February 19, 2012
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MOHSIN ALI | interview |
Numair Abbas Animation is a real art | special report |
eunuchs Struggle for
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PAK-US RELATIONS: ASPIRATIONS AND THE REALITIES
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inside this week FEbruary 12, 2012
Mohsin Ali talks about his rich cultural heritage and his humble beginning
Numair Abbas shares his experience of making â€˜The Apartment Complexâ€™
24. special report A special feature about the eunuchs struggle for rights
is in THE AIR!
The passion and creativity that makes cake specialist Sam inspiring
30. BAFTA Awards
The winners of BAFTA Awards 2012
Editor’s note We present to you another exciting issue of your very own Sunday Plus. This week we get candid with one of the most talented young breed of designers Mohsin Ali, who talks about his Hazara roots and his design sensibilities. History is in the making. Pakistan’s first fully animated sitcom ‘The apartment complex’ is all set for transmission on TV channels. We are in conversation with Numair Abbas the man behind this grand project. Read special report on the eunuchs struggle to earn respect and honour from the society and the fight for their rights. When it comes to taste, creativity and perfection, Sam’s Factory has it all. Your favourite fillings blended with the flavours of Chocolate Mud Cake, Death by Chocolate, Yellow Butter Cake French Vanilla Cake, Caramel, this gifted artist knows it all. Meet Pakistan’s first certified cake specialist Sam of Sam’s Factory whose passion of creating something which is more of an art than the matter of taste only knows no bounds. We are also in conversation with policy analyst and writer Mowahid Hussain Shah about Pak-US relations. On our style pages see the latest collection of the talented designer Nida Azwer. Send us your comments and feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org
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“Drawing the line” with his “Fables & Dreams”:
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MOHSIN ALI For Mohsin Ali, fashion designing was not an obvious career choice, but then the world of design beckoned to draw a blueprint for success.
After earning a bronze medal in Fashion Design from Pakistan Institute of Fashion Design (PIFD), 2010 batch graduation show, to completing apprenticeship under Omar Farooq with Republic, to earning some delicious brownie points with his debut collection at PFDC Sunsilk fashion Week in 2010, this Quetta born, Lahore-based designer Mohsin Ali has arrived and is here to stay. A PIFD graduate, his resume sounds pretty impressive but doesn’t prepare you for his humble candour and unassuming nature. His love for opulent Pakistani fabrics, vibrant colours and traditional craftsmanship has slowly but steadily pushed him into the front ranks of Pakistan’s emerging fashion pool. Mohsin Ali stepped under the Pakistani runway scanners for the first time in 2010.Getting much appreciation from the fashion fraternity, Mohsin launched his namesake label during the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week Karachi in 2010. His work was instantly noticed and appreciated by one and all. His later collections titled ‘Fables and Dreams’ and ‘Drawing the Line’ in 2011 at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Weeks proved that he came prepared with a plan and executed it with determination. Mélange, meaning ‘to mix’, perfectly describes Mohsin’s mosaic-like persona which reflects in his designs. Though many consider him a foreigner, Mohsin reveals his Quetta connection is tenuous at its best. With his atypical looks charmingly, Mohsin is working hard to make a mark. Indeed, his eclecticism is precisely what makes him stand out, complementing the experimental comme vous voulez spirit of the times where anything goes as long as it’s pulled off with conviction. In the relatively young and unpredictable arena that is our fashion industry, the arrival here and making a mark is an indication of solid grounds. The fledgling stages and shaky days are behind and there is a youthful energy and dynamism about him. In a Sunday Plus exclusive, this very grounded and modest designer discusses about his rich cultural heritage, his clothes as a medium to vent his emotional turmoil and how humble beginning have a lot to do with his skyrocketing success.
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1. How did your journey as a
designer start? How did you hone your skills as a designer? Mohsin Ali: The journey very much started while I was studying at PIFD, and definitely PIFD did all the honing up the technical skill part! 2. From winning Bronze Award at the PIFD graduation show in 2010 to showcasing collections titled ‘Fables and Dreams’ and ‘Drawing the Line’ in 2011 at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Weeks; how has the journey been so far? Mohsin: Altogether it’s been a fantastic journey so far thank God. It’s been very challenging though, but has been learning from every bit of it, and enjoying thoroughly! 3. Your recent collection paid a tribute and narrated a story of the rich cultural heritage of Hazara. What message did you want to convey? Mohsin: I believe that fashion is directly
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influenced by the social ups and downs that surrounds us and leaves its impact in our minds and practically on our lives. I paid a tribute to the people of Hazara living in Quetta, for the fact that my life was affected tremendously after losing a family member during the crises in the city. So as an artist these feelings came out through the medium of my work. 4. What is your design philosophy? Tell us about your designing process. Does it begin with an idea or a sketch? Mohsin: Through my clothes, I want to tell the story of a rich cultural heritage, fables immortalized in patterns, overlaid with bold stripes to depict the feeling of being trapped, bound and held still by constricting circumstances. The designing process
always starts with an idea in my case. After a well thought initial idea, I start design developments revolving around the very idea, and it keeps me better focused. 5. How do you create a different niche for your clientele? Mohsin: I follow my heart, and I find it quite amazing that there are many others sharing the same fashion aesthetics. There will always be a vacuum for new ideas and creations, and I find it rather amusing to grab hold of my niche! 6. What is your opinion on the rising number of fashion weeks happening in Pakistan? How competitive is the fashion market today? Mohsin: Competition is healthy and always welcome, and more fashion weeks are means more
10. What is the one change that
the fashion industry needs? fashion awareness. More the merrier! 7. What are the best aspects of working in fashion? Flip-side, what are the worst aspects of working in fashion? Mohsin: The only excitement working in fashion is when an idea transforms into a reality in the form of a garment, and your customers love them and enjoy wearing them. The worst is that you don’t really get to know who is a true friend and who is not! 8. How do you deal with criticism when you find yourself
at the receiving end? Mohsin: I have been Alhamdulillah very
well received! And I am my biggest critic myself; I always take criticism as an advice but only from those whose criticisms actually matter and can bring good change. 9. What does prêt and couture mean to you? When will couture come to mean more than just bridal in Pakistan? Mohsin: Couture means expansive, and prêt cheap! Whenever people are ready to invest in couture and not only in bridals.
Mohsin: One change we desperately
need is a council that can issue a licence to those who have gained appropriate trainings and experience to work in the fashion industry, be it any field of fashion. 11. As a fashion designer yourself, do you find it harder to buy clothes designed by other people? Mohsin: There’s one place I am always comfortable shopping and that is REPUBLIC by Omar Farooq in Pakistan. 12. What are the most underrated and overrated things they
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teach you in fashion schools?
Mohsin: As far as my experience, PIFD
has taught me everything relevant, from punctuality to textile techniques that students hate learning. So I am grateful to the institute for making me able to deliver my skills in the practical life. PIFD’s training system is multifaceted and through that has been established by the industry stalwarts who know the game! 13. What is the most difficult but necessary skill to acquire before one embarks on a fashion career? Mohsin: I believe it has to be Aestheticism. 14. Fill in the blank: fashion designers are good……….. Mohsin: At creating fantasies… 15. Most common misconceptions about working in the fashion industry? Any piece of advice to anyone looking for a career in fashion? Mohsin: The most common misconception is that it’s always fun and easy and that fashion industry is not a serious profession. The only advice that I would like to give is to follow your heart and take this or any profession seriously. 16. Best fashion moment? Worst
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fashion moment? Mohsin: The best fashion moment was
when I was rushed to the pressroom soon after my first ever PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week Collection in Karachi, where all the journalists were waiting and the cameras were staring! And the worst was when I wore a tee with a shalwar at work! Don’t know what on earth I was thinking! Later I altered the same shalwar into chic pants and flaunted them all summers 17. If you knew then (when you decided to enter the fashion world) what you know now, would you have done anything different?
