Pakistan’s way to success; Neighbors don’t feel good?

If you visit my place someday, you will find a big Pakistani Flag on my wall with a small Pakistani Flag themed wall hanging on its one side. This is because it’s the last thing that I want to see before sleeping and the first thing when I wake up.

Be it sports, politics or anything else, if Pakistan is getting positive sentiments in return, I am up for it. In fact, I loathe people who just sit idle in their own homeland and speak against Pakistan – Matlab Dude, get the fuck out if you have these many issues. If your home gets untidy, you don’t start cursing it and shift to another home, you clean it yourself and make it a better place. Then why not starting from yourself?

Pakistan is already under a lot of stress including corruption and a constant label of terrorism. It’s the hope and love towards our beloved country that have kept us going on. I was one the many happy people when Imran Khan took oath for Prime Minister. And the steps he has started taking for the welfare.

Recently, I went through an article that said Pakistan has actually made India upset. An article that was published a day before Pakistan-India match and just from the headline I thought to myself what new shock they have given to the world by taking someone in the team. It turned out to be nothing related to the cricket but actually to the meeting that Ali Jehangir Siddiqui (Pakistani Ambassador to US) did with a powerful American Group and promoted Pakistan’s positive image.

You can read the article here: India upset at Ambassador Ali Jehangir’s efforts to improve Pak-US ties

I believe this is something that should occur more often. Even in the last tenure of Ex PM Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan has no Foreign Minister who could actually advocate the positive image of Pakistan along with the opportunities of trade and aid that Pakistan can provide. And now in PM Imran Khan’s tenure, the meetings are being done in which the agenda is to discuss and promote Pakistan’s positive image is something that is making us all happy and India pretty much tensed.

To many more years of success and positivity!

 

Pakistan Zindabad!

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How was YLC’18 for me?

I recently went to Lahore to attend this conference named Young Leaders Conference and it was 17th of its kind. Everyone asked me about my experience and I couldn’t answer even a single person properly because

a) I got really sick. My whole backbone got spasms and I caught viral influenza followed by sore throat and nausea. I couldn’t talk properly and enough to tell anyone about my experience and also I was so tired and sleepless because of the tight schedule of YLC.

b) The experience at YLC was SO DIFFERENT that I still don’t know how to explain it. I have no clue how to explain it with words. It was something different.

How did I get into YLC’18?

So, I was informed about YLC by my friend Ayesha who works at School of Leadership. She told me that UNICEF is one of the sponsors of YLC and they will launch their campaign at YLC for which they need a proper social media campaign in collaboration with bloggers. So Ayesha and I started working on the social media plan.
One day I woke up to the message from Ayesha and I took a little time to register what just happened
Ayesha: “1st to 6th July Lahore be ready”
Me: Lahore jana hai?”
Ayesha: “Nae Pattoki”

She gave me a call and told me that UNICEF is sponsoring me and 9 other bloggers for YLC. It was a surprise because

a) I had never attended any conference before
b) The inner introvert of mine was getting anxious each minute that passed
c) I was on the edge of my finances
d) It was my sister’s birthday on 4th July and my eldest sister recently moved to USA. So how would she feel when she’ll get to know that none of her siblings will be there with her on her birthday?
e) How will I live without my kitty? FOR A WHOLE WEEK? OH MY GOD *shivers*

Kher, 1st July, 3:30 AM, Aqsey, Ghafra and Adil were outside my home with their careem. We were now waiting for Wajiha and Obaid to join us at my place and we leave together to Daewoo Station.

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This is Me, Ghafra and Adil waiting for Wajiha in the middle of Sachal Sarmast Road, G11 while Obaid was busy calling her and Aqsey was busy taking this picture.

So Wajiha came and we all left to Daewoo Station to get our bus at 5:00 AM.

