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Coke Studio Season 9 First Episode gets aired! =)

So, the much awaited start of Coke Studio’s Season 9 has been made with the airing of the First Episode on Saturday, August 13, 2016. The Episode featured 4 songs, including ‘Aaqa’ by Abida Parveen and Ali Sethi, ‘Sasu Mangey’ by Naseebo Lal and Umair Jaswal, “Aaja Re Moray Saiyaan” by Zeb Bangash, and ‘Jane Na Tu’ by Ali Khan. The songs have been produced by Shuja Haider, Jaffer Zaidi, Shiraz Uppal andNoori respectively, following the multiple producer format introduced into Coke Studio for the first time this Season. The Season was launched last week with the classic song, ‘Aye Rah-e-Haq Kay Shaheedo’, originally sung by Naseem Begum, to pay tribute to the martyrs who sacrificed their todays for our tomorrows.

For the launch of Season 9, this song was sung by all the artists who will be featuring in this season. The launch of the song received huge response from the public, with over 8.5 million views and over 370,000 shares on Facebook, over 1.2 views on Youtube and similar response on other platforms. “We have promised that Season 9 will be the biggest and the boldest yet, and Coke Studio fans have already seen this from the launch song,” said Ali Akbar, Director Marketing, Coca-Cola Pakistan, adding “Now the tempo will increase further with Episode 1 to be revealed both on digital and television the same day, and from then on its going to be increasing high excitement throughout the season, featuring as it does over 30 artists and 6 music directors for the first time, working under Strings as executive producers.”

The complete line up of artists for Season 9, in alphabetical order includes Abida Parveen, Ahmed Jehanzeb, Ali Azmat, Ali Khan, Ali Sethi, Amjad Sabri, Asim Azhar, Basit Ali, Bina Raza, Damia Farooq, Faakhir Mehmood, Haroon Shahid, Jabbar Abbas, Javed Bashir, Junaid Khan, Kashif Ali, Masooma Anwar, Meesha Shafi, Mehwish Hayat, Mohsin Abbas Haider, Momina Mustehsen, NaeemAbbas, Naseebo Lal, Natasha Khan, Nirmal, Noori, Quratullain Baloch, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Rizwan Butt, Saieen Zahoor, Sanam Marvi, Sara Haider, Shahzad Nawaz, Shani, Shilpa Rao, Shiraz Uppal, Shuja Haider , Umair Jaswal and , Zeb Bangash.

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Posted by on August 15, 2016 in Events


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Coca Cola - Art of Happiness

Coca-Cola Pakistan organized an exhibition, The Art of Happiness, at Al-Hamra Gallery in Lahore on September 20, 2015, as one of the many activities conducted this year for celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Coca-Cola Contour bottle. The two-day exhibition that started on Saturday, September 19 and ended on Sunday, September 20, showcased the works of shortlisted students of

Beaconhouse National University, National College of Arts and Pakistan Institute of Fashion Design.
Three lucky finalists were chosen by the panel of judges, Ayesha Jatoi and Zulfiqar Zulfi, as their artwork would be displayed at The World of Coca-Cola Museum, Atlanta, Georgia. The winners were also rewarded with cash prizes of Rs. 100,000 each and certificates of appreciation for their participation in the exhibition.
“The Art of Happiness is a medium to celebrate how Coca-Cola as a brand has created opportunities for people to bond and share a moment together by instilling happiness. The art exhibition will take attendees on a unique, multi-sensory journey featuring an array of Coca-Cola ‘contour’ themed art created by the students of participating universities.”, said Fahad Qadir, Director Public Affairs and Communication, The Coca-Cola Export Corporation. “The company took this initiative to encourage young artists to showcase their talent and to promote the art and culture of Pakistan.” he added.

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Posted by on September 22, 2015 in Events


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Coke Bank A Book – International Literacy Day Activity

Book Bank CokeTo highlight the importance of literacy for individuals, communities and societies, UNESCO marks International Literacy Day on September 08 each year. On this Day, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally. The theme of the International Literacy Day 2015 is “Literacy and Sustainable Societies”. Here in Pakistan, Asiatic Public Relations Network (Pvt.) Ltd. in association with The Coca-Cola Export Corporation has decided to conduct a meaningful activity on this day.
The proposed activity, Coca-Cola Book Bank, was in fact first conducted at the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) 2015, in February this year. The primary objective of the activity is to request the public to donate old textbooks (and any other books) to the Book Bank, which in turn will then collect all books and pass these on to The Citizens Foundation (TCF), for use by the less-privileged children studying in TCF schools.
The Book Bank activity at KLF 2015 received great response from the public. It promised good number of donations of books by visitors and visitors, as a token of appreciation, were given complimentary Coke products. Books collected during the Festival were reviewed by The Citizens Foundation (TCF), and all books found suitable for TCF students were taken over by the Foundation. Other books were sold off in the market and the proceeds were also donated to TCF. For this Book Bank activity, old glass-fronted coolers, not in use any more, were refurbished to serve as bookshelves to collect all donated books. Through this activity, 2000+ books were collected and the amount collected by selling off other books was PKR 50,000.
Now in the second phase of the activity, the Book Bank will become mobile in Karachi and will be visiting various locations throughout the day to collect book donations. The Mobile Book Bank will be actually a supply truck of Coke which will be used for storing books and keeping Coke supply to be given complimentary to donors as a token of appreciation from the Company.
So folks, gear up for the noble cause and play your part actively as they rightly say,
“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.” :)
The official #CokeBankABook video