Mohsin: I did what I could do best in
that particular situation. I think I would have preferred going abroad somewhere to study fashion and continued working as a designer. But I love every bit of it here! 18. What's the future of fashion retail in Pakistan? Is the market getting super saturated, becoming a case of too many designers and not enough customers? Mohsin: The future of fashion retail is huge in Pakistan, and fashion is the new hot money making machine for many investors! So obviously everyone would want to invest in it. But those who
can carry it on are benefitting while others should just shut. 19. You get to stay on top of all the latest trends! Can you name some reigning trends for 2012 and SS 2012, as far as what's hot in colours, fabrics and cuts we should be looking out for? Mohsin: In terms of colours, tints and shades of reds, blues, yellows, greens, nudes and black and white are in. In fabrics, grab all sorts of fabric that you are comfortable in and in terms of cuts, there is not a particular one that I can spot, anything and everything is in, so go for the silhouette that you look good in! 20. Is there one trend that is really big right now that you cannot stand? Mohsin: The tent should go now! 21. What do you want to do in 2012? Mohsin: After having a depressing past few years, all of us as a nation should celebrate life, and stop thinking about all the worries that have become a part of our lives for a change. So in 2012, I just want to touch the stars and borrow some bling and happiness.
22. Your day starts with… Mohsin: Radio and a cup of tea! 23. You are addicted to… Mohsin: Playing with fabric! 24. An unknown fact about yourself… Mohsin: I m a good dancer 25. Personal weaknesses and strengths… Mohsin: Family and friends! 26. One thing you would like to change about yourself… Mohsin: I am a too courteous! 27. Who is your favourite designer (Local and International)? Mohsin: Comme Des Garçons, Givenchy and Sana Safinaz. 28. Style statement… Mohsin: Accessorizing normal and basic items into extraordinary. 29. Style icons (locally and inter-
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nationally)… Mohsin: Anna Wintour, Lapo Elkann,
ANNA DELLO RUSSO, Khadija Shah. 30. Celebrities you would love to see wearing your label… Mohsin: Anna Dello Russo, Blake Lively, and Emma Watson. 31. Your favourite muse… Mohsin: Tehmina Durrani 32. Your first fashion creation… Mohsin: A kurta that I mixed up with old demins and made a jacket out of them on my mother’s tractor sewing machine a decade ago! 33. A city that inspires you… Mohsin: Paris and Quetta. 34. Dream destination and why… Mohsin: The Bora-Bora island for its serenity and the clear beaches. 35. A crazy holiday memory… Mohsin: A trip to up North with crazy friends 36. The best thing about being a Pakistani… Mohsin: That I don’t look like one, and whoever I meet for the first time think that I am not a Pakistani and am a liar for claiming so! 37. One thing I would change about Pakistan is… Mohsin: Many, but let’s start from corruption first! 38. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now… Mohsin: In an island with my future partner watching sunrise and sunset!
39. Most repeated label in your
Mohsin: Republic by Omer Farooq. 40. 3 must-haves in anyone’s
closet … Mohsin: A white tee, a pair of comfort-
able jeans and a nice pair of shoes. 41. Recent purchases… Mohsin: Winter jackets 42. Favourite items in your closet… Mohsin: A cotton white shirt and my old friend jeans. 43. Current obsession… Mohsin: Bling-bling 44. Oldest items in your closet Mohsin: A pair of Lee jeans, a Burberry wallet, and a leather biker jacket
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48. Your favourite books… Eat,
49. Your favourite movie… Rock-
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Just Pret Brands Just Pret located at Dolmen City Mall has barely been open for two months and hasnâ€™t even had a proper launch yet. But the place never stops buzzing and fashionistas from all over the city are quickly making it a favourite haunt. In this exclusive, Sunday Plus talks to Hadi Anwar, CEO Brands Just Pret, and Somaya Adnan, Managing Director, about their plans for this venture.
Q1. What inspired you to establish your multi-brand store? BJP: We established a multi-brand store to bring reputable designers together on a single platform and provide them with stocking facilities, promote them through exhibitions and our unique web-store. Our inspiration for such a store was to bridge the gap in the industry for providing excellent customer services and to provide a platform to new designers with potential. Q2: What do you feel sets your multi-brand store apart from other such stores? BJP: Our business model is not unique however our professionalism in dealing with designers and customer relationship management sets us apart from our competitors. We have tried our best to tailor Just Pret into a model which is designer and customer friendly. Without our formal launch, we have positioned ourselves in the best mall of Pakistan amongst many international brands and the response from designers as well as walk in clients is encouraging. Q3: Brands Just Pret is located in a mall, a benefit no other multi brand store in Karachi has: how does this set you apart? BJP: While selecting a location for our store, we strongly believed that we would always choose a mall location over any high street store as retail outlets in a mall have a bigger advantage of walk-in clients. We are pioneers of having a multi-brand store in one of the best malls of Pakistan. Rest of the multi brands stores are now seen to be following our footsteps by booking shops around us. Q4: When inviting designers to stock at Brands Just Pret, what did you give more consideration to: the brand name or the quality of the product? BJP: Definitely the quality of the product. We are delighted to have onboard an excellent line-up of designers who are known for produc-
ing high-end merchandise, complimenting the look and feel of Brands Just Pret. We have 35 designers stocking with us and our portfolio of designers is selected strictly based on their end products. Q5: With so many multi-brand stores cropping up, do you feel owning such a store is still a sustainable and dependable business model? BJP: It is a tough business with low margins but like any other business, you need to have your own Unique Selling Proposition hence our USPs are the positioning of our designers and availability of our products to people not only in Pakistan but also abroad. Q6: Ever thought of doing a multi brand men's wear store? BJP: Yes, it is on the cards. Right now we are concentrating on ladies designer wear but at a later stage we might have a wing for menâ€™s wear. Q7: Now that you have been in business for almost two months, what is your conclusion: are the biggest names the biggest sellers? BJP: Two months is not really a long time to come to such a conclusion. We are a new store located in a new mall and the dynamics of a mall are very different from those of a store on a high street. However we have always believed that the quality sells more than the names. If a good quality product is sold at a good price, name does not really matter! Q8: Brands Just Pret is one of the most ambitious multi brand stores around if we go by the events calendar rolled out by BJP as well as the tour of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Do you feel such aggressive marketing and PR is needed to make such a project successful? BJP: Marketing and PR is critical to such a business and yes it is definitely needed. Q9: You are also stocking diamond jewellery at your store, will walk in customers buy such expensive products? BJP: Walk in customers would walk in and see that we sell diamond jewellery at our store and once they need it, they do come and buy it from us. Q10: Are you planning on expanding a chain of Brands Just Pret stores all across the country? BJP: We are focusing on our flagship store at Dolmen Mall, Clifton and also working on marketing our web-store to Asian expats across the world. We are currently working on feasibilities of opening an international store shortly.
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“Animation is a ‘ real’ art” Sunday Plus Feburary 19, 2012
he use of animation is everywhere: in video, TV, film, photography, computer and web based installations. However, unfortunately this art has not yet receive the support other mediums artist have in Pakistan. The news of Pakistani animators working in Hollywood films has made us proud. Still, the animation industry in Pakistan is struggling to carve out a niche. But there is always a ray of light at the end of the tunnel. Numair Abbas, CEO of Numairicals Studios, is all set to negotiate with television channels to give airtime to Pakistanâ€™s first fully animated sitcom, The Apartment Complex. Now, we can own our locally illustrated and animated characters that have been conceived by Numair Abbas, knitted in different stories reflecting societal flaws and dilemmas. Set in the serenity of Islamabad, Numairical Studios will be the pioneer in producing the first of its kind, while setting a new
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direction for the animation industry in Pakistan. Does The Apartment Complex have the potential to become the local version of The Simpsons? Wait and watch this space! But at least something is happening in our Pakistan. “Animation is about creating a different universe. It is comparable to an experience of watching a good movie,” Abbas told. “You just indulge yourself in the imaginative world. Likewise, to give life to the unanimated characters, you let yourself loose in the virtual world. This is what makes this job fun and even more interesting.” Further, he added that it is really important to understand the characters. S+: What prompted you to move into a career in “Think, and think, get yourself animation? How did you go about pursuing it? immersed in the characters Abbas: I never thought cartoons while feeling the mood, could be a career. All I knew was that I’ve always loved to draw. And I also knew that listening to the previous my brain was always overflowing with the most creative ideas and stories. Even recordings and warming up,” though my mother is a famous cartoonist, Abbas elaborated. there just never seemed like there were any directions I could take with it for a Numair Abbas exclusively ‘good’ future for myself. So, I went through talks to Sunday Plus to almost my entire schooling trying to do best in the sciences while doodling share the developments and my between the margins. But the bug was too strong and I eventually made my way experience of making ‘The into Graphic Design at NCA, Lahore. It was Apartment Complex’, and still not until I completed an internship at about the animation industry a multimedia web-gaming company in Chicago that I realized that animation is a ‘real’ art. Back in Pakistan, I worked on in Pakistan: 20 Sunday Plus Feburary 19, 2012
as many animations related projects as I could convince companies to undertake. I won a Fulbright Scholarship to study film making at UCLA and now there is no looking back!
