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Tuesday, December 11, 2007, Ziqa'ad 30, 1428 A.H.

Pakistan's Peace Women

A book titled '1000 Peace Women across the Globe' has been published recently. You! highlights the achievements of the 29 Pakistani women who are part of '1000 Peace Women'

By Muhammad Ismail Khan

In 2003, a project entitled '1000 Peace Women' was initiated, aiming to award a joint Nobel Peace Prize of 2005 to 1000 women activists across the globe. The 1000th woman named Anonyma is a symbol for a woman challenging the status quo. Anonyma represents those millions of women who are determined to fight against injustices in their home countries and who do not only move from being marginalised to the mainstream, but also encourage others to do so. These Peace Women refuse to be silenced and speak out.


A study of the achievements of these 1000 women brings to light two clear conclusions. One; these women are advocating on issues that cross national boundaries and are of global importance. These include human-rights violations, regional conflicts and illiteracy to name but a few. Secondly, the struggle of these women is a joint struggle with much emphasis on collectivism and networking.

Two years on and the project is in full swing. Just recently a book titled '1000 Peace Women across the Globe' has been published. This book is a compilation of the achievements of female activists as well as short biographies of the women. Additionally, a website has been designed which provides up to date information concerning these peace women and their causes. Exhibitions are also being held all over the world in their honour.

Of the 1000 women honoured, 29 belong to Pakistan. Three of these women, namely Shehla Zia, Mehmooda Salim Khan, and Salma Maqbool, who are sadly no longer with us. The peace women of Pakistan should be applauded for their struggle, especially since they have to face a multitude of social, religious, cultural and family problems and obstacles that women in other nations probably don't have to face when trying to change the status quo.

The Peace women of Pakistan are the pioneers in bringing changes of various orders in their regions; some of the achievements of the 29 peace women of Pakistan, already famous in their own fields, are highlighted below.

Akeela Naz is the daughter of landless peasants, and she heads the movement with a million supporters in rural Punjab to secure the rights of tenant farmers.

Akhtar Riazuddin reaches out to thousands of poor urban homes in Pakistan through the NGO she founded for women's development in 1968.

Anis Haroon reaches out to thousands of ordinary people across Pakistan through her articles and radio programmes on social issues, especially those relating to women.

For a quarter-century, acclaimed human rights lawyer and UN special rapporteur Asma Jahangir has been a thorn in the side of the powerful and ruthless in Pakistan and she is an important figure among the peace women of Pakistan.

While the Bilquis Edhi Foundation Trust is doing a lot for Pakistan's marginalised women and enjoys more cachet among the public than the government.

Denied the chance to complete her own education, Dilshad Murtaza has made it her mission to provide education opportunities to poor children in Pakistan's northern areas, where procuring education is a big problem anyway.

Another peace member in Pakistan is Farida Shaheed who heads the Women, Law, and Status programme at the Shirkat Gah Women's Resource Centre. Since 1986, she has been part of the international network, Women Living under Muslim Laws (WLUML), and has helped many women whose rights and/or lives are endangered by discriminatory laws.

Lawyer Hina Jilani, who began practicing law during the martial law regime in 1979, has set standards for human rights protection, and for her own profession.

Hilda Saeed, a Christian married to a Muslim in a Muslim-majority nation, has always fought discrimination: in her own life, and in the lives of others, particularly those of women.

Forced to choose between her job as a university lecturer and activism, Khawar Mumtaz decided the job had to go and she concentrated on her role as an activist.

For the past 45 years, Kishwar Naheed has been a fearless and independent voice in support of the arts in Pakistan and has worked hard to revive dying crafts in remote areas.

In an intense and unforgiving patriarchal society, Kulsoom Farman has become a role model for women, who are now willing to step outside their homes and contest elections.

Madeeha Gauhar is another woman who created an outlet for human rights activism at a time when other avenues had been blocked by starting Ajoka Theatre during the strictest period of martial law.

The first woman to have been appointed a high court judge in Pakistan, Majida Rizvi is a tireless campaigner for gender equality, upholding neglected but constitutional pro-women provisions.

Unstinting empathy and ability to work with the establishment defines Maryam Bibi, who works for women's development through education, healthcare, and micro credit in Pakistan's tribal belt.

Mehmooda Salim Khan, the wife of a diplomat, is a committed social worker for the past six decades, working with tuberculosis patients.

