spirits. Dancing around a tree in open air is declared to ensure luck. Clocks should be wound up in order to endow the house with good fortune. Breaking things on first day of New Year will ensure wreckage in your life.

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Cover Story vernal equinox, which usually occurs on March21, it is considered the holiest of all Zoroastrian festivals but is also a holy day for adherents of the Bahai, Alawites and Ismaili faith. Nowruz is a time for family and friends to gather and celebrate the end of one year so preparations starts a few weeks prior by purchasing new clothing and new furniture. Children have a fourteen-day vacation from schools and most adults do not work as throughout the holiday period friends and family gather at each other’s houses for meals and conversation. At night, Chahar Shanbe Suri is celebrated where people traditionally gather and light small bonfires in the streets and jump

over the flames shouting, “May my sickly pallor be yours and your red glow be mine.” Families return home after the events of Chahar Shanbe Suri and wait together for the exact moment when the vernal equinox occurs called Tahvil. Right after the moment of Nowruz, the family exchanges well wishes as an elder distributes special sweets to everyone and young children are given coins as presents. The most important is making the Haft-seen table literally means a table of seven things. Just like other cultural celebrations, many special foods are prepared like ash-e resteh, sabzi pollo mahi, baqlava samanu and noghl.

Thai New Year:-

New Year is a traditional greeting of Songkran festival which is celebrated every year on April 13th to April 15th. The term Songkran came from Sanskrit and denotes move or change. Songkran falls in the hottest time of the year so it’s most obvious celebration is throwing water on each other. People roam around the streets with bowls of water, water guns or even garden hose and drench the passersby. This tradition was started by the Thai ancestors to teach their decedents the lesson of cleansing their souls. . Many Thai people today take this opportunity to give their home a thorough cleaning. Going to temples and doing community service is the most basic way

Sawatdee pi mai meaning Happy

Traditional Festivities! By Kiran Ashraf

With the bells jingling and

calculations to determine future dates of the Islamic calendar.

confetti popping in the air, we bade farewell to 2011 and wished hello to 2012 which came our way with loads of expectations, resolutions and promises. Before putting our party shoes on, let's see how some nations differ with the Georgian calendar and went on to celebrate their own day of New Years arrival.

A number of important events in Islamic history have occurred during this month. Including Prophet Mohmmed’s migration from Mecca to Medina, battle of Karbala, demise of Hazrat Umer, Usman and Imam Hussain. The Islamic New Year is a nationwide public holiday in Muslim countries but is not a gala affair rather it's a quiet and sober celebration. It is common to fast on the 9th and 10th day of the month known as the day of Ashura. People gather in mosques to offer special prayers. Shia Muslims enact the scenes of the Battle of Karbala while reciting sorrowful poems in the memory of the sufferings and martyrdom

Islamic New Year:The month of Muharram marks the beginning of the Islamic New Year. Since the Islamic year is some days shorter than the Gregorian year so they follow astronomical

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of Imam Hussain. The most recent trend of exchanging New Year cards, gifts, celebrations and parties have been witnessed in many Muslim countries who celebrate it according to the Georgian calendar. Talking about Pakistan, the day is welcomed in a traditional manner with religious rituals and prayers being performed in mosques. Youngsters march towards the beach, gunshots are fired in the air, delightful dishes are cooked and restaurants offer special buffets.

Iranian New Year:The Iranian New Year or Nowruz first appeared in Persian records in the second century AD. celebrated on the day of the astronomical

Superstitions for 2012 Empty pockets or empty cupboards portend a year of poverty. If the wind blows from the south, there will be fine weather in the years ahead. Making as much noise as possible at midnight will scare away evil spirits. Dancing around a tree in open air is declared to ensure luck. Clocks should be wound up in order to endow the house with good fortune. Breaking things on first day of New Year will ensure wreckage in your life.

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of happiness in Buddhism so devotees give food to monks and clean Buddha statues while spraying Thai perfume as it is believed to bring good luck and prosperity. According to a custom called Wan Nao, handful of sand is carried to the temples in order to recompense the dirt of sins they have carried away on their feet during the previous year. The sand is then piled into large piles and decorated with colorful flags. In many cities, Buddha statues from all the monasteries in the city are paraded through the streets so that people can wash them as they pass by. The use of plaster is also very common having been originated by monks to mark blessings.