S+: The Apartment Complex is first Pakistani TV animation series. What are those elements of interest that will attract the audience? Abbas: This show, ‘The Apartment Complex’, is pitched as being Pakistan’s first fully animated sitcom/drama. It is meant to be a reflection of ourselves as Pakistani’s. Deep down, viewers might not admit it, but every one from our target audiences should be able to see they can actually relate to the crazy characters in the show. It’s full of things we say, ‘only
interview happen in Pakistan’ but without pointing any fingers at particular people.
S+: Tell something about this program. Will it be on the lines of political satire or anything else? Abbas: I want people
to enjoy the big and small imperfections in our society instead of targeting specific people. Personalities come and go but I have a feeling that as a people, we aren’t really destined to change much. So this show is definitely in the social commentary category. And although it is not to be confused with social ‘messages’, there are many lessons an intelligent viewer should be able to realize simply watching the show.
S+: How do you begin writing a story and developing ideas for characters? Abbas: I think we’re the funniest,
craziest people in the world with the most charming issues that we ourselves don’t admit to. So there’s no shortage of ideas all around us. I made sure to thoughtfully develop the characters so they can represent as many stereotypes in our society. After establishing the characters, the characters themselves drive the stories and not just their stereotypes. This, in the true sense of the word, is sitcom (short for Situation Comedy - where the situation drives the characters to take their actions)
S+: When will this se-
‘The Apartment Complex’, is pitched as being Pakistan’s first fully animated sitcom/drama. It is meant to be a reflection of ourselves as Pakistani’s. Deep down, viewers might not admit it, but every one from our target audiences should be able to see they can actually relate to the crazy characters in the show. ries be aired? Abbas: Very very soon we hope.
We are talking to Television channels and they have shown an avid interest in the project. But we really want to make sure we choose a popular channel and position a good time slot so that the most number
of people can see it.
S+: What kind of audience are you catering to? Abbas: The type of audience that has a sense of humour. And if they don’t, we want people to get one! It’s not easy.
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interview Not many of us like to make fun of ourselves; we immediately feel our ego’s attacked even if it comes from ourselves. But that’s just the kind of shaking up I would like the audience to experience. In marketing terms, we’re aiming for an 18 35 year old middle/upper middle class Pakistani viewership guys and girls in Pakistan and abroad. I’m not even worried about the children; simply by being in the cartoon animation form, we should be able to attract kids as a bonus viewership. So yes, a lot of the jokes that made it to the TV version of the show have been toned down for them.
S+: You have released cameos of prominent celebrities like Ali Zafar and Imran Abbas. Who is your dream artist that you would like to illustrate in your series? Abbas: Who is the craziest funni-
est personality of Pakistan that really represents who we are as Pakistani’s? Him!! (or her?) Since I still haven’t found that persona, I’ve been incorporating as many of the established personas of Pakistan I can. The joy of animation is that you can get anyone living or dead. Watch the show and see the variety of the highest persona’s of our country from famous humanitarians to pop artists to famous chefs to famous artists as cameo guests in part of the episodes!
S+: What are your favourite animated programs? Abbas: As a child there was nothing that gave me more confidence than
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There’s been no better education for animation than the life I’ve been living. Even the word ‘animation’ means, ‘the state or condition of having life’. It also took me 9 years of practically working on animated work and 3 years of film school at UCLA / classes at CalArts to make me confident at film making and animation. He-Man. Just that theme song brought power and focus into my eyes. Then there was Danger Mouse (British), Transformers (Japan/US), Barabapapa (French), Super-Ted (British), The Simpsons (US) (in between they had begun some really bad seasons but its become really good again). I wish I could quote some Pakistani
examples, I really do. We’re overdue to have some Pakistani content made. But hopefully soon once we start to take this medium seriously locally, we’ll create some genius here too. Unfortunately, it really does initially depend majorly in part on support from investing agencies/individuals.
S+: What kind of education did it take to get you where you are today? Abbas: Honestly, there’s been no better education for animation than the life I’ve been living. Even the word ‘animation’ means, ‘the state or condition of having life’. It also took me 9 years of practically working on animated work and 3 years of film school at UCLA / classes at CalArts to make me confident at film making and animation. And it has taken entrepreneurial ventures to get me confident at turning this into a business.
S+: There are Pakistani animators working in Hollywood. What is the scope of animation in Pakistan? Abbas: Several of those animators
are close friends of mine and I’m extremely proud of them. The potential for animation in Pakistan is comparable to the potential of a new-born baby. There are countries like Nepal, comparable in size with simply some of our cities, that have locally produced animation yet we still have none. This is an open field for any investors to grow it into a hugely thriving industry. Especially since if and when we get our animators at par level with the rest of the
world, we can actually be much cheaper than our neighbours.
S+: How long have you been working in the animation industry? Abbas: It’s been around 9 years
although back then I was learning the ropes on my own so it’s taken me a while to be somewhat satisfied with what I can produce. It hasn’t been very long unfortunately yet it is still not much less than the history of animation in the country itself.
S+: Can you offer any advice to those interested in producing their own independent animations? Abbas: Draw. Paint. Make beauti-
ful art. And then upgrade yourself and try your hand at animation. It isn’t everyone’s cup of tea since it is definitely not easy work. So keep at it. Make entire films of whatever duration you’re content with and show it to everyone. Don’t get selfish with your work. Don’t become egotistical about your work. And please don’t make your art in a cocooned cubicle. Share it with as many people as possible even while you’re still developing your films. Because anyone and everyone can give you suggestions
The potential for animation in Pakistan is comparable to the potential of a new-born baby. There are countries like Nepal, comparable in size with simply some of our cities, that have locally produced animation yet we still have none. This is an open field for any investors to grow it into a hugely thriving industry. Especially since if and when we get our animators at par level with the rest of the world, we can actually be much cheaper than our neighbours. that will make it better. And then you will yourself feel the immense satisfaction of a viewer making the subtlest of subtle expression changes as they watch your film.
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We live in a country where we have all, at one point or another felt the need to fight for his or her rights. More than 100,000 Eunuchs, better known as Khawaja Sirahs werenâ€™t even recognized as transgender for 65 years, but are now being officially recognised. Sunday Plus February 19, 2012
n our society, it has been happening for years. When a transgender baby is born, in many cases, it is abandoned by the family and given to the community of eunuchs where life is spent in the shadows of poverty and prostitution. They are not given the right to education, eunuchs are not allowed admission in schools. There is no special public or pri-
vate sector school where they could get education. They are looked down upon and are not hired for any jobs in either the public or private sector. Since they do not complete any kind of education they can never become eligible for service in police or armed forces. They are considered socially unacceptable and therefore cannot work as labourers or even do odd jobs. Ridiculed and jeered at by the general
populace, they are left with no option but to beggars, dance at wedding and birthday functions or become prostitutes. Azhar Siddique, an advocate and human rights activist, notes, “Unfortunately, this faction of our society has always been mocked for being what God has made them.” To add fuel to the fire, they have been in continuous threat of being harassed or robbed off by gangsters as well as police. Almas Bobby, a focal person of the Eunuch community said, “Earlier, when we would return home from marriage functions, the police would stop us and rob us of our money earned there. Gangsters would also come to our homes, torture us, rape us and take away our money.” Bobby added that things began to change after she and her fellows rose up for the rights “In 2009, we protested against Taxila Police when they took away our people’s money and registered an unjustified FIR.” he said, adding that initially very few people rose for the rights, but then eunuchs from all over Pakistan joined him. Later when a petition was filed by Dr. Aslam Khaki in SC in 2009, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry shed light on the fate of eunuchs. Consequently their long awaited due rights were granted, including the right to be recognized as the third gender on NIC, right to vote, right to inheritance. Apart from that, jobs were allocated in different government departments in Sindh as well as NADRA. The question that came to mind is, has the SC verdict really change the life of eunuchs in a country where even Prime Minister ignores the SC verdict. Almas acknowledged. “Now the police and gangsters have changed their attitudes. They don’t tease us as they used to do earlier. They have now gone on the back foot.” Azhar points out, “The SC has taken a step in the right direction. However it is the Parliament’s duty now to make special legislation for them.” He demands strict punishment for those who
abandon their transgender children. Azhar goes on to recommend special quotas in jobs, special schools and even a special quota in the parliament. “There should be someone from the Eunuch community who could raise voice for the community.” It is to be noted that Eunuchs can contest elections but Almas said none of them would do so. “To contest elections in Pakistan requires a lot of money.” However he said that if special quotas were allocated and they could enter parliament, they would work for the welfare of people. “We don’t have families or children for whom we will do corruption. We would only work to serve people.” There is no doubt that things have improved for Eunuchs. But Almas mentioned up certain demands. He also said that earlier NADRA would accept the names of Gurus as guardians but now they insisted on writing the names of fathers. “Our people had refused to go to NADRA because they had refused to mention the names of Gurus. Why would anyone want to write name of someone who had abandoned him? How can one know the name of his father when he has never met him?” Almas also had grievances at Dr. Maria Zulfiqar, a TV anchor who had done a couple of shows on eunuchs. “Dr.Maria had invited such married men who aren’t Eunuchs but pretend to be from among us. Why do they represent us?” he (Almas) inquired adding that he (Almas) knew them personally who had turned into eunuchs so that they could get money from functions.” The struggle of eunuchs to live a life of respect and honour continues. Things may not change in the near future. One can hope situation will improve. They have been a neglected chapter of our society for too long! It is high time the government ensurs that the rights of eunuchs are protected. It should start the process of positive change by opening special schools for educating them. Once empowered with education they would be better equipped to fight for their rights.
