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On the

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In awe of

'Anguun' | report |

for the

empowerment of women

STYLE | TRENDS | BOOKS | INTERVIEWS | art | q&A | SOCIETY


inside this week March 18, 2012

08. INTERVIEW

Meet Afghanistan’s first graffiti artist Shamsia Hassani talks

12. music

Review of the third episode of Ufone Uth Records

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Fashion trends 28. HOLLYWOOD

Denzel Washington & Ryan Reynolds reveal the dangers of filming ‘Safe House’


Editor’s note We are back with another exciting issue of your very own Sunday Plus. Uth Records has given breakthrough to the scion of composer late Master Mushtaq. Yes this week we are in conversation with singer Affaq Mushtaq who with iconic guitarist Aamir Zaki is creating ripples in the music industry. Read exclusive interview of Shamsia Hassani, who is Afghanistan’s first serious graffiti artist. Read special report on the recently held theatre festival in Lahore, which aimed at creating awareness about women rights and empowerment of women. Meet Adnan Zoraiz and Hijab Mir the driving force behind The Dark Room, which is Lahore’s newest multi brand store. Spring is in the air. Read report on the spring festival held at Seaview, Karachi. On our style pages see the latest premium lawn collection by fashion designer Deepak Perwani. Also don’t forget to check your astrological forecast and the best picks of the season.

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On the streets of Kabul

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34. 34. STYLE

Deepak Perwani reveals his latest collection of lawn this season

40. Society

Report on the happenings and events in your metropolis

Send us your comments and feedback at splus@nation.com.pk

48. blog

Beautician Ruby Hassan gives you tips to stay fresh and beautiful

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The best recipes for the dishes of the season

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Astrological forecast for the year 2012

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08 interview by MADIHA SYEDAIN

On the streets As you step in the industrial park of Kabul, you will find a burqa clad girl of 24 cleaning the rubbish from the walls and working on her graffiti project. Her name is Shamsia Hassani and she is Afghanistan ‘s first serious graffiti artist. The poetry inscribed on the walls expresses her stories of violence, hope and sorrows which Afghanistan has seen in the last three decades.

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he is the member of Roshd (Association of Contemporary Arts, Afghanistan) and studied Fine Arts from the University of Kabul. Currently, she is also a faculty member of Kabul University and works in industrial yards and abandoned buildings, such as the cultural centre etc. While talking to Sunday Plus, SHAMSIA HASSANI the first graffiti artist talks about her art and efforts to bring the art back to life which has been lost in the shadows of war and violence. S+: First of all what got you into graffiti, and art in general? Shamsia Hassani: I really love art

.I think this is the friendly and effective way to change the situations. S+: Afghanistan has gone through many ups and down. Why did you choose this particular medium as to express your feelings? Shamsia Hassani: Painting and graffiti are two mediums which I like to do and also sometimes I prefer contemporary photography also. These mediums have made people aware about artistic happenings and how they can be used as a creative tool to mould, the thinking of people. Our oil paintings are series of fishes with their babuls, who have lots of sayings. My graffiti are women with

These mediums have made people aware about artistic happenings and how they can be used as a creative tool to mould, the thinking of people. burqa in new modern shape. I just want to change their shape for the sake of changing their mind and future and like to portray them happy, S+: Did you take any training in this regard? Shamsia Hassani: Yes, I and other members of our associations ROSHD (Association of Contemporary Arts, Afghanistan) had a graffiti workshop in Kabul in Dec 2010 which was organized by COMBAT COMMS and we had a teacher by name of CHU who introduced us to graffiti. It proved to be an interesting experience and from then onwards there have been no looking back. March 18, 2012 Sunday Plus 09


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S+: What has been the role of your family in this regard? Shamsia Hassani: My family really likes art and they have no problem with my art. S+: You have been called by Guardian as, the ‘first serious graffiti artist’ of Afghanistan. How do you feel about it? Shamsia Hassani: As I mentioned above, we started graffiti with our associated artists, but after the workshop all of them left the graffiti medium. I and my fellow artist Qasem Foushanji kept on working graffiti, so you can say that I am the

I am also starting a graffiti project for children. Many shows of my oil paintings have been held in the country. only female graffiti artist in Afghanistan. S+: How do people react to your work? Have you ever got any trouble because of your graffitis in Afghanistan? Shamsia Hassani: The problem is that I cannot work on the streets of Kabul because of law and order situation. The ones I have done in some nearby places. It is too difficult to be a female artist in Afghanistan especially if you are a female graffiti artist and people are not very much aware about the concept of graffiti or art in general. It is a ‘risky medium’ but provides a platform for various forms of expressions. I have started a new style of graffiti. I take pictures of places I like in the city, open them in a programme like Photoshop, and do digital designs. Or I print out a picture of the street and then do graffiti with a paintbrush. If you scan it back, it looks like real graffiti, but of course it isn't. S+: You are also a part of Roshd

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(Association of Contemporary Arts, Afghanistan). Can you please tell us about it? Shamsia Hassani: In 2009, I was selected as one of the top ten artists of Afghanistan. Later, the ten of us decided to make a new association for contemporary arts by the name of ‘Roshd.’ Before, that I was the member of another contemporary arts center, but left it because of ‘Roshd,’ we are trying to develop art and culture, to change the situation and bring some positive change in hard times. S+: Who are some of your favourite artists- graffiti and otherwise? Shamsia Hassani: I like the works of English based graffiti artist Banksy who is a political activist and film director. S+: What are your goals for your graffiti? Shamsia Hassani: I think graffiti is more effective than an art exhibition, art exhibitions are for some special people for a short time, whereas graffiti is for everyone passing by in streets and it is a reflection of what we are going through now as a nation. Anyone can become a graffiti artist. S+: Tell us about your recent graffiti art exhibition and other shows abroad? Shamsia Hassani: I am still working on those grounds and coming up with new themes for graffiti art. However, I participated in an international festival of graffiti in Germany -Hamburg, and the topic was ‘wash festival.’ At the end of the festival we had an exhibition of all international artist graffiti works and we had a positive response from the artist community. I am also starting a graffiti project for children. Many shows of my oil paintings have been held in the country. S+: What is your opinion on the cur-

