October 07, 2008, Shawwal 07, 1429 A.H
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was once considered to be a man's domain but not any
longer. Women directors like Farah Khan, Ekta Kapoor and
Mira Nayar have given numerous hit serials and films. On
our local front we have female directors who may be few
in numbers but big in their productions. This week You!
pays a tribute to them...
and films are a great source of entertainment for many
of us. Normally women enjoy soap operas
at home and the daring ones among us like to go to the
cinema. Whether it's a three-hour long film or a one
hour drama or even a 100-episode serial, we love to
indulge ourselves in the fantasy world. Sometimes these
fantasies touches our souls and sometimes it seems like
too good to be true. But we seldom realise that behind
this glitz and glamour there's a lot of hard work
involved. Whether a hit or a miss, a director has to be
blamed or credited for the production. Direction is by
no means an easy job. When we talk about our local
entertainment industry we cannot ignore the women
directors who have made us proud, because of their
ability to reach out to the masses and stir the
emotions... after all, they can better understand the
complexities of relationships and the humanity of
issues. This week You! pays a tribute to some of them...
real for reel:
one of the finest directors of our country - Sahira
Kazmi has created characters that one
can relate to and they feel like one of us. She joined
PTV as an actor and delivered strong performances in
Teesra Kinara and Purchaiyan. Then she joined PTV as a
director and produced some memorable musical programmes
and dramas. Sahira has gifted PTV with memorable serials
like Tanhaiyaan, Tapish and Dhoop Kinaray, the
characters from Tanhaiyan and Dhoop Kinaray still remain
afresh in our minds. In fact, actors like Behroze
Sabswari and Marina Khan are remembered from the names
of the characters they played in the serial. After
giving these evergreen plays, she even directed Ali
Haider in a play opposite Marina Khan titled as Tum Se
Kehna Tha. It was a light romantic comedy and was an
instant hit amongst the masses. She then directed
Zaibunnisa - based on the issue of domestic violence -
which earned critical acclaim.
is one director who is willing to stand against all
odds. In this age of commercialism Sahira has
managed to maintain her credibility as a tough director
who refuses to compromise on her principles.
the ten best drama serials of Pakistan in the recent
years and you will come across Mehreen Jabbar's name for
sure. She is known for her art of touching the souls of
the audience. The lady is a 14-year veteran of the
industry, with a prolific career as a director/producer
of gritty, hard-hitting films for Pakistani Television.
She has made plays like Dhoop main sawan, Aur Zindagi
Badalti Hai, Sanam Gazida, Kahaniyan and Harjaee to name
graduated from UCLA in 1993 with a Film, Television and
Video certificate, and returned to
Pakistan to direct and produce made-for-TV movies and
drama series/serials under the banner of TasVeer
Productions, almost all of which were critically
acclaimed by the Pakistani press.
year, she expanded her horizon by venturing into the
business of movies and making the critically acclaimed 'Ramchand
Pakistani' with a star cast of Nandita Das, Rashid
Farooqui, Maria Wasti, Adarsh Ayaz and Fazal Hussein.
The movie won praise internationally as well as on the
national level. It couldn't be claimed as a second Khuda
Kay Liye but it sure has helped pave the way for more of
such Pakistani movies in order to revive the dead film
industry of Pakistan.
of the female directors started working behind the
camera after learning the technicalities on
screen. Marina Khan is one of such names as well. She
has played roles in one of the finest plays of Pakistani
drama history. Just take any of her play and it's a
success. For instance, we saw her spreading her magic in
Dhoop Kinare, Tanhayian, Nijaat, Padosi and Tum se Kehna
Tha - to name a few.
fourteen years of working on screen she shifted gears
and donned the director's cap for Tum hi to
ho. It was shot in USA and did really well on
television. Unfortunately, Marina's experience as a
director wasn't that good as she mentioned in an
interview that she had lots of problems during the
making of the play. Plus, she hates to direct as well as
act at the same time. It's easier to be a director's
actor who can guide you what to do and how to do it.
this play was not her first attempt at direction. She
even directed Ali Haider's music video 'Janiya'.
