April 29, 2008, Rabi-us-Sani 22, 1429 A.H
are 25 women support centres in our country which are
established for the sole purpose of helping out the
women in distress. Ironically, a large number of these
centres do not deliver as expected and their performance
mindsets, discriminatory laws and social values: these
are the things that bind a woman and create hurdles in
her path of progress. This is very much the story of the
majority of women in our country, even though promises
are being made by the rulers to improve the condition of
women in general. To facilitate this effort of improving
the life and living conditions of the women of Pakistan,
support centres have been established in all the
provinces where women can turn to in times of need. Just
imagine a situation when a woman is struck with a
problem, she can't go to her family or friends as they
are responsible for her deplorable condition. She has no
where to go except for the community support group, but
then she realises with disappointment that her area
doesn't have such a centre to protect her. She finds
herself all alone to tackle her problems, a vocation in
which she always is the victim but never rescued.
counter this issue and for the sole purpose of helping
women, The Ministry of Women Development introduced 25
women centres that are funded by the government
resources. Presently, these centres are operating in
Islamabad, Lahore, Sahiwal, Vehari, Rawalpindi, Mianwali,
Peshawar, Kohat, Quetta, Karachi, Sialkoat, Bahawalpur,
Hyderabad, Mirpur, Sibi, Abottabad, Multan, and Mirwala.
But a large number of these centres do not guarantee
that they will deliver as expected and most of the times
their performance remains questionable. Take for example
the inefficiency of the Hyderabad centre, where
the name of the 'former' minister Sumaira Malik is still
on their portal of ministry. Does this reveal the amount
of importance they attribute to women issues and their
problems? These centres are operating in different
cities of Pakistan to provide relief on emergency basis
by rehabilitating the survivors of violence. They run in
active collaboration with local NGOs, who are working
voluntarily by looking after the centre's different
affairs. The main objectives of these NGOs are to
provide medical and legal aid, social counselling to
investigate cases of violence, establish linkages with
law enforcing agencies or police complaint cells,
training of micro-credit entrepreneurship,
rehabilitation through micro finance, to provide shelter
for survivors of violence with provisions of free
accommodation and above all to provide psychological
counselling. These objectives sound very functional but
sadly, they are not being fulfilled by any of these
crisis centres. The Hyderabad centre has been
established in a rented bungalow in a posh locality of
Saddar. While there is nothing wrong with this, we must
realise that it falls into the cantonment area where no
public transport is allowed to enter. Hence the victims
belonging to the lower class of the area, for which it
is primarily established, can't even get close to the
support centre. Of course, there is no one to blame but
the concerned authorities. This women centre was
established two years ago and
members from the NGOs' management committee were
selected to elect a chairperson for the board. The
committee comprised people from different NGOs who work
specifically for the emancipation of women. At the end
of 2005, Hyderabad's centre was notified to provide
proper documentation of its operations but it failed to
do so. However, it continued to run on temporary
arrangements, with no proper facilities until recently.
One can only wonder how it is able to help the victims
legally when the centre itself is not even authorised.
"Earlier the centre was looked after by the police
department. But now it has the full fledged authority to
work on its own, along with the support of allied
departments and the police as well. At present, we are
trying to develop standards for the centre so that it
can function to the best of its capabilities,"
shares Fouzia Ashraf Khan, a former principal, who has
recently taken charge of the centre.
initiatives are now being taken for its working. Several
meetings have been held with senior police officers of
Hyderabad to arrange security for the victims whose
lives are endangered by
their offenders. Although the women centre provides
counselling to the sufferers and survivors of violence,
providing medical aid to such victims is not easy. Even
though a few hospitals of the city are on the panel,
there is a dire need to make such facilities available
within the centre premises. It also serves as a shelter
home for women who seek protection and medical
attention. Medical tests of the sufferers are conducted
and they get proper treatment too but they cannot be
accommodated for more than three days due to the lack of
this point she is also looking forward to establish a
day-care centre within the vicinity which will work as a
refuge for the children, while the mothers, who live
there, work or look for jobs etc. Currently, Fouzia has
also forwarded letters to authorities to shift the
centre to a larger area so that they can establish such
mini centres within the premises.
these efforts, the staff members need training as well.