“In 2009, we protested against Taxila Police when they took away our people’s money and registered an unjustified FIR.” he said adding that initially very few people rose for the rights, but then eunuchs from all over Pakistan joined him.
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When it comes to taste, creativity and perfection, Sam’s Factory has it all. All you have to is to order your favourite fillings blended with the flavours of Chocolate Mud Cake, Death by Chocolate, Yellow Butter Cake and relish the divinely cakes. Sam of Sam’s Factory has the passion of creati ng ‘something perfect’ which is more of an art than the matter of taste only. Her journey began from Saudi Arab and now based in Karachi, she is the first cake exprt in Pakistan. SUNDAY PLUS talks to SAM (SUMAIRA WASEEM) the artist about her vision of ‘Sam’s cake factory’ and scope of creating picture -perfect cakes in Pakistan.
S+: How and when did you become a certified cake artist? Sam: The journey started in Jeddah in early 2011 by an excellent Turkish instructor Burcu Altunsecen. S+: You are known as a certified cake artist which is entirely a new
concept in Pakistan. Where and when did you get your certification from? Sam: I got my certification from Wilton and PME under the umbrella of Tavola Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. S+: Have you always had an interest in culinary arts? Sam: Not really, women have mobility limitations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, thus I started it as a hobby initially. S+: Where do you look for inspira-
tion? Sam: Most of the food channels have regular programs on cake decoration, to name a few Cake Boss and Last Cake Standing, that’s where the inspiration comes from. S+: Tell us about your clientele and price range… Sam: Our clients are upper middle and upper class due to the high prices and why high prices? Most professionals, making and decorating cakes for a living, would say that it is still not a viable business. The amount of time
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that is invested in making a delicate bouquet of flowers could be as much as 40-50 hours! However, the love of Sugar-crafting, the satisfaction that we feel when we have completed a work of art makes it all worthwhile! S+: Do you work individually or with a team? Sam: Working individually has its limitations, I have a team of three people and we work together to create these masterpieces. S+: What was the most difficult piece you have created? Why? Sam: Every cake is handcrafted, our specially is to produce 100% handmade and 100% edible cakes. We do not use readymade plastic, rubber or paper cake toppers, thus every piece is unique and difficult in its own dimension. However, flowery, sculpted and carved cakes are the most difficult ones to work on. S+: Do you have a favourite cake that you have designed? Sam: All our creations are our favourite, we pay a lot of attention to detail and put our 100% in each creation. Also, we make them for our clients, and each client of ours is equally favourite so is the cake they ordered. S+: What is the most important aspect in creating a great cake? Sam: Consideration of the personality, passion, hobby, profession or interest of the person the cake is being created for. It has to have an emotional reference to the person so that it can represent true, lifelike feelings. S+: What are some of the tools that you would use making a cake? Sam: There are millions of tools available now, but as a starter, a rolling pin and a few cookie cutters are enough. S+: What are the tricks of making a good cake at home? Sam: Put all your emotions and love in to it. You can’t go wrong with it. S+: How long does it take to make a cake? Sam: For a team of three, most cakes require 10 to 15 hours’ continuous hard work. S+: What kind of workspace do you have? Sam: You need to have a huge dining
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table; the space should be big and comfortable so that you can work without any hassle. A few drawers and cupboard are enough for starters. S+: How has running a cake business changed how you look at cake? Sam: Earlier cakes were associated with flavours and tastes, now they can represent emotions and feelings. S+: How the art different from the regular business of baking? Sam: A cake decorator’s job starts after baking finishes… S+: What are your most popular flavours these days? Sam: Mainly chocolate, vanilla and red velvet. S+: What are you doing when you’re not decorating and making cakes? Sam: Watching movies, travelling with family, shopping etc. S+: What are some of your ultimate baking dreams or goals? Sam: To create a life size cake for someone. S+: Other than cake, what other types of goodies do you make at Sam’s Cake Factory? Sam: We include cakes, cupcakes, cake-pops and Cookies. S+: Do you make deserts too? Sam: No. S+: Has there ever been a dessert that you tried to make but couldn’t get right? What type? Sam: I am not a baking chef, thus it doesn’t apply. S+: What is next for Sam’s Cake Factory? Sam: Our own outlet in Karachi. S+: Why should people come to Sam’s Cake Factory? Sam: To get their emotions, feelings, love and passion transformed in to cakes. S+: Any advice for someone that might be interested in starting cake decorating… Sam: Contact us at www.samscakefactory.com for any guidance. Also they should learn the basic baking and icing first; we will be willing to help those and hopefully start classes soon.
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The stars of The Artist were anything but silent as the film was one of the main winners at last night’s BAFTA Awards in London with seven awards, alongside Meryl Streep and John Hurt who received a special tribute.
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The Artist Wins Big at The Baftas
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• Picture: The Artist • Actor: Jean Dujardin - The Artist • Actress: Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady • Director: Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist • Supporting actress: Octavia Spencer - The Help • Supporting actor: Christopher Plummer - Beginners • Animated film: Rango • Documentary: Senna • Outstanding British film: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy • Film not in the English language: The Skin I Live In • Outstanding debut: Tyrannosaur • Adapted screenplay: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan • Original screenplay: The Artist Michel Hazanavicius • Production design: Hugo Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo • Cinematography: The Artist -
Guillaume Schiffman • Makeup and hair: The Iron Lady - Mark Coulier, J. Roy Helland, Marese Langan • Costume design: The Artist Mark Bridges • Editing: Senna - Gregers Sall and Chris King • Sound: Hugo - Philip Stockton, Eugene Gearty, Tom Fleischman, John Midgley • Original score: The Artist Ludovic Bource • Rising star award: Adam Deacon • Academy fellowship: Martin Scorsese • Outstanding contribution to British cinema: John Hurt • Special visual effects: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Tim Burke, John Richardson, Greg Butler and David Vickery • Short animation: A Morning Stroll - Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe • Short film: Pitch Black Heist John Maclean and Geraldine O’Flynn
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The versatile fabrication takes on a traditional twist in muted tones. Straight from the PFDC runway, Sunday Plus presents Nida Azwerâ€™s latest lace collection for this wedding season.
