Movie Marathon Theme: Love

I love movies and I take them very seriously. If you watch an average movie at the cinema it will become something extraordinary. My friend is a movie freak like me and I’ve been watching movies with him for 10yrs  in his basement, first he has 5.1 surround sound and recently he upgraded to 7.1 Dolby Surround sound system with cinema seats.

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So after seeing this upgrade I decided to do theme based movie marathon  followed by one or two Youtube  video and one song. For March I selected ‘Love‘. Movies I’ve selected are In the Mood for Love, Her and Amour.

In the Mood for Love

It’s a masterpiece directed by Wong Kar-wai. His movies has been admired by Martin Scorsese & Quentin Tarantino.  What makes this film distinct and unique when compared to most romantic movies is that it deals with a relationship that is never going to happen, but nevertheless, a great loss is experienced. Love the way Wong Kar-wai handles his characters. This movie has a Prequel titled ‘Days of Being Wild‘ and a sequel titled ‘2046‘.

Her

Her is about one man’s relationship with an electronic device that has a female voice. Far from being an alarming tale, it highlights how technology itself cannot only fulfill our emotional needs, but also clarify our relationships with the people it’s meant to connect us with. This is something that can be possible in the future. Stunning Production & AHmazing performance by Joaquin Phoenix.

Hoyte Van Hoytema has done stunning cinematography. I knew that  Spike Jonze will win an Oscar for Best original screenplay and on 16th feb. I tweeted my prediction.

Amour

Amour is a 2012 French-language romantic drama film written and directed by the Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke. It honors the resilience of love in the face of old age and sickness. Amour is emotionally powerful, but attains its power through a spare, non-manipulative chronicle of events in the lives of an elderly couple. Although predominantly a tragedy about the end of life, Amour also makes a profound statement about what constitutes true love at one word might lead you to believe.

 

In the end

 

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Dastaar-e-Anaa Bloggers Meetup

TV One uncovered mysteries and the OST screening of the upcoming dramatization Dastaar-e-Anaa in the bloggers meetup with the enthusiastic cast at the Pi Social Café.

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Director Mohsin Talat

Uzma Gillani is all set to do her television comeback as Zebunissana in Dastaar-e-Anaa. Abid Ali and Uzma Gillani the legends of Pakistani Drama industry will be seen together after 14 years.

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Salman Saeed & Aisha Gul

Mark your calendars for some memorable performances starting from 14thApril 2017 every Friday 8pm.

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An adept director Mohsin Talat together withthe talented cast including Salman Saeed, Ayesha Gul, Uzma Gillani all the way from Canada over a voice call became part of the launch and bloggers meet of Dastaar-e-Anaa.

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Dastaar-e-Anaa is a captivating drama serial with an interesting story line built up by Amin Sadiq.

Dastaar-e-Anaa will deliver an impactful message amongst audience.

Director’s Note: “Our mission is to create awareness of keeping balance in relationships and solve the negative slot in the society. Either dramas are character based or issue based, here in this drama we have tried to provide audience with a impactful message.”

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Aisha Gul

Cast’s Note: ” Challenging roles like these is the beauty of acting, this is my passion that’s why I am here”- Aisha Gul

Dastaar-e-Anaa revolves around a story of a lady Zebunissa (Uzma Gillani) who loves to control life of people around her. The main lead Saniya Shamshad as Mahnoor is shown as the granddaughter of Zebunissa. Mahnoor is a gentle and kind soul, who is scared of her granddaughter and tries to obey. Salman Saeed is playing the opposite lead role to Saniya Shamshad and the story is a traditional love story which is shot on the beautiful locations of Northern Areas in Pakistan.

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The melodious OST of Dastaar-e-Anaa is composed by Maestro Waqar Ali and sung by none other than Coke Studio star Jabir Abbas.

Do you think Mahnoor will go against her grandmother for lover?

Kashif Mahmood a well known face of Pakistani Drama industry will be seen in a negative role as Waleed in Dastaar-e-Anaa. Kashif has a boy next door personality and this role must be a challenge for him.

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Bloggers playing sequence with Aisha Gul & Mohsin Talat

The launch was a successful event along with a meet and greet session cast and bloggers indulged in board games which are the specialty of Pi Social Café, the cast time win the game against the bloggers team, the challenge was worth gazing and way to interesting.

