Watching The Blood Moon at Bay View Academy Karachi

I was so excited to see the first Total Lunar Eclipse of 2018 in Karachi as it was the rarest event happening after 150 years. Due to the combination of three lunar phenomena: a super moon, a blue moon and a blood moon at the same time since 1866.

Being a member of ‘Karachi Astronomers Society‘ I asked Mr. Zain who is also co-founder of  (KAS) if there is any happening event in Karachi where I can see the Lunar Eclipse with telescope, he told that he is conducting a Moon sighting event at Bay View Academy.

I reached the school at 6.29pm as the eclipse reached its peak at 6:31pm but it was near the horizon but after few mins. of searching the sky Mr. Zain finally spotted the Blood Moon.

Sky-Watcher 90/900 AZ3 Refractor Telescope

All of a sudden kids gathered around Mr. Zain and asked that they also want to see the Lunar Eclipse so the teacher asked them to make a queue and they saw the Total Lunar Eclipse for the first time with telescope. Here we have not one but three telescopes with different magnification.

  • Sky-Watcher 90/900 AZ3 Refractor Telescope
  • Sky-Watcher 6″ f/8 Traditional Dobsonian Telescope
  • Sky-Watcher 8″ Collapsible Dobsonian Telescope

skywatcher telescopes

After half an hour Mr. Zain gave the tour of the night sky, told them about the brightest star in the night sky ‘Sirius’ in Canis Majoris  constellation followed by Orion constellation and Oroin Nebula (one of the brightest nebulae, and is visible to the naked eye).

bay view academy

Kids asked some questions about the night sky like, “can we see The Milky Way ?”, “can you point out the Jupiter?”.  It’s too hard to see the Milky Way in Urban City due to light pollution and Jupiter is under your feet (below the horizon).

Lunar Eclipse with telescope

It was so much fun interacting with these kids and answering their questions about the Moon and the night sky. Few of them were screaming after seeing the Moon details in the telescope. For me it was such a memorable event watching the Total Lunar Eclipse in Sky-Watcher 8″ Collapsible Dobsonian Telescope.

lunar eclipse 2018



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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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


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.


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





Pizza Hut introduces affordable #WoWDeals

Having made a place for themselves in their consumer’s hearts, Pizza Hut continues to grow as Pakistan’s largest international restaurant chain, most recently opening doors to its new outlet in Clifton Block 2, Karachi.

Now, Pizza Hut takes its value offerings to a whole new level by introducing the ‘WoW! Deals’ – 3 new and affordable nationwide deals guaranteed not to put a dent in your pocket.
The first deal has one Personal Pan Pizza, 2 pieces of Garlic Bread and 345ml soft drink, a perfect meal for one. For a party of two, the deal has one Regular Pizza, four pieces of Garlic Bread and two 345 ml soft drink bottles. For a larger gathering, the third WoW deal includes one Large Pizza, six pieces of Garlic Bread and a 1.75 liter soft drink.

Wow Deals

All of the deals can be customized to one’s preferences with the following toppings: Cheeky Chicken, Classic Pepperoni, Chicken Supreme, Fajita Sicilian, Chicken Fajita, Hot Stuff, Chicken Tikka, Very Veggie, Margherita, Tropical Hawaiian, Chicken Behari and Afghani Tikka.
And if that’s not enough, the deals also include options to upgrade your meals with the following discounted add-ons: Potato Wedges, 6 pcs of Chicken Wings, and Salad.

“We continuously strive to stay a step ahead of the industry by giving our consumers new and relevant experiences built around food. With the new WOW! Deals, Pizza Hut brings to its customers signature pizzas and some of the most loved sides at highly affordable prices! The deals are so attractive that we guarantee consumers will be stacking up pizza boxes in no time.” expressed Marya Khan, Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer (CMIO) MCR PVT LTD.

All of the deals are so economical you cannot help but keep on buying more and more and stacking ’em up!


‘Meri Shaan, Mera Pakistan’ – Celebrating the spirit of patriotism through Wall Art

EFU Life, the leading life insurance provider in Pakistan is committed to serving the people of Pakistan and believes in giving back to the society through its various CSR initiatives.

Meri Shaan Mera Pakistan

‘Meri Shaan Mera Pakistan’ is a CSR initiative by EFU Life in collaboration with Commissioner Karachi Division to reclaim the walls of major public areas of the city through thematic wall art and aims to eradicate wall chalking and negativity on walls.

Meri Shaan Mera Pakistan

EFU Life inaugurated ‘Meri Shaan Mera Pakistan’ in 2016 on Pakistan’s Independence Day, and after the successful completion of two wall beautification projects in Karachi, at Ayesha Manzil and NCC Sports Complex, the Company has now extended this campaign to a third location, the Aga Khan Park, Garden East.