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Label: Nida Azwer Photography: Shamyl Khuhro Makeup: Rukaiya Adamjee Model: Fayezah Ansari
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Open air studio launched LAHORE: The College of Art & Design, University of the Punjab, labeled its newly built open-air drawing and painting studio Gosha-e Behzad-o Mani. The Vice Chancellor of the University of the Punjab Prof. Dr. Mujahid Kamran titled this studio platform as a beautiful addition while the Principal of the college, Dr. Rahat Naveed Masud welcomed guests. 3
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40 society Relax at the Dressing Table KARACHI:
Dressing Table Salon/Spa is now open to public in Karachi with its very unique philosophy of a â€œCandy store of beauty services for womenâ€? where women can indulge in full service salon and spa treats in an atmosphere they love getting ready in! The launch was organized by Catalyst PR and Marketing. 1
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42 society Shamraf’s Flagship store KARACHI:
Shamraf’s launched it’s flagship store at the Dolmen City Mall. The event was managed by the R-Team. 1
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44 society Spreading Love Lahore:
In celebration of the festive season of spring and in time for Valentine’s Day; Club Caramel in partnership with Samsung Galaxy Series launched their third release ‘Deewana’ and premiered their music video at the World Fashion Café’. The event was well attended by musicians, celebrities and social personalities alike. 1
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ASPIRATIONS AND THE REALITY Mowahid Hussain Shah is an attorney-at-law, writer, and policy analyst. Mowahid Shah is a former law partner of U.S. Senator James Abourezk. From 2003-2007, Mowahid Shah served as Minister and Special Assistant to the Punjab Chief Minister. He played a major role in the creation of Punjabâ€™s first comprehensive consumer protection law. He proposed a 5-point initiative aimed at ensuring that the disabled be treated with dignity. He lives in the US where he is an activist lobbying for Pakistan. He is in Pakistan these days for a brief visit. In an interview with Sunday Plus he talked about the changing face of world politics and how he envisions things in the near future. Following are excerpts of the interview: Sunday Plus: How do you see Pak-US relations in the changed scenario where a multipolar world has emerged? Pakistanâ€™s military and political relations with US are deep rooted. Do you think it is time we start looking at things in a more pragmatic way and concentrate on building relations within our region especially China and Iran? Mowahid Hussain Shah: Pakistan and US relations are on overly pragmatic basis. That is why the relationship has devolved into essentially a transactional relationship. It is a loveless arranged marriage rather than a relationship of trust. Both countries have not acted sensibly. Pakistan should have used its leverage to press on Kashmir and also demand a more equitable relation on nuclear issue. The US-India nuclear deal was illegal. As India had not signed NPT it was not legible for civil nuclear reactors. Instead of challenging the legality of the deal Pakistan sought a similar deal. Pakistan ended up endorsing the US-India deal. SP: In Pakistan and US relations what in your view needs to be done to make them beneficial for both countries? MHS: We try to pretend that it was a relationship of equals, which it is not. Many of our policy makers are not trained in the west. They have this feeling that west is infallible in policy making their master plan is the best. There are smart and unwise people there too as elsewhere. I think their policies are not so good. See what happened in Vietnam, their policy regarding Iran failed, Iraq, Middle East and so on. We have failed to come up with our own policy. Why some mistakes are happening over and over again. The time has come for a very serious honest look as to why our relationship ends up in a deadlock? Recrimination and finger pointing should not be
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Mowahid at Pak Physicians conference in Washinghton there. There should be a sense of each otherâ€™s sensitivities. For example there has been over frequency of US officials visit to Pakistan. Sometimes talking is over rated. SP: US is engaged in military surveillance and occupation across the globe. Most of the countries affected by its aggressive world cop role are Muslim countries. What is the thinking of American policy makers and think tank organisations? MHS: This is one of the defining issues of the post 9/11 - tension between the west and the Muslim world. It is true that many people in-charge of think tanks in US have inimical view of the Muslim world. The other factor is role of the Muslim elite living in west. If the Muslim community living in west was galvanized enough this imbalance could have been avoided. The Muslim world collectively has not been able to come up with a counter message. Not even a single Muslim country has been proposed for a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council. Germany, India, Japan and Brazil have been proposed. Indonesia should be made a permanent member of UNSC because of being the largest Muslim country and for not having any contentious dispute. Pakistan has contentious disputes. A country involved in contentious disputes stands ispo facto disqualified. Similarly India is embroiled in contentious disputes with Pakistan and other countries in the region. It has not implemented the UN resolutions on Kashmir. Minorities and nearly 200 million Dalits are mistreated. It also stands disqualified. SP: What is the general perception about Afghanistan situation among the American public email@example.com
and policy makers? Since there is no compulsory recruitment of troops like it was at the time of Vietnam War does that phenomena made any difference? How is the American media projecting the war? MHS: This is election year and Obama does not want to give impression to the American people that there is going to be an endless conflict. He has talked of draw down and not complete withdrawal. Also it is condition based that provided the Afghan security forces are able to take the responsibility. So far the Afghan security forces were found involved in killing of NATO troops. There is issue of neighbouring Iran. Pakistan is a nuclear power and they have to watch over Pakistan. USA cannot afford to leave Afghanistan under the perception of defeat. It is going to be a phased draw down but the lethality of the force left will be there. It is a long term thing without giving it the label of long term commitment. When they left Vietnam in 1975 they did not say it was a threat to US but to the region. Here they say Afghanistan was a direct threat to US homeland. So the stakes may be higher. Also in Afghanistan conflict there is voluntary participation of Americans. There would not be opposition from American public and media as was the case in Vietnam. SP: USA has always been a conservative nation. Neo conservatives have been active for nearly a century now. They were the liberals who participated in the different rights movements in the 1960s. What are their goals now especially with regard to the foreign policy of USA? How far have they been successful? MHS: Neo-cons are another name for pro-Israeli supporters. It is one of the failures of American de-
The time has come for a very serious honest look as to why our relationship ends up in a deadlock? Recrimination and finger pointing should not be there. There should be a sense of each otherâ€™s sensitivities.
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mocracy. It has allowed a small minority, which is an agenda driven group to hijack US foreign policy and democracy. They were the architects of attack on Iraq, which was an illegal act. The American occupation was complementing the Israeli occupation of Palestine. SP: There is uprising in many countries of Middle East especially Syria. People have risen against decades old governments. This thing may continue for years. What are your views? MHS: It is one of the most epic events in modern history. Arab population has risen against the decaying elite. There was a gap between people and this elite and due to that there was injustice. The elite was supported by the powers that wanted status quo and also by the west. That edifice has cracked in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and it is cracking in Syria, Yemen and Bahrain. The courage shown by people has been phenomenal. All this will have impact on US policy and the leverage that it used to enjoy. Three years ago Israeli attack on Gaza strip was abetted by Egypt. It ignited a sense of humiliation among Arabs. The clout of Arab world being stable has cracked and it may have unforeseen consequences. Eventually it will be a more balanced world reflecting peopleâ€™s aspirations. The kingdoms too are losing their legitimacy to rule. They have not delivered where it mattered. SP: Muslims have well established businesses in west. Then why do you think they are having problems? MHS: Muslims have not been able to empower themselves in Europe and USA. If we look at history in 1930s Jews in Germany were established businessmen. They had lot of money but then it alone is not enough. Muslims have to enter the thinking professions. They have to enter the field of journalism, law, academia and in creative professions in Hollywood. They have to be ready for the battle of ideas. They have not built their young generation to compete. The Indian community has gone leaps and bounds. They have now penetrated the ruling structure. That itself will have consequential impact on Muslim relations with west. SP: How do you see the justice system in USA and how do you compare it with the Pakistani judiciary, which has been very pro-active for the last two years? 54 Sunday Plus February 19, 2012
USA cannot afford to leave Afghanistan under the perception of defeat. It is going to be a phased draw down but the lethality of the force left will be there. It is a long term thing without giving it the label of long term commitment.
