Sheba Sultan pays tribute to Miss Saeeda Ghauri, who will always be her inspiration!

By Sheba Sultan

As I type this words, I cannot help but feel very sad. A beloved person has gone to her final rest and there was nothing that I could do for her. So with gratitude to my friend, Omar Iftikhar, who has agreed to post my humble note, I write these words with a heavy heart.

Miss Saeeda Ghauri, age 80 years, known to many people, especially the students of St. Joseph’s Convent Girls High School, as our Urdu teacher of classes 9 and 10. We are all sad as we hear of her demise. But she was here, in our city Karachi, all her life. None of us, me and my school-mates, or any of the students before or after us, were in contact with her. Perhaps because the era to which she belonged kept a distance between teachers and students. This makes me glad that at least in this age of digital nativeness, we can somehow be in contact with one another.

Ms. Ghauri was a really nice lady. She taught us Urdu. And I don’t remember her ever being harsh with anyone. She was one of those people who kept their thoughts to themselves. I did my matric in 1998. Two years ago, a book was published by renown writer Mrs. Hamra Khalique. As I held the book in my hand, I said to my mom that this lady on the cover looks like our Urdu teacher, Ms. Ghauri. And lo and behold, the back cover said that on the cover was a photo of the author with her two best friends; Ms. Haseena Moin and Ms. Saeeda Ghauri! So in this way, fate gave me a chance to meet Ms. Ghauri once again after almost 2 decades!

She was quite frail and quite tired of life. Having remained unmarried, the burden of singleness in our society weighed heavy on her shoulders. When I visited her, she was living in the bosom of her loving family; nieces, nephews, and their children flocking around her. Ms. Ghauri was sitting on a peaceful diwan, her parrot at her right hand and the breeze from a spacious window blowing at her back. Her niece, the Principal at a prominent school, really has a lovely home. And the most charming spot at this home belonged to Ms. Ghauri. This year her niece also provided her with the blessings of Umrah. Indeed, Ms. Ghauri was a much-loved person.

A few weeks ago there was a luncheon for her. Her friends and her family gathered together and had a nice afternoon of lighthearted sharing. Recently, her family celebrated her birthday. And right now, we all remember her and feel the sadness creeping up again and again. Miss Ghauri was a gentle soul. She really never harmed anyone. She lived a quiet life. And she was a beloved friend and family member. Miss Ghauri has gone to her final rest, today, Saturday, May 5, 2018, and I write these words in her memory because in her quiet way she left an undeniable imprint on our hearts. I will never forget and this will inspire me in the years to come that teachers are always remembered by their students. Teachers always remain in our hearts. And Miss Ghauri will indeed remain in my heart forever and ever.

Sheba Sultan is the author of ‘The Room in the Mausoleum’ and ‘Daldal kay Paar’.


The vision known as YBQ!

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He is not just a man, he is a vision. He is not just a designer, he is the epitome of style. He is our very own Yousuf Bashir Qureshi (YBQ). What YBQ represents is innately Pakistani from the heart and desi from the soul. Everything that he does or says has Pakistan written all over it. Even the main entrance door of Commune Artist Colony, his office, his home, is colored with the Pakistani flag. There is no address of his office, which is his second home and reflects the artisit within him. The only address is the Pakistani flag.

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What YBQ represents is an attitude that is purely ours. Even his attire is so natural, you feel as if Pakistan itself has been sent on Earth in a human form. And when YBQ speaks, the world actually stops to listen. His deep voice, his logical words and his wise statements compel you to go into introspection. You do ask questions to yourself based on YBQ’s talk. He makes you think from the heart, that is his power. That is how he talks to you.

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YBQ’s aesthetic sense in designing wardrobe and his creative instincts that he pours in his art reveals much about his personality. He sees beyond the fabric that we call clothing and he feels beyond what we perceive as an art form. His message of  love is engraved in his every creation be it a piece of attire or the beautifully designed Daastan, the rustic leather diary I am in love with.

During a video interview posted on Youtube by Adam bro, YBQ shared his philosophy of why he opted to return to Pakistan from the USA. YBQ said, “Sub atay hain marnay kaylye, hum nay kaha sara zinda rehlain” (Everyone returns home to die, I thought of living in my home).

He further shared with us the secret to success. He said, “When we use our information, we receive benefit out of it. Once we gain benefit of that information, we convert it into knowledge. You spread that knowledge to the world and it turns into wisdom. You will receive intuition from the divine only when you face your fear and give the knowledge you gained to the world. Do not fear that your knowledge will reduce if you share it with others. It is in giving this knowledge to the world that will give you more power in return. It will give you faith. Why should we hide such information or knowledge from others when no one can change our destiny? If something is destined to come in our life, no one can stop it from coming. If something is not destined to come in our life, no one can grant us, then why hide information from others.”