A lone woman administrator in an almost exclusively male domain, Nafisa Shah has set new standards for integrity in her efforts to restore people's faith in the system.

Grassroots worker Nasreen Awan works overtime to give other women the opportunities she has earned for herself through extraordinary grit and perseverance.

Under Nigar's leadership, the Aurat Foundation has taken up provocative issues, from mobilising women candidates for local government elections to generating debate on intellectual property rights.

In a militantly conservative society, Nusrat Ara has helped women in the North Western Frontier Province to empower themselves without having to discard their traditional moorings.

Parveen Azam Khan, founder of the Dost Welfare Foundation, has helped save some of the most marginalised of people: drug users, women and juvenile prisoners, refugees and street-children.

Quratulain Bakhteari has created a learning space in Balochistan to train young people from poor and deprived areas to become constructive, creative and reflective community workers.

Fighting violence against women, such as honour killings through the media is a key to Rubina Feroze Bhatti's schema, as is building interfaith and inter-sect harmony.

Salma Maqbool's life is an example of 'the blind leading the blind', with dignity, courage, commitment, and a brave disregard for her own affliction.

Sheema Kermani's efforts to revive dance in a conservative society have created a cultural revolution in Pakistan. Her dauntless efforts to integrate, mainstream, and mobilise classical dance, theatre, television, and drama as forms of alternative communication have been liberating, particularly for women.

Shehla Zia struggled to ensure women's legal rights in Pakistan for 35 years, both as a practicing lawyer and in her work with a leading women's empowerment NGO.

Braving poor roads, harsh weather, and repressive social customs, Yasmin Karim has travelled from village to village in the orthodox Northern Areas and Chitral to help women transform their lives.

Zakia Arshad's work with the innovative smokeless chullahs has helped scores of low-income families in Pakistan lead healthier lives.

Zari Sarfaraz challenged the regime of military dictator Zia-ul-Haq in the mid-1980s by preparing a report on the status of Pakistani women that was fearless, progressive, and independent.

(Source: '1000 Peace Women' by 1000 Peace Women Association; www.1000peacewomen.org)

The victims of unhappy marriages...

There is a sharp increase in married people finding 'love' outside marriage. People who have extra marital affairs have inherent traits of cheating which come to the fore when they find a stimulus to put these traits into practice…

By Lubna Jerar Naqvi

There is a sharp increase in married people finding 'love' outside marriage, and many times they blame it on their partner for being boring, unattractive or incompatible. Married partners who have extra marital affairs have inherent traits of cheating which come to the fore when they find a stimulus to put these traits into practice, regardless of their family's well-being. The victims of adultery, i.e. the spouse, have other options like divorce and separation if they decide to move out or remarry. But the 'real' victims of an unhappy/broken marriage are the children, who find it difficult to choose between their parents and fail to understand why their security is being jeopardised. They more often end up being scarred for life, which effects their whole life and relationships, especially marital ones.

Farah, a lawyer by profession, had a love marriage. She was too comfortable in her love for Sohail, her husband. She was secure in thinking that her children would never go through any pain, mainly because she was in a strong marriage. Unfortunately, she was wrong. Years of passion, love and trust didn't hold weight when she found out that her husband Sohail of eight years had cheated on her. She had trusted him with her life, never questioning his late hours.

It was an emotional shock for Farah as Sohail vehemently denounced people who indulged in adulterous relations. Later she found out that he had sacrificed her love, trust and devotion to have a fling with a married woman and mother of one, Sofia who had managed to satiate her marital complexes and short comings by indulging in the trade of 'extra marital' relationships. Farah's was not the first house she had wrecked nor was it the last; Sohail was not the first male to be wooed into sacrificing a good marriage for lust at Sofia's alter nor would he be the last. While she kept her husband ignorant of her sexual shenanigans, she played the damsel in distress in front of her 'lovers' to such perfection that they gave up their own responsibilities to 'protect' her from the evil husband. Then when she got tired she used her new lover to tackle the one she wanted to get rid of. Sofia was a pro in 'domestic prostitution' and she carried on with her life as before, but for Sohail who was to carry the cross of adultery to his grave ,life was to change forever. Farah has transformed from a devoted lover, to an angry cheated spouse, to a hurt mother and then an indifferent woman who will stay in the unhappy marriage basically for her children. Why? Because every time she vents her hurt, she sees the fear and insecurity in the eyes of her children, who are too young to understand why their mother is fighting with their apparently calmer father. They see her as the house wrecker, simply because they can't understand that their mother has been cheated on in every way that a spouse can be in the most delicate but strong relationship - marriage. She only wants her children to have a semblance of a normal home. She can never forgive or forget what her once 'beloved husband' has consciously done to her. She doesn't blame Sofia so much as she knows that her husband is totally responsible for the pain his family is undergoing.