MHS: Judiciary everywhere is affected by political milieu. The legal education system is very rigorous. The US judicial system had the strength of the rule of law. But that was degraded after 9/11. There have been unlawful detentions and usurpation of fundamental rights. Muslim community was caught napping is still most vulnerable. About Pakistan we have to take look at our existing political culture and the existing system. There is too much emphasis on the rat race for making money. It happens when those in command lack moral authority. Those at the top are totally divorced from every problems of people. SP: You have served as minister and special assistant to the Punjab chief minister. What do you see as the major drawbacks in our system of governance? Would making new provinces or smaller administrative units help? MHS: Making new provinces will open pandoraâ€™s box. Look at the fate of Yugoslavia. Anytime you fan tribalism or ethnicity it is a recipe for division and discord. Pakistan cannot afford that. People in government are neither equipped nor do they have commitment. The best people should be given opportunities. Many of the political parties have become family enterprises. The whole system has to be reviewed as it suits only the privileged. SP: You were helpful in creating consumer protection law. Not many people still know about it. How can the awareness be taken to the grass root level? MHS: For year and a half I worked in drafting the consumer protection laws. I thought that it was wrong that you buy a consumer product and when you take it home it does not work. You are stuck with that product say a TV. Consumer values must be there. You should have the right to get it repaired, refunded or changed. We included all these points in the laws that we drafted. I have heard it has given people a sense of protection. It will take time but the culture of fairness would come. Our youth raise voice on twitter and Face Book but are a bit shy in replicating their sentiments in the public domain. I urge them that when they see something wrong they should write letters to the editors. Without struggle nothing can be achieved.
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THE ART OF the LATE
studied at Government College, Lahore between 1956 and 1962 and Haneef Ramay was three years my senior although we were never acquainted at that time. However, after completing his studies he launched a weekly journal in which he assigned me as an illustrator. Here onwards my association started with Haneef Ramay an artist, journalist and later a politician. He was the finance minister and later the chief minister of Punjab. He left the PPP and politics when he developed differences with the late Z.A. Bhutto. While he was completing his Masters in economics and philosophy, he showed knack for painting and illustrating poetry. Ramay studied possibilities of the varied methods. He had an innate understanding of line which was visible in a number of book jackets illustrated by the emerging artist who had a publishing house located at Fatehsher Road opposite Lahore Hotel. In 1970, he began a turbulent political career in which positions of power did nothing to dim his involvement with art. Indeed, whenever possible Haneef Ramay furthered the cause of art and artists of all regions. He laid the foundation stone of the Lahore Arts Council Complex in 1975. The purpose of calligraphy, particularly Islamic calligraphy and Haneef Ramay’s calligraphy was to please the eyes, and this may sometimes be effected, at the expense of legibility. Islamic scripts; letters and words can be admired by believers ignorant of the language. Ramay’s calligraphy showcased the ideal form of calligraphy which was a combination of beauty and legibility. Ramay’s work can be studied as representing various periods and states of the artist’s mind. Sometimes he seemed inclined to mudawwar (rounded) script and sometimes to muthallath (triangular) script. His work shows the unwavering display of love for the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Each of his specimens is a testimony of his devotion to the great commander and guide of humanity. Haneef Ramay is a class by himself. He has not been influenced by any of his contemporaries, but has certainly influenced others and also created a strong impact on the art scene of
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Ramay’s selection ‘Ghalib’s poetry’ was a rather challenging exercise. His overall work and selected verses were dripping with romanticism and lyricism - oozing passion and ecstasy. Logic has been sacrificed at the altar of sentimentalism. This has given Ramay a license to manoeuvre his images which border at the realm of fantasy. Pakistan. He is the pioneer of calligraphic art. When he used the holy word for the first time, as a piece of painting, back in the early fifties, people dismissed his work as embryonic and rudimentary. But his effort was soon recognised when painters like Shakir Ali began trying their luck in calligraphy. Haneef Ramay’s work can be ranked as among the most innovative and creative. He provides the viewers with a galaxy of styles and forms with the underlying spirit of Islamic calligraphy. Sometimes he uses chamfered rectangles to create the letter ‘Muhammad’, and sometimes he uses volutes to do the same. Sometimes he manipulates circles to delineate the sacred names, and sometimes uses triangles and other geometric forms. His forms are geometrical, architectural, musical, linear, curvilinear, poetical and even abstract. Through these variations he creates imagery, the imagery of holiness, of Godliness, piety and, above all, imagery of homage.
During his long phase of painting, he also made paintings based on the kalam of Mirza Asad Ullah Ghalib. “Ramay’s selection Ghalib’s poetry was a rather challenging exercise. His overall work and selected verses were dripping with romanticism and lyricism, oozing passion and ecstasy. Logic has been sacrificed at the altar of sentimentalism. This has given Ramay a license to manoeuvre his images which border at the realm of fantasia.” To evoke the images and feelings of poetry and music, the artist had to reflect about the associative objects, using colour, to build up mood and stoking memories, which all put together, go to discover the essence and the meaning for the given couplet. Both poetry and music have an in-built ambiguity of their own and are packed with emotions and feeling, and both are to be transferred to another medium, without losing much of their original meaning of poetic originality. The artist has to respond to the cultural moors
of the period, providing visual meaning to poet’s creative sensibility. He also is expected to discover the nuance of the emotional experience of the poet. In a way, he has to be as creative as the poet himself. This is exactly what Haneef Ramay did with extreme mastery. In Ramay’s art, lines play a significant part holding the structure at the base and then step by step, supporting the architectonic. These are in fact life-lines of his compositions and are very definite and concrete. The visual dynamics, set up within the verse itself, are sustained with figurative idiom. Ramay has always tried to pinpoint the central idea and then allowed the viewer to see the crux of the poetic pain or anguish without distraction. Ramay’s appreciation of Ghalib was more than a painter’s homage to a celebrity. These images of Ramay illustrating Ghalib’s poetry are interpretations and amalgamation of Ghalib’s lyrical and poetic aesthetics with Ramay’s high class imagination and creation.
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ADELE TRIUMPHS AT THE GRAMMYS
The 2012 Grammy Awards were overshadowed by the death of Whitney Houston, but plenty of superstars won big. Adele, Foo Fighters, Chris Brown and Bon Iver were among the winners at this year’s Grammy awards. Adele won six gongs in total, including best album for 21 and best record for Rolling in the Deep. See who else triumphed… Record of the year:
Adele – Rolling In The Deep Album of the year:
Adele – 21
Song of the year:
Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth (songwriters) – Rolling In The Deep New artist:
Bon Iver The band Foo Fighters, awarded for best rock performance
Singer Adele holds her six Grammy Awards Pop solo performance:
Adele – Someone Like You Rock album:
Foo Fighters – Wasting Light Pop duo:
Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse – Body and Soul Pop vocal album:
Adele – 21 Singer Taylor Swift holds her Grammys
Lady Antebellum pose with their Grammy
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Pop instrumental album:
Booker T Jones – The Road From Memphis Dance recording:
Skrillex – Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites Dance/electronica album: Alison Krauss & Union Station winner of the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album for “Paper Airplane”
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Skrillex – Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
OBITUARY Traditional pop vocal album:
Tony Bennett & Various Artists – Duets II Rock performance:
Foo Fighters – Walk
Hard rock/metal performance:
Foo Fighters – White Limo Chris Brown accepts the award for best R&B album
Foo Fighters (songwriters) – Walk Alternative music album:
Bon Iver – Bon Iver
Corinne Bailey Rae – Is This Love Traditional R&B performance:
Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona – Fool for You R&B song: Singer Bon Iver bites one of his two Grammy Awards
Cee Lo Green, Melanie Hallim, Jack Splash (songwriters) – Fool for You R&B album:
Chris Brown – FAME Rap performance:
Jay-Z & Kanye West – Otis Rap/sung collaboration:
Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie – All of the Lights Rap song:
Singer Tony Bennett holds his Grammy awards
Jeff Bhasker, Stacy Ferguson, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West (songwriters) – All of the Lights Country solo performance:
Taylor Swift – Mean
Country duo/group performance:
The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow Country song:
Taylor Swift (songwriter) – Mean Country album:
Lady Antebellum – Own The Night Producer Paul Epworth with his Grammy
New age album:
Whitney Houston Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music’s queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, died last week at the age of 48. Houston’s death on the eve of the Grammy Awards sent shock waves through the music industry, with many stars expressing surprise and sadness. At her peak, Houston was the golden girl of the music industry. From the middle 1980s to the late 1990s, she was one of the world’s best-selling artists. She wowed audiences with effortless, powerful, and peerless vocals that were rooted in the black church but made palatable to the masses with a pop sheen. Her success carried her beyond music to movies, where she starred in hits like “The Bodyguard” and “Waiting to Exhale.” She had the perfect voice, and the perfect image: a gorgeous singer who had sex appeal but was never overtly sexual, who maintained perfect poise. Six-time GRAMMY winner Whitney Houston was one of the world’s greatest pop singers of all time who leaves behind a robust musical soundtrack spanning the past three decades. She influenced a generation of younger singers, from Christina Aguilera to Mariah Carey, who, when she debuted, sounded so much like Houston that many thought it was Houston. But by the end of her career, Houston became a stunning cautionary tale of the toll of drug use. Her album sales plummeted and the hits stopped coming; her once serene image was shattered by a wild demeanor and bizarre public appearances. She confessed to abusing cocaine, marijuana and pills, and her once-pristine voice became raspy and hoarse, unable to hit the high notes as she had during her prime.