rent state of graffiti, both locally and internationally? Shamsia Hassani: I think, in most of the countries it is pretty normal to get appreciation for your work but in Afghanistan it is something of a ‘challenge’ and difficult to do. S+: Do you have any artistic outlets outside of graffiti? Shamsia Hassani: Yes, like graffiti I also like to paint on canvas which tells the stories of fishing’s life, their sayings, their dreams/wishes with their Babuls. S+: What is the scope of Afghani art in general? Shamsia Hassani: We have different perspective on art. Sometimes the art shows the culture and traditions and sometimes you do it to enhance your personal expressions. But in Afghanistan, art is progressing very slowly; it is more like an alphabet which we are trying to learn step by step. I paint for myself and I have used graffiti as a literary tool to promote our language. These are my special writings which I express on streets. S+: Your upcoming projects… Shamsia Hassani: Recently, I have become a Professor in the faculty of fine arts of Kabul University and I would like to add graffiti as a subject in our curriculum and want to teach students about the concept of graffiti in Afghanistan. Since, we are not allowed to do graffiti on streets, I would like to work on digital graffiti and learn new style of the medium. S+: Your message to upcoming graffiti artists… Shamsia Hassani: Art can bring a positive change in our lives.

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12 MUSIC

by SADAF PERVEZ

In awe of

Affaq Mushtaq featured in the third episode of Ufone Uth Records has shown the influence of his immaculate voice which reminds of the reflection of music maestro, Sajad Ali. Performing ‘Anguun,’ an original composition of his father the late Master Mushtaq, who was a music composer for PTV, Affaq has very wisely used this platform to have a breakthrough. It is a clean poignant song that captivates and stirs the emotions. Sunday Plus March 18, 2012

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‘Anguun’ Accompanied by iconic guitarist Aamir Zaki and drummer extraordinaire Louis J ‘Gumby’ Pinto, the song gets the finishing of a fine song, bracing the eastern influence of Affaq with a contemporary feel. Ufone Uth Records once again experience a child prodigy as Affaq has already dedicated 15 years of his life to follow his father’s footstep. As well as apart from his

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interest of singing, he also knows how to play the tabla, flute, keyboard, harmonium and guitar. With such versatile artist on board, his future seems bright and this is what we call right talent at the right place to hone and advance for good. As always, Aamir Zaki was another interesting yet surprising presence. He returned on screen after a gap yet using his

signature style, the guitar genius brought the charm of his unparalleled art that we long to see more often. Nevertheless, ‘Anguun’ is one of the good productions of Ufone Uth Records unveiling one of the promising new voice. Here with Sunday Plus, Affaq Mushtaq talks about his past, experience and aspirations:

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Aamir Zaki was another interesting yet surprising presence. He returned on screen after a gap yet using his signature style, the guitar genius brought the charm of his unparalleled art that we long to see more often.

S+: Who have influenced your own personal style? Mushtaq: My father Master Mushtaq has been my greatest influences. He is no longer with us however he will always remain my biggest influence. S+: You entered this field at a very young age. How has been your journey so far? Mushtaq: As an artist I have struggled but with the support of my late father and family I have achieved some of my goals and am looking forward to playing more music. S+: How would you describe the music that you typically create? Mushtaq: I do believe classical music is my strength as my father used to compose classical music thus I am sticking to my roots and these influences are a major part of my musical inspirations. S+: As an instrumentalist, do the lyrics play any role in your selection or in the way that you treat a song?

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Mushtaq: Lyrics help tell a story, either it is a sad story or memorable one it does create the tone of the song. S+: You have performed and composed your own songs. Was it your very first time recording in the studio? Mushtaq: This is not my first experience in a studio as I have recorded a few songs with ATV however being at LJP Studios was completely a different experience. S+: How was the experience of recording in the studio of Uth Records? Mushtaq: The memory now is a haze (in a good way), I felt I was in a dream J. S+: Why did you choose this song? Tell about its lyrics and composition‌

Mushtaq: Yes actually, the song is an original composition by my late father thus I wanted to do something that described my personality, influences closest to home. S+: Working with the professionals, how has this helped you to understand your own music and take it to the next level? Mushtaq: The experience was remarkable. The Ufone Uth Records team has assisted me in streamlining my music thus adding their professional input in single. S+: What is next for you in the pipeline? Mushtaq: Keep on composing and InshAllah make my family proud (not that they are not now J ).

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18 REPORT

by Fatima Gull, Tabina Tahir & Wajiha Khalid

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empowerment of women

The status of women in a society reflects the state of human rights and dignity. If women are not respected and enabled to play their due role in the society it shows it is unable to develop. Pakistani society is in transition and women empowerment is must for country’s development.

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n connection with International Women Day celebrations the Lahore Arts Council in collaboration with Ajoka Theatre held three-day theatre festival. During the festival dramatic clubs of all the leading educational institutions presented play about the different issues that women of Pakistan are facing and how women population can be empowered. The plays focused on issues that women should be given proper education and training. Educated women can do much to reform the society. In modern age, women are working in every field. They are serving as teachers, doctors, engineers, pilots and administrators. Maximum social pressures are inserted on girl child that reduces her speedy mental and physical development. Another practice common in Pakistan, is cutting off a woman’s nose if she is suspected of having an extra-marital relationship. Sexual assault on women, including rape, remains one of the most

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common crimes. The stories of honour killing, acid throwing, primitive customs of vanni, karo Kari, marriage to Quran, rape and the wide spread violence against women are indications that we have failed to provide women their rights. However in recent years there have been significant developments showing that we are seriously moving towards the goal of gender equality and justice. Theatre festival includes plays performed my students and young people about violations of women’s rights and the struggle of progressive elements in the society to ensure equality. These plays not only highlight the injustice but also show women taking a leading role in fighting for their rights. They were not just stories of suffering but also of resistance and achievements. Festival opened with the presentation of hit play ‘Meku kari kareday ni mae’ (They are honour killing me O mother!) by Ajoka Theatre. The play written by Shahid Nadeem was directed by Madeeha Gohar. It was a fictional account of proceedings splus@nation.com.pk


