June 17, 2008, Jamadi-ul-Sani 12, 1429 A.H
war goes on . . .
Islam encourages education for the Muslims - men and
women - without discrimination, a religiously charged
faction has taken it onto themselves to decide whether
females should be educated or not...
a fresh wave of violence last month, a number of girls'
schools have been bombed in various parts of the North
West Frontier Province (NWFP). Although secular parties
have succeeded in the general elections, the process of
radicalisation in many areas in Pakistan is growing
instead of receding. Extremist militants have further
clamped their hold on Orakzai Tribal Agency in the
Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) and revived
action against girls' education. The new spate of
attacks on female educational institutions in the area
is the evidence of their growing strength and disregard
for government authority.
schools have either been demolished or bombarded within
the last few months. The most prominent of these were
the Government Girls High School Charbagh, in the Kabal
area of Swat valley, which was destroyed by unknown
militants and the Kaki Government Girls Inter College in
Bannu. These attacks have been successful to keep a
majority of students and teachers away from school,
mainly because until now nothing has been done to
protect these probable victims from such attacks.
Orakzai, militants - calling themselves Taliban - have
also imposed a ban on girls attending schools. To make
matters worse, unidentified armed men have taken hostage
a female teacher, Farida Begum, who was teaching in
Ghaljo area of Orakzai Agency for the last three years.
Her father, Sifarish Khan, has appealed to Owais Ghani,
Governor NWFP, and other officials to secure the release
of his daughter. The young woman was to be married
within a month and this incident will prove to adversely
affect her whole life.
females is unheard of in Pakhtoon society, so in this
context the incident is unprecedented. But the recent
events involving female teachers in the Orakzai agency
reveal that things are changing. Recently, two female
teachers were killed in this area, while a lady
instructor was murdered by the militants in Mohmand
Agency last year.
schools have been shut down due to the threats, while
others have closed down because of lack of staff and low
attendance. Female students are the worst off, since
they have no other opportunity to continue their
education once they are out of school and they are
destined to doom. According to an estimate almost 60 per
cent of female students in the otherwise relatively
developed Swat district have stopped attending schools.
A group of female students of Allama Iqbal Open
University, who were visiting Islamabad and Peshawar to
attend their MSc Sociology and MSc Mass Communication,
revealed the situation in Swat which is becoming
unimaginable with time. They said that the female
students of the area were extremely terrified but at the
same time wanted to get education as well. This was
affecting their lives in many ways. "Most of the
girls are not sure whether they will be able to complete
their education while living in Swat. The only option
available to them is to migrate somewhere else and get
settled there but that's quite difficult too because of
the financial and social constraints of the
family," remarked one of the students.
while millions of girls in the NWFP are risking their
academic career, both the federal and provincial
governments, who are responsible for FATA and NWFP
respectively, seem uninterested to actually find a
solution. Large territories in these areas are virtually
under the control of militants with no trace of state
order. Some dire alternative measures are needed to be
enforced by the government. These include setting up at
least a number of hostels in Peshawar and Islamabad or
adjoining peaceful areas as well as arranging
uninterrupted classes and exams to make up for the lost
academic time of these students. Unfortunately, no
remedial steps have been taken as yet.
no writ of law or state in these areas, the void is
easily filled in by the extremists and radical groups of
clerics, who threaten everyone without fear. They use
letters, telephone calls, speeches through FM radio
stations and mosques public address system etc to
terrorise the people. The underlying commonality of
these threats is to warn women to comply with the
directions of the radicals regarding the sort of life
and mannerism they 'have' to adopt. Since it appears
that these people don't consider that women should be
allowed freedom to lead their lives, their threats aim
to completely constrict the social sphere for them. And,
of course their prompt target becomes women edification
this is neither the first nor the last time that such
incidents have occurred. The fact is that due to the
lack of state authority, there are chances that these
incidents might increase and spread. In the Frontier
Region of Darra Adam Khel near Kohat, all the
educational institutions for girls have stopped
operating after the militants overtook the area. Just a
few years back, a number of girls' schools in Darra area
had been bombed. The parents of these girls were
forbidden to send their daughters to school and the
teachers were threatened not to turn up for their
duties. After that, a lot of girls have also left
schools in Bajaur, Mohmand tribal agencies, Tank and
Bannu districts of NWFP. Whereas, in Waziristan agencies
there has been a complete shut down of female schools
since long. Keeping
the prevalent situation in mind, hundreds of female
teachers in NWFP and FATA have written to their
respective authorities that they are incapable of
serving in the said areas and that they need immediate
help to get rid of their misery.
sociologist at University of Peshawar elucidated the
sociological aspect of frightening and bombing the
female institutions. "If the threats continue, then
the little bit of improvement in the Gross Enrollment
Ratio (GER) that was attained over the years in schools
throughout the Frontier will come down significantly.