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Adorn the beauty of Venice and the Roman Architecture with Zainab Chottani’s Sii Bello Collection

We are pleased to announce that Zainab Chottani will be releasing a non-collaborative debut Spring/Summer 2017 Luxury Lawn Collection named SII BELLO, on April 7, 2017.

Zainab Chottani's Sii Bello Collection

Zainab Chottani’s new lawn collection is the perfect antidote to beat the heat while looking effortlessly chic. With a touch of Europe, the beauty of Rome and Venice inspires the prints.

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Hareem Farooq wearing Zainab Chottani’s Sii Bello Collection

With eight unique designs varying in two color ways each, the prints comprise of Venetian ferns and vines cleverly melded with the aesthetics of Italian Renaissance architecture. From dreamy pastels to bold dark hues, each print is imbued with its own unique Italian heritage motif.

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Zainab Chottani with Hania

SS2017 by Zainab Chottani reinvents lawn with trend-setting silhouettes juxtaposed with delicate and 3D floral embroideries end-noted with dramatic tassel add-ons. There is indubitably something for every taste in this electric and worldly collection. We are extremely excited to be launching such an on-trend and alluring lawn collection this season.

Zainab Chottani's Sii Bello Collection

With just few days to go, Team Zainab Chottani has taken things in full swing to offer you a truly covetable collection with so much support and encouragement from media and peers during our previous launches, we are striving to ensure this capsule is nothing short of perfection.

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Be Confident, Be Extraordinary, Be Beautiful….. SII BELLO!!

Strawberry Crepes

As I love strawberries and their sweet and sour taste, I decided to make this super easy dessert by start . . .

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Ingredients

For Crepes

1 egg, beaten

1/4 cup skim milk

1/3 cup water

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon white sugar

1 pinch salt

For filing

1 Cup sliced fresh strawberries

Strawberry jam as required

Chocolate syrup for topping

Whipped cream for topping

Icing sugar for  topping

Strawberry Crepes

Method

  • In a large bowl, beat together egg, milk, water and oil. Beat in flour, sugar and salt until smooth.
  • Heat a medium, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Place a spoonful of crepe batter into center of pan, tilting to coat the bottom. Cook until golden brown on one side, turning once, 2 to 5 minutes. Continue with remaining batter.
  • To assemble, spread some chocolate syrup and  strawberry jam on the lighter side of one crepe. Place a line of overlapping strawberries down the center of the crepe and roll it up. Topped with some chocolate syrup and whipped cream and drizzle with icing sugar. Repeat with remaining crepes.

KFC Pakistan Day Celebration

KFC Pakistan has been working with Zindagi Trust (owned by Shahzad Roy) since a while now and it  has raised over 70 million rupees. KFC previously donated this money to Zindagi Trust, but has started taking ownership in terms of running the school. On 23rd March, there were kids from a school – which was the second school which KFC is jointly running with Zindagi Trust, gathered at KFC Ittehad outlet, with the aim to celebrate 23rd March, along with the agenda to highlight the achievement of KFC and Zindagi Trust.
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The reason of highlighting this is to prove KFC as a socially responsive brand, highlight its CSR capacity and at the same time, promote the spirit of doing something for the nation, particularly in terms of education and literacy, because educated Pakistan will be a smart Pakistan. Event was attending by numerous celebrities such as Farhan Agha, Sarwat Gillani, Nida Khan and others. KFC CEO Raza Pirbhai along with these celebrities talked to students, motivated them to excel in life; students sang national songs, which was a wonderful moment.
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OLX Pakistan celebrates 5 years of its success

OLX Pakistan is part of the Netherland based OLX group which is a subsidiary of Naspers. Founded in 1915, Naspers, a global internet and entertainment group, is one of the largest technology investors in the world.

It is spread over 130 countries, with a global audience reach of 1.5 billion and 27,000 employees. Naspers is among the most used online platforms in the world, with the biggest online e-commerce audience, after Amazon and Ali Baba. On 29th March 2017, OLX Pakistan celebrates its 5 years of its success in Pakistan.