Also, if you are willing to donate books to the Coca-Cola Book Bank then you can fill this registration form and the respective personnel will get in touch with you:

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Posted by on September 6, 2015 in Education, Events



Learning from Golden Memories

In the history of brave nations, the memories of remarkable occasions are always written ingolden words. The recollections of the valorous and heroic deeds of the daring men of such nations fill the human soul with passion.

It was the 6th of September, 1965. On this memorable day, a golden chapter was opened in the history of Pakistan. At 4.00 a.m., the Indian army crossed the boundaries of our country without giving any formal declaration and attacked some major areas of Lahore, Sialkot and Rajhistan. The Indian onslaught took Pakistani forces by surprise. In fact, the Indian forces met with considerable success by capturing some of the vital strategic areas at first. But when our army retorted with counterattacks, the enemy had to face the music. A ferocious land and air attack shattered the wicked planning of the enemy and forced it to retreat.

The splendid performance of Pakistani forces was entirely due to the firmness of faith, invincible spirit, perseverance in the face of adversity and, of course, the constant support of the nation. The steady backing and encouragement of Pakistani people kept up the spirits of our forces. Men, women, intellectuals, students, professionals, servants, singers, actors, doctors; in short, every person belonging to different walks of life played his part.

My Nano, who was 22 at that time, says, “During the War days I used to get up quite early in the morning to prepare ‘halwa puri’ for the soldiers. I, along with my younger sister, who was of 15, cooked scrumptious food very day. My father, fearless of the conditions, used to go to deliver the food to the army men.”

“I remember, I was in class 8 at that time. The enthusiasm and dedication of the students was worth seeing. We were trained for dispensing ‘first aid’. We organised different camps where we used to collect gifts hampers, clothes and other things to send them to the Pakistani forces. We were taught various techniques to protect ourselves in case of an attack. At the siren, we were advised to take refuge in the specially prepared trenches. The same siren would sound again continuously for a few minutes to indicate that the danger was over. But all of us were so passionate that we never bothered to take preventive measures. Rather, we watched the air fight from the top of the roofs, chanting slogans for our air force at the same time,” says my mother, recollecting her activities during the war days, with shining eyes and a smile on her face.

Chacha Bashir, one of the highly esteemed personalities of my town, was in his early forties during that period. Recalling those days, he says, “I can’t describe how we felt when the radio announced the attack of the Indian forces on Pakistan. Young or old, all displayed courage and resolution to thwart the enemy. We gathered near the Wagah Border to help our army, which seemed determined to fulfill its responsibilities. They asked us to pray to Allah and be patient.” While unfolding the happenings of the war, the solidity in the voice of the 85-year-old Chacha Bashir depicted the glory of those moments.

A ‘One (Teday) Paisa Fund’ (a paisa was the customary minimum valued coin at that time) was founded on the appeal of the then President, Ayub Khan, who said that if every Pakistani contributed a single pesa to this fund, two tanks could be purchased for the army. The announcement of this fund further uplifted the nation and a box to collect money for this worthy cause could be seen at almost every shop.

While recalling the fervor and enthusiasm that existed at that time, it would be an injustice not to mention the national songs sung by Madam Noor Jahan. The melodious voice of Malika-e-Taranum filled our soldiers with patriotic fervour. The songs like ‘Ay watan ke sajelay Jawanoon, meray naghmay tumharay liya hain’, ‘Satheeyo satheeyo mujahido, jag utha ha sara watan…’ and a Punjabi one ‘Ayy putar hattan tay nhi wikday, tu labdi phiray bazaar puray’ filled the whole nation with enthusiasm.

It’s a mere a glimpse of the unity shown by our nation and the bravery of our forces. What a supreme level of unity it was! Sometimes, when I try to compare today’s nation with that of 1965, I really become perplexed. What has happened to us? Though I believe that we still have almost the same passion, courage and same devotion hidden somewhere inside us, we lack something. Our passion, spirit and love remain unchanged and those who deny this ought to observe the spirit of the nation when we suffered from the earthquake catastrophe. It’s just that today, everyone is busy with his own life. The slogan, ‘proud to be a Pakistani’ has been replaced by ‘proud to be wealthy’.

Everyone of us wants his own betterment only. Due to the prevailing nepotism in our country, only the kinfolks of the high ups get lucrative jobs. And the professionals either fly to foreign countries or shed tears at their destiny.