The lawlessness in the region is due to the inefficiency
of the controlling agencies that fail to play their
role. Consequently, the criminal behaviour is further
encouraged," shared the sociologist on account of
Talking about the intensity of threat and people's reaction to
it, the sociologist explained, "Among the many
factors due to which the Frontier has remained backward
is the conservative nature of Pakhtoons. They know that
threats thrown by the militants can be turned into
reality and thus they become apprehensive about the well
being of their daughters if they send them to school. If
there are any physical attacks on girls, the whole
family will have to bear the torturous results.
Therefore fearing this, people have stopped their
daughters from attending schools as a precautionary
measure and are waiting for the government to
intervene," he elaborated.
all the hopes of better future for the girls of NWFP, we
are taken aback by something terrible nearly every month
which further deteriorates their living conditions. The
most important question at the moment is when the
Taliban influence will fade away - giving way to a
moderate and just system? And, when will people be
allowed to live according to their wishes? Our fingers
are still crossed!
used to wonder as a child how people got off without
electricity in the 'olden days',
the time our grandparents constantly tell us about.
Well, now we know what that era was like...
we talk about mornings, we picture blooming flowers,
singing birds and sunlight filtering through the clouds
in our homes. Everything seems to be beautiful and
pleasant. But is it really what happens in our part of
the world? The picture is a bit different when I talk
about my days in the 'city of lights'.
morning starts, even before my alarm rings, when I wake
up frustrated and drenched in a pool of sweat. That's
when I realise that either there is no electricity at
home or the voltage is too low. All those who have
experienced summers in Pakistan are probably familiar
with this phenomenon. As soon as summers start, the
majority of our population is hit by PESS - Post
Electricity Shortage Syndrome. No! This is not a fancy
psyche term for some complex disease, it simply
describes one's state of mind during the hot season when
electricity eludes us and daily life becomes torturous.
that Karachi is the biggest contributor to economic
growth, one is left to wonder that why is there an acute
shortage of electricity in this revenue generating city.
Load shedding in summers is not a new phenomenon in
Pakistan but the current situation has never occurred
before. It seems like a distant memory when the city
used to lose power for a maximum of two to three hours a
day, now we get to handle the heat, sweat and boredom
for almost seven to twelve hours daily.
days generators have become a common phenomenon. If not
generators then nearly everyone has a UPS (Uninterrupted
Power Supply) installed at their homes. But only after a
year of its services, the 'Uninterrupted Power Supply'
transformed into DPS - Disruptive Power Supply. So my
family, out of sheer helplessness, then piles into one
single room underneath the only fan that agrees to work
and that too at an extremely lethargic rate.
worst situation occurs at night. Yes, the time when
everyone is worn out, sleepy and possibly dehydrated.
This is when I find that after an interval of every few
hours, the lights decide to go out... again!
So instead of waking up like I should every
morning i.e. fresh and rejuvenated, I wake up tired and
exhausted. What happened to the claims that
privatisation is the problem to all the solutions of
power issues in Pakistan? Under such circumstances, the
people are made to believe that there are organisations
even more ineffective than the government. So next time
you raise your finger at the workings of a governmental
organisation, don't forget to take a broader look.
back to my schedule, which I like to think is the story
of more than half of the people of our city; after
waking up, if I'm lucky then my clothes are ironed
otherwise I have two options - I could either wear
wrinkled clothes or I could wear yesterday's sweaty and
odour infested attire. Of course neither of the option
will suit any of us. Then comes the escape route i.e.