Recently, she directed Huma Khwaja's music video 'Laaj'
which was the first video from her last album and was
fun to watch.
she has also edited two plays, Satish Anand's Eid dot
com and Humayun Saeed's Tu laakh chale re gori.
what people want
thought that the pretty actress from 'Kasak' would be
controlling the sets a few years down
the lane. On screen she is so easy in her character that
it is difficult to separate her from it. Yes, we are
talking about Rubina Ashraf! Natural, flawless and
extempore... it seems without a script and without any
direction but in actual it's her ability to understand
things and project it in the best possible way. A
graphic designer by education, we remember watching her
on screen in 'Sawan Roop', 'Hazaron Rastey', 'Seeriah',
'Tapish' and more recent 'Such Beetian' and 'Muhabbatein
Kaisi' has always been a pleasure.
working on screen for quite some time she tried her
hands on direction by coming out with her first venture
'Rehney Do' in 1998. After that, she directed 'Tere
Siva' featuring Saba Hameed, Vaneeza Ahmed and Sadaf F.
Ibrahim. With a series of twists and turns the serial
attracted quite some audience attention towards it. But
her recent serial 'Vanee' turned out to be a hit and won
accolades from the whole drama fraternity.
started off her career as a host in comedy show VJ that
was directed by Ahsan Rahim. VJ came out
as a fresh wave of comedy and took the whole media scene
by storm. From there Amna got recognised as a comedian
that followed Dr and Billaís music video 'Yes Love'
further stamping her as a comedian.
soon she realised her forte is not just acting but...
direction. She started assisting Ahsan Rahim in his
music videos and commercials and soon formed a joint
production by the name of DreamTeam Films under which
they made lots of successful music videos. Not just
comedy but serious ones as well. Some noteworthy videos
of the duo are Abrar ul Haque's Preeto, Jutt, Punjabi
Touch, Shehzad Roy's Sali, Yaad, Khudi Ka Sari Nihan,
Ali Zafar's Channo, String's Hai Koi Hum Jaisa, Jawad
Ahmed's Dosti and the list goes on and on and on.
became undoubtedly one of the finest directors of
Pakistan and an idol for many young women aspiring to be
directors. Recently, she broke off from Ahsan Rahim and
started making videos on her own. Haroon's Jeeya Jaye
was her first solo video which did amazingly well at the
charts and won her appreciation of all and sundry. Right
now she is focusing more on television commercials than
on anything else. Music videos have taken a back seat as
well because she believes that commercials are more
challenging as you have to put a whole idea across
within 30 to 40 seconds.
whatever she does, we just hope she delves more into
music videos... after all we are missing the much needed
Amna Khan touch from the local music scene.
Imam is hailed as one of the most talented directors in
our showbiz industry. She has been around for the last
eleven years giving quality plays to PTV and all the
other private channels as well. A free-lance
director/actor, it is difficult to say what she does
better - directing or acting? But whatever she picks up,
she tries to do it professionally and with ease.
off her career in early '90s, her directorial debut was
'Saza' which then lead to another hit serial 'Aik
Tasveer Aur'. Recently, her soap 'Sirf Ek Baar' is
gaining her accolades from the industry as well as from
sitcoms, 'Boom boom', 'Mera Ghar No.1' and 'Salma Aur
Sitare' are under her credit while her upcoming serial 'Kuch
Larkian' will be aired soon from a local TV channel.
has even acted in a number of plays and few music
videos. In her recent project 'Thora Sa Asmaan' she has
played a memorable role. And, if you think that's all...
you are wrong! She has even hosted a couple of live
shows and is about to hit our screens with 'Saturday
mornings' very soon.
women are just a few examples from the long list of
women achievers in film making whom we have not yet
touched. This is just to put forward that women are not
just excelling in academics but are doing well in a
business that was previously considered to be man's
realm. And as far as dramas are concerned, they are
being successful because they know how to play around
with the dialogues and how to stir the emotions in
people. Way to go women! We know this is just a new
beginning that you will conquer with your determination
over and now wedding season is in full swing. Keeping
the trend in mind, this week our beauty section is
dedicated to contemporary brides...
all about personal style this wedding season. The
overall trend is to break away from traditional
attire and wear something that goes in accordance with
the present trend. Modern brides are choosing wedding
dresses that reflect their personality rather than that
of their grandmother's. Brides today are choosing bridal
joras with intricate beadwork and embroidery. This year
we are seeing more and more colours in bridal wear -
along with traditional red, one can see champagne, pink,
platinum, blue and even green.
wedding day is most likely to be one of the most
treasured days in a bride's life. Wedding day brings
with it lots of hopes, aspirations and anticipations.
With brides such as Cinderella and Snow White as role
models, it is of no surprise that expectations are at
their highest. Therefore, brides expect to look and feel
their best. It is what a bride deserves. That is where a
makeup artist can enter with the wand and add to the
dazzle and elegance of the wedding day. The makeup
artist should note that the bride will want to feel
comfortable, not confined by her bridal hair and makeup.
