The Unforgettable ‘Desert Journey’

I have been into trying all kinds of genres of music though, the one genre I’m still skeptical of listening to is hardcore metal. My system isn’t pure enough to indulge into something that involves too much of a person. From local to the international scene, I have hand-picked the music I religiously listen to. Mekaal Hassan, Junoon, Gabriel, Pink Floyd or Zappa each one of these has its own significance, down the memory lane.

Following my daily ritual of aimlessly refreshing my newsfeeds and switching songs over Youtube, I was suggested to go over a song and where you get intrigued by the thumbnail of the video, ‘The Desert Journey’ by The D/A Method a song with a Wilaiti (foreign) title and a Desi (local) video kind of worked as a ‘click-bait’. The video, in itself, is a musical journey that highlights the regret underlying the long-awaited freedom.

The journey to know more about the band landed me from their Youtube channel to Facebook. A quick scroll down the feed explained that D/A Method had been busy creating music since 2012 and are heavily inspired by some of the most invincible musical souls known to man. Having released their first album, The Great Disillusion back in 2015 they have now released the second album that has been recorded and mastered, by Bruce Soord the man behind The Pineapple Thief, Wisdom of Crowds.

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 If you’re planning to catch up on a unique experience with the vision to support the epic musical scene in Pakistan than you’d be glad to know that D/A Method is just about to have their concert at the launch of their second album titled, ‘The Desert Road‘ for which they had an amazing video released beforehand. The concert is taking place on the 20th of September, 2017 and the venue is Bahria Karsaz Auditorium. The deets of the event are present on their event page and the tickets which I just got to know myself, will be available at the venue. 

Planned it, yet?

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‘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

Chai Station With a Zing! Foodicted Food Review

I’m a hardcore chai-holic. I might not gulp 12 cups a day, but when I take my chai I know exactly how I want it. Strong, with very minimum sugar and the beautiful aroma of cardamom. Apart from the picturesque description of my lover, I have had plenty of rough experiences (and still do) of going through chai-trauma. Offices, 5-star restaurants, chai walas, even family get-togethers, not everyone knows how to slay a sexy cup of chai!

As Karachiites we have been to almost all the latest Chai-Stations and the trend has picked up a lot. But I recently dropped by at one and my experience has been amazing. I went to Foodicted with my family, which is located at Khayaban e Nishat opp to Burger King and it’s placed at quite a peaceful roadside corner.

Foodicted isn’t just offering the conventional chai paratha, the menu has a lot to offer, the only reason why I ended up ordering more than I expected!

As first timers here’s what we planned and tried out, their Hooter Wings, verdict:

Crispy, Saucy, Finger licking. The sauce had the perfect balance of both sweet and tangy. The minute burnt aroma of the wings added richness to the flavor.

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Hooter Wings with a basket full of Fries

Chicken Reshmi Kebab, verdict:

Tender and Flavourful. The Kebabs were cooked well with the perfect blend of spices. Something that I wasn’t expecting of a road-side eatery.

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Chicken Reshmi Kebab and Chicken Green Boti

For the first time, Foodicted is offering Open Faced Parathas that appear like Pizzas. I tried the Tandoori Grilled (comes in 2 sizes) and it was worth it! The photograph does the rest of the talking, with a good amount of topping. Size Large worth Rs. 450 is a good deal for 2 people who want to munch while they spend their time gossiping

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Open Face Paratha in Tandoori Grill. That’s a Large!

Also added on Chicken Green Boti, Chatni Roll, and Elaichi Chai to the order. All this ended up with a cheque for around 2400Pkr and we were a total of 5 people!

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Chai as dark as my soul!

If you’re fond of having a good baithak over chai and food with friends, out in the evening the place is highly recommended for the food and definitely the location!

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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Local Facebook Food Groups or Biased Lobbies?

The power of Facebook groups is the same as the kid in the community, who has the ownership of the bat and the ball. Who gets to decide which kid gets to play and which doesn’t; who shall get to bat even after declared an out because he’s good friends with them. My most memorable experience with Facebook group admins started when I got blocked from a very famous Buy & Sell group that has now turned into a proper brand. Nevermind, the story’s the same throughout most prominent groups where the creators tend to not have any mercy towards their members and often show a very demeaning attitude towards the ones who tend to not fall in accordance with their set rules of not just the group but the society as well.

This recent incident where the creator of a very famous food group, SWOT’s (Guide to Karachi Resturants, Cafes, Dhabas, Khokas and Take-outs) commented on a genuine complaint made against a high-end eatery, posted by a member and pointed out that she couldn’t understand the rant since it wasn’t written according to her set standard of ‘English’.

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Calling out to the already distressed client that one cannot understand the complaint just because it had been composed bi-lingually? Which century are we living in? The era of the British. Pfft! The member quite innocently goes on to clear her point ahead, regarding the quality of service she had experienced at the eatery, etc. The argument further enfolded into a loyal vs. virgin customer. We all may agree to it, customer service is never dependent on the number of times you have visited an eatery! It is something that either wins or loses you a customer. The creator of SWOT later very beautifully responded to all the hate and critique received in various groups and forums that hit directly towards her disrespectful attitude.

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There’s always respect for creators, admins and moderators for having the energy and temperament to get along with the daily nonsense that keeps on taking place within the group. But it never really gives them the power to demean, disrespect or dishonour a person on the basis of how they draft their review, rant, complain or query. These groups provide a greater avenue for foodies, critiques and silent readers who secretly build their opinion based on the reviews shared online.

How would you react if provoked for having used a skill that hadn’t been mastered by many around you?