going to the workplace. Now, if you are one of the lucky
ones who work in a multinational; you spend the rest of
the day in the eternal bliss of the centrally air
conditioned environment. However, if you work in some
old government school or college, like me, then you have
to lose half of yourself through perspiration as there
is one ceiling fan for a large room of eight to ten
working the whole day, I wish to return home and cool
down with a bowl of ice-cream and my favourite serials
on TV. And there I am caught up in the miseries of
electricity once again which means no melodramatic rides
at night and no ice cream at all. The positive side, I
suppose, is that I get to have a candle light dinner
with my family almost every night. Ah! The day finally
ends here giving way to another day following the same
routine. The good part of it is that I'm not alone in
this crisis. There are always people who understand what
I'm going through and can empathise with me.
used to wonder as a child how people got off without
electricity in the 'olden days'; the time our
grandparents constantly tell us about. The time when
fans, air conditioners, TV etc. were nonexistent. Well,
now we know what that era was like. Their advantage was
that they never knew the luxuries we have known. For us,
we were given paradise and then told we can't have it
forever and at all times. This piece of writing is just
to imagine the possibilities you can indulge in only by
getting plugged into the power socket... that is of
course if you have power at your house!
up your look!
you have a family dinner or just some happy hours with
your co-workers, YOU! got some head-turning styles to
look great this holiday season...
holiday season often means invitations to many kinds of
gatherings; a black-tie gala, a close friends' get
together or socialising with your cousins etc. You want
your makeup to look appropriate for every occassion, but
you also want to look fabulous. The choice is yours. You
can either go for light lips and darker eyes which gives
you the subtle look or you can make a bold statement
with sharp colours on the lips and smoky eyes.
any evening out, you will love an exquisite outfit with
a moist, pale-pink mouth, tawny, glowing cheeks and
smoky powder liner under the eyes. Don't forget to wear
one great piece of jewellery (like a pair of shimmery
earrings) that will reflect light next to your face and
tenfold heighten the glow of your makeup.
is the time to be creative with your makeup and try new
things. It's no longer about black eyeliner and red
lips. You can use plenty of sparkle on your face and
body; makeup no longer stops at the chin. Try dusting a
translucent shimmer powder, available in loose and
pressed formulas, onto your bare skin with a powder
puff. Shimmer powders are easy to apply and add radiance
to your skin.
if you decide against body shimmer, play up your eyes
with some pearly shadow. Just sweep the colour of your
choice across your lid with the provided applicator for
a fuss-free, glamorous look. Thick liner goes well with
smoky eyes, but if you want it to be subtle, try a
gradually thinning line. Use a liquid liner to draw a
thin rim along upper lash-lines. Go over the outer half
of each eye one more time, and extend slightly beyond
the eye. Line the bottom corner of each eye to
accentuate the outer edge and create an exotic almond
shape. If done correctly, outer corners will look like a
sideways capital Y.
seems counterintuitive to highlight something you often
want to hide! Adding shimmer under your eye reflects
light in a way that makes puffy skin vanish. Sweep a
luminising concealer across the under-eye area from
lash-line to the lower rim of the under-eye. Using a
product that's a brush-like pen allows you to apply with
you want to look airbrushed in person, apply lightweight
tinted moisturiser on face and neck. (Use the shade you
are, not a hue you want to be. You'll add colour later
with blush and bronzer.) Spread evenly over face and
neck with a sponge wedge until formula vanishes
completely into skin. Apply concealer after foundation.
That way you'll need less of it and won't risk rubbing
it off completely.
adding contour below your cheekbones, you can create the
illusion of a more prominent bone structure, which is
both slimming and flattering. Using a small stiff blush
brush, sweep face powder under the raised line of your
cheekbones, starting at your temples. Use one shade
darker than your skin tone - it looks natural, not like
is always a great place to start when you want to spruce
up your look. Blend it into your skin with your fingers
or a makeup brush so you get an 'edgeless' finish. You
can also try jazzing up your traditional favourites by
selecting browns, greys and pinks that have a
just a little question; have you ever wished you could
extend last night's soft candlelight glow to the next
day? You can replicate that coveted attractive
illumination with a soft dusting of beige (not bronze or
pink) shimmer powder along the brow and cheekbones. You
can easily do it on forehead, nose and chin but too much
light-reflecting product on those areas can look like
perspiration. Shimmer can also draw attention to
irregular skin texture, so try this look when skin is
talk a little about your hairstyle. The best argument
for flattering hair is one-sided. Every woman has slight
asymmetries in her face, which can easily be balanced by
creating a side part. To create a new look you can
switch the side of your part after blow-dry. You'll give
the hair that extra oomph by forcing it against the
direction it's trained to fall in. Now, you are ready to
walk in any party or get together without the fear of
looking inapt for the occasion. Happy holidays!