People often go out to their friends and relation’s house to greet them and wish prosperity and good luck to them. It is a common practice to offer cooked dumplings, some of the savories like steamed rice flour dumplings, known as Tikoy as gifts to your near and dear ones. Since red is considered to have the power to drive away any evil influence, people try to use it frequently by decorating the surrounding with it and wearing red attire. Besides decorating, the natives of the city look out for various other ways of celebration like listening to the classical Chinese instruments and decorate the gardens with red lanterns and streamers to give a colorful look. Children are given different types of gifts wrapped in red packets with numerous designs. The Dalian Temple Fair near the Exhibition

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Nowadays, the emphasis is placed on fun and enjoyment rather than on the festival’s spiritual and religious aspects which sometimes prompts complaints from traditionalists. In recent years there have been calls to moderate the festival as there are many road accidents and injuries attributed to water being thrown on travelling motorcyclists and elephant riding elders.

Chinese New Year:The Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year is celebrated for about fifteen days in a magnificent fashion. Owing to the strict adherence to traditional beliefs the Chinese New Year is celebrated in

a traditional way and the whole of China reflects a charming atmosphere. New Year's Eve is celebrated as a family affair. It’s a time of reunion and thanksgiving highlighted with a religious ceremony given in honor of Heaven and Earth, the gods of the household and the family ancestors. Departed relatives are remembered with great respect and a dinner called Weilu is arranged for them at the family banquet table which honors the past and present generations. On New Year's Eve, all cleaning equipment is put away as sweeping on New Year day is believed to wipe away good fortune.

Center is considered very vibrant and surely gets the attention of people when a large procession visits it. The performance of the Chinese Lion dancers during Chinese New Year fair is worth applauding. The coming Chinese Lunar Year is going to be the Year of Dragon and would start from January 23rd . Although with the changing times and increasing mobility of the people the celebration of New Year Festival has undergone some changes, everybody still very fervently follow all the customs that their elders have taught them.

accordance to Mayan Calendar which is very much different from the commonly used Georgian calendar. New Year is considered to be one of the most prominent celebration time for them and the focus shifts to a different God every year. As each coming year is dedicated to a certain God, new idols and images of the concerned deity are built in advance. The core of the New Year celebrations revolves around celebrating the phase with which life has gone a full circle and to signify that aspect, celebrations, several rituals and traditions are followed. The celebrations are comparatively vibrant as it’s more

of a family affair as people put on new hat and carry traditional Mayan bag but still ceremonies are conducted to introduce new priests to the priests’ community by making them engage into community affair. The Mayan temple’s entrances and trappings of all sacred places are deconsecrated and painted blue as it is considered a sacred color. One more significant aspect of Mayan New Year is the renewal ritual which entails destruction of old pottery and fiber mats. Other than that, few mid day ceremonies are organized around the Lake Atitlan where people love to welcome the New Year.

It is widely believed that according to the Mayan calendar, 2012 will prove to be the year of world’s apocalypse and earth will be ravaged by a smorgasbord of cataclysmic astronomical events but many deny it emphasizing that Mayans never predicted doomsday.

As people, we are divided into races, cultures and ethnicities but somehow, festivities like New Year embark the emotions of unity and love within us that terminate the barriers making us one from many.

Superstitions for 2012 Wearing something new on January 1st increase the likelihood of receiving new garments. Eating of black-eyed peas will attract good luck and money to the one doing the dining. Opening doors of the house will let the old year escape unimpeded. Blowing a kiss ensures the continuation of those affections and ties.

Mayan New Year:-

Larders must be topped up to guarantee a prosperous year.

According to Georgian calendar, Mayan New Year falls around the month of July and is celebrated in

First person entering the house after midnight will influence the coming year.

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of happiness in Buddhism so devotees give food to monks and clean Buddha statues while spraying Thai perfume as it is believed to bring good luck and prosperity. According to a custom called Wan Nao, handful of sand is carried to the temples in order to recompense the dirt of sins they have carried away on their feet during the previous year. The sand is then piled into large piles and decorated with colorful flags. In many cities, Buddha statues from all the monasteries in the city are paraded through the streets so that people can wash them as they pass by. The use of plaster is also very common having been originated by monks to mark blessings.

People often go out to their friends and relation’s house to greet them and wish prosperity and good luck to them. It is a common practice to offer cooked dumplings, some of the savories like steamed rice flour dumplings, known as Tikoy as gifts to your near and dear ones. Since red is considered to have the power to drive away any evil influence, people try to use it frequently by decorating the surrounding with it and wearing red attire. Besides decorating, the natives of the city look out for various other ways of celebration like listening to the classical Chinese instruments and decorate the gardens with red lanterns and streamers to give a colorful look. Children are given different types of gifts wrapped in red packets with numerous designs. The Dalian Temple Fair near the Exhibition

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Nowadays, the emphasis is placed on fun and enjoyment rather than on the festival’s spiritual and religious aspects which sometimes prompts complaints from traditionalists. In recent years there have been calls to moderate the festival as there are many road accidents and injuries attributed to water being thrown on travelling motorcyclists and elephant riding elders.

Chinese New Year:The Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year is celebrated for about fifteen days in a magnificent fashion. Owing to the strict adherence to traditional beliefs the Chinese New Year is celebrated in

a traditional way and the whole of China reflects a charming atmosphere. New Year's Eve is celebrated as a family affair. It’s a time of reunion and thanksgiving highlighted with a religious ceremony given in honor of Heaven and Earth, the gods of the household and the family ancestors. Departed relatives are remembered with great respect and a dinner called Weilu is arranged for them at the family banquet table which honors the past and present generations. On New Year's Eve, all cleaning equipment is put away as sweeping on New Year day is believed to wipe away good fortune.

Center is considered very vibrant and surely gets the attention of people when a large procession visits it. The performance of the Chinese Lion dancers during Chinese New Year fair is worth applauding. The coming Chinese Lunar Year is going to be the Year of Dragon and would start from January 23rd . Although with the changing times and increasing mobility of the people the celebration of New Year Festival has undergone some changes, everybody still very fervently follow all the customs that their elders have taught them.

accordance to Mayan Calendar which is very much different from the commonly used Georgian calendar. New Year is considered to be one of the most prominent celebration time for them and the focus shifts to a different God every year. As each coming year is dedicated to a certain God, new idols and images of the concerned deity are built in advance. The core of the New Year celebrations revolves around celebrating the phase with which life has gone a full circle and to signify that aspect, celebrations, several rituals and traditions are followed. The celebrations are comparatively vibrant as it’s more

of a family affair as people put on new hat and carry traditional Mayan bag but still ceremonies are conducted to introduce new priests to the priests’ community by making them engage into community affair. The Mayan temple’s entrances and trappings of all sacred places are deconsecrated and painted blue as it is considered a sacred color. One more significant aspect of Mayan New Year is the renewal ritual which entails destruction of old pottery and fiber mats. Other than that, few mid day ceremonies are organized around the Lake Atitlan where people love to welcome the New Year.

It is widely believed that according to the Mayan calendar, 2012 will prove to be the year of world’s apocalypse and earth will be ravaged by a smorgasbord of cataclysmic astronomical events but many deny it emphasizing that Mayans never predicted doomsday.

As people, we are divided into races, cultures and ethnicities but somehow, festivities like New Year embark the emotions of unity and love within us that terminate the barriers making us one from many.

Superstitions for 2012 Wearing something new on January 1st increase the likelihood of receiving new garments. Eating of black-eyed peas will attract good luck and money to the one doing the dining. Opening doors of the house will let the old year escape unimpeded. Blowing a kiss ensures the continuation of those affections and ties.

Mayan New Year:-

Larders must be topped up to guarantee a prosperous year.

According to Georgian calendar, Mayan New Year falls around the month of July and is celebrated in

First person entering the house after midnight will influence the coming year.

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Fashion in winters – It’s possible!

