Month: August 2015

Indus Motor holds meeting with bloggers

KARACHI: Indus Motor Company (IMC) on Monday held a meetup aimed at engaging bloggers at its facility at Port Qasim on 22nd August 2015. The day-long event was fully aimed to engage bloggers with first-hand, end-to-end experience of Toyota’s presence in Pakistan. The bloggers were briefed on various aspects of the organization, such as the elaborate safety protocols in place. The participants were given a detailed walkthrough on Toyota’s history and how it became the largest automakers in the planet.

Bloggers at the event

Bloggers at the event

An exclusive tour of the manufacturing facilities was arranged for all the bloggers during which they met the key IMC personnel from Pakistan and Japan, observed the globally acclaimed Toyota Production system in play.

The bloggers and online opinion-makers were also given an opportunity to test-drive the Corolla Altis Grande and Fortuner to experience the exceptional on ground performance and features such as cruise control and paddle shifting gears.

Vigo, Grande and Fortuner

Vigo, Grande and Fortuner

 

Test drive of the Fortuner

Test drive of the Fortuner

The bloggers were briefed on the new Corolla Altis Grande, and informed of the car’s superior continuous variable transmission technology that provides excellent performance and unmatched fuel efficiency in its class of vehicles. They also informed that the new Corolla variants being manufactured in Pakistan now have more than 60 percent local components. The new Corolla has 760 additional parts made in Pakistan. Besides Corolla, IMC has further strengthened its product line-up to incorporate more options for customers in the country. These include the Hilux range of Commercial Pickups available in both 4×2 and 4×4 variants, Hilux Vigo double cabin pickups for thrill seekers and the Fortuner SUV for people who want superior, all-terrain vehicle with added comfort and luxury.

Group Photo at the end of the event

Group Photo at the end of the event

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From Photo Walk to a Book Shopping

Today I organized Howdy Stranger! A Flickr Photowalk at Frere Hall, Karachi. As usual people were late so I checked out the Sunday Book Bazaar at Frere Hall. I really had a great time searching books and found some rare books from early 20th century. Some bookstalls have really great collection. Book shopping is like a therapy to me. It gives me relaxation. Searching books from these book stalls is like a treasure hunt and sometimes you can find some gems or a jewel in the crown.

Some Urdu Books

Some Urdu Books

These are some examples I’ve found during my treasure hunt.

A rare Urdu with price of 5 rupees and 8 aaney

A rare Urdu with price of 5 rupees and 8 aaney

There is a one book stall which has some very different books. Like UFO analysis and data book, book on psychology,  history of Sindh and many other books.

A book about history of Sindh

A book about history of Sindh

 

Urdu book printed in 1963

Urdu book printed in 1963

Every Sunday they setup this small book bazaar at Frere Hall, Karachi from 10am-9pm where you can find almost any book you like to read.

Toyota’s Grande Affair

Yesterday Indus Motors Company invited the bloggers to visit their facility at Port Qasim, so we can witness how they manufacture cars and what technology they are using.

Grande Affair Bloggers Meetup

Grande Affair Bloggers Meetup

They gave us warm welcome at the facility and give us a little introduction about the company followed by the safety instructions to be followed during the visit of assembly plant and the paint shop. After that the bloggers left for assembly plant where they briefed us about the whole process of car manufacturing. Then we visited the paint shop. Where they told us about the different steps involved in the painting process of the car.

Then we visited the local parts display center where they showed us different parts of the car which they are manufacturing locally. The new Corolla has 760 additional parts made in Pakistan which was a proud moment for us that we are making those parts with international standards. Then Mr. Taimur gave us the presentation about some facts and figures of the Toyota Pakistan. After the presentation, a quiz competition was held to engage the bloggers which was a fun part.

Mr. Taimur giving the presentation

Mr. Taimur giving the presentation

In the end of this visit, Indus Motors had gave us an opportunity to test drive the Corolla Atlis Grande and Fortuner to experience the performance of these vehicles on ground.

Corolla Atlis Grande

Corolla Atlis Grande

Then we had to the Marina Club to enjoy our dinner on the cruise ship followed by the live music performance.

Live music performance

Live music performance

 

Dolmen Mall Karachi Gets Set For 4-Day Azadi Celebrations

Dolmen Mall, one of the largest shopping destinations in Pakistan, is all set to launch one of the grandest celebrations for Pakistan’s 68th Independence Day on August 14th, 2015 featuring a midnight parade by a marching band, live performance of National Anthem and flag-hoisting ceremony, with a whole night of shopping and amazing discounts throughout the mall.

“After the tremendous response of our Independence Day celebrations last year, our team has been planning since the last few months to ensure that our visitors and shoppers have a fun-filled weekend once again,” said Mr. Adnan Maqbool, General Manager Marketing for Dolmen Malls.”Dolmen Mall has a longstanding tradition of hosting unique events that provide entertaining activities and leisurely timeout to our visitors from all across Karachi – and our Jashn-e-Azadi celebrations are just a perfect start to the 14th August celebrations.”

Dolmen Azadi Festival

Dolmen Azadi Festival

Dolmen Mall will also be launching a Go Green campaign in collaboration with Plant-a-Sole to highlight the need and importance of planting trees for future generations.

The Azadi Shopping Weekend at Dolmen Mall, is a 4-day celebration that takes place from August 13-16, 2015, and provides families with a much-needed opportunity to treat themselves to some quality time out and celebrate the spirit of independence through a fun, fashionable shopping experience with their loved ones.

For more information, visit:

https://www.facebook.com/dolmenmall

https://www.twitter.com/dolmenmalls

https://www.instagram.com/dolmenmall

Biopic on Olympian Hussain Shah to release on this Independence Day

SHAH, a biographical film based on the true story of the legendary Pakistani boxer Hussain Shah, is set to release in cinemas across Pakistan on Aug 13th 2015. A homeless child from the streets, Hussain Shah is the only Pakistani athlete to win an individual medal at the Olympic Games in the last 50 years, but he is soon forgotten by the nation.

This small budget, independent film is directed by debutant director Adnan Sarwar and produced under the banner of Logo Films. Adnan Sarwar plays the title role, with Kiran Chaudhary, Sardar Baloch, Adeel Raees, Faiz Chohan and Gulab Chandio in the supporting cast.

According to Adnan Sarwar, who underwent boxing training for a year to portray the role of Hussain Shah, “I lived and breathed boxing. I had to go through functional resistance training and running in the morning and boxing drills in the evening with very little intake of food. It was tough,” he said about making Shah.

Living on the streets of Lyari in Karachi, Hussain Shah went on to dominate Asian boxing for nearly a decade before becoming the first South Asian in history to win an Olympic Bronze Medal in boxing at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Within a few years of his historic achievement, Shah was forgotten by the government and media and fell back to a life of abject poverty before vanishing from the public eye completely.

The funding for the film has been provided by Bank Al-Falah, Pepsi & Samsung Mobile and it is being distributed across Pakistan by ARY Films & Footprint Entertainment.