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am a 30-year-old man working in a private company and
earning a handsome salary. I have an issue related to my
marriage. From day one, my parents had plenty of
problems. One of the reasons was that although both of
them were from a rural background, my father was an
educated man. He had shifted to city but still the roots
were in our village from where family politics, run by
uneducated people, ruined our life. At that time I had
made up my mind never to marry someone from my family
with a rural background. I just want an educated lady
who can understand things. Now, the time has come for me
to get married and I think I want to marry a doctor.
This may seem very strange, but for me it is important.
My family has asked me to let them know where and whom I
want to marry.
now I have just told them that I am not bothered about
looks or dowry, but what I need is a sensible and
educated lady. I have not specifically mentioned that
she should be a doctor. I think that I have a reasonable
profile; my image as a sensible person the money I earn
is quite good and I may not have any problem in getting
married into a good family. But still the desire to
marry a doctor is there. It is a bit strange and I do
not know how to communicate this to my parents, as they
say that a girl with a masters degree is also an
educated person. But for me, a simple masters makes no
desire isn't really strange, you know. Many of our young
men, in search of a boost to their financial and social
status, prefer marrying professional women, be they
doctors or engineers! Taking short cuts is a growing
trend, especially among those who do not trust their own
ability to make it to the top. Although there is nothing
wrong with your family background, you feel complexed
because your roots are in the village. Don't feel that
way, for you are turning your strength into weakness. Be
proud of your origin and try to improve whatever
shortcomings you feel you have. Take your own example:
your own family hails from a rural background, yet you
are educated and well placed. Since your father was an
educated man, he should have tried to educate your
mother also, instead of submitting to the remote control
rule of the woman back in your village. Your parents are
right when they say that a girl who has done masters is
educated. However, if you simply want to marry a doctor,
you should tell your parents clearly so that there is no
confusion about your preference. You need to clear your
own mind too, because on the one hand you claim you
don't care about looks and dowry and simply want an
educated and sensible partner, and on the other you say
you have a desire to marry a doctor. Well, doctors are
not the only females who can be sensible. In fact, it is
not necessary to have a degree to be sensible! You are
at a good post and can easily get a doctor, but please
don't delude yourself; it's not simply an educated girl
you want to marry, you want to marry a doctor and so you
should be at least honest about it with your own
21 years old and an engineering student. My problem is a
bit weird and it might sound ridiculous too. I'm in my
final year of engineering and my mother is seriously
asking me to consider some proposals. My problem is that
I simply don't want to get married. I'll hate to have a
physical relationship with someone and it's because of
certain incidents that happened in my life. When I was
quite young, I was abused by a shop keeper many times,
and then there was the son of one of our family friends,
who once tried to abuse me. I managed to escape, but
that incident has left scars. I've a very different idea
about married life in my mind; two persons who commit to
live together and share the burden of life with each
other, love each other, care for each other and it
breaks in case they fail to understand each other. But
marriage and the thought of physical relationship
refreshes the ugly memories of those incidents and it
makes me think that men just want women to fulfill their
desires and for this purpose they can cross all limits -
can use a child even. I hate this relationship. I can't
think of being used by a man again for his desires. I
feel that we females are like tissue paper for them, use
us when they need and then throw us away! I hate
everyone who's involved in such a relationship. I hate
my friends who have fiances. I start hating them when
they tell me about their romantic relationships. I hate
my sister, who has just got engaged. Some of my
university fellows showed interest in me and I reacted
in a very rude way. I start hating the person who takes
interest in me. I can make excuses to my parents to
delay my marriage for three to four more years but after
that I'll have to accept their order. Sometimes I think
of telling them that I don't want to get married and
that I want live my life alone. Please suggest
something, as I'm tired of locking up all this hatred
for men inside me.
don't think your problem is ridiculous or weird at all.