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of a Panchayat of men sitting on judgment of their own women, who are accused of violating the tribal code of honour. The play aimed at creating awareness about the savage custom of ‘honor’ killing and mobilising public opinion for its eradication. Theatre groups that presented different plays in the festival included Cogito Productions (LUMS), Lahore Grammar School, Superior College for Women, Lahore College for Women University, Government College Dramatic Club and Beaconhouse National University. The play ‘Bol k lub azad hain teray’ was presented by Superior College for Women. Rizwan Anwar and Anila Yasmeen directed the play. The aim of the play was to make women aware of their social and moral rights and guide them how to fight against exploitation, oppression and violence in a male chauvinistic society. This play was a tribute to women that survive against all odds. According to the story of the play a woman had four daughters. Her family stopped supporting her and considered her as a curse. She even tried to commit suicide but her friend stopped her from doing this great sin, and advised her not to lose hope and fight against that cruel behaviour of society. She struggled for her four daughters who in the end prove to be the four powerful pillars in her life. The main character of this play shows how struggle done earnestly can be fruitful. Women not only face criticism in this society but also faces different problems as daughter, wife and as a sister. She should know about the social and moral values as well. This is how she can solve her problems in life. Sirajuddin Dramatics Society of Lahore College for Women University presented ‘A mime, an odyssey of a woman’, which was directed by Seema Sohail. It is said life is an endless movement of time, and its waves are also full of salty human tears of suffering. The story of woman, having common denominators has been the same, and yet in this odyssey, with heroic courage she moves on and in this process creates life. It is another victim or hope that life can be lived with courage and dignity. It is for us to decide. The final answer is perhaps co-existence, as nature had

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originally planned. Music has no boundaries and everyone can cross the frontier. The theme of the cycle of women oppression and freedom within constrains is witnessed by all. The presentation showed the need for co-existence and understanding of life in all its complexities and its beauty. This performance was a visual reflection on the circle of life as an endless transformation of physical and spiritual elements in which the viewer is carried away into another world – the realm of abstract art. Government College Dramatic Society presented the play ‘Haya Bakhta’, which was directed by Sameer Ahmed and Nayab Faiza. The play ‘Haya bakhta’ was a courtroom drama involving a petition filled by Akifa Chaudhry, a gang rape victim. She appeared in the court wearing around her neck a black slate marked with a cross. The court was informed that the residents of her community had forced Akifa to wear this sign to make her an example for others. The plaintiff pleaded the court through her attorney that she worked for a private telephone company to make her both ends meet. ‘Respected’ residents of her society objected to her working hours and also to her younger sisters seeking university education. Akifa told the court that she was being threatened of dire consequences if she did not stop working and did not terminate her sister’s education. On her refusal she was abducted by five masked men and gang raped. When she approached the local police the SHO refused to register a case on the grounds of insufficient evidence. Therefore, she had now approached the court for justice. Exploitation of females who are single or those who come from weak backgrounds is common in our society. The weakness in our judicial and policing system was remarkably exposed. The theatre festival was an eye opener event that one should not have missed. All the theatre groups’ performances were good and presented in packed to the capacity Alhamra Hall. Such festivals should be arranged on a regular basis so as to spread awareness among the masses especially the youth.

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22 in focus

by Syed Mehran Shah

Dilemma of medical negligence In 2010 the Punjab Government passed an act by the name of ‘The Punjab Healthcare Act, 2010’. This act in its true sense gives protection to the health care providers against their medically negligent acts.

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akistan has witnessed a number of cases related to medical negligence or medical malpractice. Using faulty operation techniques, leaving gauze pieces and instruments in abdomen, administration of wrong injection, using of expired drugs, making wrong diagnosis and giving wrong treatment can lead to complications and even death. The medical professionals are not performing their duties with whole hearted devotion and for the same reason the ratio negligence cases is increasing day by day. Charitable organisations have developed services at a large scale e.g. blood banks, ambulance services and have provided tremendous support to public sector in the delivery of healthcare. Moreover, the voluntary contributions of social workers have also developed citizen liaison services in controlling crimes. Now there is a need of mega project accompanying with the support of doctors, lawyers and social workers to provide professional services for the victims of the medical negligence. Every year the number of cases of medical negligence is increasing. In 2010 in the city of Lahore three-year old girl, Imanae Malik, was taken to the Doctors Hospital with minor burns on her hand where doctors administered her three injections of high potency anesthesia which caused her death. In May, a girl who had attempted to commit suicide died due to the negligence of the doctors of Ganga Ram, Hospital. Similarly in 2011there were a number of cases of medical negligence. In Rawalpindi in the month of April a case was registered against a neurosurgeon and two others for wrong treatment to a woman leading to her death. In Karachi in May Dr Masood ur-Rehman was arrested for fake cancer treatment resulting in the ultimate death of three patients. In October, a lawyer died due to the negligent act of the three senior doctors of Sheikh Zayed Hospital. In November 2011, various killer medicines caused the death of the innocent patients of Punjab Institute of Cardiology. It is pertinent to mention here that the patients got these killer medicines free of cost from the pharmacy of this institute. The federal and provincial governments instead of taking serious action to prevent the casualties started blaming each other. The death toll has risen to more than 137 patients. The samples of different medicines were sent to UK and Swiss laboratories for chemical examination. The UK laboratory declared one of the cardiac medicines, ISOTAB as killer and afterward the Swiss laboratory seconded its find. Now the reports have been received and according to CM and Governor Punjab, action will be taken under criminal negligence.