She is not brave like other women to take the right decision and leave an adulterous partner, who naturally doesn't value his wife, his children, his responsibilities and the consequences and who would probably cheat on her again. Everyone has told Farah that cheating spouses, especially husbands, is common in every society. She has detached herself from all emotional ties to Sohail, and has accepted him as the father of her children, considering herself a widow...that is the only way to survive in an unhappy marriage, at least for her.

Adultery is not restricted to the adulterous husband; wives also indulge in extramarital relationships, consciously hurting their children, which is contrary to what a mother's natural instinct is. Rehan wasn't ready to accept that his wife Mehvish had cheated on him even after he had worked round the clock to give her everything her heart desired. She had left him and his children for another man, Aftab. Rehan was hurt because he had thought that Mehvish was the most devoted mother who would never do anything to hurt her children. On the contrary, she just left them for Aftab. The children thought that their mother had gone on a 'visit' to nanoo's who lived in another city and that she would be back. Of course initially, they couldn't understand why she had suddenly left without them, but Rehan managed to convince them that an 'emergency' had occurred. The children wanted to talk to her but Rehan had no idea where she was. He was extremely worried; his life had crumbled, his children were rudderless and extremely cranky and his job was being also affected.

After a week, Mehvish called to talk to the children, she told them that she would be back in a couple of days but she didn't. Eventually aunts and grandmothers replaced her for her children, but Rehan was aware of the vacant look in their eyes whenever they saw other mothers pampering their children. The eldest child, a 12-year-old girl, told her siblings about divorce and why women moved out of their homes because of their husbands - apparently misinformation gathered from other children. The children resented poor Rehan for 'driving their mother away', who didn't want to hurt them further with the truth.

Even after three years, Mehvish sometimes calls up her children and says she will be coming back home and they get all geared up to see her, but she never does. Since she left, she has floated from one man to another, but doesn't want to come back although Rehan has offered her security of home only so his children will not grow up scarred. But she is not interested as she values her 'freedom' more than anything else.

(All names have been changed)

Lovingly yours

This week meet Ruhana Iqbal, popularly known as bhabi, who has done an exclusive beauty shoot for You!


By Farisa Jerar Naqvi

In our society the word bhabi generally conjures up images of a typical eastern woman who is affectionate, caring and respectable. In beauty fraternity there is only one bhabi and she is none other than Ruhana Iqbal - a seasoned beautician. Her parlour Bhabi's is now a household name among beauty conscious women. "I started working as a beautician some 33 years ago with Depilex. There everyone used to call me bhabi. When I started my own salon I decided to keep the name Bhabi's as by then it became my recognition and now it's my signature," explains Ruhana.

Ruhana is a trained beautician. In 1981 she did six months aromatherapy course from Shaw College of beauty Therapy, London. Since then she has done several advanced courses in hair, makeup and aromatherapy. "Nearly every year I go abroad to do refresher courses. Now, companies like Wella and L'Oreal send beauticians on courses to get themselves updated with latest trends in hair and makeup," informs Ruhana.

Although Ruhana is known for making pretty brides, she particularly enjoys creative makeup. For this exclusive beauty shoot for You! she has emphasised on eyes and lips. "The eye makeup alone has the potential to project your desired look. Charcoal, dark brown or other dark shades of the eye shadow make for a glamorous look," she says. She believes in using quality stuff. "For hair I have complete faith in L'Oreal and Wella products whereas for makeup one cannot go wrong with Mac and Krylon products. As far as skin care is concerned nothing can beat Guinot skin care range."

