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this special Eid issue of S+ we got together with 08 For Kamiar Rokni, the man who upped the style stakes
Up your style quotient this Eid with the trendiest accessories
22 Take a tour of the land of adventure: Bahawalpur Lollywood
on the upcoming Pakistani films being 26 Report released on Eid
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08 The Revivalist
20 The essence of eid
of the latest Hollywood flick to hit 54 Brief look at some welfare organisations 30 Review launched by young people of Pakistan theatres this week
festive collection by the new 34 The designer Waseem Noor
Dear readers this week we are presenting special Eidul Fitr issue of Sunday Plus. For the special Eid rendezvous we are in conversation with designer Kamiar Rokni, who has revolutionised the Pakistan fashion industry. Some of our celebrities talk about the essence of Eid and how they feel on that special day. Up your style quotient with some chunky jewellery this Eid Read special report on the much awaited Pakistani films being released on Eid. Take a tour with us to the land of adventures – Bahawalpur. Young people of Pakistan are nation builders. They have started social welfare projects. Read our special report to check on the social welfare projects they have started. Learn how the women artisans in the flood affected areas have been helped to start work again. On our style pages see the festive collection by Wasim Noor and the Pride of the Peacock jewellery collection by Aliya Chaudhry. Send us your comments and feedback at email@example.com
spill some beans about Eid 58 Celebrities and its true essence
Picks of the week
collection titled ‘The pride of a 42 The peacock’ by Aliha Chaudry is all about
the smart wish-list for the 64 Gobestthrough buys and best picks for everyone
Sunday plus Editor-in-Chief Majid Nizami Deputy Managing Director Rameeza Nizami Editor The Nation Salim Bokhari Editor Magazine: Emanuel Sarfraz Editorial Staff: Bishakha Khadka Kunwar, Madiha Syedain, Sadaf Pervez & Navirah Zafar Creative Head: Faiz-ur-Rehman Creative Team: Shoaib Qadir, Faisal Fazal, HM. Nouman For advertising: Bilal Mahmood, 0300 - 8493206 Muhammad Zaeem 0301 - 8463306 Salman Ahmed 0300 - 4116792 Shiraz Akbar 0333 - 2310851 Khalid Sheikh 0345-5130728
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A living The House of Kamiar Rokni is one of the few labels from our fashion fraternity who has taken great efforts to endorse Pakistani craftsmanship. Eye catching prints, innovative folk embroideries combined with modern silhouettes make this designer duo stand apart from the rest and manage to wow us every single season. Their basic mantra is the label’s ‘folkcentric’ aesthetics. In their haute couture collection entitled “East, West, North, South’ showcased in PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2010, the house of Kamiar Rokni focused on indigenous fabrics and embellishments inspired by traditional techniques with an exposure to the world in which we live and the myriad influences it is exposed to from all four corners of the globe in a minimal, modern style. Their Spring/Summer 2011 collection, titled “Folkistan”, paints a portrait of women all over Pakistan, celebrating rural motifs. The fabrics they used were purely local with an amalgamation of traditional checks, stripes in cotton, khaadi and sussi embellished in thread work and folk appliques of regional materials. Superlative talent which never ceases to surprise, a mastery over traditional techniques, details, local fabrics and crafts in the most contemporary formats which leaves you
house proudly debuted their affordable diffusion “Tia” line of ready to wear separates for women. In 2010 the house was also nominated for best prêt wear category for 2010 Lux Style awards. In January, 2011 the design house showcased at Islamabad Fashion Week debuting their menswear separates and showcasing their bridal and trousseau couture on the ramp for the first time. In 2011, the label has been nominated again for best prêt wear brand at the upcoming Lux Style Awards and is speculated to win. Internationally, the label has showcased their Autumn/Winter 2010 collection at Paris Fashion Week and recently at Fashion Week in Mauritius. The duo has received an overwhelming response from clients across the globe ranging from places as diverse as Italy, Holland, USA, UK, France, Canada, UAE and Greece to name just a few. The House of Kamiar Rokni is currently available in Lahore at the PFDC Boulevard, Fashion Pakistan Lounge & Labels, in Karachi, at Ensemble and Labels and most recently at L’ atelier & Asmani in Islamabad. Internationally the brand is available at Imani in Manchester UK and at the Designer’s lounge Dubai. For this special Eid issue of S+, we got together with the man himself, Kamiar Rokni. Although he is the recipient of hugely deserved accolades in almost every feature written about him, we are delighted to report that Kamiar Rokni in person is unburdened by the unattractive air of self-importance that many designers who have achieved
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awestruck with its international is what best exemplifies The House of Kamiar Rokni’s strength: keeping the essence of tradition and reinterpreting and presenting for the urban women. The label is not short of accolades. In 2008, it won the much coveted honour of having been nominated for Pakistan’s biggest style awards, the Lux Style Awards, in the best prêt wear category and again in 2009, this time for the prestigious couture category. In 2010, the fashion house was awarded the first ever Libas Heritage Award at the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week for their inspired approach of turning traditional craft into contemporary fashion. In April 2010, the fashion 10 Sunday Plus August 28, 2011
fame, wear so proudly about them. Refreshingly casual, in his approach and friendly, Kamiar Rokni wears a mischievous smile on his arrestingly handsome face. A lot has been written about his sensibility, his craft and his styling. Yet, not enough is said about what a woman feels when she wears a Kamiar Rokni creation. You don’t just wear it, you enter a moment. Whether haute couture or prêt, you get the same luxury from his clothes. And it isn’t limited to the garments or the cuts, it permeates into your persona and makes you the kind of woman that is Kamiar Rokni’s muse: a confident, feminine woman who doesn’t need to shout to be heard. She is noticed because she is wearing a Kamiar Rokni creation. In a candid tête-à-tête with the man who upped the style stakes in the Pakistani fashion industry, Sunday Plus discovers more than one reason for why our Designer of the Year crown is so deservedly his.
The philosophy that The House of Kamiar Rokni swears by every season? Kamiar Rokni: Elegant and feminine with a dash of folk.
How does The House of Kamiar Rokni create a different identity or niche for your customers? Kamiar: By staying true our design philosophy and standard of quality.
. Between Tia and you, who is a better designer and the better administrator? Kamiar: We are both good at different aspects of designing and administration or we both have our days when we rock and days when we absolutely don’t.
Do you often get into creative disagreements with Tia? Kamiar: We do sometimes get into creative disagreements, which is only natural. We may disagree on colours or a certain design, but our partnership works because both of our collaborative spirit is strong and we respect and care about each other’s opinion.
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What should we expect in your latest collection and your inspirations for it? Kamiar: Our latest collection is very modern in its approach, but the inspiration is ethnic. We have taken traditional techniques and patterns and made them a bit western and graphic, but for Eid we are doing some straight forward pretty and feminine clothes.
You get to stay on top of all the latest trends! Can you name some reigning summer as well as autumn trends for 2011, as far as what’s hot in colour, fabrics and cuts that we should be looking out for? Kamiar: For summers which is most of the year, we love using a lot of white offset with bright colour. Yellow has been a big favourite this season, as have different shades of blue. Long lengths are reigning supreme still and volume is still a trend, but shorter and sleeker looks are slowly creeping in and are something to look forward do. Cotton is a real favourite fabric of ours and we love using it. This fall I foresee bright jewelled tones and graphic minimalistic styles.
Your brand is known for amalgamating traditional techniques into your vibrant colours with distinct local embroideries in your contemporary ensembles that are fun, funky and distinct. How do you manage to master
. What does vintage fashion have that contemporary fashion never will have? Kamiar: It’s already been done!
traditional techniques, details, indigenous fabrics and embellishments in the most contemporary formats? Kamiar: It is what we are naturally drawn to and we love craft and different world cultures, but at the same time we are modern citizens of the world and hence the clothes have a natural contemporary feel.
. This year we are having a summer Eid, what are your recommendations? Kamiar: Stay cool, be fresh pretty and feminine. Cotton and lawn are great options even for formal clothes.
Is fashion today more than just clothes? Kamiar: Well everything has a trend....
What does easy chic mean to you? Kamiar: White linen, khaki cotton, blue denim and loafers.... What does success mean to you? Kamiar: Happiness in all spheres of one’s life, such as work and family.
. Most classic piece that you have created? Kamiar: Our Rilli skirt and black velvet coat with fish-scale embroidery are real classics. We are lucky that in each collection our clothes are distinct yet elegant enough to become classics.
. Who is your favourite designer (Local and International)? Kamiar: Internationally Marc Jacobs, YSL and locally Faiza Samee.
Style statement… Kamiar: I believe in being yourself, true style is a reflection of who you are inside. Style icons (locally and internationally)… Kamiar: Jinnah and Madame Noor Jehan locally and internationaly Audrey Hepburn and Keith Richards.... . Celebrities you would love to dress… Kamiar: Cate Blanchett, Queen Rania of Jordan and Kate Moss.