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In the mean time three suspected pharmaceutical companies were sealed, criminal action was taken against the responsible including MS, doctors, medical stores etc. During investigation the officials have found out other medical errors like expiry medicines, fungus contaminated medicines and even fake medicines. According to the UK and Swiss laboratories ISOTAB, by Efroze Pharmaceutical industry, contains heavy dose of anti-malaria ingredients which is the main cause of this disaster. At present reports are on record. The Supreme Court has released two pharmaceutical company owners and soon all the other accused shall take the benefit of existing law. The reason is that there is no proper legislation on the subjects of medical negligence and tortuous acts which are interrelated. Article 212 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan clearly emphasizes the establishment of Administrative courts or Tribunals in matters relating to claims arising from tortuous acts but no efforts have been made on this issue. According to Punjab Healthcare Act 2010, a commission has been

Governments of Punjab, Sindh and Khaber Phaktoon Khawa have finally passed the bill for establishment of ‘Drug Regularity Authorities’ in their respective provinces and now these drug regularity authorities shall be established under article 144 of the Constitution of Pakistan. established in the shape of body corporate which will decide the fate of the complaint registered against the negligent act of the healthcare service provider. Sections 28 and 29 of this act on one hand declines the penal action and on the other hand confines the damages or compensation against the negligent acts of the healthcare service providers. Generally speaking it is a ‘License to Kill’ for these professionals. Ministry of Health has announced another package for the people of Pakistan in shape of raising the prices of medicines from 20 percent to 100 percent. Young doctors are habitual of going on strike. The machinery of government hospitals has been jammed whereas private hospitals are out of reach of a common man. Last year more than 357 people died due to disastrous Dengue fever and most of the casualties were reported in Punjab. This time again provincial government issued assurances of proper arrangement. In fact our healthcare system merely exists in the files of administration.

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The story of dark room

The Dark Room is Lahore’s newest and most innovative multi brand store. Located on the city’s busiest and most posh road, M.M. Alam Road, TDR is quickly becoming a one-stop shop for all shoppers who are interested in looking for something unique and innovative to wear. Owned and managed by Adnan Zoraiz and Hijab Mir, two young entrepreneurs who are eager to make their mark in the fashion industry, TDR is changing industry norms and mores when it comes to multi brand stores.

Sunday Plus: What inspired you to start The Dark Room? Adnan Zoraiz: The fact that a budget multi brand store is the need of the hour cause all other multi brand stores cater to the elite few. SP: How is TDR different from other multi brand stores in the market? AZ: We have pledged to keep the prices in the most affordable range, so everyone can enjoy the classy and chic styles created by our verstile designers. Also we at TDR have pledged to accomodate all the budding talented fashion industry and we will not say no to anyone who is doing good work and wants to showcase it. SP: Do you feel the market is getting saturated with multi brand stores or do you think there is room for more such stores? AZ: There is just a handful of multi brand stores in Pakistan. So a lot more are needed.

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SP: Tell us about the rookie corner at TDR. AZ: As already said we believe that anyone who is doing creative work should have a place to display it and get the taste of the market so we at TDR welcome such individuals to come and utilize the Rookie corner free of cost for one week. After that most of them end up joining us on full time bases. SP: You are an outsider in the fashion industry: was it difficult for you to get designers for stocking at TDR? AZ: No. Thanks to our friends at Voila PR. We had no trouble what so ever in getting the best names from through out Pakistan to be a part of TDR. SP: Who came up with the name TDR? AZ: Hijab did. SP: Tell us about the cocktail rack: what prompted you to come up with this concept?

AZ: Cocktail rack is an upgrade to the Rookie corner. When our designers are ready to take their relationship with TDR a step further we encourage them to join us on a Cocktail rack, for which they only pay Rs-5000/- a month and get to display their outfits on permanent bases which actually the lowest rack rental ever offered by any multi brand store in Pakistan. SP: Pharaoh's Closet was your first venture in terms of a fashion apparel: how did that come about? AZ: Hijab had the nag of creating nice pieces for her own use and I just encouraged her to share it with others. SP: TDR has been open for a couple of weeks now: what has the response been so far? AZ: It's over whelming !! people actually love the place and also are greatly appreciative of our designer line up which is unique to Lahore as most of them are stocking in this part of country for the first

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I’m also working on a couple of more fun projects within Pharaoh’s Closet and hope to pull them through. Just to give you a hint, there would be a label for guys and a few gift ideas too.

time. SP: You once said that you want TDR to help out young designers in the same way you were helped earlier: please elaborate on this? AZ: In the begining when we set out to stock Pharaoh's Closet we had to face a lot of troubles but then a few friends like Zahra Raza of Latelier Islamabad ,Mr.Taimoor of Fashion Pakistan Lounge Lahore and Afreen Shiraz of Ellemint Pret karachi welcomed us and made it happen for Pharaoh's Closet. SP: What is your role in TDR? Hijab Mir: TDR is my baby and I've been working since the time first tile was laid on the floor and still continuing to do so. We partners divide our tasks equally to make the place run amicably. SP: How do you choose designers for stocking at TDR? HM: Two simple rules. They should be creative. They should be original. SP: How do you feel TDR is different

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from other multi-brand stores in the market? HM: I guess Adnan has already answered this question. SP: Who came up with the name TDR? HM: I did. SP: The names of all your brands TDR, Pharaoh's Closet and Voodoo Dolls are rather unique: who comes up with these names? HM: Again I do. SP: Is it difficult to design for your brands as well as manage TDR? HM: I haven't found any difficulty till now to manage my time between running TDR and designing for Pharaoh's Closet as yet. I've made my office at TDR so it is easy for me to keep an eye on everyday affairs alongside working on my labels. I'm also working on a couple of more fun projects within Pharaoh's Closet and hope to pull them through. Just to give you a hint, there

would be a label for guys and a few gift ideas too. SP: Do you plan to expand TDR to other cities? HM: Yes. To start with we will be giving you a good news in just a couple of months. SP: What kind of clothes do you feel sell well at retail outlets like TDR? HM: Clothes that fit everyone's budget and are still trendy. SP: Do you feel the concept of getting clothes tailored is now becoming obsolete, and ready to wear pret is becoming more popular? HM: The concept is not obsolete at all neither it can be ever but with a lot to do in very less time now a days, Pret wear invariably has become the best answer.

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by Zamir Sheikh

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Spring season is already in full bloom at DHA Sea View Public Park, where the 61st Pakistan Flower Show 2012 was recently held.