Usually in our cut throat fashion and beauty industry where everybody tries to safeguard his/her own interests, Ruhana is one committed beautician who has been working hard for the progress of the otherwise fragile beauty industry. She formed Pakistan Hair and Beauty Industry (PHABA) in 1990 with the sole aim of uplifting the beauty industry. "This is so sad that our beauty industry is still a neglected one and there is no support from the government, however, we are trying our best to get it more organised and recognised at government level too," comments Ruhana. "At PHABA we conduct basic classes for beauticians who want to improve their skills. Then we have personal grooming classes for women who want to know about the art of make up and hairstyling. And then there are advanced certified courses for professional beauticians," adds Ruhana who is also the president of PHABA.

Ruhana, along with other beauticians, has been taking part in Asia Pacific Beauty Contest since the last 10 years. "Our beauticians are so talented and every year they win awards in different categories. A few years back Angie Marshall won the nail art competition. Shaheen, a beautician from Bhabi's, has won an award in makeup whereas Eman, another beautician, has won in 'fantasy makeup' category," tells Ruhana.

Winter is here and every woman wants to know how to take care of their skin. Ruhana also shares some useful winter tips. "With every climatic change we need to change our products as there are specific creams and lotions for summer and winter. Also, we should drink plenty of water to keep our skin supple and save it from de-hydration as during winter our skin becomes dry and we need to exfoliate it." Cracked heels is another problem faced by most women during winter. "Don't be harsh with your feet. One should always gently scrub it. Massage is important. Use antibacterial cream and wear socks in night to stay clear of cracked heels." advises Ruhana.

Talking about the changes she has noticed in the industry over the last few years she observes, "Gone are the days when going to the parlour was limited to high society now woman from every section of the society goes to the parlour for facials, waxing, manicure, massages etc. It is no more a luxury. Also, there has been a tremendous change in the sense that now beauticians are formally trained. There is a growing number of professional beauticians who are willing to learn new techniques. There is so much awareness and unlike brides of the past today's brides are more confident. You would be glad to know when Wella launched their new hair colour 'magma' worldwide, Pakistan was the 14 chosen country." Ruhana is referring to a trend which is colourful and yes beautiful too!




Umer Mushtaq


Hair & Make-up:

Bhabi's Salon (021-5378585)



Abid Ali (0321-2129311)




New horizons...

Recently, the 26th Annual Conference of Pakistan Association of Dermatologists and 5th South Asian Regional Conference of Dermatology (SARACD) was held in Lahore. The theme of the conference was 'New horizons in Asian Dermatology' which was attended by over 500 renowned dermatologists from South Asian region

By Amna Nasir Malik Jamal

Skin is the body's first defense against disease and infection, and it protects your internal organs from injuries. It is, in fact, the largest organ in the body which helps in regulating the body temperature and prevents excess fluid loss, and it also helps the body to remove the excess water and salt.

Skin is one of the most powerful indicators of health. Wrinkles, dry or oily skin, acne, and inflammation all are signs of poor internal health, often brought on by consuming unhealthy foods and avoiding nutrients healthy food for the skin.

Skin conditions can affect anyone and if you have skin problem, or you need to know how to take better care of your skin - consultation with a dermatologist is necessary. Skin problems can be difficult to diagnose because many skin conditions share similar symptoms. Evaluation is the key to effective treatment.

Millions of Pakistanis are suffering from skin diseases due to lack of awareness, preventive measures and unavailability of inexpensive and authentic treatment. Several skin diseases including cutaneous leishmaniasis, scabies, fungal infection and viral infection are caused by unhygienic living conditions. Almost 90 per cent of the people are suffering from skin diseases with the rise in pollution levels.

Recently, the 26th Annual Conference of Pakistan Association of Dermatologists (PAD) and 5th South Asian Regional Conference of Dermatology (SARACD) was held at PC Hotel), Lahore. The conference was the largest of its kind with over 500 renowned dermatologists from South Asian region and other countries who participated and shared their knowledge and experience. The theme of the conference was 'New horizons in Asian Dermatology' which included a lively discussion on treatment modality aspects. During this conference, 100 individual scientific papers were presented to update the new concepts and perspectives in the field of Dermatology.

The conference focused on the current topics and advances in dermatology, especially in tropical infectious diseases, STD, cosmetic and surgical dermatology.

The key topics addressed were viral skin infection and their complications, knowledge and attitude of people regarding HIV/AIDS, various types of allergies and its treatment, and new therapies in acne management.