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Once again, the birds are migrating. They have changed their direction. Dry wind is touching the body, making cheeks red and pink, lips rough and wrinkled. Dispersed and scattered hair presenting a charming whirlpool. Every breath is inhaling a sweet chilled fragrance and exhaling a warm perfume that gives an elegant sensation to the body. Winter birds are playing trumpets, cold winds are dancing and falling snow is singing “winter has arrived”. By Noor-ul-Ain Hanif In winters, the chilled drinks are replaced by vapors emitting coffee and tea, air conditioners are turned off, and heaters are turned on. Similarly warm clothes replace the lighter garments. Jackets, warm caps and socks, gloves, muffler etc are usually associated with winter season. It’s a common perception that summer season is colorful and trendy therefore, many new fashions trends are introduced in it but winters are not boring as well. They have their own trends and style. In winters, one can become a fashion icon – It’s possible!

Jam packed Jackets and Coats:

walk coats, usually characterized by a button front and lapel collar. Casual styles include parkas, anoraks, bomber jackets and ski jackets, most with zip-front plackets and banded cuffs. The coats usually have pockets, hoods and zip-out linings. Some of them are sealed waterproof by zippers, underarm zippers and chest pockets for MP3 players. These coats are long lasting and can be used again and again.

Glossy gloves: Winters offer jackets and coats for body and gloves for hands that help in making chilled hands warm. Stylish gloves provide you a good look at your hands. They comprise of different patterns and colors that are made up of woolen material.

More or less everyone wear jackets and coats in winters but nobody exactly knows about the full range of them. Yes, there are formal and semi formal coats. It include pea coats, pant coats, cocoon coats, trench coats and

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There is a variety of gloves which include: Red, blue and black color woolen gloves; zebra gloves, winter cycling gloves and fingerless gloves are available if you need your fingers free for activity.

Warm Caps: If you are leaving your feet free and uncover then do cover your head. Your hands can be covered by trendy and stylish hats or caps that are easily available in the market. The warmers for head include: hoodies, newsboy cap, cloche, beret and toque.

Funky Scarves: For a more stylish and trendy look, one should wear a Cashmere scarf with a warm cap. Scarves are very common and easily available and in winters there demand gets double. Wool knitted scarves are very soft and gives a charming feeling while entangled in the neck.

Slim Socks: Talking about every winter garment then how can we forget socks? Socks are the covering material for your feet. They are of woolen or fur material that makes you more attractive and eye-catching. Winters can make you dull and slow but winter clothing can make you a shining star so no matter what you feel inside but from outside people will adore you. All you have to do is to select clothes that suit you.

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my hands onto a camera as soon as I could and to be honest, my drawing is something you seriously shouldn’t see. Q.4: What is Photography to you? Elaborate it for us. Ans: Photography is my passion. I am bad in describing myself so photographs are like a weapon to which helps me in describing myself. Photography is like showing others my view of seeing the world and showing their

world to them. It’s like writing a whole blog with no words. Q.5: What was your age or class when you started Photography and adapted it as a profession? Ans: My life is revolving around a camera since I was 14 years old but I bought my first DSLR in February 2011. Photography is not my profession but a hobby to which I am addicted. Q.6: What is your favorite scene or theme of Photography?

Ans: I normally prefer still life photography or capturing nature like the sunrise or sunset etc. Q.7: In what mood do you prefer to capture pictures? Ans: I actually have no specific mood for Photography. It’s a passion and passion doesn’t need any mood to be fulfilled. Q.8: What are the necessary elements which a photographer should have? Ans: Photographer should be a keen observer. Every Photographer has his own style of photographing. Some like to stay discreet where as some are those who lead people to

pose for them. I know people of both categories and being honest, I would say they are amazing Photographers. Q.9: Any achievements by far? Ans: Achievements in photography are not monetary for me yet. But when I look back and see the number of smiles I have put on peoples’ faces, I think otherwise. Q.10: Any message to young Photographers? Ans: If you think there is even the slightest chance of you succeeding in any field of life, don’t hold back. Go for that field. Maybe that could be the opportunity you were always destined for.