Being comfortable may also mean keeping the makeup
simple, not vibrant. This may not be the day to
experiment with a new style. The bride does not want to
feel self-conscious of her new look. The ideal bridal
make up would accentuate the bride's beauty and conceal
the flaws naturally.
bridal makeup is more radiant and natural. No longer do
the lips have to be lined heavily and
matte foundation with loose powder applied. Another
trend in formal weddings is strong, yet sultry bridal
makeup. A formal wedding can be complemented using a
matte foundation, black liner for the eyes done in a
subtle way, pink rouge, and matte red lipstick. Liner
must be used to contain the red lipstick and prevent it
from bleeding. This is a dramatic, evening bridal look
that is perfect for such a formal affair.
it comes to today's bridal hair, it is essentially soft
and subtle. The effect is sexier, less harsh. Hair can
be worn down, flowing with loose curls and waves. The
updo that once dominated the bridal hair scene has a
much softer look as well. Today's updo style is not
sprayed, pinned, and tucked to hide every loose hair.
The look is pinned and tousled, leaving it soft and
stylish. The bridal hair is romantic. In addition to the
classic up-do's, brides are also going for 1960's
styles, and the "Amy Winehouse look."
recommended that you should bring a picture of your
dress and as much information about your wedding to your
hair consultation as possible when you're choosing your
stylist. Keep your mind open to new ideas, but don't go
for anything too drastic and dramatic, unless that suits
choosing bridal accessories follow your dress motif. If,
for example, your dress is adorned with
radiant moti, select jewellery with matching accents.
Colour is also critical. With taupe and gold embroidery
opt for necklaces and earrings set in glittering gold.
remember - what is trendy today may not look so great in
your wedding photos 20 years from now, so keep that in
mind when selecting your do.
makeup tips for the modern bride
Apply the colour on the eyelid and blend well
a matte eye shadow and an eyeliner brush for a soft look
Apply the blusher on the apple of the cheek for a pretty
your time to blend your foundation well
the happiness of Eid and Ramzan - begins the fight to
either lose or gain weight; the ultimate mission being
the restoration of your health. Here are a few measures
which will help balance out your after-Eid-confused
Muniza Zahid Ali Khan
Ramazan ends and Eid begins we fall back into our
routine of eating whatever we want whenever
we want. But the three days of Eid are ones where we not
just eat what we want, we eat more than we would, should
or could otherwise. And it's true that many of you
didn't really lose that much weight during Ramazan since
come Iftar most stuffed themselves full of pakoras,
jalebis, chat and other such mouth watering goodies. But
the amount of food - especially sweets and junk food -
gets multiplied by the amount of people you visit or the
number of people that visit you. With each new relative
you consume one more rasgulla, one more kebab and down
one more glass of cola.
those people who actually did lose some amount of weight
during the blessed month suddenly begin to wonder when
all the pounds you shed during Ramazan crept back into
your life and you find yourself wondering 'where all
this fat came from all of a sudden?'
it's actually quite simple, whether you're one of the
people who actually gained weight in Ramazan or one
those who lost a lot, you will need to keep yourself and
your health in check after your crusade on Eid where you
eat as much as you possibly can!
Ramazan starts our bodies begin to change and adapt
naturally to the lack of supply of food and
water. As one might notice the first few days of fasting
always seem the hardest while the last ones feel like a
walk through the park. Similarly, as our bodies have
adapted to having minimal food and water, eating too
much on Eid all of a sudden, doesn't give the body
enough time to accommodate to the large amount of
incoming food. Many thus experience blotting,
sluggishness, a sudden increase in blood pressure and
even severe head aches. So, ease your self back in to
your old breakfast-lunch-dinner routine. Don't rush it!
Ramazan your exposure to food is some what limited, even
if you had spicy food at Iftari, your stomach's exposure
to its effects are the same. Hence over a period of a
month your body may have accommodated itself to react a
little to the spice. Having spicy food all of a sudden -
for at least two out of three meals - will greatly
increase the acidity levels of your stomach. Not to
mention the fact that it would certainly cause painful
cramps for most. People with diagnosed ulcers should
especially be careful; eating too much spicy food could
re-open some of the wounds your stomach healed over the
period of Ramazan. Another reason to avoid those hot
peppers would be to stay clear of different kind of skin
irritations; these are very apparent in both young and
old. Now that Eid is over it maybe a good time to
control your diet a little bit. Go for foods that are
easy on your tummy and avoid oily, sweet and spicy
mouth watering juiciness, the colour, the taste, one
could literally die of this magnificent piece of grub,
but here is the catch, not only are they fattening and
spicy, they are mostly either deep fried in oil or in
some cases shallow fried in ghee. Where kebab is a
generalisation that this scribe makes, eating a lot of
meat especially one that fried can cause great
discomfort to you. A sudden influx of fat would wreak
havoc on your body. Fatty acids come from the break down
of fat in our food. A sudden increase of fat in your
diet would lead to an increase in fatty acids
circulating in your blood. This would lead to increase
in secretion of oil from skin making it oily and causing
an outburst of acne. Pairing your food with some salads
or vegetables would however help lower the risk of acne.