. Your favourite muse… Kamiar:Maleeha Naipaul
. Who do you think is the most over-rated designer? Kamiar: Gosh! Dolce and Gabbana...that’s these days...
. Your first fashion creation… Kamiar: The Jesus dress, a piece of fabric hole in the centre and a belt.
. What does prêt and couture mean to you? Kamiar: Ready to wear and made to order, we do both and enjoy them very much.
When will couture come to mean more than just bridal in Pakistan? Kamiar: We don’t think it has to. Even most of the revenue made from couture abroad is for bridals and clothes worn to weddings. The major clients being the Arabs, the Colombians and European royalty. 14 Sunday Plus August 28, 2011
Your day starts with…. Kamiar: Tea and the newspapers. You are addicted to… Kamiar: Chilli chips! An unknown fact about yourself… Kamiar: I can veg for hours reading young adult fiction.
One thing you would like to change about yourself… Kamiar: We are happy with our lot...
Personal weaknesses and personal strengths… Kamiar: Love, food and can be lazy. . Most beautiful childhood memory… Kamiar: All our family holidays at the farm in Rahim Yar Khan.
A city that inspires you… Kamiar: It keeps changing usually, where we visited last.
A person who inspires you the most…
uture o c m o r f e d a evenue m ings. Most of the r worn to wedd s e h t lo c ridals and ians abroad is for b e Colomb th , s b a r A nts being the The major clie alty. y o r n a e p o r u E and Kamiar: Each other.
Dream destination and why… Kamiar: We love a good beach holiday.
A crazy holiday memory… Kamiar: Can’t share it. Sorry!
The best thing about being a Pakistani… Kamiar: The time every one has for each other.
One thing I would change about Pakistan is… Kamiar: More education.
Your journey so far … Kamiar: Has been pretty awesome.
Oldest items in your closet Kamiar: Probably some old boski shalwar kameez
. Fashion Faux pas Kamiar: Sticking your shirt collar out and over your blazer lapel!
My favourite gadget… Kamiar: Blackberry
Brands you buy… Kamiar: Tod’s, Massimo Dutti, Zara on regular basis.
Your favourite colours… Kamiar: Blue, White, Grey & Green.
Summer fashion list for you… Kamiar: Lots of white, ray bans and a killer tan.
Your favourite book… Kamiar: To Kill A Mocking Bird.
3 must haves in anyone’s closet Kamiar: Great pair of jeans, a white shirt or outfit and a navy blazer. Recent purchases… Kamiar: White Havaianas flip flops. Favourite items in your closet… Kamiar: My Gap jeans...I wear them every day.
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Your favourite movie… Kamiar: All that Jazz. Your favourite perfume… Kamiar: Feeling retro these days so its “Cool Water” My comfort food… Kamiar: All baked goods. Your farewell line is… Kamiar: Dance to the beat of your own drum
By Navirah Zafar
FOR ACCESSORIES THIS EID...
BIGGER IS BETTER This Eid season, one would want to exude a hint of style. If you are keeping your attire simple this Eid, then ladies you have got to get some ‘bling bling’ to pump up the look you are sporting. The use of eye-catching colour, sparkle or simply piling it on is what’s all about this festive season. The summer trend for this Eid is rings, bracelets, and necklaces, any of which could easily be the key to making your outfit pop! If you choose to wear busy prints and cuts this season think twice about the outfit, the simpler the outfit the chunkier the accessory and if you are wearing a loud outfit then soften the look by one or two jewellery pieces. There are two things to take note of during this season’s jewellery phenomenon: everything old is new again and the bigger the better. Glam Bracelets
This season oversized, glam, glittery bracelets set with stones are hot favourites. If you are wearing a Sana Safinaz outfit for Eid then pair up your sleeveless or three quarter sleeve outfit with a chunky diamonte bracelet or a charm bracelet. Or if you are going for a simpler look like Khaadi’s white collection Kurtas, simply piling up cheesy bracelets, a bangle or three or even putting a vintage style watch would glamourize and freshen up your look.
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The style mantra for rings is to flaunt the biggest one you can buy. For Eid invest in rings of huge sizes. Don’t let your fingers look lonely this Eid without the most sought after fashion staple yet, cocktail rings! The look is to wear a chunky piece on the index finger, not crowding the hand with multiple loud pieces. And if you pair up these immensely beautiful pieces with the new Zara Shahjahan Eid outfit, it would definitely get you noticed for all the right reasons.
Long, Oversized Necklaces
It’s all about the accessories this Eid! With trends in and out from one season to another, the quickest way you can update your look is by changing your accessories. Long, chunky, beaded necklaces are selling all over like hot cakes, from layered, chain link, chunky beads and stones, crystal, heart and cross pendants and much more. There is no better way to wear of these eye-catchy necklaces than with a spanked-up Eid outfit, over sized, extralarge pieces that are bound to steal the show this Eid. Available in different cities and outlets of Accessorize, Haroon’s , Park Towers and The Forum. August 28, 2011 SuNday Plus 19
By Sadaf Mansoor
Bahawalpur is neither a just a tale nor a traveling account. It contains one of the most interesting episodes of the history of South Asia. The story tells of how adventurous Abbasid, after the downfall of their empire at Baghdad, got another lease of life on South Asian soil. Baghdad to Bahawalpur is the life story of people who have for the past many centuries have been serving Islam and the Islamic values in the South Asia. The city was home to various famous and extravagant Nawabs (rulers).
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he city is known for its famous palaces such as the Noor Mahal, Sadiq Ghar Palace, and Darbar Mahal, as well as the ancient fort of Derawar in the Cholistan Desert. It is located near the historical and ancient cities of Uch and Harappa, which were once a stronghold of the Delhi Sultanate and the Indus Valley Civilisation. The city is home to one of the natural safari parks in Pakistan, Lal Suhanra National Park. According to the Abbassi historians, the city of Bahawalpur was founded in 1748 by Nawab Muhammad Bahawal Khan Abbasi I, who ruled the area until the state joined Pakistan in 1947. The state was spread over 451 kilometres and was ruled by Nawab Sadiq Muhammad Khan Abbasi V Bahadur who decided to join Pakistan at the time of independence in 1947. The cultural heritage of this area is of no less importance
than the culture of the other areas of Pakistan as far as the poetry, calligraphy, embroidery, motifs, music, paintings, architecture, or various games, are concerned. The culture of this place is a combination of Islamic religious norms and the regional mores of Sindh and Punjab. Bahawalpur specializes in extremely fine, light, and elegantly designed pottery which is sometimes called “paper pottery”. The language of Bahawalpur is Saraiki, which is a mixture of Sindhi and Punjabi. Urdu and English are also spoken and understood by most of the people. In spite of various other mystical folk poets, Ali Haider of Multan and Ghulam Farid’s work in Saraiki is very well known among local people. Other famous poets like Sachal Sarmast and Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, famous mystical poets of Pakistan, also used Saraiki to deliver their religious messages through verse. Sachal Sarmast was more outspoken than Shah Abdul Latif, The lyrics of Sachal Sarmast, in Sindhi and Siraiki are a few of the
most ecstatic verses ever written in any Islamic country. Sachal is one in a long line of poets, many of them from Balochi clan of Leghari who used Siraiki besides Sindhi, and whose poems even today repeat the traditional adoration of beauty as well as the acceptance of suffering, typical of Sufism. The people of Bahawalpur are extremely simple, sincere and friendly as well as hospitable. They love music and singing. They tend to preserve their primitive customs and tradition. The costumes of Cholistani women are embroided and printed colourful ‘cholis, chunries and ghagras while men wear embroided and colourful chola (long shirts) and balaposh (robe like coat). The city has a number of reputable educational establishments, most notably The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Quaid-e-Azam Medical College, and Sadiq Public School, which is one of the largest boarding schools in Pakistan.
