Things I Didn’t Know About the Royal Wedding

Coming from an individual who has had no direct information regarding who Meghan Markle was (really not into her history as an artist, actress, humanitarian etc) and neither had I ever been too interested in Harry as the Royal Prince, so for me the #RoyalWedding fiasco was a little too much to understand. Though, it wasn’t too hard for me to grab on the train and be led to all the different discussions that revolved around Harry and Meghan’s relationship, their visions, passions and now their journey as #huband and #wife post the wedding.

For feminists this was quite a regressive step taken by Meghan for a strong, independent woman, has chosen to step down from her social lifestyle ladder, giving away her independence, her social identity and even autonomy to be associated with a Prince was something completely indigestible. Because they believed she would end up being unhappy like her Late Mother in Law Diana who fought against the norms to win her independence. Errm, correction? Diana wasn’t just unhappy with being oppressed, she was rather imprisoned in a marriage which had no love.

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Apparently, a woman’s independent choice is even looked down at for not being according to a certain group’s perspective! Anyway, there had been quite a lot on the plate for Meghan and Harry already. From a not-so-happy grandma to completely off-hook inlaws.

The couple had sorted off hundreds of things for each other before having the mind and heart to commit to each other and this isn’t just for the Royals, the same is for every other individual leading a normal life and making a huge-ass decision to stick with one annoying individual for the rest of their lives. So for me, the wedding was nothing more than a day and night session of endless, posts, tweets, pictures, memes and #awwwnn moments! Nonetheless, the one meme that won the award for the best, goes as below:

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Interieur360 Official Launch by Faysal Qureshi

 

Talk about homes, think of fascinating interiors. Problem? Not even a single reliable place that offers what it claims. But things are not going to be the same anymore. With the recent addition of a newly launched interior brand, we are sure that Karachiites are set to bring home not just luxurious furniture but a style statement.

Was invited to the happening launch of Interieur360, a nice small place nestled sweetly in the newly developing Ittehad commercial, phase VI-DHA.

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The limelight of the event? Great interiors and definitely Faysal Qureshi. Happened to reach the event a lot earlier, which is definitely a good thing since we got to experience the products at the display, take pictures and enjoy quality time with obviously elegant interiors. The owner and partner Mr. Tariq had been on his toes making sure the environment was prime. Mr. Junaid the CEO of Interieur360 was accompanying us throughout the event, introducing us to the concepts behind the designs and sharing the need and ideology behind launching an interiors brand.

With Faysal Qureshi reaching the venue, it had all become about the star that he is and definitely the super-aura. Being down-to-earth as he is, he kept great company for all of us. Announced as the 5-year Brand Ambassador for Interieur360, Faysal had personally endorsed interiors from the brand at his home and is looking forward to a stronger relationship in the future. Post the ribbon cutting ceremony, partners of Interieur360 and Faysal Qureshi gave the invitees some time to pose questions about the brand, the relationship, and the future plans. Mr. Tariq presented Faysal with a Momento and Mrs. Qureshi with a fabulous, vintage wall clock.

There was a lot to look forward to throughout the event and the limelight was the opportunity to have our picture taken with Faysal. Need I say more? Wishing the very best to Interieur360 and can’t wait for December for yet another massive launch by the brand.

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Hakim Saeed Awards- Definitely a Night to Remember

Who hasn’t heard of the name ‘Hamdard Pakistan’. The legacy of Hamdard is now 110 years old and the length and breadth of all the milestones achieved so far by this one organization cannot be summed up in a single blog post. The event took place at the breathtaking location of the Mohatta Palace. My first ever visit and that too in a setup arranged at such a massive scale was definitely a worthwhile experience. Properly managed and organized red carpet with ushers that looked after everything and everyone. A custom green bushed wall with Love Pakistan-Build Pakistan written over and the Hakim Saeed Award nestled in between, instantly became my favorite. The route towards the menu venue for the event was also properly decorated with Digital TVs that displayed the upcoming future goals of Hamdard.

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Starting off with the Holy Verses of Quran, Dr. Muzna, our lively host for the night walked us through the entire plan and the cheerful part was that everything went smoothly as per schedule. Starting with the enigmatic voice of Talat Hussain who soulfully walked us through the life and struggles of Late Hakim Mohammed Saeed and his tireless effort and lifelong achievements. With Governor Sindh as the Chief Guest and with company members MD and CEO Hamdard Pakistan Mr. Fahad Qureshi, Mrs. Saima Rashid, Chairperson Hamdard Pakistan, Mr. Zubair and Mr. Farukh Imam on stage revealed the official New Branding of Logo and Corporate Identity of Hamdard Pakistan

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And the way the entire reveal took place was (in the words of Governor Sindh), nothing less than a Bollywood setup. See for yourself:

Alongisde Hamdard Pakistan launched its latest TVC that presented a visual depiction of Hakim Mohammad Saeed in the numeours heart warming ways he had served the nation with his generosity and wisdom.

With this new Corporate Rebranding, Hamdard Pakistan vows to bring explore new horizons and spring new beginnings. To introduce the award recipients Ishq Pakistan was produced as a devoted song sung by none other than legendary Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammed that concluded all the categories and winners for the night and first ever Hakim Saeed Awards.

It was an honor to watch some of the finest and I would undoubtedly say world’s finest talent to step up on the stage and receive the award for the enormous efforts made that definitely don’t need an award to be recognized.