"There are more than 3,000 kinds of skin diseases. Some of them are serious and could cause skin cancer if they are not treated properly and on time. After a lot of research, medical science has developed treatments for various skin diseases. Due to lack of awareness people do not consult doctors if they find any signs of skin disease which can result in something serious," said Prof. Syed Atif Kazmi, head of King Edward Medical University Dermatology Department. It was also highlighted that the use of substandard skin creams and local steroids is one of the major reasons of growing skin diseases in the country.

These days cosmetic dermatology is another area of concern. Two presentations were conducted by Dr. Muhammad Ahmed (Pakistan) who presented a paper on 'Estimating safe donor area in hair transplant surgery'. Safe donor area must be predicted in individual cases and should be followed strictly. The other presentation was on 'Is it better to be bald?' It was emphasised that hair transplant surgeries should be performed by surgeons only after getting a first hand-on-experience. Dr. Jha Anil Kuma (Nepal) gave a lecture on 'Dealing with dermato-cosmetical clients'. He shared a paper to discuss experiences of dealing with the common primary and secondary dermato-cosmetical clients in day to day clinical practices.

Dr. Thada Piamphongsant's lecture on 'aesthetic dermatology' focused on the beautification of the skin and delaying the aging process. He stressed that skin is not only beautified externally but also internally through proper diet and food supplements. Nowadays, there are many options available for delaying the aging of skin such as peeling, lasers, botox, fillers, microdermabrasion and mesotherapy. He talked about treating acne with cosmeceuticals such as herbal and natural treatment. For the prevention of aging, he highly recommended the use of sun screen. To combat dryness, he suggested the use of natural moisturising factors such as urea, arginine, lactate and sodium PCA. To prevent wrinkles, he talked about the use of collagen stimulation.

The PAD exhibition was another success where pharmaceutical and consumer companies participated. At the end of the workshop, medals and souvenirs were distributed.

This bi-annual conference on skin diseases was a chance for SAARC countries' dermatologists to learn and communicate the most modern advances in technology and products related to skin care. It was quite encouraging to see how basic science research is becoming applicable in dermatology clinics.


Dear Nadine,

I am a 34-year-old married woman. My husband is my first cousin and ours was a love marriage. I have two daughters and a son and apparently nothing is wrong with my married life. I don't have any problems with my in-laws, and financially, too, there are no problems. But I feel very uneasy because my husband hardly shows the same warmth and affection towards me. Have I lost his fancy in just eleven years of marriage? This question is really bothering me nowadays. He was a very affectionate husband in the initial years, and used to come home early. Now he never comes home before 7:30 pm! I try to talk to him and discuss about the household matters and domestic problems and he simply tells me to do what I think is best. I have this fear that he is interested in some other woman. Nadine, he works in an advertising agency and is quite attractive. I have seen how women look at him at the parties I have attended with him. I don't want to lose him because I still love him very much. I cannot compete with those beautiful and smart women, for I am no longer as smart and beautiful as I used to be. I don't have time to pay attention to my grooming because bringing up three children is a full time job. I think he has lost interest in me just because I have lost my looks and have become somewhat over-weight. How can I make him fall in love with me again? Please don't dismiss my fears lightly and give me some useful advice.

Worried Wife


Dear Worried Wife,

Before getting all worked up, try to realise that a full day's work can make anyone very tired. Since your husband returns after 7: 30 pm, he is probably bone tired when he comes home. Perhaps that is why he finds it difficult to concentrate on your innocent domestic problems. It doesn't mean that he has lost interest and has fallen out of love with you. However, since he is still attractive, I cannot dismiss your fears that your husband is taking interest in some other woman lightly. You see, according to your admission you have become careless about your own appearance. Looking after three children is no doubt a tough job, but it does not mean that you should simply let go of yourself. If you learn to manage your time in an organised way, you would find ample time for your personal grooming. You are still young and should be able to recover your 'looks'. First of all, shed those extra pounds by watching your diet and regular exercise, and give more attention to your wardrobe. In the meantime, see that you just carry a light conversation with your husband when he returns from work. Take interest in him and praise him as often as you can. Talking about children and domestic problem is important, but show him that he is important for you personally. Work on your relationship with him and you will soon find a difference. Dear girl, most women stop taking interest in their husbands and tend to ignore them once they have kids. If you were doing this, change your routine and give more time to your husband. Go on outings with him on weekends, and spend quality time with him. Show him that you care. It is quite possible that your husband feels that you are the one who is ignoring him! Think about it.