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PLACES TO VISIT
Uch Sharif Uch, 75 km from Bahawalpur, is believed to have existed even in 500 B.C. Some historians believe that Uch was there even before the advent of Bikramajit when Jains and Buddhists ruled over South Asia. At the time of the invasion by Alexander the Great, Uch was under Hindu rule. Alexander came to Uch after conquering northern parts of South Asia and spent over a fortnight in the city and renamed it Alexandria. Some historians have mentioned Uch by the name of Sikandara 24 SuNday Plus August 28, 2011
or Iskalanda. They have described it as the most flourishing and beautiful town perched upon the plateau near the confluence of the Chenab and Ravi rivers. Famous shrines existing at Uch include those of Hazrat Bahawal Haleem, Hazrat Jalaluddin Surkh Bukhari, Makhdoom Jahanian Jehangasht, Bibi Jawandi and Shaikh Saifuddin Ghazrooni etc. Uch also has distinction in socio-religious mores of Sufis and shrines. The exceptional architecture of this 15th century shrine needs to be conserved, not only for the thousands
of devotees who visit every year at the time of the Urs, but also for the benefit of future generations. Cholistan Cholistan is locally known as Rohi. This famous desert is 30 Km from Bahawalpur and is spread over an area of 16,000 sq.km., which extends upto the Thar desert extending over to Sindh. The word Cholistan is derived from ‘Cholna’ which means moving. The people of Cholistan lead a semi-nomadic life, moving from one place to another in search of water and fodder for their animals. Derawar Fort Derawar Fort is located 48 Km from Dera Nawab Sahib. It is still in a good condition. The rampart walls are intact and still guarded by the personal guards of the Amir of Bahawalpur. The tombs of the ex-rulers of Bahawalpur and their families are located in this fort. The tombs have beautiful glazed blue tile work. Prior permission of the senior Amir of Bahawalpur is required to enter the fort. Shrine of Channan Pir The Shrine of Channan Pir is located 45 km from Derawar Fort. Channan Pir was a disciple of Makhdoom Jahanian Jahangasht. The annual Urs is held at the beginning of March. A colourful fair known as ‘Mela Channan Pir’ is held here. Devotees gather on the night of a full moon to offer “Fateha” at the tomb of the saint. Another place worth visiting is the Nawab Family burial ground near the Darawar Fort of Cholistan, where most of the late Nawabs of Bahawalpur and their families are buried. The tomb is attractive, built with marble and decorated in blue glazed style. Locals have great affection for these graves of their rulers. The shrine of Muluk Shah, a popular saint of his time, is located in the city and visited by the devotees on every Thursday, Ashura and Eid days. A small fair is also held here annually. Noor Mehal (House of the Royal Family) Noor Mahal, the stylized palace of the fifth ruler of Bahawalpur State, Nawab Sir Muhammad Sadiq, is the latest monument in the Punjab to be notified under the Antiquities Act. Completed in AD 1875, one of the most exquisite buildings in the state, Noor Mahal was meant for the residence of the Nawab. On 19th of May, 1904 Nawab Bahawal Khan (V) approved the construction of some more palaces including Gulzar Palace, Nishat Palace and Farukh Palace which are the most famous palaces of them all. Darbar Mahal and Gulzar Mahal are beautiful buildings with many doors. The rooms are decorated with fabulous furniture and spectacular carpets. The doors
are covered with elegant, lush curtains of maroon colour. All the walls are of marble and the roofs are decorated with mosaic. The large lamps placed in the palace have increased its majesty. Farid gate is one of the famous historical entrance gates of the city. Lal Suhanra National Park The park was developed in 1972, is the home of many animals and birds, including the rare chinkara gazelle and plentiful wild boar. This park is ideal for recreation, education or research but shooting is forbidden. This park, 36 km to the east of Bahawalpur is a combination of a natural lake and forest on 77, 480 acres of land and spread over both sides of Bahawalpur canal. It has watchtowers, a catching ground, tourist huts, rest house, camping grounds, TDCP Resort with 6 A/C Bed Rooms and treks for visitors and lovers of nature. Hog deer, ravine deer, black buck and nilgai are common. Fox, jackals, hares, porcupines, mongoose, larks, owls and hawks are also found. Wild boars are in large number in the forest areas. Lal Suhanra National Park is a wildlife sanctuary worth a visit. The best attraction is the lion safari to see the lions in their natural habitat from close quarters. Bahawalpur Museum Displaying items ranging from calligraphy to artefacts from Moenjodaro, Cholistan and Harappa, Bahawalpur Museum, less than 1km southeast of Farid Gate. The museum is divided into a Pakistan Movement Gallery of photos; an Islamic Arts Gallery of arms, textiles, graphic arts and metalware; an Archaeological Gallery; a Coins & Medals Gallery with items minted by the former state of Bahawalpur; an Ethnological Gallery with handicrafts from Cholistan and Bahawalpur; a Fabrics Gallery with costumes from the region; and a Manuscripts & Calligraphy Gallery. Cholistan Desert Jeep Rally Here all classes also have their own style of recreation. This is the most interesting event held annually in March in the Cholistan Desert. It is generally organized near Drawer Fort and vehicles cover the distance of about 250 km around this fort. Bahawalpur Derawar Mosque Also worth visiting is the Derawar Mosque, which is 100 years old and is built with white marble stone. The Derawar mosque of marble is a thing of beauty. Bahawalpur Dring Stadium Bahawalpur has one of the finest stadiums in the country having fine cricket grounds, two football grounds one basketball court and lawn tennis courts and covered swimming pool. There is also a hockey stadium, which is considered to be the second
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Cholistan Desert Jeep Rally best in the country after Karachi Stadium. It can accommodate 13,000 people at a time. Bahawalpur Masjid-al-Sadiq It was made by the Nawab Sir Sadiq Muhammad Khan Abbasi V at the elevation of more than 12 feet from earth. It can house 50,000 to 60,000 people at a time, during the Eid Festivals. It is a well-reputed Mosque in Pakistan like other prominent Mosques of Pakistan. Panjnad Head The Punjnad Headworks is located 12 km away from Uch Sharif where all the five rivers
of Punjab meet. It is a nice picnic spot with scenic beauty. Dera Nawab Sahib It is 55 Km from Bahawalpur and the residential headquarters of the Nawabs of Bahawalpur. Almost every Nawab has built a palace for himself at this place. Sadiq Gargh palace built during the rule of Nawab Sir Sadiq Muhammad Khan IV between 18821885 is the finest building there. (Courtesy PTDC)
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here was a time when thousands of people were associated with Pakistan’s film industry. The studios were bursting with activity. Shooting continued round the clock. Directors had to wait for weeks to get dates for shooting of films. Pakistan in the 80s boasted of having around 1500 cinemas where everyday thousands of people watched movies. It was late in the 80s when the direction of our film industry changed. Punjabi cinema began to dominate the box office. Lesser number of Urdu films were made in the 90s. The decline had begun as families stopped going cinemas. By the year 2000 it all started ending with the exhibition of very crude films. Our filmmakers had started making films for gangsters to glorify them in society. A very small section of society liked such films but it definitely benefited the new small time directors. Pirated Bollywood films were easily available and made inroads into our homes. The result was the closure of cinemas. Many of them were demolished and in their place shopping plazas were made. Some were converted to theatres for staging plays. Currently about 70 cinemas are still functioning in Pakistan. Most of the studios have closed shop. The few that have some activity are mostly used for making small budget Punjabi flicks or have been rented out to TV channels. Thousands of technicians and staff related to the film industry have taken up other professions. Most of the investors have started importing Hollywood and
Bollywood movies. In the last four years there has been a revival of the cinema industry. This turnaround took place with the establishment of new cinemas in the posh areas of Karachi and Lahore. The idea was to lure young, uptown audiences to the latest films. The Hollywood and Bollywood flicks began to be released simultaneously in Pakistan as elsewhere. There was a complete check on the piracy. Pirated versions of Hollywood movies now come in late by six to eight months after the film release. This gave the new cinemas a cutting edge. The recent development has been the introduction of 3D cinemas where movies like Avatar changed the rules of the game. People are ready to spend Rs 350 per person for the memorable experience of watching a 3D movie. In the changed scenario, an attempt has been made by Pakistani filmmakers to lure the audiences back to local cinema. Five Pakistani movies will be screened this Eidul Fitr. This is happening after many years. Interestingly these are the only Pakistani feature films to have been made so far in 2011. Pakistani directors and producers for the past few weeks were asking the Punjab government for support the films’ release on Eidul Fitr. They held meeting with the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and MNA Hamza Shahbaz, who assured them of their support. To boost the local films they urged the government to revoke Bollywood films on the occasion of Eid. They said they would stage protest and also take legal action. Eid is around the corner and there is no ban on Indian films during Eid season as demanded by the local film industry. The pressure to ensure screen-