They need the confidence to face the world and plead the
cases they have in front of the media. Usually they are
found to be too shy to talk their case through but if
they are unable to capture the attention of authorities,
how else will they put forward their agenda and help the
poor sufferers out of their misery.
Nigar Ansari, chairperson of the NGO management
committee reports, "The women centre commenced work
in 2007 after the premises were acquired and new staff
was appointed. The centre is no doubt far away from the
city centre but when you view things with a more
pragmatic approach you will find that the place is safe.
Still, the centre is actively dealing with several cases
of abuse and distress amongst women which shows that
people do come to us for assistance."
said and done, the fact remains that a lot of work is
needed for the women centres to become successful. The
staff should be trained in a manner so that they should
be able to face situations where they have to counsel
couples. Awareness generating programs should be
launched along with advertisements campaigns, in order
to get financial aid for the women in need. The ones
belonging to poor and rural areas deserve special
attention as they are the worst affected by domestic
violence. With that, the NGO management committee should
also review their code of conduct. Transparent elections
should be organised for the selection of a chairperson,
and honest members of the civil society should be
introduced in the committee to voice their opinion. The
centre also needs to be shifted to a centralised
locality where it is easily accessible not only to
members of the committee but also to the afflicted
every other young German girl knows Shahrukh Khan.
To them Bollywood and Shahrukh Khan are synonymous with
passion, something which lacks in German society as a whole
that emphasises more on rationality now
Shahrukh Khan came to Berlin in February to participate in the
Berlin International Film Festival, called Berlinale, one
German reporter declared that the Indian star was 'as popular
as the Pope in Germany'. There were hundreds of fans in
germany dying to get just one glimpse of him;
most of them were predictably young girls and women. Berlinale
showcased Martin Scorsese's documentary on The Rolling Stones,
among other international offerings but in fact people were
more excited about the so-called Bollywood King Khan than any
Hollywood celebrity. So what makes Shahrukh Khan so popular in
every other young German girl knows Shahrukh Khan. To them
Bollywood is actually Shahrukh Khan. They know India through
Shahrukh Khan. Some love him madly. Dorothy Wenner, a curator
with the Berlin International Film Festival, once narrated to
a journalist an incident in which two young German-Turkish
girls almost beat her up when she did not allow them to view
Khan's movie because the theatre was full. Then there are
German TV channels that show Shahrukh Khan's movies in their
prime time. Bollywood is so famous in Germany that you will
find a lot of Bollywood bars, and Bollywood parties where
young girls dress up in saris and where they dance on popular
Bollywood songs actually after learning all the steps.
I met an amateur German actress who was performing on a
Bollywood song. I asked her why did she like Indian films; she
replied that she found them a lot more passionate than German
films. To most German Bollywood admirers, Bollywood and
Shahrukh Khan are synonymous with passion, something which
lacks in German society as a whole that emphasises more on
it was Satyajit Ray and later on Raj Kapoor that were
instrumental in taking Indian cinema to Europe. Needless to
say, in both Ray's and Kapoor's films there is a lot of
passion and an 'Indian-ness' which must have inspired the
Western film watchers. But is it all about 'Indian-ness' or
Shahrukh Khan that makes Bollywood popular in Germany and
Europe or there are other factors too? Let's find out.
finest book that I have read on Indian cinema so far is Nikhat
Kazmi's 'The Dream Merchants'. Nikhat is one of the finest
film critics of India who has been associated with the Times
of India for long. In this book, Nikhat is extremely political
in commenting on various eras of Indian cinema, various
filmmakers and actors. While describing a certain actor, she
actually takes into account the economic and socio-political
scenario of the country in which a particular film is made,
the particular character which becomes popular and the
particular trend which is set. Her main thesis in the book is
that no art is outside the realm of economics.
of the Khans on Indian celluloid, she said, was a phenomenon
where 'zeros became heroes'. By that she meant that in an era
when Indian society was pushed into market economy, and when
multinational corporations entered India with a bang, a
character was required that could promote the newly emerging
market culture and at the same time tame down the resentment
no angry young man like Amitabh Bachchan, venting his
frustration against the industrialists and their goons, was
needed to promote consumer goods. It would actually have been
an impediment. Small towns, ordinary-looking young men, doing
ordinary jobs in offices or studying in schools, falling in
love with ordinary next door girls; were the need of the time.