Hi Nadine!

I am a 22-year-old girl. I have recently done my graduation and want to go for higher education. My mother wants me to get engaged to her aunt's son who is a lot older than I am. In addition, he is a widower and has two children. Unfortunately, my mother feels that it is a good proposal for me because the guy is loaded. I am in love with another guy, G, who is my phuppo's son. He still needs at least three years to become established. My mother and my phuppo are not on good terms. My mother thinks that if I marry G, it will give a chance to my phuppo to belittle her. I don't know much about the problems between my mother and phuppo, but she has always behaved towards me like a loving aunt. My father is in favour of his nephew's proposal, but has left the final decision to me. He has told me to think about both the proposals with a cool mind. But my mother has told me that if I accept G's proposal, she would never talk with me again. I love my mother too much and cannot imagine my married life without her blessings. At the same time I don't want to marry that widower who is about my father's age! I feel upset and confused and want your advice as soon as possible because I have only this month to think over the matter. Please help.

Desperate Daughter


Dear Desperate Daughter,

First of all, I fail to understand why your father did not reject that most unsuitable proposal out of hand. My dear, money is very important, but is not everything and your parents should realise this. A young girl cannot easily adjust to man who is almost her father's age; exceptions aside, the compatibility factor is very important and should not be overlooked. Differences between sisters-in-law are a norm in our society, but to let them come between children is not very sensible. I am afraid your mother is being unreasonable in this matter, and is probably making it an ego problem. Try to reason with her, and tell her that you would be happy only with G because you love him. Also emphasise the difference in age that you have with this other guy and try to convince your mother that the age difference is too much for you. If she still persists, tell her that you need more time to make up your mind and would like to make a decision after completing your education. You can only convince your mother by behaving in a mature, reasonable way. You have stated that you want to go for higher studies. Become serious about this intention, and do post-graduation in whatever subject you want to. This can work out very well for you since G also needs time to become 'established'. Also, making a decision like this would probably convince your mother that you have become a mature person, and your opinion matters. You must convince your father to support you by allowing you to pursue your studies, and by trying to persuade your mother that your phuppo loves you and has no ulterior motives. If your mother remains adamant in her stance, your father has to take a firm stand for you. It is commendable that you want to marry G with your mother's blessings. I am sure that she must have said that she would not talk with you in anger, for no matter how angry a mother is she cannot sever contact with her children. Just be patient and let her realise that you really love G and would be unhappy without him. Good luck!


Read on as You!shares this week a bit from its own slam book with a twist -the one-liners are from model and actor Adnan Khan...

Admit it girls, we all fancy our celebs. The glitz of their glamorous world attracts us - what they wear, where they shop, what they dream of, their love-interests, their favourite things -we love to get the scoop. Keeping this in mind, from time to time You! is going to share some interesting tete-a-tete with popular celebrities. This time around, we were lucky enough to get hold of model and actor Adnan Khan, from Khawar Riaz's company 'Ocular'. His career kicked off with director Shehzad Rafique's movie Mohabbatan Sachiyan which has been an instant hit at the box office. Let's see what are his likes and dislikes...


My biggest asset:

My mother

I wish I could:

Become a super star

One person I would love to

dine out with:

Sushmita Sen

My worst nightmare:

To be left alone

My definition of love is:


One thing I hate about myself:

I often get angry

Something I would like to remember:

My teenage years

My strength:

The people I love...

I regret:

Nothing in particular

I feel over the cloud nine when:

I got an offer from Shehzad Rafiq

I get dejected when:

I am suffering

Something that I am strongly possessive about:

My mother

I get turned on by:


When feeling low I prefer:

To spend time with my friends

The most unforgettable moment

of my life was:

The first time I faced the camera

What touches me the most?


If I could be another person

I would like to be:

An army officer

What bores me the most?


My message:


Interviewed by

Asif Khan


Photography by

Khawar Riaz


Makeover by


Chatter Matter

Pakistani version...

And the news is that after a long break producer Nadeem Shah and director Iqbal Kashmiri's film Devdas is being picturised these days with a revised cast. Reema who was to portray the character of Paro has been replaced by Zara Shaikh and the other important character Chandramukhi will be played by Meera. Our mole has told us that Meera is quite excited as she will be portraying the character of a dancer and has worked very hard for this role. Khanu Samrat has choreographed all the dance numbers for this film and Meera is quite confident that her dance performances will be duly appreciated by the audience and the critics. Let's wait and watch how the Pakistani version of Devdas turns out to be.