ing of Pakistani films at the multiplex cinemas such, as those in Bahria Town, DHA and Cinestar in Township and at Atrium and Sea View in Karachi, worked. Now Pakistani movies will be screened at all the uptown cinemas. The scribe has learnt that only one Bollywood movie’s screening has been allowed during Eid holidays. Of the five films being released three movies are expected to do good business. The first one is actor and director Reema Khan’s ‘Love Mein Gumm’. The second is director Faisal Bokhari and producer Ch Kamran’s ‘Bhai Loag’. Both are Urdu movies. The third is Syed Noor’’s Punjabi movie ‘Jugni’, which he had announced last year when the song Jugni became Coke Studio’s hit. ‘Bhai Loag’ boasts a good cast that includes Nadeem Baig, Jawed Sheikh, Moamar Rana, Saima, Babar Ali, Noor, Shamoon Abbasi, Meera, Babrak Shah and Silla Hussain. The cast of ‘Love Mein Gumm’ includes Nadeem Baig, Reema Khan, Moamar Rana, Gia Ali, Nabeel Khan, Rambo, Ali Saleem and Bollywood actor Johnny Lever. The cast of ‘Jugni’ includes Shan, Moamar Rana, Saima and Arif Lohar. Gone are the days when the marketing of the film was done by wall chalking and pasting posters around the city. The producers based in Royal Park (where the local filmmakers have their offices) have now come to terms with the changed times. They are now doing promotion work by making websites and using social networks like Facebook and Twitter. The days of production photos printouts are gone and now special press kits with images on CDs were being prepared. Mar-
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Reema among the students in ‘Love mein gumm’ Reema & Momi in ‘Love Mein Gumm’ keting of the films is being done in a more organised way than it used to be. Producer of film ‘Bhai loag’ Ch Kamran despite an extensive publicity campaign is concerned about the screening. “The cinemas uptown are interested in only screening foreign films. There are 52 weeks in a year. They can have 48 weeks but at least they should give four weeks to Pakistani films. This is all we demand. In the end I think they will just give us one show a day, which is not fair,” he said while talking to Sunday Plus. Pervez Kaleem is one of the last, loyal script writers Lollywood can boast of. The master of script writing has penned both the Urdu films being released. “The film ‘Bhai Loag’ is all about nationalism. In the last three decades this is my sixth film whose only purpose is to promote nationalism. The other five, ‘Leader’, ‘Asmaa’, ‘Watan Kay Rakhwalay’, ‘Seelab’, ‘Jannat Ki Talash’ were all hits. ‘Bhai Loag’ also will hopefully prove to be a blockbuster. “This is the film that audiences can relate to. It is the depiction of present day Pakistan in which we all can thrive only if we can play the role of the son of the soil. We must stand up for the sovereignty and independence of Pakistan. “Faisal Bukhari has done an excellent job as director. My son Adeel PK is the editor of the film. All the post production work was done in Bangkok. The film has been shot in Karachi and the audiences can relate it to what is happening today on the streets of that city. It is about Karachi city’s god father and terrorism. “The film ‘Love Mein Gumm’ is a pure romance film. It is a 21st century love story shot at scenic locations in Azerbaijan and Malaysia. I have written many scripts of romantic movies. This one is I believe the best that I have written. There are no serious conflicts. The film is smooth sailing one for those who believe in love,” Kaleem said. Actress Reema is excited about her 28 Sunday Plus August 28, 2011
Momi, Saima & Shan in ‘Jugni’
Nabeel Khan & Araida Corbol (actress of Azerbaijan)
Saima in ‘Jugni’
Reema in Azerbaijan
second film project as director and producer. Pakistan’s fashion industry is booming. This sector has shown remarkable growth in the last five years. Reema has roped in the fashion industry in the film to ensure wider appeal among the audiences. Designer Noami Ansari’s creations give the dresses a glamorous tinsel town look. Reema is lucky that corporate giant LUX is a sponsor of the film. It all happened when she shot a promotional video song for the film. “I decided to shoot this promotional song with all the celebrities of Pakistan.
I am thankful to all the actors, designers, models and fashion icons for featuring in the video of this song, which Ali Zafar sang. An amount of Rs 5.5 million was spent on the shooting of this video that I spent myself. When we showed it to Unilever people for sponsorship they were so impressed that they offered to sponsor the film and not just the video of song. I have not compromised on marketing or any aspect of the film because I had not taken the film project just to make money. I want the film to be a success so that other people are encouraged to
Saima & Shan in ‘Jugni’
Nadeem in ‘Love Mein Gumm’
Babar in ‘Bhai Loag’
Jawed Sheikh in ‘Bhai Loag’
Momi in ‘Love Mein Gumm’
Reema cycling in Baku, Azerbaijan invest in Pakistani films,” Reema said. About the filmmaking process she said it was a Herculean task that she was able to complete in two years. “I had started the project with Shan. The story was taken from the novel ‘Veronica Decides To Die’. It was his suggestion. We took basic idea from there and then developed the story according to our environment. I had spent Rs 6 million when Shan ditched me. He said his mother was ill and he could not come for the shooting. Later I learnt he was doing this Pampers advertisement. I was not disap-
pointed and vowed to complete the project. “Filmmaking is not an easy thing. In Hollywood they have team of experts. Here I was doing everything from booking flights to finding locations and getting permissions for shooting. I am not claiming I have done something extraordinary but I have done my best to present a good film, which I believe is the most expensive one made in Pakistan till now,” Reema maintained. The promotional song is getting good response from the public. It features veterans like Nadeem Baig, Omar Sharif and Jawed Sheikh besides Resham, Meera, Mona Lisa, Amina Sheikh, Tariq Amin and many models. Reema has engaged most of the top singers
of sub-continent for her film. Besides Ali Zafar other playbacks include Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shazia Manzoor, Abrarul Haq, Kailash Kher, Shriya Ghosal and Sunidi Chauhan. Syed Noor’s ‘Jugni’ is a musical love story in Punjabi. Popular singer Arif Lohar who has acted in a number of films is back with Shan and Momi to present the rich culture of Punjab. The film will be a treat for Punjabi music lovers. Can three films turn things turn the film industry back on track? People associated with the film industry are not so optimistic. “If we rationally assess these attempts, people who have seen the industry thriving and who wish for the good old days to return. We do not have the technology and big investment to make a film of international standard. You cannot fool people. You have to come up with good entertainment and quality films. Only then will we see true revival of film industry,” film writer Raja Riaz was of the view. Jarar Rizvi the director and producer of the film ‘Son of Pakistan’ is optimistic about the future. “My film is ready for release. The prints will be available in a couple of weeks and I will release the movie four weeks after Eid. Also, I believe all filmmakers should give room to each other so that business does not suffer. We are not in competition with each other but with the Bollywood movies. Our only chance of survival is that we make good films. “If the quality of film is good there is no way the uptown cinemas would refuse to screen Pakistani movies. ‘Son of Pakistan’ is a patriotic film but has also all the ingredients to attract the masses,” Rizvi was of the view. The debate is never ending. The positive thing about the whole scenario is that despite all odds still there are people around who have faith that local filmmaking’s revival is possible. The stakeholders including the actors must come together to make an effort in this regard. Ever seen Shan, Momi, Saima giving interviews to promote their film? Stars in their own right but, they all have to make an effort to breathe life and hype into Pakistani film industry.
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‘Crazy,’but not ‘stupid’ Crazy, Stupid, Love, is another simple, funny, and easy to swallow and in no way challenging comedy that was made for everyone. It’s got some fine actors, giving good performances with some solid comedic lines and quite a bit of heart.
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irectors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa have made a smart and endearing film out of “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and about people who did foolish things because of the “L” word.Romantic-comedies often fall into the trap of the notion that “the cheesier, the better.” But really, too much fluffiness is not always pleasing to viewers, who, unconsciously or not, watch a movie in the hopes of seeing a piece of themselves in it. “Crazy, Stupid, Love” is apparently not August 28, 2011
a victim of the cheese disease, offering a more realistic story with believable characters presented with balance of comedy, romance, and drama.
THE PLOT: A father’s life unravels while he deals with a marital crisis and tries to manage his relationship with his children.At fortysomething, straight-laced Cal Weaver
(Steve Carell) is living the dream-good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart. But when Cal learns that his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his “perfect” life quickly unravels. Worse, in today’s single world, Cal, who hasn’t dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of un-smooth. Now spending his free evenings sulking alone, the hapless Cal is taken on as wingman and protégé
movie to handsome, thirty something player Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling)
THE GOOD: Embracing the Title: Love is crazy, love is stupid, and love is lovely when it works — this film does an extraordinary job at showing the ridiculousness that is love and what all us stupid humans are willing to do to try and achieve it. Acting: Gosling is charming enough to give this otherwise blank and mindless character enough intrigue to keep us watching. Possible career move? Could be, but it was fun to watch, especially if you want something extra with your average comedy. Stone is once again extremely funny and I appreciated her embodying the spirit of a woman taking what she wants. Carell is as funny as he always is, but also shows us his acting which gives him more of that Little Miss Sunshine-edge. Moore, Tomei and the rest of the gang all did a solid job at delivering both solid performances and some memorable one-liners. Sense of Self: There were some solid one liners and great moments that
had the whole audience laughing while mixed into the tried and true rom-com format. There are a number of cliches, which normally would have driven me mad if not for the line “this is so cliche” from within the film. The film knows what it is and plays with the idea, which gives it some unique moment, but more importantly, it knows who its target audience is and what they want, and for the most part it delivers without a hitch. The ‘Dancing’ Moment: It’s so cheesy and yet it somehow has power… There’s something to be said for Stone and Goslings’ performances that take your from ridiculous comedy to sudden romance.