Corporations wanted their products to be consumed by that
particular 'target audience' - the so-called ordinary people.
ushered in an era when industrialists were not shown in a bad
light. They were depicted as good people with honest and
loving families, and who cared for their workers more than
anything else in the world. Thus Aamir Khan, Shahrukh Khan and
Salman Khan happened. Most movies in the early 1990s depicted
the same themes and characters. No fight against the system
and no bad manners. The phenomenon still continues in India
with some changes.
if that is how Shahrukh Khan made his entry in Indian film
industry, why is he equally famous overseas? The reason is
pretty much the same. Shahrukh Khan is not only instrumental
in promoting market economy in India but now he is its biggest
'brand ambassador' whose job is also to promote India abroad.
Promoting India means promoting the myth of 'India Shining' -
the hyped success of India's liberal economic model. Shahrukh
Khan sells India overseas.
are two beneficiaries in this: the Indian bourgeoisie who
plays the role of a middle-man and gets his amount of share.
But, of course the main beneficiary is the multinational
capitalist who is selling his products in India in the garb of
an economic model which Indians so proudly call their own. So
through Shahrukh Khans and Sachin Tendulkars market economy is
invading and occupying territories even in small and remote
Indian villages, where farmers are committing suicide because
they can't feed themselves and their families. On the contrary
the Indian films preach them no-fight-against-the-system.
it is neither about good acting nor about passion (as the
young amateur German actress said) that Shahrukh Khan and
Bollywood are liked by so many in Europe. In fact it is what
the German reporter at the Berlin International Film Festival
said: Shahrukh Khan is as popular in Germany as Pope Benedict.
Both of them preach non-violence and not to struggle against
the status-quo. Above all, they both sell dreams.
The writer works for Deutsche Welle Urdu Service, Bonn,
can be reached at [email protected]
are being watched!
are not just a utility item any more, they are a fashion
statement now. Recently, a show was held in Karachi to
showcase a wide range of elegant watches
no other fashion accessory complements the well-dressed
woman's wardrobe more than a beautiful watch. A simple
watch that tells the time of the day has also turned
into a fashion
accessory - designer watch. A designer watch can be
instantly recognised by its craftsmanship and elegance.
It can be enhanced with stunning dials and elegant
straps. There are different designer watch models for
men and women. Exclusive designer watch series are
diamond studded and can be likened to jewellery items.
are not just a utility item any more, they are a fashion
statement.You are your watch. Either you wear a Rolex,
Cartier, Casio or Tissot, your watch makes a statement.
Besides that Phillipe Starck, Citizen and various Swiss
brands are popular designer watch brands. A designer
watch from Christian Dior or Bulgari is an exclusive
piece. Sports designer watch can be selected from brands
like Timex and Tag Heur.
watch is now billed as the status symbol. Judging from
the full-page fancy watch ads that populate glossy
magazines, this appears to be the case, at least for
people who care about status symbols in the first place.
It seems that we will continue to see a strong demand
for fashion watches.
fashionable to make stars endorse watch brands. You must
have seen Shah Rukh, Amir Khan and Cindy Crawford
flaunting designer watches on billboards. So, if you
have the money to splurge and are willing to wear your
attitude on your wrist, the time is just right for you.
Like in the case of ready-made garments and shoes,
people are turning aggressively brand conscious when it
comes to buying watches. The hefty price tag is of
it comes to new watches Titan's name instantly hits
one's mind. Ever since it launched its first watch in
1987, Titan has constantly innovated with a range of
styles and designs to suit different moods and
personalities. Headquartered in Bangalore, India, Titan
has offices in Singapore, London and Dubai. Now, Titan
has been launched in Pakistan.
a bid to show-off exclusive watches to the public, a
fashion show was recently held in Karachi by the
organisers. The whole idea was to introduce and promote
the brand in the local market. Mr. Rounak Lakhani
inaugrated the flagship store. While, the Titan team
including Mr. Manoj and Mr. Navinder flew all the way
from India to attend the event. The show was supposed to
start at 8 p.m. but it commenced at 9 p.m. with Anoushey
and Faizan hosting the show. I think being late is also
fashionable according to our laid back culture.