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he Horticultural Society of Pakistan arranged the Annual Flower Show in collaboration with DHA and Cantonment Board Clifton. The venue of the show presented an exquisite view of colour and beauty with exotic fragrance of multi coloured seasonal flowers. Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi, Justice High Court of Sindh inaugurated the flower show. The flowers competition was participated in by a large number of individuals, organisations, amateurs and professionals in various categories. DHA Zamzama Park, CBC Bukhari Park and DA Rahat Park got first prizes in the categories of big, medium and small parks respectively. Defence Authority College Ph-VI got first prize in College Parks category, and DA Tooba Mosque in Masjid category. In the category of beautification of spots, DHA Gizri Hilltop got the first prize while DA Momin Rockery was second in the category. Boat Club, KPT Rest House, Gets Pharma Theme Garden, CBC Beach Park, Flag Staff House, DHA Tooba Mosque, Pakistan Maritime Museum Karsaz and Sindh Club amongst others also got prizes in various other categories. Cantonment Board Clifton was declared the overall champion of the Flower Show and awarded Abdul Sattar Pirzada Trophy. The sprouting seasonal flowers all around added to the dazzling charm of the venue. The chief guest Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi later went around different exhibits and distributed prizes amongst the winners in various categories. Administrator DHA Brig Aamer Raza Qureshi and President HSP, Mr AK Khan were also present on the occasion.

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n a y R & on t g n i h s s r a e W g l n e a z d e h Den t l a e ev r s d l o ’ e s u Reyn o H fe a S ‘ g n i of film Denzel, in the “Safe House” production notes, it says that rather consulting with CIA operatives to prepare for the film, you felt is was better to research sociopaths.

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After doing “Safe House,” are you more wary of U.S. government security or were you left with any doubts? Washington: Wary of this country’s security? Why? What goes on in the govern-

ment? Reynolds: It’s a Disney movie, isn’t it? Washington: Years ago, even prior to 9/11, I did a movie called “The Siege.” I did

a lot of research with the FBI and the CIA. And I was amazed at that time (I guess we might all know it now) how little information they shared with each other. So after that, I’m not surprised by anything. Reynolds: I always think it’s not what we know that’s terrifying; it’s what we don’t know. That’s sort of pervasive with everything in life, really, but I’m sure a book or

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In order to live in that neighborhood, they kept the charade up for 20 years that she was the maid. Now imagine the psychological damage it did not only to [the mother] but also to her daughter: to act like a maid in order to get into the house, and once they got into the house it was a “normal family.” So there will continue to be psychological scars for years to come.

two could be written about what really goes on. There are a lot of action scenes in “Safe House.” How do you keep your body in shape? How do you train? Washington: We worked with …. What was this

guy’s name? Olivier. Reynolds: Yeah, Olivier Schneider. Washington: These French guys, who you would always want to be with you, the most unassuming guys. And we really had the luxury of time; a good two or three months while we were over there. In fact, there’s a fight I have where I crash through the roof or something and start fighting this guy. And even the fights we do at the end, we had two or three or four months before we even got to do those fights. I did mine. [He says to Reynolds] I don’t know about you. You saw Ryan crashing through windows. Your fights were nasty! Reynolds: Yeah, these guys are really great at making it look real ugly, that “knife fight in a phone booth” kind of feel and that’s kind of what

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me a black eye. Reynolds: I did. Washington: There’s a scene where I reach over and try to choke him when I have the handcuffs on and we were flying around in the car, and he wasn’t actually driving the car, it was being controlled by someone else. So it just happens as I was reaching forward, he was flying back and pow! Reynolds: And that was my early retirement. I gave Denzel Washington a black eye. I should probably go home. That first look you gave me after it happened, I just … Washington: It was a real look!

Reynolds: Yeah, it was definitely real. It was weird to feel my face on fire. Washington: I never had a black eye in my life, but can’t say that anymore. Reynolds: I’m glad I was your first. If it was going to be anybody, it was going to be from an apologetic Canadian. Denzel, in the “Safe House” production notes, it says that rather consulting with CIA operatives to prepare for the film, you felt is was better to research sociopaths. What did you learn from your research of sociopaths that helped you portray the Tobin Frost character and discover his primary motivation. It’s kind of a mystery as to why your character did what he did. Washington: There’s a book called “The Sociopath Next Door.” I thought most sociopaths were violent. In fact, they aren’t. But almost all sociopaths want to win, no matter what. Some sociopaths use pity. “Oh, woe is me. I just can’t do it like you.” And then you go, “Oh, no. No. You’re all right,” and now I already got you.

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I got you in a weak position and feeling sorry for me. I read about one sociopath who was actually a psychologist and she was so sick, there’s this other psychologist that she hated, and she had a nicer car than the other woman, so [the sociopath] would purposely park her car next to the other woman’s car just to make her feel bad every day. She was that sick. She was working with this other psychiatrist’s patient and all the work that this woman had done, she destroyed. She brought the person in the room and just destroyed them. They just want to win. There was one sociopath who would steal things in the post office, and then get there the next day because he just loved the chaos that it created. He wanted to see how everybody was trying to figure out what it was. I guess it’s a feeling of

half the battle — and showing people why it is that you believe in something. Denzel, what can you say about your scenes in “Safe House” involving waterboarding and being locked in the trunk of a car? Were you scared at all? Washington: No. I’m not claustrophobic and

I don’t want to give it away, but the car wasn’t moving. And I knew how to get out. But no, it didn’t bother me. The waterboarding was close to real, and I really wanted to get into it and see what it felt like. It doesn’t feel good. You’d give up the answers. Did you come close to losing consciousness, were you out of breath? Washington: Once you get caught with an in

breath, the water keeps coming and then you’re in trouble. Then you try to hold your breath, but

It’s the slow disintegration of God and country for him and that’s sort of what means everything to this guy — and watching that be peeled away slowly, measure by measure by Tobin Frost, who Denzel is playing, just feeling that. power. In my journal as I was writing, going through the script, as we were shooting, I had to find a way to win every situation no matter what. Ryan, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned from producing the movie “R.I.P.D.”? Reynolds: I think just sticking with something.