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Photography

Contact information: +92-3323501010 E-mail address: muji912@hotmail.com Facebook page link: www.facebook.com/mujisphotography For any other details or information you would want to add: www.flickr.com/mujisphotography

Q.1: Describe yourself? Ans: I am an ACCA student. My life revolves around my camera. It’s like my girlfriend, goes everywhere with me. Since I am bit shy and not easy to mingle with, so my camera describes my personality.

Name: Mujtaba Hussain

Q.2: Why did you choose a camera? Why not paint brush, pencil, guitar etc?

Occupation: Student and Ans: I have always been fond Part-time Photographer of new technologies. One random day I decided to get

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my hands onto a camera as soon as I could and to be honest, my drawing is something you seriously shouldn’t see. Q.4: What is Photography to you? Elaborate it for us. Ans: Photography is my passion. I am bad in describing myself so photographs are like a weapon to which helps me in describing myself. Photography is like showing others my view of seeing the world and showing their

world to them. It’s like writing a whole blog with no words. Q.5: What was your age or class when you started Photography and adapted it as a profession? Ans: My life is revolving around a camera since I was 14 years old but I bought my first DSLR in February 2011. Photography is not my profession but a hobby to which I am addicted. Q.6: What is your favorite scene or theme of Photography?

Ans: I normally prefer still life photography or capturing nature like the sunrise or sunset etc. Q.7: In what mood do you prefer to capture pictures? Ans: I actually have no specific mood for Photography. It’s a passion and passion doesn’t need any mood to be fulfilled. Q.8: What are the necessary elements which a photographer should have? Ans: Photographer should be a keen observer. Every Photographer has his own style of photographing. Some like to stay discreet where as some are those who lead people to

pose for them. I know people of both categories and being honest, I would say they are amazing Photographers. Q.9: Any achievements by far? Ans: Achievements in photography are not monetary for me yet. But when I look back and see the number of smiles I have put on peoples’ faces, I think otherwise. Q.10: Any message to young Photographers? Ans: If you think there is even the slightest chance of you succeeding in any field of life, don’t hold back. Go for that field. Maybe that could be the opportunity you were always destined for.

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My New Year Resolution! Listen to my parents and try to focus on my studies more than sports, Osama Khan Buy fewer gadgets and more cars, Fahad Razdan Eat less food and tranquilize my sweet tooth by cutting out the sweets, Sharmane Tareen I will judge people by the work they do and not who they are, Atiqa Mehmood Avoid arguing with my husband and stop deferring with him, Sobia Hasnain Avoid going to bed angry and sleep on the couch instead, Adil A. Aftab Government sector employees are always termed as lazy and corrupt so I want to change that image by getting a job there and building my career without any bribery or corruption, Erum Abid I vow to never ever try online dating and stop falling for sob stories again, Hammad Shah Join friends who boost me up and not burst me off, Bisma Qamar Bake a cake for me parents wedding anniversary and pursue my dream of becoming a chef, Rameez Louis Pinto I hope to stand firm enough to not go backwards, Emaan Perozi I will finish my food and go to bed on time to avoid spanking from mom, Mursaleen Waseem Wear a sleepwear that wicks sweat away, M. Ammar Wajid I want to complete my graduation with good grades. Moreover, I want to achieve some targets related to my business, Faiza Haji Raheem Bukhsh 2011 was very favorable and gave me chance to accomplish my targets. My team is planning to cross the last procurement levels. However, as a Muslim I prefer to relate myself to Islamic calendar, Agha Safder Javed

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Procedure

Sugar: 1 teaspoon

Take coffee, sugar and one teaspoon warm water in a cup. Blend it until the color changes from dark brown to off white.

or 1 - 1/2

Milk: as required Crush chocolate: as required

Add boiled water and milk then stir it.

Boiled water: 1 cup

In the end, garnish the froth with crushed chocolate.

GAJAR KA HALWA Procedure: (CARROT SWEETNER) Start with grating carrot and place it on Ingredients

flame.

Carrot: 1.5 kg

Allow the water to dry out on slow heat. Once it dried, take a pan and pour ghee in it.

Sugar: 1.5 cup

Add cardamom powder then add dried carrot in it and keep cooking it on Cardamom powder: 1tsp moderate temperature. Dry milk: 2 cup

Ghee: 1.5 cup Dry fruits: as required

CHOCOLATE LAVA

When the carrot tends to change color; add milk, sugar and dry fruits and again cook it. When it gives off ghee from the corner, it’s ready. Garnish it with dry fruits.