But considering the fact that it was a watch show, the
organisers should have kept the time factor in mind. Any
way, the guests were quite eager to see the show but for
more than good 40 minutes they first had to endure long
speeches of the organisers. Finally, the fashion segment
began with male models flaunting the designer watch.
They were all good looking and had the potential to make
their mark in the modelling field. The clothes, designed
by Thomas Fernandas, were interesting enough to catch
the attention of the audience.
it was time for female models to walk on the ramp
wearing the designer watch. Sadly, the not-so-famous
models were short and lacked the oomph factor necessary
to carry the clothes. The ensembles, designed by Trevor
Castelino of ETC were also ordinary and there was
nothing that could be considered stylish except for
watches. But I think what everybody did enjoy was the
one still appreciates the efforts put together by the
organisers and the choreographer who at least managed to
have a show done peacefully. In the end only one lucky
person got the Titan watch. I wish I could be that
lucky. The guests were delighted by the scrumptious
dinner served after the show.
I can't turn bald
playing with our hair and being so proud of them; we
usually ignore their health. Alopecia is a disease that
occurs mostly in women and causes them to lose their
hair in patches. Isn't it something we should be
may have the perfect makeup and outfit for yourself but
if your hairstyle is not in place, the entire look just
goes down the drain. You can tie them, let them loose
and flaunt them. But for that you need to have healthy
hair. While playing with our hair and being so proud of
usually ignore their health. About 20 million women all
around the world suffer from some form of hair loss
every year. Alopecia areata is one such disease that
occurs mostly in women and causes them to lose their
hair in patches. It is also referred to as spot
baldness. It affects both males and females but is
different than male-pattern baldness, an inherited
disease is caused by the change in hormonal levels of
females. The most common cause is the oversensitivity to
the hormone testosterone. It is also important to note
that hair loss can occur on any part of body and can be
temporary or permanent.
higher levels of male hormones in females - androgens -
can cause rapid hair loss too. In older women,
generalised hair loss is normal which occurs as a result
of menopause. After the hormonal changes of menopause,
many women find that the hair on the head is thinner,
while facial hair is coarser.
cause is ageing. As we age the hair follicles
surrounding our hair along with the small blood vessels
supplying blood to them tend to get weak. This causes
the death of the hair. It then occurs on a specific
region on the scalp or any other part of body resulting
in what we see as a bald patch.
the immune system plays tricks on the person which
becomes a cause of alopecia areata. The white blood
cells, responsible for killing harmful viruses and
bacteria that enter our body, mistakenly attack the hair
follicles treating them as a foreign substance. It
usually starts with one or more small, round, smooth
bald patches on the scalp and can progress to total
scalp hair loss (alopecia totalis) or complete body hair
loss (alopecia universalis).
loss could also occur due certain medications, such as
ones taken for chemotherapy, arthritis blood pressure
and heart problems. In certain cases vitamin A,
pregnancy and birth control pills are known to cause
hair loss. In such cases hair often grows back after
delivery or after stopping the pills with no long term
areata tends to occur most often in children, teens, and
young adults. However, it can also affect older
individuals and rarely toddlers. It is not contagious
and should not be confused
with the hair shedding that may occur after the
discontinuation of hormonal oestrogen and progesterone
therapies for birth control or the hair shedding
associated with the end of pregnancy.
characteristic finding of alopecia areata is the
exclamation point hair. These unusual hairs can be found
in areas of hair loss. They are visible with a hand lens
as short, broken off hairs that are narrower towards the
scalp (appearing like an exclamation point). A biopsy of
the scalp is sometimes necessary for a diagnosis.
approximately 50 per cent of patients, hair will re-grow
within a year without any treatment. The longer is the
time period of hair loss, there is less likelihood that
the hair will re-grow. A variety of treatments can be
tried. Steroid injections, creams, and shampoos (such as
clobetasol or fluocinonide) for the scalp have been used
for many years. Other medications include minoxidil,
irritants (anthralin or topical coal tar), and topical
immunotherapy (cyclosporine), each of which are
sometimes used in different combinations. Minoxidil has
been proven to show minimal improvements in 50 per cent
of women and moderate improvements in 13 per cent.