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the water’s coming and they’re filling up your mouth. You’ll give up the answers. Ryan did you really drive the car at all during the chase scene? Reynolds: Oh yeah, lots of it. What’s odd

about the sequences driving the car is that when I’m driving the car it’s actually much less terrifying for me than when we have a pilot guy that’s on top of the car for some of those scenes and he’d have that car on two wheels. And Daniel [Espinosa], our director, who’s sitting in the wheel well beside me giggling like a little schoolgirl while the car goes up on two

wheels and just yelling, “Faster! Faster!” He can’t see anything. And I find out later that Daniel’s never driven a car before in his life. He doesn’t drive. Being in that position was crazy because we would head headlong for a brick wall, and I would hit the break, and the guy up top would hit the gas. That was a very strange, strange feeling. I’ve never been in a situation like that. What’s your perspective of filming in postapartheid South Africa? Washington: When we shot “Cry Freedom,” I

wasn’t even allowed in South Africa. They told me I could come but I wasn’t going to leave. I had heavy death threats at that time. So we shot in Zimbabwe. In 1995, I had the privilege and the honor to meet Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela the same day: I had breakfast with Desmond Tutu and lunch with Nelson Mandela. Then I had the good fortune to have Mr. Mandela actually come to my house in California. There’s been a tremendous amount of change. There is a whole new generation from when [apartheid ended in South Africa] in ’89, ’91 so you got 20-year-olds that only heard about it. I saw this show on television, and they were talking about South Africa now. And you had [South African] kids with [San Fernando] Valley accents because of the Internet and the information age that we’re in. They are exposed to so much more. Reynolds: But it’s just teeming with joy. The people there are just incredibly happy, given the horrendous circumstances in which they are living. If you’re from the United States, and you go over there, you can’t really believe what you’re seeing.

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art exhibition KARACHI: An exciting and colourful art exhibition was organised on the eve of International Womens Day at Alliance Franรงaise by New World Concepts and Grandeur Art Gallery. The exhibition was inaugurated by Madam Shazia Marri, Minister of Information, Sindh. The innovative exhibition featured work of 12 senior women artists. 2

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‘Probably Lahore’s Best Kept Beauty Secret of the city’s finest socialites and most glamorous personalities’, Ruby Hasan, is one of Pakistan’s most travelled and professionally trained skin, hair & beauty experts. She is the founder of SPLITENDS-well regarded as Lahore’s premier beauty destination. Ruby is also a qualified technician & CACI patented therapist trained from the CACI Institute which keeps Hollywood stars such Jennifer Lopez looking young and gorgeous. Ruby has also professionally received the Oxygen facial training, which is the beauty regime of some of the world’s most famous celebrities, including the Queen of Pop, Madonna, who uses it like a prayer. So Now that the “Cat is out of the Bag”, Catch Ruby’s Weekly Buzz on everything that is keeping you and the rest of the female of the species looking ‘OMG’ beautiful

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Hair removal All women reading this will agree with me that the ‘waxing wali’ is a very important person in their lives who does their threading also. Some have taken things to the next level and explored the world of laser hair removal to rid themselves of unwanted hair on the body forever. Hair removal is a developing branch of science all on its own and this goes to show how dedicated people are to their bodies and the way it looks. And this is not recent. Hair removal has been practiced in almost all cultures through time and for a variety of reasons other than beautification. There are two types of hair removal: • Depilation which is the removal of the part of the hair above the surface of the skin. Basically, shaving or trimming of hair, and then the use of hair removal creams which chemically weaken the disulfide bonds and cause the hair to disintegrate. This method is quite obviously, quite temporary and needs to be done with great frequency. • The other type is epilation. This is the removal of the hair from the root which lies below the skin. Waxing, threading, plucking, epilation tools, lasers and electrolysis fall in this category. Waxing, threading, plucking and epilation are temporary methods but with longer lasting effects compared to depilation. Lasers, electrolysis and related technologies seek to permanently remove hair. Electrology has been around for over 130 years and removes hair by destroying germ cells responsible for hair growth. Similarly, lasers appeared in the 90s and direct light

to destroy the hair follicle. Whatever your choice of hair removal might be, be kind to your skin and respect what nature has endowed you with. I have no intentions of suggesting that you happily grow and flaunt your body hair but I will say that your skin, and the hair that come with it, play a certain role. The most important being that your skin and body hair play an active role in regulating your body temperature and the pores and sweat glands are active forces in releasing toxins. Any invasive technology that is penetrating the skin poses the risk of damaging this great mechanism. Unless there are medical reasons, lasers and other methods should be resorted to once you are absolutely CERTAIN that this method is for you and that the practitioner providing the service has your complete trust and confidence. This should be based on their qualification, training and the results they have achieved on other people. And back at the salon, please know that waxing and threading are invaluable skills and you are fortunate if you find the person who understands your hair removal routine. A good waxing person will ensure that all your hair is removed, the leftover wax is also removed, after-wax lotion or oil is applied to treat open pores and prevent ingrown hair from appearing. She will also advise a body exfoliation treatment to ensure that the skin does not become dry and remains smooth till the next wax. Strict hygiene needs to be maintained to make sure that skin infections do not occur.

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Malaysian Chili Prawns Ingredients: 1 kg prawns 2 tbsp tamarind ½ cup boiling water 1 tsp salt 1 tsp turmeric powder 1 tbsp oil 1 onion, chopped 3 green chilies, chopped 1 tsp red chili powder 1 tsp sugar 2 onions, sliced Method : Put tamarind pulp with boiling water and strain after 30 minutes. Combine prawns with salt and turmeric. Heat oil, add chopped onion, chopped chilies, little water and prawns, sautÊ, mix in tamarind liquid, simmer, add sugar, sliced onions and cook for 3 minutes more and serve.

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THAI STIR-FRIED VEGGIES Ingredients: 2 tbsp oil 3 cloves garlic, crushed 1 onion, chopped 8 baby corn, sliced 6-8 fresh mushrooms, sliced 1 tbsp fish sauce 1 tbsp oyster sauce 1 tbsp soya sauce 1 tbsp cornflour, dissolved in 3 tbsp water 2 red chillies to garnish Chopped coriander, to sprinkle Method: Heat oil, add the garlic, onion, baby corn, mushrooms, fish sauce, soya sauce, oyster sauce, cornflour dissolved in water, garnish with coriander and red chillies.

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Stir-fried rice Ingredient : 1/2 kg rice, boiled and slightly cooled 2 carrots, cut in tiny cubes 1/2 small cabbage, finely sliced 1 capsicum, cut in tiny cubes 1/4 cup peas, boiled 2 eggs Salt to taste White pepper to taste 3 tbsp oil 2 chicken breasts, thinly sliced and boiled 3 tbsp soya sauce 1 small onion, chopped 3 spring onions, chopped Method: Heat oil, add egg and fry quickly to a scramble, add in all the vegetables, chicken and sitr-fry, fold in rice, season, mix well and serve hot.