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Having gotten the chance to meet and speak up-close to Legends like Anwar Masood (all credit to this event) there’s not just one thing that I took back from this event but definitely a million other things that dropped inside the box. (cannot contain excitement)

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The event was concluded with a soulful hour and more long Qawwali by unmatchable due Fareed Ayaz and Anu Muhammed, which had been my first ever experience of attending and hearing a live qawwali, ever. So, you can imagine the intensity of overwhelmed emotions I went through in a single night!

With hopes and prayers to look forward to much more in terms of innovation and introductions, and I hope we are going to find new beginnings in every other aspect of Hamdard Pakistan

Reason Why I Have ‘Trust’ Issues- Nauman Ali Khan

The recent hurdle of events has pushed 2 different incidents to the surface. One had been discussed earlier in the blog while the second one is being discussed today. This is not going to be ‘how people reacted’ to the entire ‘Ustaad’ NAK event but what I personally experienced through it, as a person.

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Ustaad Nauman Ali Khan- CEO and Lead instructor Bayyinah

The incident didn’t come out to be a shock to me. Not that I was expecting something similar from a religious celebrity (would consider him one, based on his fan following) but because I hardly tend to trust anyone. There’s no hard and fast rule, as to WHY I end up doing that. But, let’s just say I have had enough of a share to make it a general practice. More common belief could be that I don’t trust myself of being able to behave in a fixed manner and thus, I don’t commit to a single opinion about the rest.

 

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Bayyinah.tv one of the more means of his religious speeches

To get to know of a ‘religious’ celebrity practicing ‘girl-hoping’ might not be something new and it definitely wasn’t unexpected. His bayans (a couple that I heard while aimlessly refreshing my social feed), his way of expressing religion was more of like a story-teller narrating a fairytale rather than trying to explain why and how certain things work in Islam. Religion for me is a path to be followed and not a story to be memorized and getting entertained by. Nonetheless, new age, new ways!

 

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This whole scenario keeps on building the ‘I have trust issues’ case study. This also happens when you get to meet a lot of people and tend to know a lot of weird things about them. Most often you can confront them and the rest you have enough ‘red-handed’ proofs to accept without question. It’s a small, small world and people actually talk so chances are people really know a lot about what you’re hiding. This might be a controversy, someone trying to fabricate this all. But why would anyone use this particular medium of women, affairs, or money? Why couldn’t it be something else? I’m no one to give my 2¢s on it but that one should never rely on anyone to the extent that one should take them to be spiritually correct, all the time. Humans are but animals molded and shaped out of elements with the power to make mistakes and learn from them. As part of this world, be able to know the lies that can be fabricated in the finest of gold sheets.

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P.S: I have nothing to do with NAK incident nor do I have the energy to make it a topic of debate. This incident just brought light to something that I personally go through, every day.

Mahira Khan just experienced a ‘Loug Kia Kaheyngay’ Moment

The ever famous meme claims that infinite dreams of desi-children have been crushed under the hammer of ‘Loug Kia Kaheyngay (what will people say). Lesser do parents know, whatever your child ends up doing, you can never save them from the unconditional trolling and attention of the haters. Be it phopho, phopho ki beti/beta, their EX, or a close friend.

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But what exactly is this ‘Loug Kia Kaheyngay’ phenomenon? It is a normal social practice that moves within the lower to upper middle-classs households of the South Asian society where parents let down their children from living a healthy and free life with the aim to do something and achieve a place in life where they feel comfortable about themselves and attain a sense of pride. But what happens in reality, is that the parents pressurize their kids not to move forward any further in their desire to pursue their dreams since it is not according to the ‘prescribed’ model of the society. Let’s quickly evaluate a very recent incident with the perspective of ‘Loug Kia Khayengay Phenomenon’ and see how well we can understand it. Famous drama and film actress Mahira Khan who shot to fame with her drama Humsafar, even won hearts across border with thousands of Indians all over her performance in Raees. Nonetheless, Mahira had been our Queen since years now, actresses, her fans, male colleagues all go over, praising her for who she is and how she appears so flawlessly on-screen. Her recent paparazzi incident has bombarded the internet overnight, showing Mahira having a smoke break with famous Indian actor Ranbir Kapoor. Why not quickly list down the ‘haw haye’ factors in the image attached below:
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a) Wearing a short skirt
b) Backless and deep neck
c) She is freaking smoking! (that just broke the ‘haw-haye’ scale on the internet)

Debating over the double standard mentality of the society twitteratis, and social media nazis threw hate all around, which included hate of all degree.

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Majority of the hate spewed online is indescribable and is better not be shared to further add dirt to one’s hands. This is what ‘Loug Kia Kaheyngay’ looks like. These snippets define how the society, the ‘LOUG’ surrounding the families make sure that you don’t end up living a life that pleases you! This phenomenon lets you, me and every other person down each time we stand up to something for ourselves.

Mahira Khan is at a place where the hate does affect her, but at this degree where she is, she had personally shattered all the ropes that tie her down. She undoubtedly received never-ending support from the fans, friends from the fraternity, and wellwishers from India that stood up to the misogynist and double-standard society putting down women from doing what they feel like doing. The fact being that majority of the hate received came directly by women who hated her for bringing shame upon herself. For doing what? A smoke? Should they be getting the hate, as well?

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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?

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!