Another pill called finasteride can also be used but
this is usually recommended to men as it can cause
severe birth defects in pregnant women. In any case it
will take months for any kind of lotion or pill to
produce any benefits.
your scalp has patchy scarring, you may need a skin
biopsy to diagnose the underlying cause of it. Scarred
areas may be treated with topical corticosteroids or
antifungal drugs, but if the damage is so severe that it
has affected the hair follicles, the new hair will
likely not grow. Other treatments for alopecia may
include treating skin with ultraviolet light after
giving patient some special oral medication. Doctors may
even introduce high amounts of iron and protein in the
patient's diet which could trigger the re-growth of
a lot of women, alopecia can certainly be the cause of
psychological stress. Because hair loss can lead to
significant appearance changes, individuals may
experience social phobia, anxiety and depression. In
severe cases where the chance of hair re-growth is slim;
individuals need to adapt to the condition, rather than
look for a cure. There is currently little provision for
psychological treatment for people afflicted with
alopecia but the confidence building counselling and
change in hairstyle may help the patient come out of
am a 24-year-old girl. After completing my medical
school, I started chatting with a guy. We both had a lot
in common and so we became good friends. He was very
knowledgeable and chatting with him became so enjoyable
that we exchanged cell numbers. It was when he called me
that I found out that he wasn't a Muslim. I had simply
assumed he was one because we had
discussed religion and he had praised Islam, but he is a
Christian! He is not even a Pakistani, but an engineer
from America settled in Saudi Arabia. He told me that he
had no intention of misguiding me, but just couldn't
help himself, as he was afraid I would stop chatting
with him. Now he has proposed to me. I wasn't shocked
because I knew he was interested in me, but I rejected
his proposal. I have stopped talking to him, but I miss
him. I know my family would not allow me to marry him.
At times I feel that instead of breaking up with him, I
should have kept in touch. I feel very angry with my
conservative parents and family who would never allow me
to marry him, but I love him so much. He is so decent
and honest and knows how to respect a woman. Please tell
me what to do.
the first place you should decide who you are angry
with. Are you angry because you have been fooled by a
person who is cleverer than you are? You are a mature
person, and cannot even use the excuse of ignorance and
lack of knowledge. Newspapers and magazines are full of
stories about net escapades, and yet you decided to
plunge into an affair with an unseen person just because
he is glib with his tongue and you fell for his talk!
Need one remind you that it's not only your parents and
your conservative family set-up that is a bar to this
marriage; it's also against the laws of your religion.
And, if this guy is so honest and decent, why did he
hide his religion and nationality from you till he was
sure that he had lured you? He purposely made you think
that he was a Muslim and divulged his true identity when
he thought that you had fallen for him. My dear, had he
been really sincere and honest, he would have disclosed
his true identity. He is a worldly and mature person,
and he must have known what he was doing to an
inexperienced Mills and Boon heroine. You have already
stopped talking with him, which shows that even though
your heart is in rebellion, your mind is still
functioning in a reasonable, logical way. Please try to
forget him and move on.
affairs have been increasing and very often they end in
tragedy. In your case, it is quite clear that you are
not really in love, or you wouldn't have stopped talking
to him. Your head was probably turned for a short while
because you are a young inexperienced girl, and were
easily swayed because he is a man of the world and knows
how to fascinate a woman.
am a 36-year-old married woman. I came to Karachi few
years back after getting married to my cousin who is
settled here. I have three kids and I live in a joint
family set-up. My husband has a big family; two of his
married brothers and two unmarried ones live with us. He
also has three sisters, of whom two are married. My
father-in-law is a strict and stern person, and my
mother-in-law is always so afraid of him that she
doesn't ever disagree with anything he says.