The campaign rejoices the spirit of patriotism, and depicts the rich cultural heritage of Pakistan. Celebrating the cultural diversity of its people and yet unified under the nation’s flag is the underlying theme of the campaign.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Mr. Taher G Sachak, MD & CEO, EFU Life said ‘I take this opportunity to thank Mr.Ejaz Ahmed Khan, Commissioner Karachi and his team for their support, and commitment in partnering with us to make this project a success. He emphasized that we as Pakistani’s need to take ownership and responsibility for our country. There is a lot that we need to be proud of, and it’s important to bring forward the positive mind-set about our rich cultural heritage especially in the youth today. What makes this campaign truly unique is not only the underlying message of patriotism, but the involvement of the youth, with active participation from the students of different universities to execute the project. He also added, that ‘the company is further exploring avenues of executing such projects in other parts of the country. ‘

Mr.Ejaz Ahmed Khan speaking to media

Mr. Ejaz Ahmed Khan, Commissioner Karachi commended this collaborative effort and stated ‘such beautification projects are essential for enhancing the aesthetic aspect of the city.  Aga Khan Park is the third project that we have collaborated on with EFU Life and other corporate entities must come forward and take a disciplined approach to CSR initiatives. I urge all stakeholders to join hands with the administration to bring back colors to the city of light.’

EFU Life has partnered with ‘Abdoz Arts’ on this project, an organization which aims to reclaim the public spaces of Pakistan through fine arts.


Meri Shaan Mera Pakistan by EFU LIFE

As you all know our city walls are filled with political wall chalking but there is a dire need for a cleaner and better Karachi, and one of the ways to eradicate wall chalking is through wall art, highlighting positive imagery of Pakistan by depiction of Pakistan’s rich culture, festivals, and national monuments. In 2016, under the guidance of Commissioner Karachi, Mr. Ejaz Ahmed Khan, and his esteemed team of Commissioner Karachi Division, EFU Life initiated ‘Meri Shaan, Mera Pakistan’, a project of beautifying Pakistan through thematic wall art.


The aim of this campaign is to reclaim different spaces that have depreciated over time.  The project has already covered walls at Ayesha Manzil and National Coaching Centre.



After the successful completion of two projects in Karachi; a 2000 sq.ft wall at Ayesha Manzil and a        3000 sq.ft wall of NCC Sports Complex, EFU Life has now extended this project to a third location, the Aga Khan Park, Garden, opposite Ismaili Jamaat Khana covering a space of over 7000 sq. ft.



To follow the progress of this campaign you can follow the hashtag #MeriShaanMeraPakistan on twitter and on instagram.


“Dhund” a mystery series starting soon on TVOne

TvOne launched teasers, OST  of “Dhund” a mystery series in bloggers meet-up with the prominent & talented cast. The Star-studded launch held in Karachi at the Pi Social Cafe.


Hold your Breath! The Dhund of a mystery series is all set to roll on this Saturday, 15th July at 9 PM only on TVOne.

The evening began with cast and crew meet and greet. The writer of the series, the most versatile Mohammad Ahmed along with veteran producer Erum Binte Shahid was welcomed on board by the host of the event “Shehwar Rahim”.

The main leads beautiful Maria Wasti and handsome Hasan Ahmed were also present at the venue.

Later, a visual representation of the series “Dhund” followed by OST was shared with the bloggers & Publications at the event. Expressing her thoughts about the unique concept of “Dhund” Shehwar introduced the supporting cast Zhalay Sarhadi, Junaid (Juni), Laila Wasti, Asad Siddiqui and others.

“It’s dead men walking or is it imagination”

“Dhund”, a spine chilling drama series showing eerie encounters with spirits from another world and how a brave woman helps them find peace.

Expressing his delights on the event, Writer/ Actor Mohammad Ahmed said ” I started my writing career as a mystery writer, but I’ve been doing Rom-Coms for years now and that lost idea of mystery series recovered when “Seema Tahir” said Yes! for “Dhund”


Producer Erum Binte Shahid added, “The concept of the mystery series “Dhudh” is different which will build a connection. Maria can see dead people and owns personal tragedy whereas Uzair, (Hasan) plays a young smart and devoted police officer and he is a sincere friend to Maria. Nana Syed (Mohammad Ahmed Sahb) is playing Maria’s grandfather who is also her close confidante.

Then began the bloggers/publication question & answer session. The Q&A session provided mysterious insights about the series and the cast got a chance to share their experiences with the bloggers.

The drama serial “Dhund” is directed by Faiz and the haunting OST is composed by none other than Wajid Saeed, which complements the mysterious feel of the series.



Pakistan International Airlines has launched its mobile App

Pakistan International Airlines has launched its mobile App and Online Check-in facility for its passengers. Passengers will now be able to book their tickets online,give feedback and also check-in through PIA website or mobile app prior to arrival at the airport.

PIA CEO - Nayyar Hayat

PIA CEO – Nayyar Hayat

These added facilities and features is part of the Digital Transformation Program at PIA with the aim to facilitate its passengers by providing online and self service capabilities.3

PIA CEO - Nayyar Hayat

On one hand the mobile app will facilitate its customer and on other hand it will help PIA to increase its direct sales. Online Check-in facility is available both on PIA website and its mobile app,however initially available for domestic flights between Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad and will soon be implemented on all other domestic and international flights.

PIA CEO - Nayyar Hayat

Passengers will be able to perform web check-in 24 hours prior to the scheduled departure and up to 03 hours before the flight departure time. However, passengers with web check-in would be required to report at check-in counter for baggage drop off at least 45 minutes prior to the flight departure time due to stringent security checks at the airport.

Nayyar Hayat with Bloggers

Acting CEO PIA, Mr. Nayyar Hayat while sharing his views on the occasion,said that Online Check-in through website and mobile app is a step forward in our quest to improve passenger experience with PIA and we will continue to bring further improvements in order to facilitate and please our passengers. He congratulated PIA’s ICT Department for the design and implementation of the new mobile apps and online check-In capability.