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by dr. zaibun nisa
Aries The Ram (21 March to 19 April) Cardinal, positive, male, fire, planet: Mars, colors: red and white, gem: Diamond, day: Tuesday You will enhance your self-image, your wardrobe and your personality. Your spouse or beloved will exercise a great deal of influence over you. After the 19th, intuition, spirituality, psychological work shops, yoga, hospitals, institutions, secrets and mysteries are highlighted especially on the 22nd-23rd. Unforeseen events may cause career setbacks on the 18th. Get involved in activities involving groups, communal ventures; fundraising events, social gatherings or hang out with friends on the 20th-21st. Feet and immune system will be vulnerable especially on the 18th-19th. Try feet massage.
Cancer The Crab (21 June- 22 July) Cardinal, negative, water, female, planet: Moon, colors: white and silver, gem: Pearls and moonstones, day: Monday The new Moon on the 22nd will bestow success in instigating new projects, setting a new set of goals and expanding luck. It heralds a period of increasing energy, instinct and new beginnings. Avoid major decisions during the void-of-course Moon on the 19th from 2:22 pm till 3:28 pm; the 21st from 9:17 pm till 10:31pm and the 23rd from 7:24 am till the 24th at 7:48 am. After the 19th, exploring, learning, legal matters, traveling, attending classes, workshops, spiritual or philosophical interests are positively highlighted. Your relationships may be overly demanding on the 18th. Financial gains, gifts or inheritance are likely on the 20th-21st. Education, religion, law and travel will be auspicious on the 22nd-23rd. Career prosperity is likely on the 24th-25th. Sunday Plus January 29, 2012
Taurus The Bull (20April – 20 May) Fixed, negative, earth, female, planet: Venus, colors: greens and browns, gem: Emerald & Sapphire, day: Friday From the 19th onward, the Sun in your social sector, joining forces with Neptune and Mercury will boost cooperative ventures, social contacts, and involvement in local groups, organizations or politics. Your family members will be socializing as well. Your marriage partner or beloved will remain at odds with you. Matters pertaining to higher education, law, philosophy, religion, long distance travel, foreign interests and exports will be complicated on the 18th. The potential for success will be high on the 20th-21st. Social commitments will be thoroughly enjoyed on the 22nd-23rd. An engrossing hobby, secretiveness, dedication to a cause, an esoteric subject, helping animals, the sick or simply going on retreats will be high on your agenda on the 24th-25th. Migraines, nervous exhaustion and facial problems may crop up. Health will be vulnerable on the 20th-21st.
Leo The lion (23 July – 22 August) Fixed, positive, fire, male, planet: Sun, colors: gold and orange, gem: Ruby, day: Sunday. Your ruler, the Sun in close proximity to artistic Neptune will bestow idealism, perfectionism and creativity. After the 19th, the Sun moving into your inheritance sector will bestow a legacy, inheritance, shares, insurance claims, profits and enhanced intimacy especially on the 22nd-23rd. Job related issues may crop up on the 18th. Your partner or beloved will be highly supportive on the 20th-21st.Travel, higher education, overseas interests and spirituality are positively highlighted on the 24th-25th. Alcoholism, escapism and drug abuse may be a source of concern. Watch your health from the 19th-21st.
Gemini The Twins (21 May – 20 June) Mutable, positive, air, male, planet: Mercury, colors: yellow, gem: Agate, Day: Wednesday Your ruling planet, Mercury in the sign of Pisces, signifies a debilitated position. You will long for success. The traditional path will leave you frustrated professionally. Nonetheless, after the 19th, the sun moving into your career sector will bestow a strong commitment to ambition and work leading to long awaited progress. The only danger is that you may actually overdo work. Financial fluctuation, intimacy issues and emotional complexities will be rampant on the 18th. Cultivating the higher mind, broadening the intellect, philosophical idealism and foreign travel are positively highlighted on the 20th-21st. Professional favors are likely on the 22nd-23rd. Friends, social connections and group associations will improve your financial scenario on the 24th-25th. Look after your feet. Avoid stress on the 22nd-23rd.
Virgo The Virgin (23 August – 22 September) Mutable, negative, earth, female, planet: Mercury, colors: navy and neutrals, gem: Peridot & Jade, day: Wednesday. From the 19th onward, relationships will be vital to your well-being. You may also form a new partnership, business or personal or may strengthen an existing liaison on the 22nd-23rd. Matters concerning children, romance and sports will be complicated on the 18th. Socialize, volunteer for a worthy cause, meet friends or organize an event on the 20th-21st. Monetary gains are likely on the 24th-25th. You will be accident prone. Health will be vulnerable on the 22nd-23rd.
Libra The Scales (23 September – 22 October) Cardinal, positive, air, male, planet: Venus, colors: blues and pastels, gem: Sapphire, Jade & Opal, day: Friday. The Sun moving into your job sector after the 19th will bestow new work opportunities. Finding fulfilling work will be essential to your well-being. Promotions, improved rapport with your colleagues and satisfying work are indicated especially on the 22nd-23rd. Parents, family members and your domestic scenario will be complicated on the 18th. Pleasure seeking, you will find great joy via children, love, sports and creativity on the 20th-21st. Avoid stock speculation on the 19th. Nonetheless, financial windfalls are likely on the 20th-21st. Your spouse or partner will be a source of support on the 24th-25th. Look after your heart after the 19th. Nervous system, arms, shoulders, lungs and feet will still be vulnerable especially on the 18th, 24th-25th.
Sagittarius The Archer (22 November – 21 December) Mutable, positive, fire, male, planet: Jupiter, colors: purple and blue, gem: Turquoise, day: Thursday. From the 19th onward, family will become essential to you. Joy will be achieved via creating a supportive domestic environment especially on the 22nd-23rd. Parents will be highly supportive. Your ruler, Jupiter in opposition to disciplinarian Saturn will bring numerous responsibilities and financial entanglements. Monetary complications are likely on the 18th. Communicating your ideas, traveling, siblings and connecting with others via emails, phone, etc. will be favorable on the 20th-21st. Romance, children, creativity and sports are positively highlighted on the 24th-25th. Migraines and facial problems may be a source of concern. Watch your health on the 22nd-23rd.
Scorpio The Scorpion (23 October – 21 November) Fixed, negative, water, female, planet: Pluto, colors: dark reds and black, gem Red Coral, Opal, day: Tuesday. From the 19th onward, the Sun moving into your romantic arena will bestow a new romance or rekindle an old flame, renewed interest in children or the pleasure of having one, sporting talent and enhanced creativity especially on the 22nd-23rd. Your ruler, Pluto in a positive aspect with lucky Jupiter will continue to expand the boundaries of your life. Travel, siblings, relatives and neighbors will be complicated on the 18th. Family, parents, home and land matters will be auspicious on the 20th-21st. Attend to your job details successfully on the 24th-25th. Neck, throat, kidneys and skin will be vulnerable especially from the 19th-21st.
Pisces The Fish (19 February – 20 March) Mutable, negative, water, female, planet: Neptune, colors: sea green and lavender, gem: Aquamarine & Emerald, day: Thursday The Sun moving into your personality sector on the 19th will compel you to redefine your personality and self-image. You will take the initiative and find the courage to make things happen. Your personal power will receive a boost on the 22nd-23rd. Don’t rely on your friendships on the 18th. Compassion, spirituality and solitary pursuits are positively highlighted on the 20th-21st. Financial benefits may accrue on the 24th-25th. Feet massage will be therapeutic. Overeating, smoking and drug abuse may be a source of health concern this week.