Financially, we are well off as the family business is
doing very well. But due to my father-in-law's
antiquated notions all the household chores are done by
the women of the house. Can you believe that we don't
even have a masi for sweeping the floor? My
sister-in-law does not do anything, as she is a 'guest',
and the three of us, daughters-in-law, are so overworked
that we don't even get time to watch TV! Looking after
the kids, cleaning, cooking and taking care of the
guests, who come to visit my mother and father-in-law,
take all our time and leave us drained. But my husband
and brothers-in-law are so afraid of their father that
they don't do anything about it.
other daughters-in-law at least have their families
here, but I feel so lonely and depressed because I don't
have anyone to advise me how to cope with this
situation. I am fed up and now want a house of my own
where I can bring up my kids the way I want, get up late
on the weekends and sleep in the afternoons. Is it too
much to ask? However, my husband, who is otherwise very
loving, wouldn't hear about that. I have become so
irritable that I keep fighting with my sisters-in-law,
mother-in-law and husband. Please show me some way out
of this depressing situation as it is driving me nuts.
households have different set-ups, and it is always
difficult for a new member to adjust to the way of the
house. In your case, the situations looks even grimmer
to you because you cannot vent out your pent up
emotions. But my dear, fighting will not get you a
solution - only a bad name. You need to deal with your
situation diplomatically, as you cannot expect your
husband and other family members to change without even
making an effort.
of all, you need to improve your relationship with your
sisters-in-law, as they are also the sufferers of your
stern father-in-law's regime. There is a strong
possibility that they feel the same as you do. Once you
are on amicable terms with them, you can discuss how to
bring a change in the household. According to what you
have said, your mother-in-law would not be a help but
get your husband and brothers-in-law on board. Try to
explain that you need to give time to your children and
monitor their studies. Since your husband does not want
to separate from his parents, ask him to talk to his
brothers and convince them about persuading your
father-in-law to slacken his rules. If all the brothers
talk to their father, their united front may convince
for wanting to relax and getting up late on holidays,
what's to stop you if you decide to do it? You also have
to assert yourself and fight for your rights. Ask your
husband to take you away on weekends for outings and
don't accept a 'no' from him. He is your husband and he
must be made to realise his responsibilities towards you
and his children. But don't expect anything overnight,
for it is usually slow and steady that wins the race.
Best of luck!
living up the identity
the very soul of Pakistani creativity and designs
abroad, recently a three day exhibition was held in UK,
highlighting the work of 60 women entrepreneurs...
we heard it from a lot of people that when you are far
from your homeland, you tend to be
more close to it - emotionally close. Take the western
countries where Pakistani people are in large number,
they usually live nearby in the form of a community
forming a mini Pak-land.
communities usually hold various exhibitions and
workshops so that the people can remain in touch with
their traditions and values. Recently, a three day UK
exhibition was held for the first time for women
entrepreneurs in Kensington Town Hall, London. It was
meant to encourage the Pakistani women to showcase their
talent in public; be it designer clothes, paintings or
handicrafts. Around 500 applicants gave in their entries
amongst which 60 women were selected to participate in
the event. And to make it a success, some well
established names of our country went all the way to UK
to encourage the idea of recognising women as
entrepreneurs. The list included some renowned women and
many who have just stepped into the world of business.
It was meant to serve as a platform for them to mingle
with other people and help their business grow.
whole concept was conceived by the Pakistani Embassy in
UK who then asked the Trade Development Authority of
Pakistan (TDAP) to help them in this venture. Saira
Najeeb, the commercial
counsellor, along with TDAP was responsible for the
organisation of the whole exposition. It was inaugurated
by Dr. Maliha Lodhi, the Pakistani high commissioner in
London, and was attended by the Pakistani business
community along with the five British women
parliamentarians who were there to encourage women
entrepreneurs. Mishal Hussain, the BBC newscaster and a
well known name among the media fraternity, hosted the
first day kicked off with a fashion show choreographed
by Caramel Productions. The designers who showcased
their outfits were Faiza Samee, Nadya Mistry, Neelo,
Sumbul and etc. The ramp didn't just feature female
models flaunting their exquisite ensembles but male
models also displayed the latest designs in men's kurtas.