For those with known heart problems and blood pressure
irregularities it would be best to continue avoiding a
high fat and high protein diet. As mostly such food in
Pakistan is also laced with a high salt content. The
addition of vegetables or a good basic salad would help
lower cholesterol and lower risk of a heart attack in
the long run.
was Ramazan and you thought that you don't need to work
out; your body will naturally lose weight. But its after
the joyous days of Eid where the real work begins. You
can'tt avoid working out anymore, so get up and get back
on that treadmill. Not only will you keep your shape,
you will also rub of any effects of that Eid lethargy
that we all find ourselves feeling. And exercise is
always the best way to shake off the extra pounds you
will probably have added to waist during just the three
end remember that you need to keep yourself healthy not
just during Ramazan or after Eid but throughout your
life; don't over eat and most of all eat smart!
I am a
24-year-old married woman. I got married about six
months back. My in-laws are not related to my family,
and the match was arranged through mutual friends.
However, I am facing many problems in my marital life.
My husband is quite all right, but my mother-in-law is
an interfering person who wants to run my life for me.
She is very domineering and is always ordering everyone
around. I cannot even wear the clothes I want! She
decides the menu without any consultation and is not
bothered about what the others want. My sisters-in-law
are meek, uneducated girls from my mother-in-law's
village and they don't complain. My husband, however,
had stipulated that he wanted to marry an educated girl,
so my mother-in-law had to give in. Now she keeps
telling my husband that educated girls are no good as
they are not very humble. My husband wants me to go
along with her, but I just cannot keep on doing it. I
have become very cranky because I am not used to the
type of interference I have to cope with. When I speak
to my parents she asks me to relate my conversation with
them, when I go out, I have to inform her where I am
going and when I would return. Nadine, is it worth
continuing the marriage? My husband is good, but he is
not the only one I have to live with, I have to deal
with my very daunting in-laws too. I cannot tell you
that the six months of marriage seem like 30 to me! At
the moment I have no offspring so I don't have to worry
about the effects of my divorce on my child. So I feel
that this is the proper time to end the marriage. In
this way I will do a favour not only to myself, but to
my husband too. After all, I am young and can still
remarry. What should I do?
of all take a deep breath and let it out slowly. Make a
habit of doing that whenever you are excited or
emotional. My dear, six months is a very short time to
give up on marriage, since you don't seem to have a
serious problem. Your husband is a good person and you
don't seem to have any problem with your 'meek' and
'uneducated' sisters-in-law. It is only your
mother-in-law who is giving you a tough time, and you
need to deal with her in a diplomatic way. She is your
husband's mother and an old person, so it should not be
such a matter of ego for you not to 'humour' her now and
then. I am not saying that you should give up your
individuality completely, but what's the harm in wearing
what she wants you to, once in a while. My dear, you
need to have patience and things will be all right
presently. What guarantee is there that if you re-marry
your in-laws or husband would be a dream come true for
you? What if you get a bad husband or even worse
in-laws? Divorce is an option when there is dire
situation - not just because you don't wish to make any
compromises. There are other ways of asserting yourself
too. If you don't want to wear a particular dress, tell
your mother-in-law what you dislike about it. But just
because she sets the menu and asks you to wear a dress
occasionally is not a sufficient reason to ask for a
divorce; I strongly advise against it.
really don't like the menu, ask your husband to take you
out. You can respond briefly and vaguely when she asks
you to repeat your conversation with your parents. But
you seem to think that marriage is a joke. Please don't
take the matter so lightly! Good luck!
I am a
26-year-old working girl. I was engaged to my first
cousin when I was 18. We were to be married after my
graduation, but my father died and I had to find a job
to support my family. I was dismissed after a month
because I was not very 'accommodating' towards my
supervisor. I found another job and got and even worse
boss. My weakness was my lack of a degree and my boss, a
lecherous old man, took undue advantage of this
situation. I succumbed half way because I badly needed
the job. I have to bear his amorous advances, and be
nice to his clients but he has not forced me physically.