Aquarius The Water Bearer (20 January – 18 February) Fixed, positive, air, male, planet: Uranus, colors: electric blue, gem: Amethyst, black Pearl & Opal, day: Saturday. From the 19th onward, the Sun moving into your financial sphere will bestow monetary benefits and new possessions especially on the 22nd-23rd. Losses may be incurred on the 18th. Your personal power for accomplishment will be strong from the 19th-21st. Siblings, travel, interacting with friends, relatives and neighbors will be favorable on the 24th-25th.
Capricorn The Goat (22 December – 19 January) Cardinal, negative, earth, female, planet: Saturn, colors: dark green and brown, gem: Diamond & black Onyx, day: Saturday. The Sun moving into your communication sector after the 19th will bestow success in matters concerning all forms of communication, media, writing, studies, all means of travel and anything involving your siblings, relatives and neighbors especially on the 22nd-23rd. Saturn, your ruler in opposition to fortunate Jupiter will lead to restricted growth, acceptance of the status quo and a tug of war between the forces of expansion and restriction. Nonetheless, your personal power will be at its peak on the 17th-18th. Financial gains are likely on the 20th-21st. Family, home and domestic chores are positively highlighted on the 24th-25th. Look after your feet. Health will be delicate on the 24th-25th.
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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. Since 1990, this globetrotting ambassador for the beauty industry of Pakistan has achieved phenomenal credentials including advanced qualifications & accreditations in hairdressing & coloring from TONI&GUY International, Vidal Sassoon, L’Oreal, Wella, & Schwarzkopf. Ruby Hasan has been trained from the prestigious Robert Fielding School of Hair Dressing in London. An expert in air-brush techniques, she has been trained under the legendary Charles Fox and make-up courses at London Esthetique. 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.
To have a stylist or not… Since its Cupid’s busiest month of the year and the world will seem to go round fastest in the shortest month (yes, with love and money), one has no choice but to reevaluate one’s thoughts regarding love and relationships. Real and virtual relationships, personal and public have been discussed to death and will be done so to the bitter end. What I’m especially intrigued by is the quest for the right one (i.e. the stylist for you) and the deep bond that a stylist and client can have (provided they find each other). So how does one know who the right one is? Is it someone whose personality you admire? Is it someone everybody you know goes to? How particular are you anyway about your hair and how it looks? Let me give you some pointers on a successful hunt and then guide you to finding the right stylist for you and knowing that he/ she is the right one. Here goes: So you are at a party or a wedding and you really love somebody’s hair. Their hair is nothing like yours and you have little in common but still you found something striking. You watch a movie, or a show or a music video and really love someone’s look. You want to look like that – but again there might be little or great difference between that portrayed persona and yourself. This is an amazing thing! To want to better oneself – to want to look and feel beautiful...that’s a true reflection of love. Now, your dream stylist is the person who is able to take that longing from your head and translate it into reality. Easier said than done but believe me, somebody who stands behind the client’s chair and is able to read what it is that you want – that’s your person! And they do exist – you just have to search right. In Pakistan, the salon culture is unique and I point this out because the search becomes two-tiered –
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one for the right salon and second, for the right stylist. Ideally, they should be together. Personally, I feel you should do your research regarding different salons that appeal to you before making a choice. Don’t just go and occupy an empty chair. The more you know, the more comfortable you will feel, and therefore the more rewarding your relationship will be. Visit different salons based on referrals, advertisement or whatever draws you, check for the training and education they have invested in, check for hygiene and cleanliness and general atmosphere as well as customer service. See the other clients being served there, take an impression, absorb the vibe (if it’s good – no need to take on negativity) and see if you two could make it work. Once you have shortlisted or want to give your stylist a shot, scan your consultation with him/ her: Are we communicating well – are they getting what I’m saying? Take a picture of what you want. Explain what you want well. Judge how well the stylist listens – the better he/ she listens, the more chances you have of getting what you want. Ideally, you should communicate your thoughts keeping in mind face shape, hair type and how you like to keep your hair. Also mention what you don’t like and your abilities to style at home. Most importantly, how much length you are willing to lose – a good stylist will ask you BEFORE cutting how much is enough See if your stylist matches up to your expectations as well. Do you like his/her hair and general demeanor? Your stylist should be someone you well. What is the stylist’s specialty? Everybody does not excel at everything – some cut well, some like working with long hair, some with short, some do color best. Choose the best in the field for the right job. One must keep mojo happy as well. That’s probably the cupid of this relationship. We’re promoting naughty but nice packages this month of February– Hollywood inspired – nurturing the skin deep version of love. So come over and pamper yourself at Splitends.
by Sadaf Pervez
‘Deewana’: Falling in love!
Released in the festive season of spring Club Caramels new single ‘Deewana’ echoes the feel of falling in love. Gone are the days when we have to turn on western music to pick a love song. Kiran Chaudhry’s ability to deliver super-charged emotions in her vocals makes our hearts race. She is the musical reflection of Nazia Hassan, and a refreshing addition to the music scene in Pakistan. Reminiscent of 80’s Pakistani pop, ‘Deewana’ brings vibrancy to the contemporary music scene. Adnan Sarwar penned the lyrics and composed the song. The song starts off slow, to reflect the early phases of love and then gathers the momentum as the journey progresses. The involvement of the corporate sector has been considered as the sole great support for artists to survive this dying music industry. ‘Deewana’ is sponsored by Samsung. “The brand was looking for somebody who could be represented as the new young face of Paki-
stan,” Kiran Chaudhry said. “This song is one of our strongest songs which was ready to release. When they listened to the song, they loved it and agreed to market it,” Kiran shared.“It is exciting. Samsung has already sponsored international artists like Beyoncé.” “There is no harm in the collaboration between the music industry and corporate sector. They don’t tell us what to do. They just want to support,” Kiran added. This time the video follows a different concept. “We do not want to fantasize like in the video of our previous song. It is simple and shows how we are in our real lives,” Kiran explained. As they plan to release the single over the course of three months or so, Club Caramel is meanwhile receiving recognition for adopting an innovative approach and making great music for their fans!
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64 picks of the week We at Sunday Plus are sharing our exclusive recommendations with all our readers. Read on for the best buys, the trendiest brands and the most enticing eateries that you need to know about. We slog through the jungle to bring you the hippest happenings and must-have information, right here in your copy of Sunday Plus: your essential weekend luxury.
Saad Haroon workshop
Stone Baked Pizza
As the name suggests the Pizzas are baked in a stone oven. The pizzas have a thin and slightly burnt crust this is a sign of stone oven baking. Laid by hand, with the traditional hand tossed method, they use the best ingredients available such as the rarest quality of mozzarella, the Buffalo Mozzarella kept in its own milk, freshly imported from Italy. Contact: 0331-7274992 0334-7274992/DHA/Clifton, Karachi, Pakistan75500
Donâ€™t dismiss it as just another Chinese restaurant in town; China Kitchen is truly for an oriental fine dining experience. The new eatery with a seating capacity of over 45 is almost full most nights of the week. Located in the elite neighbourhood of Clifton Block-4, it is a typical Chinese courtyard complete with life size Chinese murals on the walls, along with statues, artifacts and lovely dark solid wood tables. Their food brings a different and authentic range of oriental flavours to the Chinese food scene in Karachi.
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Location: 73/5, Swiss Cottages, Clifton Block 4, Karachi, Pakistan-75500
Introduction to the art of improvisational theatre and comedy is a ONE DAY WORKSHOP by Saad Haroon where you will learn how to construct scenes from scratch and the methods and madness that will form the basis for performing improv comedy. The workshop will take you through the rules of improvisational with the help of various exercises and games that are taught and practiced the world over. Schedule: Monday, 20th Feb, 6:30- 9:30pm. Age range: 15 and up! Fee per student: Rs. 1000/- Limited space - Register in advance to be guaranteed a spot! Location: House # 1, Street # 1, Main Margalla Road, F-6/3 (Opposite hiking trail 3), Islamabad, Pakistan 64 Sunday Plus February 19, 2012
Mahin Erum has launched summer lawn collection 2012. They have introduced the refreshingly different concept of plain shirts with printed dupattas. A stitched shirt with decorative buttons embroidered and fully stylized with lace and a chiffon dupatta is available for Rs.4000 and unstitched with embroidery for Rs. 3000. Mahin Erum new collection will be in store this week!! Location: Fashion Pakistan Lounge and Ensemble, Lahore/Labels and Ensemble, Karachi/Lâ€™Atelier Islamabad/Concepteurs Lounge, Peshawar.