Besides the catwalk they incorporated a number of dance
performances, fusing the east with the west, which
enthralled the visitors.
towards the stalls, they had everything from bags to
jewellery, and from furniture to hand knitted carpets.
Well, no one can doubt that Pakistani arts and crafts
are famous all over the world, especially in the west.
They are really attracted by the material used - cane or
brass - and their utilisation as a decoration item. This
is why handicrafts were the first item which sold out
during the event and even managed to procure big orders
from a Manchester company.
stall which caught the people's attention was the mini
art demonstration arranged by Majmua art gallery headed
by Mehreen Ilahi. The attendees were attracted by the
fine use of brush and selection of her colours. The
first day was a little tough for them but the entire
collection was sold the very next day as people by then
were aware of the event and the crowd reached the count
of nearly 600 to 800. It not only helped the artist get
herself recognised but also helped her tie up with a
gallery in Wimbledon for a show in September this year.
Pashmina shawls displayed at Neelofar's stall were
another item which sold like hot cakes. These shawls
were hand-made and were in demand because of their
unique designs and smooth fabric. Along with that Sha
Sha's beauty collection of khaddi, block prints,
embroidered suits and gotta sequence on orgundi won
accolades from the people as well.
jewellery designer Shireen Khan presented her exclusive
blend of light weight trendy collection of gold and
silver. Accompanying her in the jewellery display were
Ajjo and Safia.
three-day event bustled with activities as women found
everything of their interest
- from personal grooming to home decor. Be it
gift boxes or hand woven accessories, dyed fabric or
customised shoes, handicrafts or wooden furniture; the
proprietors made sure to bring it in the traditional
way. It was not just an opportunity for business women
to put their products on sale but was a step to help
them build confidence, inspiration and acceptance in
their respective fields which would further encourage
other women to follow their footsteps.
are tired after a long day of work. You take out time
for coffee but wait... you need something delicious to
go with it. And, we all know there is nothing better
than freshly baked brownies hot from the oven. This week
YOU! along with Mrs. Azra Syed brings you a scrumptious
recipe for home made brownies.
Milk 1/3 cup
the butter and brown sugar together till it forms a
the flour, cocoa and baking powder together. Add eggs, a
little chocolate and mix well.
pour this blend in a square 6" greased pan and bake
in a pre-heated oven at 180 degree C for 20-30 minutes.
mix the remaining chocolate and milk to form the icing.
it over the brownies and enjoy.
Pieces of art
Want to bring elegance and that extra zing to your
place? Recently, Beena Asim launched her line of
furniture that has something for everyone...
the years people have become more style conscious as
they are now more exposed to the global trends in
furnishing with unique ideas and themes. With this they
want to create their own individual style and select
pieces which go well with their moods and tastes.
it comes to the material, no doubt wood steals the show.
It is an object that perfectly moulds itself to create a
variety of illusions. It makes quite a bold statement
with its textures and glow that lends a wonderful aura
to any home. Along with that, it also creates the mood
with clean symmetrical lines and once the upholstery is
added the whole atmosphere warms up to generate a
comforting and inviting ambiance.
for the people who say we don't have enough variety in
our country, designer Beena Asim has the perfect counter
answer for them. Recently, she held her solo furniture
exhibition in Karachi. Although, she has been designing
furniture for the last couple of years, this is the
first time she showcased her signature pieces on a grand
scale. "I was always interested in decorating
houses and designing items but I never thought I would
be taking it on a professional level. I have been doing
it for friends from where I got the encouragement to
to the masses which is of course favourable to me as
well," says Beena.
towards the furniture, she has experimented with
different materials, shapes and colours. From rose wood
to sheesham, from the darker shades of brown to greys
and from rounds to hexagons; she has well utilised every
piece of material. With that, she believes in creating a
whole place with accessories and not just the furniture.
These include carved mirrors, candle stands and
of her collection depicts Victorian style. The consoles
are made of rosewood and are accompanied by huge round
or oval mirrors in different sizes to go with your room.