When talking about his decision to return to Pakistan, he said that he used to wonder what is the scope of fashion designing in Pakistan? He thought “what is the scope of anything in Pakistan or in the world?” YBQ said, “The scope is only for the best. If you are the best, you will always be in the mind. I thought of becoming the best. The best humans are those who are courageous and they never lie. I vowed never to tell a lie so to become the best.”

YBQ has become the definition of his own legacy: courageous, original and creative. There is no one like YBQ because he is following his own path. He is always experimenting with his designs and his craft and expanding his mental horizon to touch new heights of excellence. YBQ is the man with a plan and that plan is to be the best in what he does. And he is doing it like a boss!

Stay blessed, YBQ. Today, forever!


Irfan Junejo meets Lyari Underground (LUG) and the result is rock on!

Thank you, Irfan Junejo for showing us LUG and beauty of Lyari!

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When I first watched Irfan Junejo’s vlog in which he introduced us to the Lyari Underground or LUG, I could not believe my eyes or ears for the facts that our mainstream media never showed. Three teenagers, three distinct voice, three rappers and one mission: to rap and do it to the best of their capabilities.

Irfan introduced us to the three members of the LUG, Asad, Abdullah, and Wahab. There are other band members but they were busy with their work when this vlog was recorded. The trio revealed that they began without any resources at their disposal. They used headphone mics for singing and recording their songs and covered them with a blanket to make a soundproof environment. LUG’s passion led them to do the unthinkable – send out their message in the form of RAP songs that you will listen on repeat.


During Irfan’s vlog, the three boys sang an impromptu song, then and there, on the spot, and it was amazing! Where the singing prowess of all three boys is commendable, it was Wahab’s singing style and his accent that made me sit at the edge of my seat when I was watching the video. Irfan has shown a side of Lyari the world was unaware of and I believe that his vlogs will keep portraying the best side of Pakistan’s culture and society. Keep up the good work Irfan!

Lyari Underground’s members are: Rappers : Anxiously, Balochi M4, Balochi Danger, Boss1, Abood Baloch, Mr Skeleton, Desert Eagle (Information taken from their Facebook page: L.U.G (Lyari UnderGround) RapperZ)

Samajhdari – Lyari Underground Rapperz (LUG Rapperz) | Patari Originals



The day I revealed bits and pieces of my upcoming novel!

NUST did a great job in organizing the NUST Literary Festival and telling the world that literature, creativity, and imagination can come from anywhere!

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The moment I saw the message of my publisher, Syed Ommer Amer, that I am invited as guest at the NUST Literary Festival, I was over the moon! The Festival was hosted at the Karachi campus of National University of Sciences and Technology. I have been associated with Daastan as an author. I have had four books published with this platform. Representing Daastan at this Literary Festival and also to speak at this occasion was a dream come true. Invited in the “Meet and Greet” session, I took the stage only after Mubashir Ali Zaidi, the writer behind the concept of “100 Lafzon Ki Kahani” and Ms. Parveen Shah, author of Chawanni had already spoken. This made me feel intimidated for these two personalities have a fine command on literature.


Although I have been delivering guest lectures, this was the first time I was asked to speak at any Literary Festival. September 16, 2017 was an interesting day for on this day my article on how to become a good public speaker was published in Daily Dawn’s Young World.

During my speech I read excerpts from my upcoming book, “Divided Species”, a science fiction novel set in modern-day Karachi. It was an emotional feeling when I held the printed copy of this book, which took me nearly six years to complete, in my hands. Daastan made it possible!

Through this blog, I want to share with my readers excerpts of the speech I made on this auspicious occasion:

“…When a cricketer plays his debut match he recalls that on this pitch cricketing greats with the likes of Allan Border, Wasim Akram and Sachin Tendulkar played a number of their innings. I too am feeling like that debutant cricketer for before me, on this stage, Mr. Mubashir Ali Zaidi and Ms. Parveen Shah came and shared their thoughts with you….Until yesterday my published articles of 320 was a big enough number for me, but right now I am feeling as if I am beginning my innings without scoring any runs….The women in the audience will better understand that cooking requires the right amount of ingredients cooked at the perfect flame. I have poured in much effort, thoughts and time in writing “Divided Species” and today, as I hold this book in my hands, I feel I am experiencing the taste of food I cooked myself…”


During this Literary Festival I was honored to have received the Certificate of Appreciation from Captain Dr. Attaullah Memon, Director Research and Development, NUST, Pakistan Navy Engineering College (PNEC) Karachi. I also met Cazi Mazharuddin Taric, who wrote and published through Daastan “ Anokhay Jahan ki Anokhi Sair.” Also at the occassion I met a young writer, Hassan Mir, whose book “Unbroken Bonds” was among the finalisists in Daastan’s The Stories Untold competition.  