Event started at 12pm with little introduction about technology have changed the business landscape, globally! It was hosted by VJ Dino Ali. Then he invited Bilal Bajwa – Country Manager of OLX Pakistan to explaing how OLX works and share some facts about the company.

OLX Group is a world leading online classifieds present in 45 countries, across six continents. Back in 2014 Bilal saw big opportunity in Pakistan after seeing these stats.

Bilal reveals the meaning of OLX (online exchange) company started back in 2006 from Argentina. Last year they’ve established Customer Service  Center in Pakistan and in Jan.’ 2017 reached 2.5 Million  download on Google Play Store.

Here is some interesting fact, In Pakistan people are more interested in buy pets after cars and bikes cos they get 89% response recently they introduced Hens and Aseel subcategory in Pets.

After that Ammar, Head of Media & Customer Relations share how their  Marketing Strategy  works. They collaborated with news and sports channels to promote their brand.  After that they invited some OLX users to share their experience and one of the user has sold 65 cars using OLX app.

OLX is now introducing a new service called “Featured Ads” in April 2017, this will allow users to give their ads greater visibility and sell 7 times faster by prioritizing their placement on our platform. For the payment part, OLX Pakistan is partnering with Telenor EasyPaisa to allow users to make their payments in a convenient and hassle free manner. OLX users can pay from their credit cards, mobile wallets and over-the-counter through the Telenor Easypaisa service to avail this new feature.

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The event ends with cake cutting celebration followed by lunch.

Looking back on New Year Resolutions – How far have you come?

Guest Post by Umana Khan

As we enter the second quarter of 2017, it seems like an appropriate time to reflect on how far we’ve come on our over ambition New Year resolutions filled with hope and determination (well…at least when we first made them).

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Most resolutions are usually directed towards bringing about some sort of mental, behavioral or lifestyle change. If you fall into the average fraction of the human population your New Year resolution was probably aimed at losing extra weight, eating healthier, learning a new hobby, socializing more with friends and family, becoming more religious, doing something you’ve never done before or quitting an awful habit of drinking or smoking.

But if you’re anything like the average person, you probably must have already forgotten everything about your resolution and the state of mind you made it with.

Don’t worry guys, even if you’ve made no progress whatsoever in the past 3 months it’s still not too late. Below are super handy tips and tricks paired, with genuine advice to help you get re-motivated to take the correct steps towards your set goal.

Goal #1 – I Need to Lose Weight this Year

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Tip No. 1: Be more specific and change in into a short-term goal instead

  • I need to lose 5 Kgs a Month by going to the Gym an hour each day

The most common mistake people make when setting New Year’s resolution is that they state them vaguely with no specific picture in mind. If you’re really determined to make a change in your life then make sure your set goal is tangible and has some sort of visible process that you can work towards.

Goal #2 – I am going to be More Social.

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Tip: Again, address the if’s and how’s – How are you going to be more social? What extra effort are you going to make?

Your resolution should sound something like this:

  • I’m going to attend all family gatherings I’m invited too and call my friends Every Saturday

The more specific and clear you are with your idea the more likely you are to implement it. Look at your daily routine and see how you can integrate a lifestyle change in it. You can aim to visit your grandparents once a week, plan random meetups with old batch mates, or just catch up with friends over the phone – Do what works for you!

Goal #3 – Try Something I’ve Never Done Before

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Everyone wants their lives to continue to stay exciting and happening, which is why we all promise ourselves that we’ll try something different this year. But my question is how?

Will you learn how to mountain climb? Try Surfing for the first time? Visit the Himalayas or go on a World Tour? How will you break free from your ordinary life and make it extraordinary?

A Word of Advice

Every resolution requires commitment and dedication, without clearly knowing what you want, there’s no way you’re ever going to be able to turn it into a reality.

If you want to travel cheap and explore life from a broader perspective then specify where you want to go, what you want to do, and then determine by when you’re going to make this happen – Trust me, clarity can do wonders for your plans!

New Resolution:

By the August of 2017, I’m going to Book Tickets to See the Eiffel Tower in Paris/the leaning tower of Pisa in Italy/The City of Water – Venice/ The snow covered mountains in Gilgit and Hunza or any other place you want to visit!