The same Victorian style has been adopted for beds,
dressing tables, side drawers, wardrobes and corner
tables with enough space to store objects for frequent
Beena has her modular intersection collection which is a
blend of form and function - suiting the living area.
The coffee tables have designed glass top featuring a
spacious top with low profile design to enhance the
entire setting of your room. Along with that, her
cocktail table adds a Caribbean flavour to the place. It
is highly functional with a five push drawers for
storage. In addition, it has mahogany finished front to
give it an interesting decorative contrast.
dining table sets are of rosewood in a cherry finish
with ash veneers giving them a modern yet elegant look.
She has also designed a dining set with a conventional
touch to it. "My Zaragoza classic dining tabletop
features a smooth veneer face which could even be made
in thick clear
bevelled glass depending on its utility factor.
Accompanying it, I have the Zaragoza splat back side
chairs, china cabinets, cocktail counters and even
buffet tables for your place. I try to cater to all
sorts of needs of my clientele who have different ideas
for their drawing and dining areas," shares Beena.
it comes to what's in, clients are more interested in
contemporary designs. But some also like antique
furniture. It depends on one's preference. As a designer
you always have to come up with inimitable ideas to grab
your customers," expresses Beena. The use of
original stones like feroza and emerald on her cocktail
tables also speaks highly of her creativity.
She has used
Pakistani wood and craftsmanship in fusion with her
inspirations from all over the world especially from
Egyptian, Italian, Spanish and Mexican furniture
templates. For Beena all her objects bring fortune to
her. She puts her heart and soul in her work which in
return is paid back in the form of appreciation and
encouragement she gets from her patrons.
The Pakistani touch
late, the Indian music industry has been importing a lot
of Pakistani talent but now it seems
they need a Pakistani touch in their movies as well.
Pooja Bhatt is said to have looked high and low to get
the perfect actress for her new venture 'Kajraare'. She
was searching for someone who could handle an intense
and emotional character. After auditioning 70 different
girls, with the help of Javed Shaikh, she finally zeroed
in on her superstar. And guess what! Her leading lady is
none other than our very own Pakistani actress Monalisa.
Hard to digest? But there is more. Can you guess who
will be paired with Monalisa as the main male lead... No
guesses, hint: tera suroor (Mona) will ashiq banaya.
Okay, we'll make your life easier, we are talking about
Himesh Reshammiya. Yup, Pooja has actually given the
nasal crooner a break apart from his own production.
Weren't the box office reports of his previous movie
enough for the film makers? Well, we need not say more
except wishing the director and producer of Kajraare all
the luck in future.
does sultry Amrita Arora go hand in hand with...? Royal
fans! In case you are wondering, yes that is a ceiling
fan company, and no, we are not joking. As it turns out
recently, Amrita Arora agreed to endorse the Pakistani
fan makers. The ad was shot by photographer Sanjeev
Choudhary in Film City, Mumbai. Arora, who will also be
gracing an upcoming cover of Cosmopolitan magazine, is
involved in several new movie projects where she is said
to uphold her sizzling style. Coming back to the ad
Ashley Rebello, keeping in mind the conservative
Pakistani public, will design her ensemble that will
cover the lady from head to toe. The question that must
be rearing its head (well mostly in the heads of our
male folk) why waste Amrita's 'talent', if she isn't
allowed to flaunt it... Oh hum, no matter, we will see
yet another Indian face promoting a local brand and we
are anxiously waiting the release of the ad!
sufi music is the food of love, play on. For all those
people who savour the mystical and soothing
surreal notes of sufi music, we have some very good
news. The city of Saints - Multan - recently hosted the
5th annual International Mystic Music Sufi Festival (IMMSF)
2008 organised by Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop (RPTW) in
collaboration with Telenor Pakistan. The festival was a
treat and brought together different styles of Sufi
music from around the globe i.e. Iran, Egypt, Algeria,
Afghanistan, Morocco, Spain, France, Syria, India, the
US and Pakistan. Bands and artistes who were
participating, promoted the same message of peace and
faith that Sufism perpetually upholds. The highlights of
the event were the performances by Attaullah Esa Khelvi
and Abida Parveen. The tour, after the performances in
Lahore and Islamabad, is now entertaining Karachi.
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