And YLC started

11:00 AM, almost, we girls checked in at Faletti’s while the guys checked in at Hospitality Inn. We had our registrations done and were given our YLC bags with T-Shirts and Young Facilitator’s name. I got Maroon tee that means I was of Team Maroon and my YF was Badar Hassan.
I was now taken to my room where all unknown faces welcomed me. We all introduced each other and then got ready for the official ice breaking session and welcome note. 11:30 AM we were in the room full of board games. There was music, games and people interacting. I started with ludo with my room mates and ended winning it. Then we tried one or two more games and then I sat down with my bloggers friends.
Then we all were gathered outside the hall and the official Young Leaders Conference started with music, dance and sessions. There were activities, sessions and amazing speakers.
First three days, we were at Faletti’s. I ADORED my roomies and my blogger mates. A good hello was between my and my group mates but I still wasn’t really spending much time with them because obviously, I was busy completing my KPIs.
Fourth day, we left for our field trip. I was sent to Alif Ailan’s session along with Aqsey and Obaid. The speaker was Ex MPA PTI Dr. Nausheen Hamid. The session was pretty interesting and the fun part was that we had majority of Pukhtoon mates sitting in the panel and I could actually see whatever Dr. Nausheen Hamid was telling about the work in KPK, they all agreed to that. No one stood up saying anything against it. I knew it that moment that my political views are right.
The session ended, we moved to Sheikhupura. Now we were supposed to stay at Chandbagh School. Oh God, the terror!
Everything was fine expect for frogs,  long walks (MY BACKBONE WAS TOTALLY FUCKED UP) and  the weather. But whatever the obstacles were, YLC made sure we forget them and enjoy the parties they had arranged for us.
And two days went like snaps and it was our last day now. Our last session. The last countdown. The last dance to YLC’s theme song played for the last time. Umair Jaliwala took over the stage and made us recollect our memories from day 1. And all of a sudden, the hall was full of tears. It was sentimental, beautiful and memorable.
We packed our bags and left for Faletti’s and now it was our time to head back to our places.

Most Favorite Session

My most favorite session was the #NoChutti campaign one from Day 5. It was sponsored by UNICEF and took place at Chandbagh.

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It brought us the myths about menstruation and tackled them with the reality and what our religion tell us. A Maulana sahib was in the panel along with the women from different fields of life.

What do I miss the most from YLC?

Some VERY VERY VERY amazing people I got so close to. They made me believe that there are still amazing humans in the world and made me restore my faith in humanity.

What was my take away from YLC?

Okay so this is the most important thing. Okay so in these 6 days, I got to see the diversity of people. Yes, I didn’t interact with many of them due to work and obviously me not feeling well. BUT. I did observe people. And I was shook. I realized how insanely privileged we are and utnay hi thankless we are. On the other hand, there are people who underprivileged and thankful more than anyone of us.
There exist people who don’t even know they’ll get a second or third or even first meal or not when they wake up. There are people who save a single drop of water just because they know the value of water as they are scarce from it. There are people who are differently-abled.
I still am shook. There are so many things going on with so many people and we are thankless pieces of shit. When I came back home, the same old people were ranting over meaningless bullshit and I was just numb, seeing them and feeling sad for them. They have SO MUCH and yet they have nothing while I spent 6 days with some people who has less but still A LOT and they were thankful and we aren’t.
The day on wards, I promised myself that whatever happens, I will always be grateful for whatever I have and will always be there to help people.

 

TRIBUTE TO ABDUL SATTAR EDHI – EHEDE RAMZAN TRANSMISSION

In the Holy Month of Ramzan, Express Entertainment is paying tribute to the famous Naat Khawans in its transmission Ehede Ramzan. However, an exception was made and a tribute was given to Abdul Sattar Edhi. Indeed, Edhi Sahb was not a naat khawan but how can one overlook the fact that Allah SWT encourages every individual to support orphans and Eidi Sahb was a true humanitarian. Edhi Sahb did not only nurtured and supported number of orphans but worked tirelessly day and night for the sake of humanity. The aim of giving tribute to such a nobleman was to lighten the candle of humanity in the heart of each and every individual. Let it be taking care of a child or donating charity money, it is to reinforce that we all can make a difference. Especially in this month when Allah SWT showers countless blessings on mankind, a beautiful initiative by Ehede Ramzan to encourage individuals to take a step forward and play their respective roles towards the betterment of humanity.
On the day of tribute son of Abdul Sattar Edhi, Faisal Edhi was the special guest for the day at Ehede Ramzan Transmission. Edhi Centre workers were also part of the transmission.
Moreover, it is pertinent to mention that every day in Ehede Ramzan Transmission children from Eidhi Centers are invited. At one point, where this activity gives them exposure to the world and fill some colors in their life. On the contrary, it is a constant struggle by Express Entertainment to reunite these children with their families. There are number of children at Edhi Centers who either wandered away too far from their homes or were lost accidentally during family trips. Adding on, it is quite pleasing to mention that a family was reunited with their child after 2 years at Ehede Ramzan Transmission. Therefore, one can wisely say Ehede Ramzan Transmission is more than just a rat race of getting more viewership and rating. It is actually playing a responsible role towards humanity.
Ehede Ramzan transmission which in on-aired every day at 3:00 pm at Express Entertainment is hosted by Javeria Saud and Imran Abbas. Every day the sea of knowledge is widened by this informative transmission. Furthermore, beautiful and melodious naats are sung by the talented hosts.

Zameen mili banjar, dost milay ..

If you are not surrounded by friends who make sure your life gets miserable with their pranks but are always there for you when something goes wrong, then trust me you don’t know what real friendship is.