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Sweet n Sour Chicken Ingredient : 1/2 kg chicken boneless pieces, cut in chunks 1 can pineapple chunks 1 capsicum, cut in tiny cubes and fried in 2 tbsp oil Oil, to fry the chicken Sauce : 2 tbsp corn flour 1 ¾ cups water 3/4 cups sugar 1/4 cup vinegar 2 drops of orange food color Batter : 2 tbsp oil 2 ¼ cups self raising flour 2 tbsp corn flour ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp white pepper 1 egg Method : For the sauce, boil 1 1Ž2 cups water, sugar, vinegar, pineapple syrup, orange color in a pan. Mix corn flour with water and slowly add in the sauce to thicken it. To make the batter, combine flour, corn flour, oil, salt, white pepper and egg. Add 1 cup water gradually to make a thick batter. Add in the chicken pieces and fry in hot oil till golden. Drain. Just before serving, mix chicken pieces with pineapple chunks, capsicums and pour the sauce over.

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Aries The Ram (21 March to 19 April) Cardinal, positive, male, fire, planet: Mars, colors: red and white, gem: Diamond, day: Tuesday On the 20th, the Sun will enter Aries – thus, prominence is likely. Aries is the exaltation-sign of the Sun and hence a powerful position. It will strengthen your constitution and will-power. It will also bring luck in speculation after the 20th especially on the 25th. Children will also exercise a great deal of influence. Avoid buying computers, cars or signing new contracts. Social obligations are best avoided on the 18th-19th. Your personal power will be at its peak from the 22nd-24th. Feet, toes, lymphatic system may be vulnerable from the 23rd onward.

Cancer The Crab (21 June- 22 July) Cardinal, negative, water, female, planet: Moon, colors: white and silver, gem: Pearls and moonstones, day: Monday Career scenario will improve after the 20th. Earnings will also increase from the 20th onward. Pay rises, promotions and good professional reputation may be expected from the 22nd-24th. Nonetheless, perfectionism in your career may backfire. From the 20th onward, Sun conjunct Uranus and Mercury will bestow sudden gains and windfalls. The new Moon on the 22nd will usher in new projects and new opportunities. Avoid major decisions during the voidof-course Moon on the 20th from 1:31 am till 5:05 am; the 21st from 1:39 pm till the 22nd at 2:57 pm and the 24th from 10:17 pm till the 25th at 2:43 am. The 20th-21st will promote foreign ventures, travel, higher education and spirituality. Financial losses may ensue on the 18th-19th. Health will be delicate this week especially from the 22nd-24th.

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Taurus The Bull (20April – 20 May) Fixed, negative, earth, female, planet: Venus, colors: greens and browns, gem: Emerald & Sapphire, day: Friday Avoid financial speculation or monetary risks. From the 20th onward, sorrows and limitations may escalate. Nonetheless, your ruler, Venus traveling close to fortunate Jupiter will bestow favorable opportunities till the 22nd despite confounding issues. Career hurdles are expected on the 19th. Carry out professional obligations on the 18th. Social connections are positively highlighted on the 20th-21st. Behindthe-scene activities and solitude are indicated from the 22nd-24th. Your personal power will reach its peak on the 25th-26th. Watch your health on the 18th-19th.

Leo The lion (23 July – 22 August) Fixed, positive, fire, male, planet: Sun, colors: gold and orange, gem: Ruby, day: Sunday. Avoid making major purchases or any significant financial undertakings. Be wary of friends. Relationship scenario will improve vastly after the 20th. Falling head over heels in love or rekindling of an old flame are highlighted from the 23rd-26th. Handle relationship matters on the 18th as compared to the 19th. Monetary gains may accrue on the 20th-21st. Travel, higher learning, overseas interests will fare better on the 22nd-23rd in comparison to the 24th. Career rise is likely till the 21st and the 25th. Unexpected accidents and injuries may occur from the 20th onwards. Be careful with regard to health matters on the 18th, 19th and 25th.

Gemini The Twins (21 May – 20 June) Mutable, positive, air, male, planet: Mercury, colors: yellow, gem: Agate, Day: Wednesday Avoid implementing drastic changes in your family setup, real estate matters or at home. Avoid buying and selling property or vehicle till April 4th. Friends, acquaintances and social activities are positively highlighted from the 20th onward especially from the 22nd-24th. On the 23rd, your ruler, Mercury will retrograde into Pisces, indicating prior professional obligations coming to light. Career favors are likely on the 20th-21st. Foreign ventures, higher education, travel and spirituality will be complicated on the 18th-19th. The new Moon on the 22nd will bestow prosperity via social connections. Earnings are expected on the 21st, 22nd and the 25th. Watch your health on the 20th-21st.

Virgo The Virgin (23 August – 22 September) Mutable, negative, earth, female, planet: Mercury, colors: navy and neutrals, gem: Peridot & Jade, day: Wednesday. Avoid drastic changes in your professional or personal life. Review career goals. After the 20th, matters pertaining to life and death, intimacy, joint finances, etc. may crop up. The 18th-19th entail tough job scenarios – nonetheless, job seekers may have opportunities from the 23rd-26th. Financial rewards may ensue till the 23rd. Avoid financial transaction on the 24th. Travel, learning, religious inclinations and foreign interests are favorably highlighted on the 25th. On the 23rd, your ruler will move backwards and enter Pisces – indicative of the need for partnerships and gains thereof. Relationships are also positively highlighted on the 20th-21st. Vitality and constitution may be weakened from the 20th onward. Surgeries are expected. Many may opt for cosmetic enhancements. Health will be delicate on the 20th, 21st and 25th.

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Libra The Scales (23 September – 22 October) Cardinal, positive, air, male, planet: Venus, colors: blues and pastels, gem: Sapphire, Jade & Opal, day: Friday. Travel plans, overseas connections and spirituality will experience glitches till April 4th. After the 20th, social attachments will increase particularly from the 22nd-24th. Romance, children and sports will be complicated on the 18th-19th. Avoid speculation or risks on the 18th-19th. Job related success is indicated on the 20th-21st. Partnerships will be strengthened or perhaps new relationships, even marriages are likely. High expenditures, dissipation and limitations may become apparent especially after the 22nd. Financial gains may accrue on the 25th. Health may be vulnerable after the 22nd especially the hands, arms, shoulders, stomach and nervous system. Watch your health from the 22nd-24th.

