‘Breaking Barriers’-Emerging Talent at IPPAWARDS2017, Komal Nasir

There’s lots of glitz and glamour that encircle the upcoming Pakistani Mega Awards, taking place at a foreign destination for the first time in London. International Pakistan Prestige Awards 2017, is set to showcase and acknowledge some of the greatest celebrities in Pakistani industry who shared their best performances in drama, movies, fashion and more over the year 2016-17.

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The platform is set to present awards to some of the best performances of the year 2016, which includes some amazing movies that hit the cinema, dramas that touched our hearts and designers, singers and activists that blew us away with their magnificent talent. One of the brightest stars to be nominated this year in the category, ‘Best Emerging Talent’ is Komal Nasir. A designer that steps away from the conventional design attributes of various Pakistani designers and put forth her creativity and imagination in the a traditional and modest way, ever.

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Komal Nasir has been showcasing her designs in three basic categories Shawls, Scarves and Capes. Her designs are covered with intricate, embroidered detailing. Embellished with the additional tasseled detailing and trendy cuts. Komal Nasir, a graduate in Home Economics believes that it is indeed unfortunate to not be able to find a matching dupatta that actually compliments the entire designer outfit. Mostly, the dupattas are kept of lighter materials and colors that keep the focus more inclined towards the basic part of the dress. After getting rave reviews about her personal creations, Nasir expanded her passion into her profession and is now successfully dealing with clients in the UK, USA, UAE and also Pakistan.

‘Her work shows her innate fondness for intricate embellished embroidery. Resham, Marrori, Sequins and Gota work that are unmistakably rich and bespoke’- FashionCentral.pk

Given the opportunity, Komal is now part of the most anticipated Award Platform, IPPA2017 and she is looking forward to the votes of all the women she had truly inspired throughout the way through her personal efforts and the others through her masterpieces.

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More can be known about Komal and her nomination by clicking the link here. You can go and cast your votes in support of Komal Nasir on the official IPPA website (link in hyperlink). Details about the event, participation, celebrity updates can be viewed from their official Facebook and Instagram pages, and also via PakistaninVogue

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Coke Studio stuck between the Love & Hate Brigade

What’s music to you? For me, it’s something that I feed on when I’m happy, sad, excited or just bored. My music often defines what and how I think and take my decisions. It’s actually quite a lot for me and definitely for many. Coke Studio had been the biggest hope since a decade that brought back classics the younger generation never knew existed, revamped the entire South Asian music scene with some of the biggest fans resting in India.
Surprising enough, with a mega opening act the 10th season seems to have gotten stuck on an island surrounded by the super energetic waves of both positive and negative criticism. There’s more of a battle taking place across social media with KOLs, music enthusiasts and people who simply cannot resist the power of Coke Studio taking their opinions to another level!

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Why is that there’s so much disparity for this season? Starting off from the tales of Nepotism towards selecting singers that weren’t found too apt for the covers and, aahh…yes! Covers, ‘why does CS10 believe in opting for covers rather than producing originals’. There are too many tales to tally and I on the other hand just have a very basic opinion to not let the music die from the Pakistani industry once again. We have taken almost a decade to pick ourselves back again where the singles are making waves across. There’s always the good, the bad and even the ugliest (hear Sayoone) but there’s always a beauty to the difference of opinion that helps music aficionados to work harder and produce, richer!
All I’m afraid of is the time when Bilal and Faisal take off from CokeStudio with a broken heart like Rohail Hayatt 4 years ago. He said that he wasn’t but it was evident, he lost hope from the people for whom he created wonders for 6 whole years. Creations like ‘Alif Allah, Aik Alif, Bibi Sanam, Yaar Dadi, KirKir, Pyaar Naal, Aj Latha Naeeo, Jal Pari, Laila O Laila, Ishq Kinara where these are just a few that came from that 6-year long journey. For the hate, he received even from the Gems of the industry.

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Pakistan, criticise where it’s meant to be, say it out loud, but say it sanely. Your opinions make the judgment of many who rely on foreign opinions to try things out. Maybe you did take away the chance of someone actually enjoying a song that you didn’t like.

 

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You might know your music the way you hear it but you might not know the struggle behind its creation. You might say what sounds right to you, but you may be different than what the producers thought about their production!

Let music survive in Pakistan with your constructive criticism.