THE BAD: The Average-ness: The film breaks almost no new ground, it will not leave you loving it and it will leave you feeling quite tepid, which for us is a major pet peeve because I enjoy watching filmmakers take risks. There is nothing challenging about this film. That being said, Crazy, Stupid, Love is not about breaking new ground, and if you’re going for a sweet, easy-to-watch romantic comedy, this film has what you’re looking for.
THE PLAYERS: director: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa
writer: Dan Fogelman
Actors: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon, Jonah Bobo, Marisa Tomei and Julianne Moore
Cinematography: Andrew Dunn
OVERALL: It won’t blow you away but if you’re looking to turn your brain off for 90 minutes and have a few good laughs with some fine actors, this is a great pick for you.
Music by: Christophe Beck and Nick Urata
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Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone
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GirlWith the goldentouch
The festive collection by this new designer encapsulates the spirit of a modern woman in its golden-hued prints and elegant designs
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of paneled shirts. A perfect choice for the woman who wants to shine this Eid in the glow of her elegant yet contemporary fashion style.
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Designer: Waseem Noor Photographer: Deevees Model: Rabia Butt Coordination: Bilal Mukhtar Events & PR
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The collection titled â€˜The pride of a peacock is the glory of Godâ€™ is all about playful nostalgia inspired by the magnificent culture of Pakistan. Rainbow shades are used in each piece. Precious and semi-precious stones ranging from cut diamond, amethyst, topaz, zircon, and garnet to tourmaline, ruby, emerald, opal, turquoise, pearl and onyx are set in gold-plated silver and sterling silver.
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Jhinga Dum Biryani Ingredients
l 1 kg Prawns/Shrimps deveined
and cleaned. l Oil for frying. l 1 big potato cubed. l 250gms yogurt l 2 meduim tomato diced l 2 tbsp lemon juice l Whole garam masala l 4 cloves l 5 peppercorns l 3 cardamoms l 1 stick cinnamon l ¼ tsp fennel l ¼ tsp jeera l 1 Aniseed l 1 bay leaf l 1 bulb garlic l 3 inch ginger diced l 12 green chilies l 1 tsp garam masala powder l 1 tsp turmeric l 1 tbsp chili powder
l l l
100gms cilantro chop 2 tbsp mint (optional) 4 aaloo bukhare 2 tea cup fried onions 1 tbsp salt
For Rice l
l l l
1 kg Long grain Basmati rice (I use Kohinoor premium) 1 gallon water or less 1 ¼ tbsp salt Whole garam masala (2 cloves, 4-5 peppercorns,1 big cardamom, 2 green cardamom, 1 bay leaves, 1 stick cinnamon, aniseed) Big pinch of egg yellow color dis solved in water.
For Garnish l l l l
4 big cups finely sliced onions 1 cup oil (canola/corn) 1 cup ghee ½ cup cilantro cup
Clean the shrimps and set aside. Deep fry the potatoes and set aside. In a mixing bowl add the shrimps, haldi, lemon juice, chili powder, garam masala powder, salt and mix well. In ½ cup oil fry the prawns on high heat for 3-4 minutes only. Do not overcook the prawns. Remove and keep aside. In a blender add yogurt, green chilies, garlic and ginger and blend for 2 mins on high. In a bowl mix the fried prawns, yogurtgreen chillies, ginger garlic paste, tomato, cilantro, prunes, fried potatoes and salt to taste and mix well. In a pan heat oil and add the onions. Sauté the onion till golden brown and looks crisp. It will take at least 15-20 minutes. Once done spoon it out onto paper napkins. Add 1 cup of onion to prawns and mix. You may take this step in advance to save time. In a large pan boil the water, add the whole garam masala, salt and cook the rice until its ¾ done. Never over cook the rice. It will rotten the biryani. Strain the rice and keep aside. In a thick bottom dish/6 qtr casserole add whole of shrimps at the base. Then add ¼ of the rice. Top the rice with 1 tbsp of fried onions, cilantro, and mint and drizzle it with color. Repeat the same with layers of rice. Top it up with the ghee in a circular motion. Cover the dish with foil and with a heavy lid.Cook on medium flame for 5 mins and when the dish is hot reduce the flame to low and let it cook for another 15 mins. Turn off the heat and let it stand for 30 mins. Spoon out in a platter, serve with raita/cucumber. August 28, 2011 SuNday Plus 49
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Title: A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire Author: George R.R. Martin | Pages: 1040 Price: Rs. 1495 | Genre: Fiction
Thedragon ride… Easy as it is for fans to resent the six years it took George R.R. Martin to produce A Dance with Dragons, the fifth book in his bestselling Song of Ice and Fire epic-fantasy series, now that the book has arrived, it’s easy to see where those years went.
he thousand-page novel is staggeringly dense with interlaced characters, whose complicated interactions stretch back through hundreds of years of lineage, and it stretches to encompass Martin’s entire world, taking in the previous characters from the entire series in order to cover events in a dozen locales. New fans only familiar with Martin from the recent HBO series A Game Of Thrones, which adapted the first Song Of Ice And Fire book, are likely to get a surprise when they see how much deeper Martin’s world goes— Dragons is the thickest of the novels to date, in terms of cast, background, and detail as 50 SuNday Plus August 28, 2011
well as pages. In retrospect, it’s surprising it only took him six years to write it. It isn’t precisely that the book has been worth the wait; some storylines continue from the fourth book, 2005’s A Feast For Crows, but many more stretch back to cliffhangers from 2000’s A Storm Of Swords, and series fans who haven’t revisited these books recently may get lost amid the welter of decade-old plotlines and endless personal agendas. Regardless, it’s an immense pleasure to finally slip back into Martin’s thoroughly immersive world. It’s always been a joy to get lost in the flow of his words, even when it’s unclear where they’re leading. And
Dragons shows him continuing to develop as a writer: It can be difficult, but it’s richly rewarding. Martin remains boundlessly creative, sketching out intricately realized new civilizations, societies, religions, and factions on one continent while continuing to complicate the established political agendas on another. No part of his world ever feels like an afterthought or an easy fantasy cliché. There are plenty of quibbles to be made with A Dance With Dragons. Martin returns too often to a handful of distractingly idiosyncratic pet words—“leal” for “loyal,” “dinted” for “dented”—and to a handful of phrases and fixed ideas that his cast ob-
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Scribble, Scribble, Scribble: Writing on Politics, Ice Cream, Churchill, and My Mother Author: Simon Schama | No of Pages: 432 | Price: Rs 745 | Genre: Humour
Synopsis: The New York Times has hailed renowned historian and social commentator Simon Schama as a writer who “entwine[s] past and present into a meaningful, continuous whole.” Now, in this passionate and provocative collection, this brilliant observer brings his keen critical sensibility to a wide range of topics, both broad and intimate. Captivating and informative, Scribble, Scribble, Scribble offers a lighter, playful Simon Schama on a diverse range of subjects, from food and family to Winston Churchill, from Martin Scorsese and Richard Avedon to Rubens and Rembrandt, from his travels in Brazil and Amsterdam to New Orleans and Katrina. This selection of essays is a treasure trove of surprises that highlight Schama’s sense of humour, curiosity, and idiosyncrasies.
I Can Make You Happy
Author: Paul McKenna | No of Pages: 208 | Price: Rs 795 | Genre: Mind, body and spirit Synopsis: It doesn’t matter whether you are sad, bored, down, depressed, doing all right or quite happy – the system in this book will help you become a lot happier. Paul McKenna has spent the last 25 years studying and developing ways to make people happier and has created a system that has an immediate, extraordinary and measurable effect upon people’s happiness levels. Recent scientific research shows that happiness levels are not fixed. To increase your happiness levels takes a small amount of regular effort over a few days, following simple instructions and using some powerful psychological techniques. The hypnosis CD with this book helps you remove negative thinking and installs positive programmes which seek out and magnify the factors which create your happiness.