In fact, you have been traumatised badly and scarred due
to the unfortunate incidents you have mentioned. They
have left a fear of marital relationship which is
creating this problem for you. My dear, the first step
towards recovery has already been taken by you by
writing what you had bottled up inside you for a long
time. You had a very bad experience at the hand of two
ugly males but that does not mean that all men are bad.
It is also not right that all men use females like
tissue papers! Dear girl, if they had such contempt for
females, why would they even want to get married? The
fact is that all men are not monsters and all females
are not angels. Look around and study the males in your
own family. Are all of them callous? Most men love their
wives and care about them. Your fear of being involved
in a physical relationship is understandable but you
must realise that a relationship with one's husband is
totally different from getting abused by nasty
shopkeepers. Just because you had a bad experience,
don't deny yourself normal and happy marital
relationship. What you need to do is to talk this out
with a psychologist. If you cannot do it, then write to
Aangan-Rozan, P.O. Box 2237, Islamabad. Ph: (051)
7165365, 2215368 or e-mail them at email@example.com
an attempt to revitalise the spirit of classic theatre
in Karachi, Tehrik-e-Niswan organised two plays by Ismat
Chughtai at the Arts Council, recently
by Athar Khan
is one of the few grand dames of modern Urdu literature.
She was a highly embodied writer in the sense that she
was always aware of the rapidly changing society around
her. Her stories were often controversial, set in the
middle class milieu and her characters were generally
unconventional. The passion with which Ismat wrote about
subjects that mattered to her compels the reader to not
just be swept away by her story-telling and anecdotes,
but to appreciate the unwavering conviction with which
Ismat Chughtai wielded her pen.
Kermani, who is always in search of good scripts, this
time decided to work on two of the short stories of
Ismat, to convert them into stage plays. And the result
was the brilliant execution of the dramatisation of 'Kafir'
and 'Amer Bel', recently staged at the Arts Council
under the banner of Tehrik-e-Niswan. With Kafir and Amar
Bel, Sheema has touched the society's sensitive issues
with the help of Ismat's acerbic writing.
first play 'Kafir', lasted for 20 minutes, was directed
by Anwer Jafri and featured only two characters; Pushkar
(Salim Meraj) and Munni (Asma Mundrawala). The theme of
a Muslim girl marrying a Hindu boy would cause problems
and raise eyebrows but in Kaafir Ismat deals with it in
her typically delightful and endearing fashion. Anwar
Jafri was successful in maintaining the original flavour
with his clever direction. Besides the captivating and
crispy dialogues, credit must be given to the powerful
acting of Salim Meraj - whose name is synonymous with
second 40-minutes play, 'Amar Bel' included Sheema
Kermani, Saife Hassan, Mahvash Faruqi and Asma
Mundrawala; also the director of this play. This
representation draws upon narrative techniques to
emphasise one of the most compelling aspects of Ismat's
writing; her language. In a spontaneous and
conversational style, Ismat reveals the middle class
woman through the language she speaks.
story revolved around Qamar Ara (Mahvash Faruqi) and
Noor Fatima (Asma Mundrawala) who hooks their 50 plus
brother Shujaat (Saife Hassan) to a young bride, after
the death of his first wife. Though, Imtiazi phuppo (Sheema
Kermani) warns them of the consequences of this marriage
the two sisters, who are of the opinion that their
brother is still young, brings a beautiful bhabi to
their family. As years pass, the man gets older while
the wife is still young so his jealousy towards her
grows and disrupts the overall familial set-up.
towards the performances; the presence of seasoned
actors like Saife Hasan and Sheema Kermani might have
been enough to engage the audience but Mahvash and Asma
were a pleasant surprise too. Mahvash and Sheema
excelled in the dialogue delivery while Saife and Asma
had the appropriate body language for the scenes.
photography was done by Moeen Faruqi while the set and
lights were handled by Anwer Jafri.
is true that theatre has a limited audience, especially
for the young who watch movies and television. But it is
still a force and can become more of a force if plays
that are both entertaining and socially conscious are
written and produced. As long as Tehrik-e-Niswan
continues to produce plays like 'Kafir' and 'Amer Bel'
the future of theatre seems bright in our part of the
- Iram N. Muzaffar & Fatima Zakir
Honouring the country
a regular basis now females here are stepping forward
and accomplishing feats which make us all proud. Joining
the ranks of some of the most successful women of
Pakistan are Bapsi Sidhwa, Shazia Sikander and Lena
Khan. The award aims to honour the achievements of South
Asians in different fields of life. Starting with Bapsi
ji; a distinguished writer who won the Literature
Achiever of the Year Award at the first ever South Asian
Excellence Awards ceremony held recently. Her novels
include 'The Crow Eaters', 'The Pakistani Bride', 'An
American Brat' and 'Water'.