The selfishness in our attitudes is draining the love and cheerfulness out of our lives. Now we don’t even bother to know what’s going on in the house next door. The people who used to sacrifice their lives for others are now looting their fellow countrymen.

What is to be done in such circumstances? All we need is a change in the direction of our thinking – from ‘self-interest’ to ‘national-interest’. By doing so, we can bring a resolution undoubtedly. This year, let’s commemorate the Defense Day by learning this lesson from the golden memories of our past. Let Us promise that once again we will be threaded in the twine of unison, love and determination as we were in 1965. We have the ability to bring back our ‘off the track train’ towards its original path – the path of prosperity.

Nahi hai na-umeed Iqbal apni kisht-e-veran say

Zara num ho tou ya mitti bari zarkhaiz hai saaqi

(Published: The News International)


Posted by on September 6, 2015 in Events



Nominated/ing for Liebster Award


It’s quite pleasant being nominated for Liebster Award. I would like to express my gratitude to Dr. Arsh Azim (, who nominated me for this award. It feels blessed being associated with likeminded people as they relieve you listening to your heart’s say. (I would like to suggest you guys to go through her blog and nominations. Just like me, you may also discover some interesting minds there).
Dr. Arsh Azim’s Nominations

Now let me answer to the questions asked by Arsh. (Khan sb! *Tongues*)

1. What does blogging mean to you?
I better answer this question in Jack Dan’s words. “For me, writing is exploration; and most of the time, I’m surprised where the journey takes me.” :) I believe this journey discovers new horizons for you on every turn. Writing relieves you when you are fed up! Exhausted! Super excited! Writing satisfies. Pleases. Disentangles when you are entangled. I try discovering all these fruits through writing/blogging.

2. What do you focus more on when you’re writing?
Well what I focus is that regardless to the opinion of others, I try to write down what relieves my heart and mindset. I think this is the only way you are able to put on paper a “genuine piece of writing” that eventually serves as “food for thought” for your readers.

3. Arrange these: Fame, Money, Respect, Love.
A. Respect
B. Love
C. Money
D. Fame

4. What are the timings when you mostly write?
Ummm, late night. Very light night or early in the morning. :)

5. What fascinates you, dawn or dusk?
Both. Nature fascinates. It is scrumptious! By the way, I respect Dusk more. Perhaps, it’s because Dusk is more “experienced” than Dawn. :)

6. Do you like being criticized?
Only if it’s positive! Positive criticism mends your way whereas criticism for the sake of criticism feels nothing more than wastage of time.

7. What changes has social media brought to your blog?
Well, readership has increased. It has enabled writers to be in touch with readers; that helps dynamically.

8. Which hour of night do you love the most?
Let it be more precise here by talking of that “very moment” instead of the “hour”. It is when I am about to fall asleep.

9. Are you a workaholic? If yes, in what terms?
Errr… I’m not a nerd. :/ But yes, I work very hard to realize my dreams and objectives.

10. Any inspiration?
After Prophet (SAW), it’s nothing specific. It either can be a piece of writing, quote, any human trait or attitude, a wanderer, friend or even an enemy. I would like to relate it with Iqbal’s poetry, Quaid-e-Azam’s confidence, Imran Khan’s determination, Ishfaq Ahmed’s sayings, my uncle’s calmness and some goraz’ vision.

11. One word that can really change your mood?
Weather. :)

Liebster Rules

Now before proceeding further, I better share the set of rules for the award. If you’re nominated, you’ve to nominate other bloggers for this Award, answer the questions in a blog post and the questions are asked by the blogger who nominated you, ask questions from the bloggers you nominated and that’s all.

Here are my nominations for the blog and I would like these bloggers to answer the following questions.

Sarwat AJ

Spotless soul

Fazal Abbas

Ayesha Pervez

Ali Suleman (Ali, I know it ain’t a blog but I want you to answer the Qs. :P)


Taimur Ahmad

Assorted Mundanities

Asif Nawaz




Hira Nazir


1. What does blogging/writing mean to you?
2. What do you focus more on when you’re writing?
3. Arrange these: Fame, Money, Respect, Love.
4. What are the timings when you mostly write?
5. Things/traits you like and hate the most.
6. What fascinates you, dawn or dusk and why?
7. Your favorite piece of writing/blog post written by you?
8. Which hour of night do you love the most?
9. One question, you really wish to be asked and what would be your answer, if asked?
10. One thing/phenomenon that can really change your mood?


Posted by on February 6, 2015 in Events, Uncategorized


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Fathers Day Special – Dalda ka Dastarkhwan



Posted by on June 15, 2014 in Events, Urdu Corner


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Voting for Change – Us Mag, The News International

Voting for Change - The News International

Voting for Change - The News International

Voting for Change - The News International

Voting for Change - The News International

Voting for Change - The News International

Voting for Change - The News International

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Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Events, Politics, Viewpoint

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