Scorpio The Scorpion (23 October – 21 November) Fixed, negative, water, female, planet: Pluto, colors: dark reds and black, gem Red Coral, Opal, day: Tuesday. Review your social life. Avoid forming new friendships till April 4th. Avoid joint financial ventures. After the 20th, work-orientation will be reinforced. Your job sector will receive a positive boost from the 22nd-24th. Till the 21st, multiple opportunities to form new relationships or strengthening of former partnerships are likely especially on the 25th. Family matters will be turbulent on the 18th-19th. Romance, children and leisure activities are positively highlighted on the 20th-21st. Speculation gains are likely on the 21st. Health will be vulnerable on the 18th, 19th and 25th.

Aquarius The Water Bearer (20 January – 18 February) Fixed, positive, air, male, planet: Uranus, colors: electric blue, gem: Amethyst, black Pearl & Opal, day: Saturday. Avoid major decisions pertaining to your children and romantic life. Avoid joint financial ventures till April 4th. After the 20th, communications, media, literary activities, studies, travel, siblings, relative and neighbors are highlighted especially from the 22nd-24th. Your personal power for accomplishment will be strengthened on the 18th-19th. Financial benefits may accrue on the 21st in comparison to 20th. Parents, family and home will be a source of joy on the 25th. Social outings and romantic rendezvous are likely from the 23rd-26th. The new Moon on the 22nd will improve health matters. Look after yourself on the 25th-26th. Arms, shoulders, hands, stomach, nervous system and heart may be vulnerable.

Sagittarius The Archer (22 November – 21 December) Mutable, positive, fire, male, planet: Jupiter, colors: purple and blue, gem: Turquoise, day: Thursday. Review career moves. Avoid major changes in your profession till April 4th. Partnerships will suffer. After the 23rd, your bosses, elders, even your marriage partner will be highly sensitive to the implications of language. Matters pertaining to siblings, relatives, neighbors and travel may be somewhat difficult on the 18th-19th. Parents, home and real estate issues are favorably indicated on the 20th-21st. From the 20th onward, leisure activities, a new romantic affair, sports, creativity and children are positively highlighted especially from the 22nd-24th. Speculation gains are likely on the 22nd-23rd. Job related progress is expected on the 25th. Health will improve after the 20th.

Pisces The Fish (19 February – 20 March) Mutable, negative, water, female, planet: Neptune, colors: sea green and lavender, gem: Aquamarine & Emerald, day: Thursday Review family matters. Delay major family decisions. Avoid drastic decisions related to your spouse or partner till April 4th. After the 20th, financial arena is highlighted. Monetary benefits may accrue on the 22nd-23rd. Losses, limitations and phobias are indicated on the 18th19th. Your personal power will be at its peak on the 20th-21st. Travel, studies, interaction with others, siblings, relatives and neighbors are favorably highlighted on the 25th.Upheavals connected with your job are likely from the 23rd-26th. You may be accident prone. Surgeries are in the picture.

Capricorn The Goat (22 December – 19 January) Cardinal, negative, earth, female, planet: Saturn, colors: dark green and brown, gem: Diamond & black Onyx, day: Saturday. Avoid long distance travel, educational changes and overseas transactions till April 4th. Review your job scenario. Avoid work related changes. Nonetheless, career opportunities may crop up till the 22nd. Financial difficulties are indicated on the 18th-19th. Short distance travel, siblings, cousins, relatives, neighbors, communications, etc. are favorably highlighted on the 20th-21st. After the 20th, your parents, family, home, heritage and the past will take precedence especially from the 22nd-24th. You have to compromise. Speculation gains, financial windfalls, joy via children and romance are indicated on the 25th. Health may deteriorate after the 20th especially from the 22nd-24th. Avoid drastic changes in your health regimen. Feet, toes and lymphatic system will become vulnerable from the 23rd onward.

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Love Thai food

It has sensational flavours and aromas. Opium Thai is the definitive venue for a holistic tribute to the love of Thai Food strictly adhering within its art of culinary fusion the essence of all the unique ingredients and spices. Address: 43 CI, Gulberg 3, Lahore, Pakistan.

For home décor…

WEAR THE PANTS OPI Summer Bear Grylls goes “wild” for the Dockers® brand collection with the introduction of the khaki leader’s 2012 global marketing campaign. Dockers® brand is proud to unveil the first visuals from the latest evolution of its international, Wear the Pants® marketing platform featuring Bear Grylls, star of multiple extreme survival programmes. The campaign will pair Grylls’ rugged charisma with the latest in refined, approachable masculine style from the world’s most authoritative khaki resource, the Dockers® brand.

Shazreh Home Accessories is fully stocking at Liberty and DHA Al-Fatah… Entertain in style with 3-tiered cupcake trays, beautiful platters, stunning tea trays, TV trays & trolleys made from solid wood & glass - picture frames, mirrors & candle stands with beautiful finishes! Its time to get rid of your old clutter to make way for fun and fresh pieces to breathe new life into your home, or you could buy the perfect gift for someone in reasonable prices! Contact: shazrehkhalid@gmail.com 62 Sunday Plus March 18, 2012

Nice Stems is just what you want for your summer make-up look. OPI’s Nice Stems! Collection is fresh, pink and refreshing. The summer collection includes four pink polishes with flower themed, play-on word names OPI is famous for. These shades range from a soft pink, to a bright, sparkly fuschia, and even includes a glittery pink top coat that adds an extra sparkle to your nails. Come to Poppy is a vibrant coral pink that’s definitely a one-coat wonder! Make-up artists and manicurists all across Pakistan are delighted at the fact that one coat of this polish is as opaque as 3 or 4 coats would be. Be a Dahlia Won’t You? is a bold, shimmery fuschia with lots of gold sparkle. I Lily Love You is a sheer, jelly pink with large rainbow glitter and flake particles. These nail colors are available at all leading spas, salons and retail outlets all across Pakistan. splus@nation.com.pk


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