Grapes are sour!

And then we have this telly actress who was jilted by the film industry in a big way not just on screen, as her movies came and went without so much as a whimper at the box office, but on the personal front too when she was unceremoniously dumped by the leading man of Lollywood after a liaison as brief as the time it takes one to yawn! But our lady just didn't get the picture as she kept on hounding the hero until one day she was given a huge firing down by the lad's no-nonsense, firebrand mom to leave her son alone. Anyway, this gal who has now comeback to the showbiz scene after a brief period of hiatus abroad, was recently seen making fun of and aping the same hero, on a private telly channel, whom she once literally worshipped. Talk about a shameful display of sour grapes.


Too many goondas!

And coming to the actor and director Shaan who is now doing too many goonda characters mainly in his Punjabi films. He is portraying the title character in director Masood Butt's Punjabi film Goonda Number 1 which is almost ready and is scheduled for release on Eid ul Azha. The other movie that Shaan will be playing the lead is director Muhammad Waheed Awan's Goonda Chaudhry. What we don't understand is why Shaan is doing the same old roles... We loved you in Khuda Kay Liye so, please Shaan, it's time that you consider some good roles and come out of the same old goonda character.

Food for Thought

Thai fish with basil

Photography by Zahid Rahman

Mrs. Azra Syed is sure a cooking expert and this week she has spiced up Yo u! with her special yummy recipe 'Thai fish with basil'. One feels tempted by just taking its name. This delicious dish can be enjoyed with steamed or boiled rice. Happy cooking gals!



- Fish 1/4 kilo

- Ginger 1 tsp

- Garlic 1 tsp

- Salt 1/2tsp

- Chilli powder 1 tsp

- Onion (chopped) 1

- Coconut milk powder 1 tbsp

- Oyster sauce 1 tbsp

- Soya sauce 1 tbsp

- Fish sauce 1 tbsp

- Chilli sauce 2 tbsps

- Water 1/2cup

- Oil 1/4 cup

- Basil leaves 8-10



- Heat oil and fry the onions till it becomes golden brown.

- Then add the ginger, garlic paste, salt, chilli powder and saute for a while.

- Now, add the fish and rest of the ingredients. Cover and cook on a low flame.

- Cook till the gravy becomes thick. Enjoy!


Less os ,pre

This week Yo u! has picked up a beautiful house in Islamabad belongs to choreographer Rezz Aly Shah. Let's see how the man who creates wonders on stage has built up his place...


By Kaleem Ahsan

Photography by

Mickey & Momey

If shelter is a necessity of life, then interiors of the shelter is definitely a luxury of life. This luxury is moulded according to the mood of its residents. So be it funky or sober, every house is based on a theme and a history.

This week, You! visits the place of Rezz Aly Shah, a well known choreographer and event planner, to see how he has managed his place to cope up with the glitzy glamorous world of showbiz. He must have all the famous personalities for casual and formal gatherings at his place so one expects his home to be warm and lively. And, it turned out to be so true! Despite its exquisite decor it does not look way too prim and proper to lose that certain aura of vivacity and life.

The house is not done on any strict lines and is quite personal not only for its residents but also for the people who visit their abode. What makes it further impressive is the fact that Rezz and his mother Alia decorated the house entirely on their own and did not follow any standard decorative rules. Thus, the whole creativity is due to the aesthetic sense of the mother-son duo which is very imaginative. It is quite inspiring to see that the house is decorated by their owners without the help of any interior decorator.

"The house was purchased in 1994 when my husband had an operation in London and he was not well for six months. We were very uncertain about our future so we bought this place and moved in. Rezz always dreamt of making a house of his own so he could design it according to his wishes but unfortunately we didn't get that chance. Still, the way he has designed this house makes me so proud of him," says Alia, acknowledging the input of her talented son in the house making.

Rezz has used his own style when it comes to colours, forms and texture which helped him achieve the desired effect. Every part of the house from carpets to drapes and from lightings to wall coverings reflects his style. Plus, these things are not placed in a perfect contrast but are decorated in a mix and match style which is comforting and soothing to the eyes and nerves.