Procedure: Ingredients Eggs: 10 Caster sugar: 500gm Flour: 75gm Melted Chocolate (on a double boiler): 250 gm Coco powder: 1 tablespoon

Take eggs, add caster sugar and blend it. When completely melted, add the mixture into molten chocolate and fold it. Take a mould, Grease it with butter and sprinkle coco powder in it. Pour it in the mixture and bake it for 11 minutes at 180 degree C. Then garnish it with chopped chocolate.

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Fireworks – fun or danger? By Ayesha Siddiqui

People believed that noisemaking and fireworks on New Year dispel evil spirit and bring good luck.

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ydney, Brazil, Malaysia, Singapore,

Taiwan, Bangkok, Jakarta, Berlin, Moscow, Edinburg, Athens, Romania, London, Vienna, Santiago and Hawaii are famous for their fireworks on New Year’s night. Because of gun powder’s popular use, fireworks were initially invented and China became the first country to invent gunpowder. Fireworks’ sounds symbolize as of saying good bye to the past year and welcoming the New Year and it has been popular for over 2,000 years. As far as 2012 is concerned, Australia, New Zealand and Samoa were the first to start New Year celebrations. Crowd gathered on the streets to see the fireworks in Auckland whereas Australia displayed fireworks at Sydney Harbor with the population of more than 1.5 million witnessing it. New York continued with its tradition of 1907 of a crystal ball coming down at the last minute of previous year. Furthermore, approximately two millions partygoer Brazilians and tourists went to watch ‘Green’ fireworks on Copacabana Beach. The South Pacific nation was the last country in the world to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Like every other country in the world, Pakistan also welcomed 2012 with all the multi-colored firecrackers and aerial shots. Youth on motorcycles gathered at Clifton’s sea view to display fireworks under the strict security of rangers and police but in spite of such strong security measures, three people were reportedly killed and 40 others got injured due to aerial firing and other fireworks accidents. However, it is a fact that everything has advantages and disadvantages likewise fireworks contains some disadvantages as well. This year many people were killed and got injured in Rome and as a result of that, approximately 2,000 cities, towns and villages banned fireworks. The weapons used on this event like guns etc are also very dangerous for human beings. It has also been reported that a man lit a firecracker which exploded in his apartment before he could throw it out of the window. Hence, fireworks costs a lot but people still use it; in fact its trend is increasing now. But we should realize that it takes away many precious lives and infect many people. Besides that millions of dollars, pounds and so on get wasted on it in just a second.

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Winter Galore By: Zunaira Afzal

"Auld Lang Syne"

Again, The North-wind appeals me Again, I can smell the coming winter The window-sills are cold again, Again, the cold-fence fascinates me.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne.

The sprinkling dew at the charcoalroads, Smudge my car's screen The bare trees and dry leaves made me aware, Of the emptiness reigning inside me The bursting wind storm, Rattles the window-pane The flakes of white snow, Against the mountain top The dancing flame at the fire-place, Make the ruddy cheeks smile. The days, Spent on lonely roads Misty-eyed, The evenings In the thick woods, Strolling around The nights, In my warm chamber Cracking nuts. The ice-cream at some foggy spot, The chocolates at the corner shop Over-coat and gloves, Knitted by granny's hands The mufflers to hide the ear, Oh goodness, winter is here...

CHORUS: For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne, We'll tak a cup of kindness yet, For auld lang syne! And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp, And surely I'll be mine, And we'll tak a cup o kindness yet, For auld lang syne! We twa hae run about the braes, And pou'd the gowans fine, But we've wander'd monie a weary fit, Sin auld lang syne. We twa hae paidl'd in the burn, Frae morning sun till dine, But seas between us braid hae roar'd Sin auld lang syne. And there's a hand my trusty fiere, And gie's a hand o thine, And we'll tak a right guid-willie waught, For auld lang syne.

This is a very famous New Year song which has been written by Robert Burns in 1700’s and published in 1796.

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