There is another guy who is very decent and he
understands my problems as well. He has proposed to me.
I have told him about my engagement, but he says he
loves me and wants me to break the engagement. I know
that our religion does not permit what I have done and I
feel as if I am not clean anymore. Therefore I don't
want to marry my fiance for it would be cheating. He
doesn't know that I am no longer pure. In this scenario,
I am very confused. I don't need to work anymore as my
brother has a job now. Whom should I marry, the person
at my office or my fiance? The guy at my office is
already very jealous and does not want me to interact
with any of the male staff. If I talk with some other
male person, he gets jealous and angry, which shows his
love and sincerity. What should I do?
sorry about the trial you had to undergo after your
father's death, but you have been brave and loyal to
your family. Not many people have the conscience you
seem to possess, but it is wrong of you to think that
you are not pure. The people who tried to exploit your
situation are the ones who should be ashamed of
themselves and feel dirty. You had a bad time, but now
that your brother has a job, you can finally relax. You
should definitely leave this job as it is causing you
misery, and marry your fiance. You are still pure and
should not feel guilty at all, and do not have to say
anything to your fiance as there is nothing to say. I
think this will answer better than marrying the guy at
your work place. Since he has already shown jealousy
towards other males, it is possible that he would not
forget what he has witnessed between you and your boss.
The very fact that he gets angry when you talk to a male
shows distrust in addition to jealousy, my dear, and not
his love and sincerity. He has no claims on you and has
no right to stop you from interacting with people at
work place. As a husband he might be a very suspicious
one. You might land into more trouble if you decide to
marry him instead of your cousin. So, marry your fiance
and pray to God for your future happiness. That is the
best thing you can do for yourself right now. Best of
is back in the fashion scene with the launch of their
new collection in Islamabad. You! takes a glimpse at the
inventive fusion of attire being offered...
by Mickey & Momey
is now evolving into a viable and lucrative business
market for out-of-town designers. This
season the metropolis has seen launches of various
designers introducing their latest collections. It is a
great development for Isloo since big players from the
fashion fraternity are now coming to the capital city.
Following the opening of the multi-brand store 'The
Designers', we now have Maheen Kardar who has opted for
Islamabad to set up her first company-owned outlet.
opening of 'Karma Pink', at the Beverly Centre garnered
the desired response from the Islooites with all the
fashion conscience of the city converging in droves to
check out the ready-to-wear collection on display. The
event was organised by QYT.
was the predominant theme of the event; the reception
lounge had the 'Pink' effect via the pink drapes
surrounding the sitting area from all four sides. The
appeal of the ambience was further augmented by the use
of pink carpet and candles. The guests included many
movers and shakers of the capital city's social scene -
who eagerly lapped up and lauded the look that Qasimyar
had created for the launch.
lend a touch of glamour to the event, three well-known
names from the world of modelling Vinnie, ZQ
and Natasha Hussain were also present. They mingled and
dazzled the guests dressed in exquisite pink creations.
Also hand in hand was Maheen's close designer friend HSY
who had come all the way from Lahore to attend the
on the ideology behind Karma Pink, Maheen disclosed,
"It is our pret label which includes semi-formals,
casuals, T-shirts etc. We are primarily targeting the
modern, professional Pakistani woman. A working woman
like me would want to purchase outfits that are
contemporary - something that can be bought off the rack
to wear to the office, dinners and the usual evening
out." When viewing the collection one would find
out that in order to be up to date with the fashion
trend one would have to go all pink. This includes all
shades of this specific colour beginning with the sharp
and seductive shocking pink to the pretty and petite
baby pink. The shade you pick depends on your preference
but it's certainly clear that Maheen has selected pink
as her personal favourite.
lady decided to start the designer house's national
expansion strategy from the capital city since her
designs are in high demand there. Karma also plans to
entice the Karachiites by opening its grand flagship
store in Karachi. Plans of taking her act overseas are
also in the offing with stores likely to be set up in
London, Gulf region and also across the border in India
in the next year or so. Incidentally, next month the
designs are also being showcased at a fashion show in
London. Now that's what you call hot and happening.
all pink, it seems, is the in colour this season. And
most of you out there, who are probably getting ready to
hit the market, after the hustle and bustle of Eid, for
the shadi season; why not do it the pink way?
are flat, airy, casual, trendy and above all lovely!