Undercover Muslim: A Journey into Yemen
Author: Theo Padnos | Pages: 304 | Price: Rs 845 | Genre: Current Affairs Synopsis: In December 2009, the US government launched an air strike against the tiny Yemeni village of al-Majalah where al-Qaida militants were believed to be in hiding. A second attack a week later targeted the prominent religious leader Anwar Awlaki. He escaped unharmed but many villagers were killed. These two strikes were intended to set back al-Qaida’s operations in Yemen but, within 24 hours, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab – a 23-year-old Nigerian man and one of Awlaki’s followers – boarded a plane to Detroit with explosives hidden in his clothing. His is not a unique story: at a time when true pluralism remains an aspiration rather than a reality in the West, young men, disillusioned and angry with the spiritually barren, consumerist societies in which they live, travel to Yemenin search of fulfilment. In Undercover Muslim, Theo Padnos brilliantly evokes a landscape and journey that few Westerners have experienced. He investigates the radicalisation of these disaffected young men as they move, almost unnoticed, from London, Berlin or Paris to their new spiritual home in Yemen. Padnos’s journey takes him from the newsroom of a Yemeni newspaper to the prayer rows and lecture rooms of Yemen’s madrassas, from covert Jeep rides into the sacred mountains to a stint in an overcrowded prison. It is through these events, and through the people he encounters, that Padnos shows us how a terrifying gulf has opened between Islam and the West. sesses over like mantras, which leads to maddening repetition. His devotion to detail can be a distraction, as when he takes time to enumerate the physical attributes of seven unnamed slaves immediately before killing them all off in a couple of sentences, or lays out the personality traits of a handful of off-screen hostage-children who won’t be seen again for the rest of the book. In both cases, his reasons for individualizing them all are clear—he wants to give weight to the slaves’ deaths in the first case, and to the decisions made on the children’s behalf in the second. But in a book where seemingly every paragraph is packed with names, bloodlines, heraldry, and history, the microscopic focus adds to the impression of wading through name soup. More significantly, nothing much happens in Dragons’ first half. Tyrion Lannister
travels and broods over his father’s last words. Daenarys Targaryen decides not to travel, and broods over the cruelty of the city she’s conquered. Jon Snow weighs his options on the Wall, and broods over his loyalties and decisions. Brandon Stark travels, with little time to brood because of the difficulty of survival. Various other characters travel in order to offer alliances, or hunker down to plan or survive, while operating with limited information. Apart from a few small forts changing hands, few actual moves are made in the game of thrones; it sometimes feels like Martin is spinning his wheels, waiting for the half of his cast not featured in Feast For Crows to catch up to that book’s events. Once they do, though, and the timelines merge, the book picks up sharply and becomes a breathless charge toward another series of cliffhangers that may not be
resolved for years. From a sheer plot-movement perspective, Dragons can be unsatisfying—Martin knows his audience, and can be brutal about teasing them with small tastes of the information they most want. But given that it’s a middle book in a long series where the endgame is still far from sight, that was inevitable. It’s more a book to be savoured for its flavour, for Martin’s considerable talent at world-building, characterization, and interaction, for his characters’ humour, bravery, determination, and pathos. He gives the impression that he knows the life story of every last person in his vast world, and is perfectly willing to explicate them at length, even if it takes a couple more decades to get it all down on paper.
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By Munazza Siddiqui
Reviving women artisans’ hopes
ife of a woman, an artisan – a patchwork of colours weaved into moments of joys and tears; smiles and fears. The tale is short,but the journey… very long. Starting mostly, as young as 10 or 12 years, artisan girls in a rural set up stitch their way to adolescence, adulthood, middle age and finally a dependent old age. Through their skill and workmanship, these women artisans play a pivotal role in preserving the indigenous crafts and kaleidoscopic heritage of our country. They give passion to every colour and pattern, put soul in every creation, breathe life into every product and thus give an identity to every tradition.But during the process, somewhere, these women lose their own identity and their own individuality. Colours of life fade in the colours of threads… in the monotonous movement of needles…in the rising and setting of the sun… but every day a new identity is born and our heritage gets a new lease of life. Having said that, the existence and survival of our cultural identity and traditional heritage just does not rest on a woman’s shoulder, or, for that matter, an artisan’s shoulder; it is likewise determined by disasters –man-made and natural. A journey through the pages of ancient to modern history will take us to the sites in Byblos, Baalbek and Tyre, to many in Croatia, Sri Lanka, Lebanon and Afghanistan where thousands of millions
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of people including artisans and craftsmen were displaced in the wake of war. Earthquakes, tsunamis, famines, floods, et al. have wreaked havoc in the lives of rural artisans and craftsmen, mostly women, inIran, Turkey, Africa, Bangladesh, Thailand and so on. But in the aftermaths of natural and man-made catastrophes and beyond, is restoration of arts and crafts or cultural heritage or artisans and handicraftsman really a priority for the governments? And if a serious thought is given to all this at some point in time, does the government machinery,with all its resources and capital, suffice to put fallen pieces back in their place?The answer is: sometimes yes, mostly no! Active involvement and participation of overseas development agencies can return to the craftspeople, and particularly women, their respect and self esteem, as well as the means to keep the country’s ages-old traditions and heritage intact. International donor agencies have the resources and rural craftsmen have the skills… combined together it can make a cultural force to reckon with. And it is very important here to re-establish women artisans in the recovery process, as women are the hardest hit in the wake of any calamity or emergency. Empowering women will improve their access to opportunities of health and education and also will have a favourable impact on the national economy.
Pakistan – a country with a timeless history of tradition and customs; where the valleys of longest mountain ranges in the north have been a cradle of the world’s ancient civilizations and heritage; where culture has evolved from the bed of five rivers and budded in the breasts of scorching deserts.Where, the creative wisdom of rural men flirting with motifs, romancing with imagination and softly colours, begot delightful needlecraft, sensuous embroideries, extravagant silver-work and ravishing wood carving.This is Pakistan’s rich legacy of indigenous artwork and handicrafts. But in July 2010, the force of waters washed away this legacy along with the only means of livelihoods of approximately 750,000 home-bound women spread across the country. Overseas development agencies like USAIDsaw the possibility for the crisis to become a galvanizing force for economic change for women embellishers. To this effect, USAID through its ENTREPRENEURS programme launched Livelihoods Recovery Support to Flood-affected Artisans Project in the four provinces of Pakistan. “The destruction was huge with incredibly terrifying loss. USAID has greatly helped the women (artisans) to revive their lost sources of income. Everything was provided to them at their doorsteps, so they did not have to go outside, leaving their families and children behind,” says Shazia of Muzzafargarh district. Through this project, 6000 women artisans were provided embroidery kits that helped them produce samples and end products of exquisite needle and threadwork. These products were recently displayed in an interactive, three-day textile sales exhibition ‘Reviving Hopes’ at Expo Centre Lahore. Three hundred women artisans represented their regions and proudly showcased their hard work of many months. “We come from an impoverished region of Punjab, which was badly hit by flash floods. USAID responded timely and provided artisan in my village with all essential items. They have provided us with this one of its kind, lifetime opportunity to come and showcase our work to the people of a huge city like Lahore. We are meeting new people and learning new things. It is very insightful,” said Uzma from Khushaab. USAID in Pakistan has worked with two local organisations: Aik Hunar Aik Nagar (AHAN) and Karvaan to build their capacities in a range of areas including development of business plans, products, and targeted marketing manuals and modules. Formative research on market opportunities and international design trends, developing insight into the challenges of artisans and their clusters, and designing products that target diverse audience were the key elements of support provided to these partners. The Agency also developed a design studio and a sampling and prototype unit at AHAN, which enabled designers to be on the cutting edge of textile designing technology, andequippedthemwith latest tools and apparatus to compete in the international marketplace. This technical backing from USAID has greatly helped AHAN to boost its productivity at the grass root level by establishing quality standards, determining packaging and taggingand providing an opportunity to women artisans to work with the creative team in the development of prototypes. The time spent with artisans in studying how products are made and understanding what innovations are possible within
given resources and skill, and bringing the information back to the studio and examining it analytically and then working hard and long to recreate the genius of rural women artisans into designs which are traditionally modern and savour the aesthetic senses of urban clientele, has culminated into a brand, which we proudly call today ‘Handmade by AHAN’. “We want to be given such opportunities, whereby, we can learn new things and women confined to the four walls of their houses can be more productive,” said Surraiya from Khushaab USAID’s targeted programming and unique business approach has built and strengthened skills and business capacities of women artisans in the marginalised communities, and enabling them to successfully pursue entrepreneurial opportunities, participate more effectively in the markets, and improve their economic realities with full thrust. Today, these women have made a respectable means of living for themselves and their dependents and are contributing significantly to the family income. They are better capacitated
The Empowered Woman, she moves through the world with a sense of confidence and grace. Her once reckless spirit now tempered by wisdom. Quietly, yet firmly, she speaks her truth without doubt or hesitation and the life she leads is of her own creation. ‘The Empowered Woman’by Sonny Carroll
to do budgeting and pricing of their products, which keeps them on their guard while marketing and selling the products. It has also developed in them a keen observation and knack to keep abreast of fashion trends, market demands and diverse buyers’ choices. And this has given them the impetus to keep improving and improvising their handwork and products. Today they are empowered women.
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By Talal Raza
Some people claim that Pakistani youth’s performance has been disappointing when it comes to serving Pakistan. However, these claims are nade by those too lazy to take action themselves-those who are only experts in armchair criticism. During a survey it was found that a large number of social welfare organisations have been launched by young people. They have started many projects to help the poor and less privileged. The people we are going to introduce in this report are neither running ‘Youth Senates’ from their air-conditioned dwellings, nor do they meet government officials for photo sessions. Rather they have rolled up their sleeves and are out there in the field, working for the betterment of the masses. heir resources are limited but their passion to serve Pakistan is limitless. Let’s have a look at some welfare organisations launched by young people.
