Monthly Archives: May 2013

Lux Style Awards 2013 – And the nominees are.

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It’s that time of the year again! All the television shows, music and fashion trends and styles that you were forced to witness this past year will be judged and rewarded accordingly.

The 12th Annual LUX Style Awards to be held soon have released a list of nominations in 22 categories in the field of television, music and fashion. The Nominations are mentioned below.

LUX STYLE AWARDS NOMINATIONS 2013

  • FILM NOMINATIONS

Unfortunately, the film industry in Pakistan is not very active. Last year one film was released from Pakistan ‘Bol’ which was duly nominated and won without much competition. This time however we were content watching movies from across the border and seven seas.

  • TELEVISION NOMINATIONS

Best TV Play (Satellite)

  • Humsafar on Hum TV (Producer Momina Duraid)
  • Maat on Hum TV (Producer Amna Nawaz Khan)
  • Manjali on Geo Entertainment (Producer Humayun Saeed & Shezad Naseeb)
  • Mera Yaqeen on ARY Digital (Producer Asif Raza Mir & Babar Javed)
  • Shehre Zaat on Hum TV (Producer Abdullah Kadwani, Asad Qureshi & Momina Duraid)

I think: Well I am sorry I could not watch any of the above shows, but considering how Humsafar trended on Twitter every time it was aired, I think it is probably going to win.

Best TV Actress (Satellite)

  • Hina Dilpazeer for Qudusi Sahab Ki Bewa on ARY Digital
  • Mahira Khan for Humsafar on Hum TV
  • Mahvish Hayat for Mere Qatil Mere Dildar on Hum TV
  • Saba Hameed for Manjali on Geo Entertainment
  • Saba Qamar for Maat on Hum TV

I think: Every sane living breathing human adult in Pakistan would agree with me when I say this award should go to Hina Dilpazeer. Qudusi Sahab ki Bewa is perhaps the only show I have seen and this in its own speaks volumes in its favor.

Best TV Actor (Satellite) 

  • Adnan Siddiqui for Mere Qatil Mere Dildar on Hum TV
  • Faisal Qureshi for Jahez on Geo Entertainment
  • Fawad Khan for Humsafar on Hum TV
  • Imran Aslam for Sanjha on Hum TV
  • Shahood Alvi for Mere Huzoor on Express Entertainment

I think: For this category I am going to go ahead and say Fawad Khan. Having the power to make women young and old swoon alike cannot be taken lightly.

Best TV Play (Terrestrial)

  • Mein on PTV (Producer Studio 63)
  • Mein Muhabbat aur Tum on A Plus (Producer Shehzad Chaudry)
  • Paayal on PTV (Producer Yamin Malik)
  • Qeemat on A Plus (Producer Kamran Khan)
  • Tilafi on PTV (Producer Humayun Saeed & Shahzad Naseeb)

I think: Ok I admit defeat for this category. I will take a lucky guess and say Tilafi because it sounds cool and I don’t know what it means.

Best TV Actress (Terrestrial)

  • Beenish Chohan for Chalo phir se Jee ke Dekhen on PTV
  • Fiza Ali for Love, Life aur Lahore on A Plus
  • Mahnoor Baloch for Tilafi on PTV
  • Mahvish Hayat for Mein on PTV
  • Resham for Ek Yaad Hai on A Plus

I think: This award should go to Mahnoor Baloch. Any woman who can look like her at that age deserves an award with no questions asked.

Best TV Actor (Terrestrial)

  • Babar Ali for Mein on PTV
  • Kashif Mehmood for Love, Life aur Lahore on A Plus
  • Nauman Ejaz for Qeemat on A Plus
  • Saleem Shaikh for Anokha Ladla II on PTV
  • Sami Khan for Mein on PTV

I think: The winner to me is Saleem Shaikh because puhlease he is Anokha Ladla (unique baby boy)

I honestly don’t know the difference between terrestrial and satellite television plays. All I know is that more shows now have a chance to win. See your favorite show above? It means you can no longer be judged for watching it.

Best TV Director

  • Amna Nawaz for Maat on Hum TV
  • Hassam Hussain for Durr-e Shahwar on Hum TV
  • Kashif Nisar for Mein on PTV
  • Nadeem Baig for Manjali on Geo
  • Sarmad Khoosat for Humsafar on Hum TV

I think: Haven’t we given all awards to Humsafar already?

Best TV Writer

  • Amna Mufti for Jahez on Geo
  • Faiza Iftikhar for Bilquis Kaur on Hum TV
  • Khalil-ur-Rehman for Manjali on Geo
  • Seema Munaf for Tilafi on PTV
  • Umera Ahmed for Maat on Hum TV

I think: Jahez is a laanat (curse). A show which portrays it as such has my vote.

  • MUSIC NOMINATIONS

Best Album

  • Chahar Balish by Sajjad Ali
  • Circus in the Sky by Usman Riaz
  • Khamoshi by Ayesha Omar
  • Naubahar by Dynoman
  • The Harvest by Sajid & Zeeshan

I think: Sajjad Ali is still there?

Song of the Year

  • Ankahi by Overload
  • Jaag by Jarar Malik
  • Kahani Purani by Mooroo
  • Katna Nae by Sajjad Ali
  • Pi Jaon by Farhan Saeed

I think: Pi jaon? Really dude? You talk about drinking and expect to win? I vote for Jaag (wake up) because that is something I really need to do.

Best Emerging Talent

  • Ahmed Siddiqui
  • Faaris Shafi
  • Mooroo
  • Naseer and Shahab
  • Sibti

I think: Mooroo? If that’s the name you proudly flaunt, you win!

Best Music Video Director

  • Farhad Humayun for Ankahi
  • Hammad Khan for Ane de
  • Sohaib Akhtar- for Khamoshi
  • Taimoor Salahuddin for Awam
  • Taimoor Salahuddin for Kahani Purani

I think: Ane de (let it come) for such confidence you are a declared winner.

Best Original Sound Track (OST)

  • Hain Yeh Silsilay by Zoe Viccaji for Tanhayan Naye Silsilay on ARY Digital
  • Matae Jaan by Bilal Khan for Matae Jaan on Hum TV
  • Roshan Sitara by Qurat ul Ain Baloch for Roshan Sitara on Hum TV
  • Yaar Ko Humne by  Abida Parveen for Shehr-e-Zaat on Hum TV
  • Zindagi Gulzar Hai by Ali Zafar for Zindagi Gulzar Hai

I think: Abida Parveen! No questions asked.

  • FASHION NOMINATIONS

Model of the Year (Female)

  • Amna Ilyas
  • Ayyan
  • Cybil Chowdhry
  • Mehreen Syed
  • Rabia Butt

I think: Really on the edge here. I try not to talk about pretty women for obvious reasons.

Model of the Year (Male)

  • Abbas Jafri
  • Ather Amin
  • Jahan-e-Khalid
  • Shehzad Noor
  • Waleed Khalid

I think: Abbas Jafri (Jesus) all the way! There’s something mysterious about his face behind all that ummm hair.

Best Fashion Photographer

  • Azeem Sani
  • Fayyaz Ahmed
  • Guddu Shani
  • Maha Burney & Nadir Feroz Khan at NFK
  • Rizwan ul Haq

I think: Really cannot comment. They all look the same to my untrained near sighted eye.

Best Hair and Make-up Artist

  • Creative Team at Nabila
  • Creative Team at Tariq Amin
  • Juju Haider & Shammal Quraishi at Toni&Guy, Lahore
  • Maram Azmat & Abroo Hashmi
  • Raana Khan

I think: Any artist who knows the difference between beautiful and churail.. wins. I root for Juju Haider & Shammal Quraishi at Toni&Guy.

Achievement in Fashion Design – Luxury Pret

  • Shehla Chatoor
  • Iman Ahmed at Body Focus
  • Khadija Shah at Elan
  • Maheen Karim
  • Sania Maskatiya

Achievement in Fashion Design – Pret

  • Feeha Jamshed
  • Iman Ahmed at Body Focus
  • Sanam Chaudhry
  • Sania Maskatiya
  • Wardha Saleem

I think: Wardha Saleem deserves all the praise she can get.

Best Menswear Designer

  • Ahmed Bham
  • Amir Adnan
  • Ammar Belal
  • Ismail Farid
  • Republic by Omar Farooq

I think: What makes your man look good? Since I don’t have one.. I reserve judgment.

Achievement in Fashion Design – Lawn

  • Khaadi by Khaadi
  • Mahnoush by Arjumand Amin
  • Orient by Deepak Perwani
  • Sana Safinaz by Sana Hashwani & Safinaz Muneer
  • Kamal Lawn by Elan

I think: Khaadi taught women of Pakistan how to wear color! Khaadi for the win!

Best Emerging Talent

  • Misha Lakhani (Women’s wear designer)
  • Abdullah Haris (Photography)
  • Natasha’s Salon (Hair & Make Up Artist)
  • Saima Azhar (Modeling)
  • Sana Sarfaraz (Modeling)

I think: Good luck to all.

Best High Street Brand

  • Adnan Pardesy for the Working Woman
  • Daaman
  • Gulabo
  • Khaadi
  • Rang Ja

I think: Already nominated Khaadi for the win. Therefore my personal favorite here is daaman. But I also have high hopes for Gulabo. This one will be a toughie!

Good luck to all nominees.

Press release courtesy Catalyst Pr.

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Elections 2013 – Inked thumb, full stomach.

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Election mania is in full swing. The television channels are going ballistic showing political advertisements over and over and over. Enthusiasm is in the air with supporters of every party playing their party songs on full volume, young swanky lads with a 16inch waist dancing on the main roads, showing their excitement.

In a bid to increase the turnout for elections 2013, many eateries around Karachi are offering various discounts and freebies. If you live in Karachi and still haven’t made up your mind about voting, here is what your ‘un-inked’ thumb is missing.

Lals Patisserie located at Khayaban e Shahbaz will offer you free sorbets (fat free alternative to ice creams). Yum!

Free Sorbet from Lals Patisserie

Free Sorbet from Lals Patisserie

Your day isn’t complete without a cuppa joe? Get free coffee from Espresso! I’m in.

On election day, let your thumb help you make a difference!

On election day, let your thumb help you make a difference!

Is your patriotism on the down low? Get free green cake pops from the Cakery.

Green pops from Cakery

Green pops from Cakery

Too hot outside you say? Your inked thumb gets you free cold coffee from Pie in the sky and a cocktail from Khava. And of course who can say no to a freshly brewed Ice tea from Gloria Jeans. Also free lemonade from The Pantry. Yes you can’t use weather as an excuse anymore.

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Too much to drink and nothing to munch on? Wrong. Get a lemonade AND crispy fries from Cafe 76.

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A day of excitement will leave you tired and hungry you think? Get 15% off from Forty4 Restaurant. I wonder if a group of 7, all voters, goes to Forty4 will they not have pay at all? You know 15% offer for each voter. I am bad at maths. Please calculate and tell me too.

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In the mood for Chinese? Ginsoy offers you 25% off! Same question for them as Forty4 restaurant though. ginsoy-election-vertical-2013

Hero tastea isn’t willing to stay behind. Show them your thumb and get free tastea from Port Grand or Urbanite.pk.

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Too much food and no dessert? How can that be, to end a perfect day get free desserts from The Lantern.

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Take a picture of your election/voting adventures and tweet with a hashtag to win gift hampers from Foodpanda.pk

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Take pictures of your inked thumbs (manicured please) and send it to Foortal.pk for points that gurantee a little something extra every time your order food from them.

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Everybody’s favorite hangout Port Grand has made entry free for all voters. Just show up, flash a thumb and head right in for an exciting time.

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Did you think your inked thumb will only just feed you? Oh no. Being a voter has more perks than that. Dolmen Mall clifton is offering a 20% discount to all customers on Saturday.

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Never has a thumb been so in demand… unless of course you are texting.

I am a Pak voter. Are you?

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With elections in Pakistan looming ahead many people have given up hope and are not planning to vote in the upcoming elections. While the final decision rests with them, being adamant on it without realizing the underlying issues only serves the wrong purpose.

Voting is one of our basic rights as civilians. It may appear as if no candidate is worth backing, or no one is capable to help. But, it takes a village to raise a child. Likewise it will take a group effort to bring a positive change.

People have started on a quest for change. No longer having faith in the current government they think if they do not vote, their problems will be solved. On the contrary, a change can only be brought by voting.

Exercising our vote is something we all must do. If we don’t vote, the people who shouldn’t be in power will win. Their loyalists will vote for them. And with us not casting any, they will once more gain control. Isn’t this what we are trying to change? Shouldn’t we cast a vote then, if not to elect someone, then to help not elect someone who is not capable?

It is very difficult for neutral people without agendas to agree with everything a candidate is offering them in return for their vote. Most of the offers are empty promises. But some are indeed true. I think we should assess all candidates and go with what suits us the most. Adaptability is a core ability of humans. Instead of giving up all hope for the better, I think we should learn to adjust with the best possible option. See what promises the candidates have made, and analyze which ones will help you. It is not a person you support, but an idea. And if a candidate is offering to implement that idea, I think he deserves a chance to prove it.

Voting is our duty as a citizen. It is a mechanism by which we can express the power of the people against the power of leaders. Standing up for our rights, we need to establish the fact, that it is indeed ordinary people like you and me who matter and give leaders power to make this country better for us. The only way to achieve that is by casting your vote in the direction you think is the correct.

This blog was also published at: http://iamazad.com/blog/your-vote-counts/

Nandos Revamped!

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Nandos has been grilling something new!

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Famous for its ultra hot Peri Peri chicken, the restaurant is the go to place to really awaken those tastebuds. And as if things weren’t melting already, Nandos took a bold step further and introduced a whole new menu in Pakistan.

Rest assured, your favourite Peri Peri chicken section stays as is, but with some great new additions. Along with the usual grilled chicken, now say hello to ‘Butterfly Chicken Breast’ and ‘Chicken Wings’. Butterfly Chicken Breast is mainly a succulent boneless chicken breast served with regular and Fino sides, consisting of grilled veggies and sweet mashed potatoes. Whereas the chicken wings are chunky pieces of heaven that diners can enjoy side by side their regular meal.

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Making things interesting is the revamped recipe for the deliciously fresh Mediterranean Salad as well as the introduction of ‘Caesar Salad’ doused in Nando’s own Caesar dressing! Sounds delectable! Tastes even better.

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This new improved menu has made additions to every section. Whether it is the inclusion of the all new wraps, or the changes made to the already existing dishes such as the new recipe of ‘Cataplana’, visiting Nandos cannot be put off any longer! 

For a look at their new menu please visit: https://www.facebook.com/nandospak/app_337670556303383