Gone are the days when chappals were considered as an
item of Indian footwear. Today, it not only exists in
Pakistan but has gained the status of a high profile
foot accessory. It is worn as an item of fashion, with
those beautiful designs on them, which make them look
trendy as well as casual. Chappals are unique
accessories of the feet which ladies today not only love
to buy, but also love to show them off. We all are
familiar with the notion that shoes were considered an
insignia for defining a person's character but now
there's a spin to it, today a person's character is
judged no longer by shoes but the chappals they wear,
the stylish the chappal the more stylish and enigmatic
new era of chappal fasion has given rise to seperate
chappal shops and stores. Everytime we go shopping we
witness enormous new variety of chappals decorated
noticeably. Beads, colours, laces, straps you name it -
they'll have it all. However, some chappaloholics like
myself can't stop buying these beauties and if sometimes
incapable of doing so cant definitely stop oogling and
drooling over them.
unrecognised Kolahpuri chappals have also gained its
true respect and notice after the dawn of the fashion of
chappals. We can witness new variety and beautiful
designs being innovated which previously didnot exist.
Gone are the days when matching footwear was bought
along with the dress. Today thanks to the new fashion of
go first and then the dress to go along with. Formerly
fancy shoes ruled the fashion scene, today it is ruled
by chappals. It is an admittable fact also that the look
that chappals give is much prettier and dressy than
those which shoes did. Being flat and casual they are
much more comfortable, and above all chappals give you
an opportunity to dress and show off your beautiful
manicured feet! They are a fashion which can be
maintained by all, without any discrimination. Corny it
may sound but truely Chappals Rule!
with the mithais and sweets, why not try something salty
and tasty? This week our expert chefs Chinnakorn Kongma
and Nujin Thapao from Pearl Continental, Karachi, bring
you scrumptuous delicacies that will be a treat for the
taste buds and will
leave you wanting more...
(Fried rice with prawns)
Start by stirring together the oil, garlic, spring
onion, salt, pepper powder, white soya sauce, and sugar
and wait for 2-3 minutes before adding the shrimp
an egg and further stir the mixture.
the steamed rice with the mixture
garnishing mixture up the cucumbers with the tomatoes,
coriander, lemon and spring onion and
sprinkle atop your dish. Enjoy while hot!
Start by slicing up the beef into thin pieces
to a pan the beef, coriander roots, white soya sauce,
oyster sauce and boil
add, bird chilli, garlic, lime juice, fish juice and
sugar and further cook for 5-10 minutes
garnish your dish, slice up the white cabbage, mint
leaves, red chilli, lemon slice and garlic together and
sprinkle on top of the cooked mixture.
is nothing one should be afraid of; the work of five
young female artists is proof that true beauty and the
simplest level of relation to life comes through art...
who understand art know how completely volatile it is.
Art alone has the capability of moving a
million men or moving none at all. Through it one can
express oneself or communicate the feelings of an entire
city; you can manipulate the earth and heaven with
simply a stroke, yes, just through a simple stroke on
the canvas you can ignite a fire or defuse one.
in the month of August some got to witness to the work
of five extremely talented young artists. These girls
came together under the umbrella of Karara1. Grandeur,
the furniture shop owned by Neshmia, was transformed
into Karara1's first show.
artwork on display was a statement; each piece a
reflection of who the girls are, and the spaces they are
confined to. The work is an expression of their lives
and their experiences. Coordinator of the show, Auj Khan
said "This is basically a platform for new artists
in Karachi. There is no real space where young people
can express themselves. And our aim is to promote fresh
blood when it comes to art. It's all about the voice,
thoughts, ideas and expression of the new generation of
location was ideal since people from all corner of
Karachi could drive by or walk by and experience the art
on the main boulevard, simply turning the pieces for a
mere two weeks into Public Art.
fad, faith or fabric
asked about her work Mariam Agha, didn't have much to
say other than "it's just a conversation."
Her painting largely consist of thread work on paper and
canvas and were by far the most exquisite and unique
pieces at the gallery. Her art revolved around a
feminist theme and tried to delve into the ideology and
concept behind the veil in the contemporary Pakistani
society. The lady who has also exhibited her work in
London took six months to complete the series. The work
mostly speaks for itself; for art lovers it is a treat
because of the different facets and ideas pushed forward
and for those who do not want to dive into the meaning
behind the painting, her work is something that they can
hold close to their hearts and eyes.
fast paced lives, many times we tend to overlook life
itself. Saneeya Ghadially's work revolves around that
idea alone; the idea of how you need to stand still and
probe life in order to really enjoy it. Just like that a
simple glance at her pieces will show you nothing but
two bars of colour but if you stand still and savour the
moment and look beyond the obvious you will find true
(paintings) depict the naturalness of things which has
its own tarnished beauty. The idea is that
with age everything tends to fall apart but that in
itself is what's really beautiful. Elements and material
which have a perishable quality, give life quality. And
unless you take a deeper look, you will miss out on the
most beautiful parts of life," says Saneeya.