Sikander won the Performing and Visual Arts Achiever of
the Year Award. Her specialty is Indian and Persian
miniature paintings and she deals with many beautiful
pieces from the Mughal era. Writer and director of the
film 'A Land of Paradise'; Lena Khan won the
Entertainment Achiever of the Year Award. The lady has
been writing and directing films from long and with time
has managed to make her name in the industry.
We are proud of them!
Sarkar Raj here!
all of you who have been waiting for the Bachchan
thriller 'Sarkar Raj', we have bad news. Well, wait no
more because the censor board has finally decided that
the movie will not be gracing the Pakistani celluloid.
The movie stars Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and
his wife Ashwariya Rai Bachchan, and the storyline
revolves around an Indian extremist organisation; Shiva
Sena. The Big Bachchan is playing the role of Bal
Thakerey in the film while his son along with his wife
are said to play other important roles. What we don't
understand is why the movie is banned in the first
how movies of all subject matters are being showcased
around the cinema halls of Pakistan, it seems like
another movie wouldn't have harmed our cinema owners.
Well, in any case we can always catch the movie on DVD..
Food for Thought
(Spicy Chicken Salad)
Photography by: Naqeeb ur Rehman
You think you have tried nearly everything with chicken and you can't
experiment with it further. Wrong! Now, add a little spice to your menu as this
week YOU! along with Chef Chinnakorn Kongma of Royal Elephant, PC
Karachi, brings a tasty chicken treat for the pleasure of your taste buds.
Oil 2 tbsp
heating the oil. Add the chopped onions, rice powder, chilli and garlic paste,
and cook for three minutes
the chicken and cook for five to eight minutes
out in a serving dish
with spring onions, coriander and mint leaves. Serve while hot!
the occasion of the Soft launch of IDEAS 2008, recently at the PM Secretariat,
a profound presentation was given by Shaiyanne and Sohail Malik along with
their team to a select gathering of dignitaries
International Defence Exhibition and Seminar or the IDEAS has been a success
since its inception. It is a biennial event being held at Karachi Expo Centre
since 2000. It provides a platform for Pakistan and foreign defence
manufacturers to showcase their products. With its theme 'Arms for Peace', it
is a reflection of Pakistan's desire to promote international peace and
stability through deterrence. Besides, it also presents an ideal opportunity to
the defence manufacturers for entering into collaboration and joint ventures
with Pakistan or other prospective international partners.
occasion of the Soft launch of IDEAS 2008, recently at the Prime Minister's
Secretariat Auditorium, Islamabad, a profound presentation was given by
Shaiyanne and Sohail Malik along with their team to a select gathering of
dignitaries. The inaugural ceremony was presided by the Prime Minister of
Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and was attended by the Chairman Joint Chief
of Staff of the Pakistan Armed Forces, General Tariq Majeed, and other high
officials including PIA Managing Director Captain Aijaz Haroon. A magnificent
sword was also presented, as a souvenir of this event, to the Prime Minister by
the Director General of DEPO, Major General Mohammed Farooq. Brigadier Munir
Ahsan conducted the proceedings in an effective and articulate manner and gave
a brief introduction to the choreographed sequence.
dramatic presentation of the theme - Arms for Peace - was beautifully executed
by Shaiyanne's talented team. The show sought to address the fundamental
aspects of humanity and Pakistan's role as a moderate peace loving nation fully
committed to the UN's charter. The glorious backdrops of the stage displayed
the rich heritage sites from across the land, such as the Ghandhara
civilisation friezes and the other ancient temple carvings with the Derawar and
Lahore Forts in imposing picturesque grandeur, all placed in a complementary
contrast to the breathtaking view of the scenic splendour of the mountains of
our northern regions.
was quite daunting as it was not easy to handle subjects like the link between
weapons and the advancements in technology and how the unarmed and the weaker
nations are invariably overwhelmed by their opponents. The dramatic rendition
of the varied aspects of the trials and tribulations in the Asian region was
done immaculately. It also depicted the exemplary contribution of the armed
forces in turbulent times, including the continuing commitment shown by
Pakistan to the UN's peace keeping efforts, throughout the world.
interesting aspect of the show was the incorporation of a unique group called
Heartbeat, which composed people, from countries, such as North America, Europe
and Far East, who have chosen Pakistan as their home and live here permanently.