AalamBibi Educational Welfare Organization ABEWO is a private welfare organisation, which was launched by a 24-year-old M Phil student Farah Deeba in 2005. It was in July 2005 when Farah went to visit a poverty stricken area of Lahore inChungiAmer Sadhu, near General Hospital. Grieved by the misery she saw there, she decided to set up a school for poor children in the area in September 2005 with Rs60,000- and that too against the wishes of her family. Today, her school known as ImtiazBibi School has 500 students
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studying from nursery to Matric. The school provides free books, uniform and daily snacks to the students.The school project not only caters to the needs of the students but also the teachers who also belong to the same community. Special training sessions are organised four times a year for teachers so that they can polish their teaching skills. Besides this, they are also given an allowance to seek higher education and be able to improve their own educational qualification. Farah didn’t stop here. In 2010, under her organisation, she launched two other programmes in ChungiAmer Sadhu namely, AalamBibi Food Programme and Omer Shehzad Interest Free Loan. In the first programme, the working class, such as labourers, factory workers etc, are provided a hygienic lunch at a subsidized rate of Rs. 7. It means that for a Rs 25/meal, only Rs.7/meal is paid by the labourer and the rest is borne by the organisation. Nearly 200-250 persons daily buy food from the AalamBibi Food Programme. Through the Omer Shehzad Interest Free Loanprogramme, poor men and women are provided loans to start small businesses. The loan amount ranges from Rs 10,000 to Rs. 50,000. The person who takes the loan has to start returning it after two months. “For Rs.10, 000, a person has to pay Rs1000 in instalment every month. In 99.9 per cent cases, the loans have been recovered without any problems.” “With this money, someone bought a washing machine and
began a laundry business, some women knew embroidery work so they bought a sewing machine and some men bought fruit carts and started selling fruit,” Farah explained. So far, the ABEWO has been operating without any support from the government. All the donations for the projects come from public. “When some people look at our work, they start adding their share to the cause,” Farah said. Farah also plans to launch same projects in another poor community around Green Town in Lahore but stressed that the small organisations should develop a network for better working,“I really believe that the small welfare organisations should collaborate with each other”.
Boondh is another organisation that was launched in July, 2011 by group of six students from Lahore, with the purpose to provide daily use items for free to the poor during the month of Ramazan. Initially they planned to accommodate 10 families, providing them ration for a month. But they managed to raise enough money to cater to the needs of 39 families in areas including LaalKurti, Nazimabad, and Tajpura. For each family, the ration included items like ghee, sugar, flour, tea, oil, etc. Every detail about the project has been posted on the organisation’s Facebook page. The money collected from donors along with their names, number of families and persons within each family and the amount of items distributed can be checked by anyone on the organisation’s Facebook page. Following the successful Ramazan campaign and positive response of the people, Boondh plans to launch another project. Ibrahim Younas, the founder of Boondh said that they wanted to do something for poor people on the occasion of EidulAzha. “We
also want to work for their education.We want to provide sewing machines to poor women so that they could start their own business,” Younis said.
Ghani Welfare Foundation
Ghani Welfare Foundation is a Lahore based NGO launched by a 19-year-old BSC student Usman Ali. It was in November, 2010 when Usman prepared a report on child labour.Realizing that education was the biggest hurdle in Pakistan’s development, Usman decided to establish a school in Shahadra Morr by the name of Ghani Grammar School. With the initial help of his family, Usman managed to get Rs300,000 that would be enough to bear the expenses of the school for six months. He identified the area, got a building on rent, recruited two teachers and along with them, started admission of children. “I wanted to make sure that due to limited funds and limited number of seats the poorest got their chance first. We interviewed parents and also worked hard to ensure that only children of deserving families were given admission. The school stared with a first batch of 30 deserving children in March, 2011,” Usman said, while talking to this scribe. Currently, there are two class rooms with 15 students studying in each. Children are provided free books, uniforms and snacks. More such schools are planned under Ghani Welfare Foundation.
Students’ Welfare Foundation
The Student Welfare Foundation is a Gilgit Baltistan based welfare organisationlaunched by Shujaat Mesam, a 25-year-old young man from Skardu. The organisation is working to provide free career counselling to students since July 2007. Shujaat, himself having being brought up in a less developed area, August 28, 2011 Sunday Plus 55
had always felt the absence of proper guidance at every level of his education. There was no one to tell him about better colleges, no one who could guide him and his class fellows how to score high in board exams. In fact, even when he did his inter with pre medical subjects, there was no one in his hometown who could tell him about the preparation he should do to score high in the medical entry test. However, despite all this, Shujaat worked tirelessly and got the 1st position among boys in Punjab medical entry test. Even though he got admission in Khyber Medical College in Peshawar, this didn’t quench his deprivation and at this point in life, he decided to do something for his Pakistani peers, to provide them with better facilities advice and guidences than he himself had recieved. Within his limited resources, Shujaat began organising seminars and workshops for school and college students. “I wanted to make sure that unlike our time, these Pakistani youth are provided with guidance and career counselling that will help them make better choices,” he said. He arranges workshops and seminars on different topics including how to score high in entry test exams, how to score better in inter and matric and how to study in time. Not only that, he also organized sessions for high school students guiding them to making better choices for colleges. In a matter of months, Shujaat’s workshops and seminars were attracting 150 -200 students in each session. Till now he has organised 40 seminars. When asked, if he invited some experts and senior professors, he said, “Unfortunately, there was no one who could volunteer time for this purpose.Being a topper in medical entry test I started giving lectures to students,” Shujaat explained. Till now nearly 500 students have benefitted from these workshops. Under the Student Welfare Foundation, Shujaat currently has an executive body of seven volunteers who have been assisting him to organise the events. In coming months, they are planning to expand their work of career counselling. Also, they plan to launch another project in which the government primary teachers would be provided training. Shujaat said that they were in contact with some senior scholars for this purpose and hoping that they would take out time to guide students who do.
Social Development Organization (SDO)
The Social Development Organisation (SDO) is another welfare organization launched in June 2011 by a group of students from Shalbandi, in Buner District, Khyberpakhtunkhwa. Shalbani, a village with 20,000 people, is a backward area and 56 Sunday Plus August 28, 2011
many people fall below the poverty line. Many children do not go to school not; because there is no school but because their parents do not have enough money. In this locality, eight young men decided to launch SDO. So far, they have started a tuition centre where they teach science subjects to children. “In our village there are no qualified teachers in government schools who can teach students the science subjects,”SDO member Sajid Shalbani said.There are 74 students (mostly from public sector schools) who are provided free tutoring facilities. At present, all the finances for the project are managed by SDO volunteers from their own pockets. SDO volunteers plan to clean up the drainage system of the area after Eid, and also want to start a magazine for the local writers and set up a library in the near future.
Kumak is a Karachi based youth organisation that was launched in 2008 by a group of students from the University of Karachi with the main purpose of raising awareness among youth about issues being faced by Pakistan. As part of Kumak’s awareness campaign, they publish a monthly magazine “Umeed-e-Sahar.” They organise a workshopstyled conference for youth under the banner of “Jago aur Jagao!” every year that, in a way, allows youth to discuss various issues. Narjis Fatima,“The aim of this conference is to persuade and encourage the young minds of Pakistan to do constructive things for the benefit of the society. So farwe have organised four events under “Jago aur Jagao.” which attracted hundreds of young Karachiites,” a volunteer Narjis Fatima said. Kumak volunteers have also been engaged in other activities for instance, visits to government hospitals to distribute necessary items, holding motivating lectures in different schools, arranging plantation campaigns on special occasions, and cleaning up the roads.Kumak has 40 volunteers from different universities and professionals from different fields. Whatever donations they receive, they come mostly from the public. There must be many other organisations working in different areas that have not be highlighted here.It all suggests that our youth is active.They are proving that Pakistanis are a nation of builders. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
As Ramazan draws to a close, Muslims around the world gear up to celebrate Eid ul Fitr. Eid is a time of festivity when we come together to share happiness, joy and blessings. We asked some of our celebrities what they feel is the best thing about Eid and if the essence of Eid has changed since their childhood? Here is what they had to say:
Adil Sher Nazia Malik - TV personality
Best Thing about Eid: I love Eid because it is that time of the year when all of our family members get together and celebrate the joy. The Essence of Eid: The essence has changed a lot for me because my father is no longer with us. But nonetheless I try to live upto the essence every Eid.
Nida Azwer – Fashion designer
Best Thing about Eid: Eid holidays! It’s the best time for my family to take a short vacation. The Essence of Eid: I don’t think the essence of Eid has changed for me at all since my childhood. I still have the same pre-Eid and Eid rituals. Eid is still amazing and I’m glad it hasn’t changed.