introduction to Karara1 Seher Naveed says: "maps;
they do not only help us find our way through the
complexities of the many interlocked spaces in a city
but could also symbolically serve as a security
way one could lose oneself in her work only to be found
again in another space of the same. The collage was made
in a way that once you fall into it, it becomes hard to
look away, and most of the time this scribe ended up
following one single simple thing to another complex one
within the piece, and of course all the while my eyes
refused to wander anywhere else.
collection mainly consists of acrylics, collages and
digital prints most of which was created while she was
on a residency in Nepal, which is why it is heavily
inspired by travelling. "It's about new spaces,
places, come apart and fall back together" explains
Seher about her work.
Zia's main focus was Pakistan. She chose to experiment
with extremely diverse media, where she
portrayed the awam of Pakistan through photography and
elaborated on the political rule of Pakistan through
mixed media and oil on canvas. "This body of work
is an attempt to understand the current situation of
Pakistan by comparing recent political developments to
the ideology that forms the basis for the creation of
Pakistan and consequently the identity of its
people," says Samar about the work. It's a
reflection of the lives of the Pakistani people. As a
nation, as individuals, their identity is ruled by the
unofficial monarchy that the army has created for itself
and reinforces over and over again as time goes by. The
work is a statement against the military rule.
hai app lut gaien
more of a story than a statement really. Karachi ke log
have lost their apathy towards the pain and
loss of those around them. If its not happening to them
it seems it doesn't happen at all. Keeping that in mind
Mariam Ahmed created 'Sunna hai ap lut gaein'. "It
all began when just before Eid we had a robbery, in
response to which an aunty casually walked up to my
mother and said 'Sunna hai app lut gaein'. My mother was
obviously enraged at the way the other lady was talking
as though what had happened was of no consequence or
like it was no big deal.My work is a social comment
basically; look the people of Karachi are not bad
people, if you meet us and you hang out with us you will
find that we are pleasant and we are good people. But
because so much bad has happened so often people have
lost their apathy. How long can you go on feeling blue
over the same kind of chaos? There comes a point where
people can't process things like that anymore and they
act as though they do not matter."
the people of not just Karachi but Pakistan have created
a distance between themselves and reality. The painting
depicting a dead goats head on a platter with the words
'Sunna hai ap lut gaien' is an ironic statement where
your inquiring of a dead goat all that its lost - when
its lost the one thing most precious - its life. The
collection also consisted of 'Delhi ki Yaad' which is
basically collaboration with another artist called Farah
Mahbub. The pen and ink drawings have been sandwiched
together and turned into digital prints.
a dire need in our country to promote art and through it
the myriad of facets of our lives. Unless we promote
more platforms such as the Karara1 we cannot hope to
move forward; not just on a grand scale, but also on an
individual level. The artwork displayed at Grandeur is
evident of a variety of different ideas and thoughts,
which are not over the top or abstraction to an extreme.
They are about life and the experience of life as most
of us would see them. Art is nothing one should be
afraid of, in fact the work of these artists is proof
that true beauty and the simplest level of relation to
life comes through art.
Here's the scene:
I was living
a perfect life -- young, beautiful, extremely funny and intellectual. And then
the next generation grew up and came 'in my face'...
The human species should have
ended when I turned 19 and my life would have been just perfect. But
nooooo, the dang species just continued on and on....I mean for crying out
loud, what was the reason for this when the prototype had already been born.
But what can you say about natural events.
Here's the scene: I was
living a perfect life -- young, beautiful, extremely funny and intellectual -
in short everything nice. I was the centre of attention everywhere I went,
women and men alike were smitten by my wit and charm. Life couldn't have gotten
any better...and that is exactly what happened. Life took a U turn and the next
generation grew up and came "in my face".
But according to the third
law of 'everything is about me'......I should have been the centre of attention
all my life, an unequal among equals......hmm, that doesn't sound right. How
come this didn't happen? Suddenly I have become this 'mature'
woman....WOMAN...the very word is distasteful...as it reeks of age. Wine
becomes valuable with time, but it is not so with a woman, especially not in
this age and 'look' conscious world.