Along with Syed Ommer Amer, Founder and CEO, Daastan, I would like to thank NUST’s Farrukh Aqil, Yusra Shah and the entire organizing committee of NUST Literary Festival for giving us writers a platform to share our thoughts with the audience.


The man with a hundred faces bids adieu: RIP Jerry Lewis!

At age twelve, I watched the first movie starring Jerry Lewis. It was The Disorderly Orderly. Unaware of the genre of slapstick comedy, Jerry Lewis instantly became my favorite actor because of his amusing talking style and hilarious actions. A few years later when Jim Carrey inspired me with his acting skills, Jim and Jerry ruled over my heart, for I am also a propagator of humor and believe that it is extremely difficult and challenging to make people laugh. However, Jerry Lewis did it without breaking a sweat. The actor who became part of my comic consciousness passed away on August 20 2017. He was 91.

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Nothing much can be said for Jerry, no words can describe him. He explained his entire life to us through his many movies. He showed us that spreading laughter makes you famous, it makes you a legend – the challenge is to bring something original every time. And he did! The Nutty Professor is close to my heart. Jerry portrays the role of that crack job professor who cannot do anything right. Whether it is The Ladies Man, The Errand Boy, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, The Family Jewels, or Boeing Boeing, Jerry Lewis knew how to add humor and wittiness in his facial expressions and dialogues. He was a method actor, his one-liner statements were too good and he had the ability to exquisitely blend his body language to his dialogues meanwhile changing his tone of voice to suit the scene.

Jerry Lewis in The Nutty Professor
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Beginning his career with Dean Martin, with whom he appeared in a number of movies, Jerry’s solo career did wonders for him. Do check out his video clips from movies on Youtube and indulge in the comic life of Jerry Lewis, the man who had a hundred faces but behind each face was a serious human being, who served a major part of his life raising funds for those affected by muscular dystrophy. Rest in peace, Jerry!

Celebrities have been sharing their thoughts on Twitter following the passing away of Jerry Lewis.


Timeline of a Karachiite’s emotions based on Facebook Status Updates!

When the clouds finally arrive!


And you get all emotional when it starts pouring! 😛


That sight of black clouds though!


And K-Electric makes its presence felt! The F***!


Party time in rain is the best time!


…And when K-Electric crashes the party! 


When roads become roads to hell after rain!


All’s well that end’s well!


When you have enough of rain after a few hours!


And when rain replies to your comment! 😀



‘Darzi Ki Marzi’: A humorous ride into a tailor’s mind!

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The title of the video “Darzi Ki Marzi” says it all! Produced by Teeli, the video is a work of art with its cinematography, sound effects, setting, characterization and dialogue delivery. It is a team work and it shows!

It is akin to watching a short movie. Interestingly, during its 4-minute duration, the team behind the camera managed to show humor and the real picture of tailors that made this video a social media sensation. Every delicate angle of video production has been taken care of that gives so much energy and life to the video.

Looking at the set that shows a tailor’s shop, one would see everything actually present in such a shop. In this regard, efforts of Art Director: Saqib Hayat and the Set team, Babar, and Zahid, must be appreciated. The attention to detail by the producers and directors: Faheem Azam and Arbab Hussain along with the slice of life appeal presented through the dialogues by writers: Faheem Azam, Sana Khan Niazi, Harold John, Fahad Zaki and Narmeen Abdulla along with production crew: DOP: Farhan Silver; Post-production: Arbab Hussain; AD: Tariq Hussain; 2nd AD: Monis Navaid Khan, Araib Hussain and Ahtiph Akbar; Camera Assistant: Faisal Fiesto, Audio Engineer: Faheem Siddiqi, Wardrobe: Waseem and Shumaila, and VO: Mishaal Khan deserve a standing applause.

The story is about a recruit at the tailor’s shop who aims at completing a women customer’s dress on time before Eid. The Master Sahab teaches this recruit all the strategies and concepts of ‘good’ tailoring and emphasizes on the concept of “Customer Se Satisfaction”, which is the essence of the story. The cast of “Darzi Ki Marzi” Nazar Ul Hasan, Ahmed Mujtaba, Mujtaba Rizvi, Tehmasip Rahil, Faheem Azam and Sana Khan Niazi express their dialogues with the best of facial expressions. They utter serious and mostly humorous lines with diligence to keep the viewer’s attention hooked to the video.

Everything the video shows is relatable, practical, and all women customers of all tailors must have experienced this before Eid. Moreover, the background sound and music also adds value to the narrative. Hats off to the entire team! All the best for your future endeavors!