Their love for this land, which they have adopted as their own, was evident in
their colourful performance which was highly appreciated by the audience.
directed by Sohail Malik, the lighting of each dramatic sequence was
appropriate to its mood and lent just the right hues to accent the atmosphere
required for each scene. The costumes were designed by Shaiyanne while the
make-up and styling was done by Huma Tahir. The sound track was mostly
symphonic, while the theme song for IDEAS, specially composed for this event
was charmingly rendered by Zahshanne Malik in the finale. It was a very
sentimental moment for everyone when the entire cast assembled on stage and
rendered the theme song - highlighting all the positives that emanate from the
IDEAS forum and its overall contribution to lasting world peace by guaranteeing
a reasonable measure of deterrence in providing a wholesome balance of power.
Simple, symmetrical and sophisticated
Rana Allawala has launched her assorted collection of formal wear, bridal
accessories and purses in a simple ceremony
the accepted way of dressing at a given time. It is the total outlook of an
individual of today. Though fashion evolves and some styles come back, it only
applies for 'now'. Right fashion means getting the value for your money. That's
why the demand for designs that requires timeless appeal and a quality that
goes beyond trendy has been tremendously increasing. Whether it is haute
couture or pret-a-porte, it is basically the designer's distinctive style that
Allawala is one such designer who is known for her elegant style. Her boutique
Rans at Bahadurabad, Karachi, has been catering to fashion conscious women
since 1986. Rana has recently launched her latest collection along with the
chicken kari collection of Vandana (Indian Designer) in a simple ceremony
organised by Catwalk Productions.
philosophy of Rans is based on style, beauty and elegance. She has diversified
her work by offering an eclectic range of shoes, purses, bridal accessories and
exotic bridal bed spreads. Now, she has also ventured into arts by starting up
an art gallery with paintings of renowned artists.
back to her collection. The gorgeous and glamorous models who flaunted her
outfits at the event were Iraj, Nadia Hussain and Fayeza Ansari. Her designs
are timeless as she offers a wide range of variety in cuts, embellishments and
colours - be it bridals, sarees, formals or evening wear. Take Iraj's light
green sharara, Fayeza's brown saree or Nadia Hussain's orange evening wear.
Intricately embroidered designs, complemented by the jewellery pieces speak
volumes about the designer's skills. And the best part was that the collection
collection of assorted sarees in shimmering silk was a feast to the eyes.
According to her it's the world's oldest fashion statement. "Saree is all
about rhythm and fluidity, capturing the essence and sensuality of the woman.
It speaks of romance or riches, of sobriety or gaiety, of sophistication or
innocence. It is said that a saree rarely fails to flatter a woman, making her
feel fragile and feminine," said Rana, who was also wearing a graceful
saree on the occasion.
designs are not restricted to a certain kind of fabric as there is something
for everyone. She claims to use only the best of fabrics and materials because
she feels that "therein lies the essence of beautiful clothes". From
jamavaars and khadi to silks, georgettes and chiffons, there isn't much the
lady hasn't experimented with. While for the colours, she mainly works on the
soft colours and chalky tones. Of course it depends upon the requirement of the
season and clientele as well.
play a very important role in her style of designing. From traditional zaree,
dapka, resham, kamdani, madoori, shadow, kantha works to the dazzling fusionist
jewels, shells, beads, and diamantes embellishments; she has worked with all
sorts of add-ons!
evening was attended by both media and showbiz fraternity where you could spot
big names such as Rohana Iqbal of Bhabhi's salon to Neshmia and from Frieha
Altaf to Azra Zia. There have been events when you walk out bored and
frustrated but Rana Saeed along with the organisers managed to carve a soothing
impression on the minds of the attendees.
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