Last year I took the decision
to switch jobs, and I landed myself in an organisation where the majority of
the people are (yuck) from the X generation. The people at my old office were
all younger than me as, but they never made me feel OLD, except when they were
talking about the new trends in the new lingo, then I just switched off and
hummed my favourite tune - mainly, as nothing can hold my attention for more
than five minutes; if it isn't about me.
Coming back to the new
office: Who would want to hire these young people? But I guess everyone doesn't
think like me. And I think their youth, intelligence and talent was the reason
the HR hired this army to torment people like me. But if you ask me, it takes a
lot of effort on my part to actually listen to this young kids....I keep
thinking what do you know, you were hardly X ages when so and so happened. But
age (yuck, yuck) teaches you to sometimes keep your mouth shut. And they expect
me to spew pearls of wisdom, because they say I am senior blah, blah blah.
Of course, before I proceed I
must give credit to those colleagues who I have worked with before, and who are
seniors in the right sense of the word, and respected by all and sundry, are
sweet and keep reassuring me by saying again and again that I 'was' their
colleague but was younger than them. I think they realise that being a woman, I
need to be told I don't look a day older than I feel, and so sweetly try their
best, unfortunately failing, because I worked with them so many years
ago.....and I can do nothing about that.
Any way, coming back to the
present, things promised to go smoothly at the new office, and I met some
people who had read some of my articles, and they actually liked them. I was
happy to the say the least. And then one day I met HIM...
There was this young (yes I
have to admit it), pleasant and handsome man called Haris... He commented on my
writings, and I was flattered that he read me. It was all going well, when he
suddenly turned around, and without provocation said... "I've been reading
your articles since I was a KID." Can you believe that, since he was a
KID....implying what...that I am some kind of Pakistani Enid Blyton (okay maybe
not), which these children have read all their childhood. I was
mortified....here was a young man - not a boy - a man, telling me he had read
me since he was a kid....and that too in a room full of people. I hurried the
topic on, trying to conceal my anger.
But this would not be the end
of my misery...heck no. The X generation was making my life hell. I mean words
that used to be cool, are now obsolete. Music I used to hear in my days is now
classic, and these brats have not heard of the bands we used to sway to. If
that wasn't enough, I have young, pretty women telling me I remind them of
their mother....MOTHER. I mean my kids don't see as their mother....but I
remind these girls of their mother. They feel comfortable in my company, adding
that I exude a sense of serenity and safety to them.
Even a sane, level headed
great gal like Kiran, who is the greatest multi-tasker I have seen, has managed
to find maternal emotions in me as well. Where does she see these emotions? But
since she is so level headed she must have seen something, I wish it had been
my high IQ which had attracted her or my ravishing looks, but no! It was the
'mother' in me that brought her close.
I know I shouldn't complain,
as long as they are nice feelings, at least for them m but when I am around
them, I feel I am some kind of matron...Mother Lubna or something, and it is
If you think the article
should end here, you are so wrong, there is more...
There is one young girl, and
I will not name you Urooj, is a sweet heart, but she has a way with words that
can shattered your heart and bring reality into your face more than any reality
show. She is my dear reality check, and I love her for it.
One day we were all sitting
together talking, when a male colleague commented "are you girls
gossiping". U got offended and said, "There are only two girls here,
Lubna is a woman". I love honest people, but Urooj takes the cake, and
unfortunately eats it too.
And as if the women or girls
were not bad enough, there is a whole army of young men who call me
AUNTY....and a friend of mine, Pesh who thinks I actually am on the verge of
becoming the mommy of the whole office....serving coffee, tea, biscuits and the
works. I mean come on Pesh, get your eye sight checked. I am at least two dozen
years younger than Abraham Lincoln.... But seriously, you'd think that P would
be kind and be a chivalrous man and not mention things that may hurt an Old
But sadly, one has to succumb
to the opinion of the majority that is what democracy is all about....if the
majority sees me as a wise matron with a heart of gold, then who am I to
disagree...I've travelled the world and the seven seas, everyone is looking for
someone....sweet dreams are made of these....sorry for that....what can a
senile mind do...it tends to travel off track.
Why can't I be H. Rider
Haggard's SHE, the woman who had been endowed with eternal youth? But come to
think of it, even if I did find an elixir for youth, my body may not age, but I
would be wiser than the rest...and the how would I be able to bear the noisy
young generation. I wouldn't be able to digest their way of living and
thinking, which is natural.
I will just have to bear
these 'loving' people, who 'respect' me for my wisdom which has come with
experience and age, but that does not mean I have to like it. And as Haris puts
it, trying to mend my poor OLD heart: "Behind every successful woman
is...." Of course I heard, "Behind every old woman is a...."
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