And in order to celebrate this type of friendship, Lay’s is always there to add their factor. From Masala flavor to Yogurt & Herb, Lay’s has always been a part of our lives implicitly. Be it our long drives in rain to our favorite dhabas, singing Noori and Strings in the cars blasting our tonsils, pulling each others’ legs, or stressing before exam because even after an all-nighter we still didn’t memorize anything; we have always found ourselves munching on Lay’s and grabbing a soda to calm ourselves because food always calms us down.

Once I proved to be a total ditcher-of-the-group when I, myself, planned a meetup with my friends at Second Cup, Centaurus and on the very day I forgot. I was sleeping peacefully when my friend called and told me they are waiting for me and I went like “WHAAAAAAT?”. I told them I won’t go and apologized. After 5 minutes, I felt bad so I got up, got all fresh and ready and ran to Centaurus. I went to the cafe and my friends were shocked to see me as few minutes ago I refused to come. They were happy but angry as well, obviously. So i bought my food which had Lay’s on the side and I gave them the Lay’s. They got happy and we were back to normal, so I TELL YOU, Lay’s do save you at matters 😛

How do you celebrate Lay’s and friendship?

A Place in Capital that sells decants of fragrances

A person who smell really good is 100x attractive automatically – Well, I have no clue if that’s someone’s saying or not but at least it has my staunch belief.

It’s just not about making someone attractive, I guess fragrances are overall a very crucial part of lives. Perfumes, colognes, air fresheners, mouth fresheners and etc are definitely a part of our routine shopping, no? I mean, there are people who are particularly very much obsessed with their fragrances. For instance, my sister. Her dreamland would be a place full of perfumes for FREE. Because obviously having a hobby or obsession is easy but maintaining it is really difficult because it needs money and we do not have money hanging on the trees unlike our parents told us as sarcasm.

So while strolling here and there (digitally), I stumbled upon a facebook page called Fragrance Lab d’Islamabad. To the fancy name, I thought it might be selling international branded fragrances and all but to my surprise it was exactly like that but in a very unique manner. The page sells decants.

Decants

Decant, in simplest terminology, is a split. Like in ancient times, wine was poured into smaller containers in order to share. Similarly, perfumes are provided in decants so you can carry it well around, also won’t charge you a lot, and you can reuse it.

How do they work

So let’s say there’s a perfume bottle of 100ml that you want to buy and it costs you 15,000 PKR. You can either buy it spending your precious 15000 PKR or you can play safe. You can buy a smaller amount let’s say 20ml of the same perfume and end up spending only 3500 PKR. Seems nice, right? Also, even if you are ready to spend 15000 PKR, with decant you can buy multiple fragrances in the same amount instead of just one.

Reviews

Since I have this really bad habit of checking reviews from customers on facebook page, I went through their reviews and those were really good. Let me share some of them here

  • It was a first time I ordered a perfume from this page. To my surprise it was a great experience . The order was delivered on time and the fragrance was fresh as it lasted long. I would definitely recommend to try this as it is worth trying and a great value for the economical prices
  • It’s my dream product in affordable price.Excellent customer service.Pick a shipment in a day.Highly recomended and most demandable product in our country.Would definitely use again.I want need a product montly but my life style is better than other years life style.Let’s go change your life style.
  • Reliable page and very cooperative management, they have original decants in a reasonable price.

Perfumes on their page

 

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How to order

To place your order simply whatsapp or call at 0302 5566669. You can check out their page by clicking here.

 

After all, fragrances can build up your overall aura and can also carry messages. Or they just are very enjoyable. It is always very nice to play with fragrances, isn’t it? while you keep experimenting till you find your kind of fragrance.

Woman films with ‘Women Through Film’

Film making is an art of expression, an art through which we can express our thoughts in an open canvas. For hard but for others, it is their way to express. As Lake Bell says:

“Filmmaking is a huge privilege; it’s not brain surgery. It’s art, and art is supposed to be an enjoyable process, and it is an enjoyable experience for me.”

Pakistan is not at all behind the film making. Recently Pakistani Film Industry has started producing a good number of successful hits every year, a road to golden path has been started. Not keeping it slow, several International Film Festivals have taken place that occur on yearly basis. Unique of all them is Women Through Films Festival, a festival solely for women empowerment.

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It’s unique because it’s the only of its kind. Women Through Films project is founded by Madeeha Raza – who has been working on film and documentary for last three years. Women International Film Festival came out last year for the first time. This year, it’s planning to get better and bigger.

WIFF embraces women and their ideas and provides a platform where they can showcase their art. As Marion Cotillard said once:

“Filmmaking is not about gender. You cannot ask a president in a festival like Cannes to have, like, five movies directed by women and five by men.”

