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ReelOnHai by Pakistan Cables

In mid 2016 Pakistan Cables came up with the best idea to recycle their Cable Reels. Pakistan Cables and Karachi Biennale Trust signed an MoU earlier in July 2016 to collaborate on a public outreach project, Reel on Hai. Through the “Reel on Hai” project, the Public Outreach Committee of the Karachi Biennale invited artists, designers and architects to transform the empty cable reels provided by Pakistan Cables, the main activity partner, into pieces of art.

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This mega project that has brought together not only the artists working on the artworks but also the stakeholders in every area, be it the city government, people from ethnic and religious minorities, bureaucrats, school and college students and teachers, industrialists, doctors and hospital staff. People from all walks of life have connected with this project at different levels.

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The  cable reels provided by Pakistan Cables have been placed at public spaces in the city such as the St. Patricks Cathedral, Beach Luxury Hotel, KMC Sports Complex, Zamzama Park, Orangi Pilot Project, Jinnah Hospital, Safari Park, Indus Valley School of art and architecture, Customs House, Alliance Francaise Greenwich University, Institute of Business Administration, Karachi Zoo, DA College for Women, Karachi Central Jail, Moin Khan Academy, Piler, The national Museum, The Civilizations School, Hill park and The Absa School.

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On December 13, 2017, Pakistan Cables Limited announced the launch of a coffee table book, ‘A Reel On Karachi – Art Installations in the City’ at the Alliance Francoise de Karachi in an event which was widely attended by members of the business, art and social communities.

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The launch event included a stimulating panel discussion hosted by renowned Karachi based actor, Mr. Sajid Hasan who engaged with the panelists recollecting Karachi’s evolving history and the impact of Reel on Hai to the city’s landscape. Panelists included Ms. Marjorie Hussain (Art Critic), Mr. Arif Hasan (Urban Planner and Activist), Mr. Mohsin Sayeed (Public Outreach Committee and Journalist) and Ms. Masuma Khawaja Halai (Chair, Public Outreach Committee).

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“This book captures the story behind the project and takes its readers on a journey through Karachi brilliantly!”, stated Ms. Halai.

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The event concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr. Fahd K. Chinoy, Executive Director, Pakistan Cables Limited who commended the Karachi Biennale Trust for setting up an exemplary partnership based on a shared purpose of honoring community trust and of giving back beauty to Karachi.

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A free e-book version of “A Reel on Karachi” is available at the Company’s official website: www.pakistancables.com

 

 

 

 

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review

Launch Party:

Every Potterhead were eagerly waiting for 31st July 2016, why ? July 31st is Harry Potter’s birthday! It is also J.K. Rowling’s birthday and the release date of the new Potter book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It is the 8th Harry Potter book came out after 9 years. I was super excited.

Liberty Books and Dolmen Mall had organized the Launch Party for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Dolmen Mall, Clifton. I reached at the launch party at 10:30am and the ground floor was filled with muggles, wizards and witches. People were dressed up as the Severus Snape, Harry Potter and Bellatrix Lestrange. I’ve seen long queues at the HP themed photo booth and at the Liberty Books stall to get the new book. I waited till 2pm just to get my book.

Review:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child review

The book I’ve been waiting for 9yrs

The book is a two-part stage play written by Jack Thorne based on an original new story by Thorne, J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany. The story is set nineteen years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and follows Harry Potter who is now a Ministry of Magic employee, and his younger son Albus Severus Potter.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child review

Its a script not a novel

I was so excited that I read it within two hours coz I couldn’t put it down. Those who bought it without realizing it is a script should read the product description more carefully, it is not the fault of the author, it was clearly advertised as a script. I am delighted to say that the magic within the script was very real and soared way above my, very high, expectations. I loved the twists and turns and call backs. There are so many surprises in the book with few new characters. The book will make you want to go see the play – so in a sense it’s a wordy trailer that you’re actually paying for. I feel like a child again, reading the series for the first time.

    For any Harry Potter fan this is a must read. Brings back memories of reading my way through the first seven books. I really want to see that play on stage in Pakistan.

My Rating: 4/5