Another noteworthy element of the house is the proud use of family heirlooms. Prominent among these prized possessions are the cabinets of Rezz's grandmother, with its antique silverware, the art pieces by Sadequain and Basher Mirza, and the coloured sets of old Gardanar (porcelain made in Afghanistan for the royal Russian family). Adding to the priceless belongings is the long array of framed pictures of Rezz's father, Agha Syed Saadat Ali, depicting the long years of service as IG Police. "We have old, antique things in the main drawing room while Rezz has kept his area, which is upstairs, low key and chic," shares Alia.

In the upper portion, Rezz has selected furniture pieces which are just for his use - not emphasising on creating a lavish look. The furnishing is done on simple clean lines and in accordance with the colour scheme.

He has even tried to portray his personality through his decoration. He believes that one should have the sense of being able to tell what items will suit the place and what it really needs? For example, his own sitting area, where he unwinds with his friends, is adorned with trendy furniture while the family room is accentuated with the classic stuff.

"To make your place warm and cosy, there is one rule for all which is not to clutter your place with all sorts of furniture as it gives a crammed and messed up look. It also makes you feel claustrophobic," says Alia with a smile.

Obviously 'less is more' is the motto on which the house is built. Too many things not only clutter the room but also cramps up your space and style.



Direct to the runways of Milan

Recently, Karachiites tasted the glimpses of Italian culture, music, food and fashion in a colourful event organised by the Rotary Club of Karachi


By L. K

Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini and Raphael - you know what's common among them? They are all Italians. Colourful, rich, bold, romantic; Italy is all this and more. Historically rich, Italy is a cornerstone of today's western culture. Culturally rich, Italy has produced the world's best in art, architecture, literature, and music. For those of you who don't know opera is also an Italian creation. Italians are generally gregarious and charming people and exude confidence, charisma and hospitality. Venice has its canals, Rome its Coliseum, Florence its heritage of art, Tuscany its colour, and Milan its fashion hub.

Recently, Karachiites tasted the glimpses of Italian culture, music, food and fashion in a colourful event named 'Direct to the runways of Milan' at a local hotel organised by the Rotary Club of Karachi in collaboration with the Italian Consulate General of Karachi. The event was sponsored by Etihad Airways and was held in aid of Paediatrics Oncology Project for NICH hospital in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Italy Sacile Centenario.

The ambiance was romantic and elaborate with Karachi's high society in attendance. One could see beautiful women, mostly dressed in black, and men in smart suits around, who were there to enjoy a good evening. And certainly they were not disappointed. First they were entertained by an Italian guitarist who performed very well.

The real treat came in the form of a fashion show, by a talented Pakistani designer Juni, which was done actually on the lines of Italian fashion since the theme was Milan. Unlike usual shows this show was different in the sense that there was no ramp and gorgeous models flaunted their dresses around the poolside as the designer wanted everyone to feel like they were a part of the show. The collection comprised western attires in black, white, silver and gold. The look was light and feminine with brilliant flashes of creativity. Wips of dresses were teamed with oodles of accessories, from beads and bangles to charm bracelets. The designer used lot of net, silks, georgette and lycra and the emphasis was more on cuts and silhouettes than embroidery. As according to Juni, "My main idea behind any outfit is cuts. It's easy to make embroidered clothes, your real test as a designer comes when you give someone a simple fabric and ask them to turn it into a chic piece." All the top models including Vinny, Fauzia, Iraj, Maha were there to add the oomph factor to the show. It was a refreshing sight to watch Sadia Imam walking like a little Miss Italy in the show.

All in all, it was a well choreographed show. The background music was a blend of Italian and American music and some of it was composed by Juni himself especially for the show. The make-up which gelled well with the concept of the show done by the creative team @ Saima's Salon.

Food is a thing of beauty in Italy. And as such there was lavish Italian cuisine to be relished by the guests. The whole menu from appetizers to desserts reminded one of authentic Italian cooking. Irresistible examples of recipes included walnut, mozzarella, lasagne and prosciutto fish, baked rice with a combination of sea food, rosetto, ravioli, fettucini, casserole with zucchini and potatoes, the Veneto's spaghetti, raisins with olives and butternut squash bread.

The event ended on a happy note with couples dancing away on the popular western, Italian and of course bhangra tunes. It was a night to remember.


Hair & Make-up:

Saima's Salon



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