WIFF 2018

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This year WIFF is going to be huge and more talent filled. It’s going to be a two day event with workshops on the first day. That means if you are totally into film making but don’t know where to start, WIFF is here to save you.

Workshops will be conducted by Parwaaz Film Lab. Film experts from Europe will join us here to talk about story telling and film making. It’s free of cost so you really don’t have to hesitate while registration. Click Here to register.

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The second day will comprise of screening of the films and documentaries produced by talented film makers around the globe. It will also follow the panel discussions world’s renowned personalities ALONG WITH FREE FOOD!! Now you know your reason for not missing it out, right?

You are just one form away from attending this amazing event. Let’s get together to celebrate the women talent and applaud on their freedom of expression. After all, we are here for each other. It’s always Women for Women :’)

Other relevant details are present here: https://www.facebook.com/events/427572984326542/

 

Peshawar Zalmi – Not just a PSL Franchise, a hub to philanthropy

Peshawar Zalmi is the most popular team among all the other franchises of Pakistan Super League. Also, not to forget, they are still the champions flaunting with their trophy and making Pakistan proud around the globe.

This is something really basic and almost everyone knows it but have you ever dug into the whole brand of Peshawar Zalmi? I bet you not. While having a conversation with a group of people, I tossed them a similar question. The answers were surprising because not even a single person thought that Peshawar Zalmi is not just a PSL Franchise but A LOT more than that. The moment hit me so I decided to write this blog for the people because this is something you all really need to know.

About Peshawar Zalmi

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Peshawar Zalmi is T-20 franchise and plays for PSL. It represents Peshawar, capital of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa province of Pakistan. It is owned by Javed Afridi – CEO Haier. Zalmi’s current captain is Darren Sammy (West Indies) and the head coach is Muhammad Akram.

Peshawar Zalmi – The Champions

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Winning the second franchise of PSL, Peshawar Zalmi proved itself to be the champions of PSL. Remember the viral celebratory pose Sammy when he took selfie (or at least posed to 😛 ) and when Kamran Akmal was literally and figuratively, ON FIRE. Yes, all these moments are related to the Zalmi Victory.

What else?

The information mentioned above it the information that majority of the people know. But there’s a lot more to it. Let’s have a glance.

Zalmi School League

Street cricket is counted as a tradition or culture in Pakistan. We believe that majority of the youth learn pure cricket from street cricket matches and watching matches. But have you ever thought that putting a defining edge to this can result in a blessing? Javed Afridi thought the similar. He collaborated with KPK Government and initiated Zalmi School League. It turned out to be fruitful and a very fine talent was found with more furnish required and they will rule the cricket in coming future.

Zalmi Foundation

Zalmi Foundation is an initiative by Mr. Javed Afridi who aims to help nourish and nurture cricket in best possible way. This Foundation relates to the philanthropy and welfare of cricket. Zalmi School League was its one of the initiatives. There are many more as well.

Women Empowerment Project

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Not just children empowerment, Zalmi Foundation has also conduct Women Empowerment Projects to empower women who has cricket passion in their blood.

Diwali Program

A two day event was conducted by Zalmi Foundation in collaboration with UNHCR to show the message of love and peace among Hindu minority present in Pakistan. The aim was to deliver the message worldwide.

Zalmi Global

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Zalmi Global is a program by Zalmi Foundation which aims to establish the awareness of Peshawar Zalmi globally. It is working hard to bring the cricket community globally together and spread the positive image of Pakistan. Till now, Zalmi Global has succeeded in getting 33 teams from 20 countries, covering 5 different zones of the globe.

Benoni Zalmi

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Benoni Zalmi is also an initiative of Zalmi Global. It is a T20 cricket franchise for T20 Global League in South Africa. The team is led by De Kock and has three Pakistani players in the team.

Chinese Players in Peshawar Zalmi in PSL3

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The most exciting news Peshawar Zalmi threw after becoming the champions was introducing two Chinese players in the team for the third edition. Jian Li and Yufie Zhang has joined the team and are super excited to play for Peshawar Zalmi. Mr. Javed Afridi has yet again proved it to be Mr. I-Want-Better-Things-For-Pakistan by celebrating and putting a factor of Pakistan China Friendship in next franchise.

Last but not the least, the amazing personality Mr. Javed Afridi himself

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He has always thought and shown to be a very patriotic humanitarian. Remember taking Shaukat Khanam Cancer Patients to PSL Matches? Remember that PSL Trophy’s visit to APS Peshawar? It’s not just a franchise for Mr. Afridi, Peshawar Zalmi is much more than that to him. It’s like his own baby for which he has been creating more and more opportunity so the baby and other people around him can get benefits