Looking After Your Home with Peridot Products

As much as I’m a perfectionist at what I do, I make sure I look after each and everything that surrounds me and the most important of it all is definitely my home. Though still single, I’m more involved in looking after my home than anything else. It was a dream come true for me to receive the Independence themed care package sent over with love, by Peridot Products. ‘Safae Nisf Emaan Hai’ and we indeed should be looking after not only inside our homes but for the well being of our Nation as well. Peridot Products is Pakistan’s leading manufacturer and distributors of brands like Kiwi, Inseguard, Glint and Black Cat. The package was a load full of products that are bound to unload my work load around the home. Products helping me get rid of stains and germs from the floors/tiles and even from inside the toilet. Helping me not just shine my shoes using KIWI but to bring back the original shine on my leather and furniture goods with Revive All, and enjoying quick, streak-free shine with the help of Glint. Finally, with all the strength utilized in the cleaning, a dash of Black Cat brings back the lost energy with its soothing and strong scent!

The Complete Care package from Peridot Products has been a great and timely surprise! You can check out their products and details by following them on their Facebook page: @Peridotproducts

Experiencing Azaadi Like Never Before

Having spent the majority of my life abroad, including the golden years of childhood and teenage, there weren’t a lot of opportunities to experience the spirit of Independence in the true Pakistani flavour. Though, how it was being celebrated back in the embassy and at the school included much more patriotism than what we usually witness here right at the clock striking 00:00.

This year, independence was more than just independence. Pakistan celebrated the fresh air of freedom for 70th consecutive year and we are no less thankful to Allah for having given us a land of our own to cherish and protect! Dolmen Mall Tariq Road, part of the Dolmen Group, the leaders who brought some of the amazing malls to Karachi organized 70th Independence Celebration on the eve of 13th August that took the celebrations past midnight and the public just went crazy with indoor fireworks, confetti and a special concert by the famous ‘Tu Phir Aoo’ fame,  Mustafa Zahid.

The shared montage pretty much sums up the entire experience with Dolmen Mall Tariq Road hosting a cheerful crowd that flooded the floors and cheered at the top of their lungs, till the last minute. It was a pleasure to have been invited by DMTR to cover the event and to get a chance to meet the wonderful soul that he is, Mustafa. Got a cute RT from him over our short fan moment!

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#RoohAfzaEidMubarak the classic Mashroob-e-Mashriq

How many of you have actually grown old sipping onto a chilled glass of Rooh Afza served to you on parties, get togethers, random stopovers to family and friends? Having spent half of my lifetime abroad, I very distinctively remember the consistent flavour of the well-known mashroob-e-mashriq. The fancy, frizzy drinks had only become part of the desi household in the new millennium, before that, we only had the pleasure to gulp down chilled, sweet glasses of Rooh Afza.

Have a very vivid memory of my grandparents joyously grabbing our hand, taking us to the bakery, hand-picking all the stuff and then adding on a large bottle of Rooh Afza to take back home and have our formal welcome. Rooh Afza’s TVC for Ramzan resonates with so many of us, on so many levels. No matter how close or far away you live, your bond with your grandparents moves past any such barrier. This is what Rooh Afza successfully showed, along with the wisdom that is transferred through the generations, is simply the sweetest thing to watch

Getting to know more about Hamdard Pakistan through the campaign, it was an eye-opener to know that it is the only organisation that has been celebrating the independence of Pakistan according to the Islamic Calendar, as well. This year, just like the years before Hamdard Pakistan celebrated Pakistan’s independent existence on the 27th of Ramzan, one of the blessed days of Laylatul Qadr. The special TVC for which can be seen here. The struggles, the sacrifices of the era had been real and it was Late Hakim Saeed’s vision throughout his lifetime to celebrate Pakistan’s independence on the Islamic date, along with 14th of August.

This Ramzan, having that close connection with Rooh Afza throughout Iftaar, it was great to see Hamdard Pakistan and Rooh Afza presenting two amazing campaigns with #RoohAfzaRamzanMubarak and recently with #RoohAfzaEidMubarak. TVCs for both brought back quite a lot from the past, for all of us. The warmth, prayers and the shiny envelopes of Eidi handed over early morning by our grandparents, had been the best thing about childhood. Many bloggers participated and reminisced on all the good, old times spent with their grandparents along with the richness of flavour that had been consistent throughout, by Rooh Afza. Hamdard Pakistan definitely pulled off a great campaign, this Ramzan. TVC for #RoohAfzaEidMubarak campaign is shared below: