News and Happenings

A trip to Bahria Town

Creating memories must be the purpose of our lives. Years later we will remember the time spent with friends and family. To create memories of our own, I along with my good friends, Mehmood and Adeel, went to Bahria Town on Sunday, November 18, 2018. But first, we had a good, delectable breakfast at Hafizjee, Mohammad Ali Society, Karachi comprising anda (egg), paratha (flatbread), aaloo ki bhaji (potato curry), cholay (chickpeas curry) and tea.

Following our breakfast, we headed to the Lyari Expressway. We entered the Expressway at 11:26 am and were inside Bahria Town at 11:58 am. First, we visited the Day and Night Zoo also called the DayNZoo. We took a ride in their electric van and saw the entire zoo. Unfortunately, most of the animals including lion, tiger and the panter were fast asleep but we did manage to see bear, giraffe, zebra, alligator, lama and a wide variety of birds. The purpose of visiting Bahria Town was to have a change of mindset from our monotonous office lives, to enjoy a road trip and to spend quality time with each other’s company. A Sunday well spent!

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News and Happenings

Bits and Bobs give expecting mothers ways to save their joyful journey

Coming home after a long day at work, I was greeted by a surprise parcel sent to me by Ms. Umm e Azaan, Owner, Bits and Bobs, which is a happy event management service comprising a team of creative and enthusiastic individuals who idealize happiness and love celebrations. Included in the parcel was a Pregnancy Planner 2018-19 titled, “The Bump and Me”. This Planner was created under Babies & Bumps, which is a Facebook support group that aims at providing peer-extended support on various stages of parenting.

The Planner includes 137 colorful pages where mommy-to-be can share their thoughts and pen their plans and objectives. It also has a section of journaling one’s innate thoughts. The journal will be helpful for all mommys-to-be. The parcel also included free samples of Dayfresh Milk. Let’s ses when this Pregnancy Planner comes in handy for my future wife! 🙂

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Sports and Sports Entertainment, Uncategorized

Kane and The Undertaker Double Choke Slam HHH and HBK. Is BoD vx DX a possibility?

The Brothers of Destruction (BoD), Kane and The Undertaker, delivered a Double Choke Slam Triple H (HHH) and Shawn Michaels (Heart Break Kid: HBK) on Monday Night RAW. After the WWE Super Show-Down this Saturday is it possible that the BoD can team up in a match against D-GenerationX (HHH and HBK)? Only time can tell! 

Image Link: http://www.wrestleview.com/wwe-raw-results/115492-october-1-seattle-ronda-rousey-ruby-riott-super-show-down/

The Super Show-Down by the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), set to take place on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia, is one of the most anticipated pay-per-views in recent times because of the bout between Triple H and The Undertaker. The two of the greatest in-ring performers in the history of the WWE, The Cerebral Assassin, The Game, Triple H will face The Dead Man, The Phenom, The Undertaker. This will be their first in-ring encounter ever since the two battled it out in a Hell in a Cell match at WrestleMania 28 on April 1, 2012, with Shawn Michaels as the Special Guest Referee. This match was also coined as an “End of an Era” match. The memories from that match are still clear. When the referee completed the three count, The Undertaker emerged victorious following a match that took a toll on both competitor’s bodies. What we witnessed then was nothing short of an iconic moment in WWE’s history. Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker helped Triple H walk the ramp. As these three legends turned towards the crowd, it did signal at the End of the Era. However, now that Triple H and The Undertaker are geared up to face each other one more time and perhaps for the last time, the stakes could not be any higher.

However, what transpired on Monday Night Raw, on Monday, October 1, 2018, it was again nothing short of an iconic moment. It was a reminisce from WWE’s Attitude Era days when Shawn Michaels, who was all punped up for Triple H, was interrupted and attached by Kane. The Undertaker also appeared in the ring later on. However, just as when the Brothers of Destruction were about to attack Shawn Michaels, Triple H barged into the ring and exchanged punches with The Undertaker. It was as if the 1990s was back again. Triple H and Shawn Michaels could not avert the assault which led to the Undertaker and Kane to deliver a Double Choke Slam to Triple H and Shawn Michaels respectively. The Undertaker was not done. He closed Monday Night Raw by giving a Tombstone Piledriver to Triple H. However, this short moment when The Brothers of Destruction stood against Triple H and Kane just might breed another storyline in the WWE: The Brothers of Destruction vs. D-Generation X. For one night only! What if, just what if, this match happens in the near future? It will be awesome. However, this match is still a thought but the Super Show-Down is just right the corner. With Michaels in Triple H’s corner and Kane in The Undertaker’s corner, anything can happen when these four pillars of the WWE stare down their opponents. And by anything, I mean anything!

Interviews, Uncategorized

“Learn to get back up when you fall,” says Sana Saqlain, Founder, Peach N Lime

Sana Saqlain, Founder, Peach N Lime talks about her business and its vision in this exclusive interview with MOIWrites

1. What is the idea behind Peach n Lime?

“Peach N Lime” was born with the idea of making quality art and craft products affordable to all. It envisions at providing easy crafting solutions and to help others learn the hobby of art. It also inspires youngsters to be creative because we strongly believe that there is an artist, as well as a crafter, in everyone.

2. What products does it offer?

Peach N Lime offers handmade paper products including greeting cards, albums, stationery items, and scrapbooks. It also has hand painted and embellished canvases as well as watercolor paintings. We are also working on a few huge products that are to be launched in a couple of months. Insha Allah

3. What has been your learning experience as an entrepreneur?

Running a business no matter how small is NOT easy! It is a road full of bumps and detours. You need a full-on focus and the ability to take risks. You need to get up every single time you fall down as I believe you cannot succeed if you don’t fail.

4. What were your challenges and how did you tackle them?

Challenges! They have been far too many to count! I have been crafting and painting for over two decades, but Peach N Lime started in 2016, while I was living in Riyadh. The exposure for women is a major issue there and women there are not as independent as in Pakistan. I had to take help from my husband who assisted me with the exhibitions, shows, and deliveries.  Due to some unexpected circumstances, I also had to put on hold the business when it was at its peak and move to Ivory Coast. The unavailability of craft supplies and super expensive courier services and no target audience plus language and a cultural barrier made it very difficult to continue. During that time, I worked on my watercolors and now I have a Facebook group “The Watercolor Café Pakistan” which focuses on learning and sharing the art of watercolors.

5. How can one place an order?

You can always place an order by dropping a private message on my page. For expensive orders, there is an email sent to you with all the points and terms mentioned. I also hold exhibitions, so you can always drop by and purchase from there. Event announcements are made on all the related pages on Facebook and Instagram.

6. Where do you see yourself five years down the road?

I am a dreamer and then a doer. I have huge plans for Peach N Lime. This is my baby that I really want to grow up to be one-of-kind solutions providing company for art and crafts. I want the products to be user-friendly and affordable for all.

7. Your message for the youth of Pakistan

Believe in your dreams! Believe you can do it. The sky should never be your limit when there is a whole universe to explore! Take risks, for without them you’ll never be able to know your strength. Learn to get back up when you fall, because that’s how you gain resilience. You as the youth of Pakistan have immense potential and talent, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

Interviews

“You will go places when you combine your passion and belief with fierceness!” says Muneeza Khan, Owner, The Vintage Nerd

Muneeza Khan, an artist by passion and heart talks to MOIWrites in this exclusive interview. She is Owner of The Vintage Nerd that lets her express her innate thoughts in the most creative and colorful manner.

1. What inspires you to create art?

Everything that surrounds us, created by the most supreme artist inspires me. The sea inspires my seascapes, the beautiful landscapes around the world inspire my nature studies and the feeling of creating something from a single dot to a design inspires me because of its unknown, magical result. So, I would definitely say my inspiration is a lot of different things all together as one.

2. What type of art have you been creating?

I paint seascapes, landscapes as well as make mandalas and zen art. My product line includes hand-painted magnets and miniature paintings but I also do customized art for clients looking for paintings for their spaces. I’ve also ventured into digital art. I’m a self-taught digital artist as well. I make digital art and then as per the client’s requirement I get it printed for them, on t-shirts, laptop sleeve covers, cushion covers etc. So my arts both manual and digital.

3. What is the story behind the name, “The Vintage Nerd”?

The story behind the name ‘The Vintage Nerd’ is short and sweet. These are basically two words that I associate myself with. I love all things vintage and I’ve always been a complete nerd so put them together and you’ve got a brand by me based on who I am and what I like. It’s very personal to me.

THE VINTAGE NERD is my brainchild and my Art brand that is all about my original, one-of-a-kind art and design work. I’m a mandala artist as well as a seascape and landscape painter with a degree and gold medal in textile print design and visual arts from the Department of Visual Studies, University of Karachi. The Vintage Nerd was born on April 29, 2016, out of the soul inspiration of sharing my art, my happiness with anyone to everyone who I come across. To me, art has always been a constant journey of learning and growing as an individual. My journey as The Vintage Nerd is on-going and filled with colors and the smell of paints designs with innovative beauty and unlimited experimentation to endless new creations!

4. How will you define Muneeza Khan?

I would say that she’s an artist with a vintage gypsy soul and a Mermaid’s heart. She loves to laugh and live life to its fullest potential because she knows that it is temporary and deserves to be experienced to its utmost potential. She’s hella strong because she’s faced some mighty storms and has survived through them and she’s in love with art, so much that it fills her heart with endless happiness.

5. What challenges do women entrepreneurs face in our society?

There are many challenges that come with the domain. Establishing yourself in your field is never really that easy. The biggest challenge is that most people don’t take home-based businesses seriously. Since it’s a home-based business so marketing is a hassle at times. And thirdly since it’s a home-based business, buyers usually haggle on the price as though it’s a sabzi ka thaila (a roadside vegetable vendor) and not a proper business. These are the top three problems that I personally feel occur a lot. But then problems vary from business to business. This is just from an artist’s perspective.

6. Do you think art is being given its due share in Pakistan?

No, it’s not. I think much like every other field if you’ve got contacts you might get ahead in this field but if you don’t, then galleries don’t give you a chance and finding your place is extremely difficult. Since I have a brand based on art I can also add that people want art for free, if it’s free it’s great but mostly no one wants to pay for a painting. So the art scene is pretty down here.

7. Your advice to the youth of Pakistan?

Recognize whatever your passion is and believe in it and be fierce in making it a reality. You will go places when you join your Passion and belief with fierceness! Good luck.

 

Interviews

When ‘The Amjad Twins’ produce digital content, its twice the fun!

Kinza Amjad and Rida Amjad, The Amjad Twins, have created a stir on social media with their video content. They talk about their lives and plans in this exclusive interview with MOIWrites.

1. Tell us about yourself?

KINZA: Being a media sciences graduate I’ve always been interested in performing arts. I’m curious by nature and acting allows me to experience different characters in one lifetime. Most importantly it makes me happy.

RIDA: I recently graduated from SZABIST. My twin and I make comedy videos.

2. How did you come up with the concept of “The Amjad Twins?

KINZA: We had never planned on starting Amjad Twins. It was only after people started appreciating the live performances that we thought of pursuing it seriously.

RIDA: So, we had our live interview with GEO that day and the host of the show asked us about our Facebook page so that people watching the show could follow us. We didn’t have a Facebook page back then hence we decided to make a Facebook page right after the interview. Moreover, there was no creative process behind the name; we went with the first thought that came to our mind.

3. What is the usual creative process you follow when shooting for your videos?

KINZA: They happen at bedtime. That’s when I start getting ideas, I write them down and the next morning I realize they can’t be exactly executed. So out of the 10 ideas I think of I am only able to shoot one of them. Rest of them only look good inside my head.

RIDA: We watch a lot of online content because to create something you have to be aware of what others are creating/latest trends etc. So that’s one thing. Secondly, we take inspiration from our daily lives and try to make comedy videos out of them.

4. What is your life’s most memorable moment?

KINZA: I feel “mime” is my favorite one because the response made us realize we could give online videos a shot.

RIDA: When I learned to drive. I always wanted to drive since I was 3 or 4.

5. Your future plans?

KINZA: I would love to be a social media influencer and at the same time, I want to be that positive force in someone’s life.

RIDA: We are working on our Youtube channel at the moment.

7. What do The Amjad Twins love doing in their spare time?

KINZA: I love making musicallys.

RIDA: Driving, reading, Diy stuff, watching videos

Follow The Amjad Twins on their Facebook page: @KinzaRidaTwins

Note: Pictures of The Amjad Twins have been taken from their Facebook profiles.

Interviews

“Organizing PBWRP LITERARY FIESTA was a huge achievement for me” says Nazia Kamran.

Nazia Kamran Kashif, Founder of “Pakistan’s Bloggers, Writers, Readers, and Poets” (PBWRP) talks to MOIWrites in this exclusive interview.

1. Tell us about yourself?

Assalamoalaikum. I am Nazia Kamran Kashif, I am a work-from-home mother. I run an online bookstore Book Bee and I am also the Founder of “Pakistan’s Bloggers, Writers, Readers, and Poets.”

2. How did the concept of the Facebook group “Pakistan’s Bloggers, Writers, Readers, and Poets” come into existence?

As I mentioned above that I run an online bookstore Book Bee and I have a huge community of readers and writers. We have 68,000 members on our page and I used to get messages from the aspiring writers that they want to promote their writings on my page and they want their work to get published. As it was a book selling page so it was not possible for me to share their content. Therefore, I thought of creating a platform where writers can share their work and connect with the like-minded people. So, “Pakistan’s Bloggers Writers, Readers and Poet” came into being.

3. Tell us more about “Pakistan’s Bloggers, Writers, Readers, and Poets”?

It is a group for new writers where they can share their work. We have designed different segments to enhance their writing skills and every segment has an attached giveaway to encourage them to participate. We select weekly and monthly winners and send gifts through Book Bee. Some of the famous segments are “Quote Notion”, “Human Library”, “Prompt Friday”, “Shair-Goi”, “Prose Writings”, “Travelogues”, “History Mystery”, “Amazing World”, “Workplace Tips” and “Vocabulary Freak”.

4. What events have you organized so far?

We arranged “PBWRP LITERARY FIESTA” on July 22, 2018. We selected the participants from our group (Weekly and monthly winners) There were two segments. One was of Prose Reading while the other was of Poetry. 23 participants took part while popular writers and poets were invited as the judges who selected three winners for both segments. Over 300 people attended the event. Organizing this event was a huge achievement for me.

 

5. Who are the team members of your group?

Admin team: Nazia Kamran Kashif, Kamran Kashif, Nazia Ghous.
Segment heads: Javeria Abbasi, Qandeel Alam, Muhammad Saad Chaudhry, Komal Shahab and Fatima Ahmad.vWe run different segments and arranged the event for the first time.

6. What initiatives do you think must be taken to promote Pakistan’s aspiring writers and poets?

I think there should be local publications for our own writers as such writers do not get any guidance or knowledge of how to have their work published. We should arrange book launching ceremonies for our young writers too.

7. What is your mission in life? What are your greatest achievements in life?

My mission is to launch a magazine where only new writers can share their work. My greatest achievement is that I have persuaded people to become readers. When I had started Book Bee, people were discouraging me that there are no readers now and people don’t buy books. However, I kept following my dream and achieved success.

8. Your message to the youth of Pakistan?

Keep trying. People will discourage you but take it as a challenge and keep trying. For me, discouragement is another step towards motivation. Dream big no matter what, put all your efforts and wait for the Karma. Success will be there, Insha Allah.