Anoushey Ashraf - L’Oreal Pakistan Spokesperson and Vj Best Thing about Eid: The best thing
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about Eid is how one gets to spend time with their near and dear ones. I love family lunches and dinners on Eid as one doesn’t have the time to indulge in such things on a daily basis. The Essence of Eid: The essence of Eid surely changes as you grow older, it’s becomes less of an ‘event’ for a person as they mature but one must constantly make an effort to remember what Eid’s real significance is and keep the tradition alive.
Mehreen Raheal – Capri Brand Ambassador and Actress
Best Thing about Eid: The best thing about Eid is enjoying and being around one’s family, friends and loved ones. I always look forward to the celebrations. The Essence of Eid: Each Eid has its own essence and high. My Eid today is as festive as it was in my childhood. We have a tradition to go over to my grandmother’s place where the entire family meets for
brunch. There is fun, frolic and happiness all around. I love the ambience the occasion brings with it.
Adil Sher - Filmmaker of Talking Filmain
Best Thing about Eid: After a month of restraint, for me Eid ul Fitr is the time when you get together with your family and friends, eat good food and celebrate life. The Essence of Eid: The essence has remained the same over the years. Only now I am the one giving Eidi and receiving none :)
Juggun Kazim - Garnier Spokesperson
Best Thing about Eid: The best thing about Eid is being in Pakistan because I spent half my life in Canada and by being there I’ve realized the true value of my family, Eid and togetherness. I love Eid because I get to be with my family and friends and more than anything else be with my son!
The Essence of Eid: I find it really sad that as we get older, Eid stops being an exciting occasion that is celebrated. Infact people start dreading the day. For me Eid still very much means chooriyan, mehndi, friends and excitement... A lot of my friends even don’t celebrate it. It could probably be the current political and economic situation of our country and after the recent happenings of Karachi, people might not feel like celebrating it, but we all must pray for the safety of our country.
Bilal Mukthtar - Event Manager
Best Thing about Eid: The best thing about Eid is to meet your entire family and to have lunch with them (Since I don’t live with my family). I love Eid being spent in a traditional way and I do like giving Eidi to my nieces and nephews now as I blackmailed their parents for Eidi when I was a kid myself. The Essence of Eid: A lot has changed. At that time Eid was all about collecting
Eidis and now it’s more about spending time with my family and friends.
of receiving it, I hand it out to all the lovely babies and children of the family.
Sania Maskatiya – Fashion Designer
Best Thing about Eid: I just love the way my kids are so excited about dressing up and meeting our cousins on Eid. The Essence of Eid: As a child I remember a lot more was done for Eid than it’s done now. There used to be an air of excitement and anticipation then. Now I hear a lot of “I’m going to catch up on my sleep on Eid” or “Let’s leave the city for the Eid holiday and take a mini vacation!”
Best Thing about Eid: The best thing about Eid is all the yummy food and spending quality with your family! The Essence of Eid: For me the essence of Eid remains the same: filled with love, laughter and lots of family and friends.
Meesha Shafi - L’Oreal Pakistan Spokesperson and Musician
Best Thing about Eid:The best thing about Eid is definitely getting together with friends, family and having all the amazing Eid treats. This Eid will be my daughter’s first Eid so I’m looking forward to her in her little jora and choorian. The Essence of Eid: Since childhood, the essence of Eid has only changed as far as collecting Eidi is concerned. Now instead
Samia Shahzada – Shoe designer
Azmay Shahzada – Shoe Designer
Best Thing about Eid: The food, the holiday, “Eidi”, the clothes, the shoes and of course time with family and relatives! The Essence of Eid: Eid now feels very different from my childhood memories of it. Somehow it feels less festive, less special.
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By Amina Saeed
The Perfect Guest Bedroom
You may not be able to transform your sewing room or spare bedroom to resemble a room, but there are things you can do to help your guest feel welcome. Read here for some ideas on what you can do to help your house guests feel at home. Getting a prefect guest room is definitely the easiest way of letting your visitors know that you simply do worry about them. To be able to create a perfect guest room for the visitors, all that it’ll require of your stuff is attention and time to particulars. A thoughtful and tastefully designed guest bedroom lets those who are dear to you know that the welcome mat is always out for them. So spoil your guests with these ideas for making your guest bedroom an inviting oasis they will want to visit time and again.
Use Your Best
When designing your guest bedroom, resist the temptation to use all your extra or unwanted furnishings. Using your best sheets, bedspreads and mattress, for example, will show your guests how much you care. Challenge yourself to make the room look and feel like a top-notch hotel or B&B guest room.
Choose a theme
Your guest bedroom’s design theme doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive, just tasteful and thoughtful. Choose a theme and start with a subtle approach and colour scheme-throw pillows on the bed, some appropriate artwork and maybe a piece of furniture or two that adds to the 60 SuNday Plus August 28, 2011
theme. Remember that you can always add items later as you find them when traveling or shopping around town.
Store it elsewhere
Make sure the room’s closets (or armoire) have ample room to hang all their clothes and include a chest of drawers and at least one nightstand for other personal effects. Also, even if you use the room as an exercise area at other times, make sure your treadmill, weights and other equipment are stored elsewhere when hosting guests so they know the room is reserved exclusively for them.
Getting comfortable furniture is easily the most essential factor that you would need to be sure that your guest room, most particularly the mattress. Everybody will appreciate an excellent night’s sleep, and when the mattress is bumpy, then that will in some way be impossible. So, try to possess a comfortable bed mattress and mattress for the guest room. If you possess the budget and space, what about investing in a little table along with a chair, and maybe even a few bedroom tables, additionally to some dresser. Try to provide separate closets or regardless, a small amount of drawers within the dresser of cabinet, to ensure that you will see more space for the visitors to
place their clothes and luggage in.
A guest room that’s dull and dark is really a large no-no. Make sure that the room’s lights are ample enough, and particularly, when the guest room is incorporated in the basement. You need to keep a couple of lamps handy, and when you will see home windows, it is best to maintain them open to ensure that the daylight comes in. If regardless your guest room will receive a large amount of organic light, you are able to include a couple of blinds or some heavy curtains to bar it, just in case your visitors may wish to come with a midday siesta.
The guest bathroom
When expecting guests to your home, the bathroom should be inviting, clean and offer a relaxing space to unwind and settle into your home. You need to make certain the guest’s bathroom is going to be neat and well-stocked with clean towels, shampoo and a fresh bar soap and don’t forget to arrange them nicely inside a tray or perhaps a basket. Putting some welcoming potpourri or flowers inside a bowl will likewise be a nice touch and also give off pleasant fragrance. Similarly with bed linen, fresh bought or laundered sheets and a neatly made bed and is a must. If the bathroom is shared
with other house members, have them keep their toiletries out of the way to make room for guest’s toiletries. Under the sink, or in a basket will help guests have maximum area to stretch out. For added comfort, make a “in case you forgot” basket with toiletries, shower cap, and razors.
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PICKS OF THE WEEK
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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 palate 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.
Garnier and MauSummery Eidee
A little something more this Eid for all you ladies from leading hair and skin care brand Garnier and top quality fabric and prêt retailers MauSummery. The first six lucky ladies daily to buy two outfits from MauSummery’s prêt-a-porter PURE Collection will receive Garnier Gift Bags, autographed by celebrity spokesperson Juggun Kazim. Bag this Eidee from Garnier and MauSummery at the new flagship store on M.M Alam Road, Adjacent to Mobilink House from 27th August to 31st August 2011.
Color Studio Nail Polish
Color Studio has introduced its PRO NAILS by Color Studio Professional product. The Color Studio Professional Pro Nails Nail Lacquer collection is designed in keeping in mind the health and safety of women while bringing funk to their nails. With thirty fabulous shades to choose from ranging from neutrals, pinks, reds, shimmery yellows, silvers and metallic. The Nail Lacquer dries in less than 45 seconds when one coat is applied and up to 65 seconds with two coat application. For best results Color Studio recommend using their Base Coat to protect your nails and their Super Top Coat to create a fabulous finish. They are available in retail stores nationwide.
Maskatiya’s Eid delight
Hi Ladies, Sania Maskatiya’s exclusive Chicken Kari Capsule collection for Eid is now in stores. Come visit us at our Flagship Store at 4C, 6th Bukhari Commerical Lane, Phase 6, DHA Karachi or visit Ensemble Karachi or Lahore, Labels Fasilabad , Lahore, Karachi or at Asmani in Islamabad. Grab yourself an ensemble from the Chicken Kari collection - a line based in what is classic and timeless with block printing, lace, swarovski and pearl detailing.
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The Continental Platter
At Café Blue Ginger, all aspects have been considered such as food quality and availability, ambiance, uniqueness, customer service and hygiene in order to create the perfect environment for a memorable and enjoyable dining experience for all who visit. If you are in the vicinity to try out their ‘Continental Platter’ it offers greek feta cheese salad, bruschetta, margarita pizza, chicken satay, artichoke with crustine bread and tempuras and lemon iced tea. Location: 17-C, 2nd Zamzama Commercial Lane, Karachi.