Budget Bazaar for you, your friends and family at KDA market Karachi

I was there at  KDA market in Karachi, but if I am saying more specifically it was at an event of launching ceremony of a new store known as “Budget Bazaar” at KDA Market. I was  excited to reach there and my excitement went on doubled when I saw an amazing foot fall at the launching ceremony by shopaholics, they turned out there in numbers and MASHALLAH I literally saw a queue at cash counter.

Budget Bazaar, is in the main shopping hub at KDA market Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi. The store is well managed and contains 3 floors with the main entrance heading towards women’s section (I can say it’s one stop for women to come and shop everything what they need) , ground floor contains baby products while top floor contains men’s clothing (Suites, Ties, Belts, Kurtas, Shirts, T-shirts and so on).

Store’s owner Mr. Awais Dera, is a very young and energetic individual and I believe under his leadership and his creative ideas this store will bring lots of new things for their customers. I had conversation with him and he said, we are introducing 8 hours’ work plan for our employees which is going to be implemented for the very first time in our market, we will call our 25 % of staff at early morning once our remaining 75 % employees join us they will get off after completing their 8 hours and same goes for rest 75% they will also work for the 8 hours in a day. Store timings are 11 am to 12 mid-nights, and during Ramazan it will remain open till sehri.

Here is his short and lovely interview:

When I was there at their store snapped few pictures, sharing here:

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Visit their official platforms:

Facebook: Budget Bazaar 

Instagram: Budget Bazaar 

Website:    Budget Bazaar Store 

 

My recommendations are that you must go and shop during Ramazan, on EID and also after Ramazan it is one of the best places to shop. 

Karachi Literature Festival in London, Celebrated 70 years of Pakistan

 

Heard about Karachi Literature Festival and then Islamabad Literature Festival, was an appreciable efforts by the founders of these literature festivals in the country with superb recipe of literate people under one roof for 3 days each at Karachi and Islamabad.

This year they (Karachi Literature Festival) go beyond boundaries of Pakistan and went over LONDON. Celebrating contemporary Pakistan and its rich history and culture in the context of the 70th anniversary of the country’s foundation, the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) held at the Royal Festival Hall of the Southbank Centre, as a part of their annual festival Alchemy, was a resounding success. Dubbed as Pakistan’s biggest literary event, the KLF brought together writers, scholars, and artists from diverse backgrounds, creative traditions, and academic disciplines to showcase contemporary Pakistani literature and writers. Produced by Oxford University Press (OUP) Pakistan, KLF was organized in collaboration with the Southbank Centre, Bloomsbury Pakistan (a research collective based in London), and Rukhsana Ahmed.

In Karachi and Islamabad it was jam packed sessions for all three days, but response of audience at KLF London was surprisingly superb as tickets were sold out way before the event dates. The audiences at the KLF were treated to a medley of around 20 parallel sessions encompassing talks, panel discussions, poetry readings, mushaira, and performances. A stellar cast of around 70 leading Pakistani-origin and international writers, scholars, critics, journalists, and artists participated in stimulating sessions covering a broad range of themes, ideas, and subjects pertaining to Pakistan’s literature, arts, and culture. A separate strand for children which included an immersive theatre piece by Jungly Jadoogars; an animated film by the artist Fauzia Minallah; storytelling by the children’s author, Shahbano Bilgrami; and sing-along songs by the veteran Pakistani musician, Khaled Anam, were also a part of the festival.

KLF London started off with the renowned novelist and journalist, Mohammed Hanif’s keynote address giving unique insights into Pakistan’s history, hopes, and dilemmas.

During festival opening, Ameena Saiyid (KLF & Islamabad Literature Festival Founder and Director), Asif Farrukhi (KLF and Islamabad Literature Festival Founder), and Adrian Mellor (Managing Director, Asia Education, OUP) welcomed the guests and speakers. Pakistan’s High Commissioner to UK, Syed Ibn Abbas also spoke on the occasion.

Some of the sessions held early on in the day included ‘Transphobia and Misogyny’, a discussion on legislations around transgender and women in Pakistan; ‘Reluctant Returners: Migrants, Refugees and Memories of the Homeland’ in which Kamila Shamsie, Qaisra Shahraz, and Mirza Waheed explored characters and fictions inspired by exile and displacement; and ‘Pakistani Renaissance?

The Best in Cinema, Reportage, Theatre and Fashion’ with the television actor Atiqa Odho, filmmaker Faris Kermani, designer Maheen Khan, and journalist Cyril Almeida as speakers of the session.

Taimur Rahman, Moni Mohsin, and H. M. Naqvi weighed up the challenge of portraying Pakistan’s gender and class divide in the session ‘Blaming the Elite: Class, Greed, and Gender in Contemporary Pakistan’. Educationists, entrepreneurs, and experts including Farid Panjwani, Ahmereen Reza, Mona Kasuri, and Ameena Saiyid were part of a stimulating panel discussion titled ‘Madrassas and Montessoris: Are Private Schools Keeping Madrassas at Bay?’ moderated by Nigham Shahid.

In a panel discussion titled ‘Against All Odds: The Price of Prosperity in Pakistan Today’ held later in the day, Shuja Nawaz, Maleeha Lodhi, Ishrat Husain, and Victoria Schofield analyzed geopolitical and internal challenges facing Pakistan. In the session ‘Urdu ki Zid Mai: At Loggerheads: Urdu vs English vs Regional Languages’ Basir Kazmi, Ishrat Afreen, and Harris Khalique, and Asif Farrukhi discussed if Urdu in Pakistan is under threat from English or the regional languages.

The evening sessions comprised thought-provoking discourses on ‘Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: Diaspora Pakistanis Caught in Post Brexit Hate-Storm’, with Ziauddin Sardar, Farooq Bajwa, and Iftikhar Malik debating the challenges faced by Pakistani diaspora in Europe; ‘Karachi: City of Lights and Gangs’ with Laurent Gayer, Nichola Khan, Mohammed Hanif, Sobia Ahmad Kaker, Omar Shahid Hamid, and Kamran Asdar Ali talking about the battle for Karachi and its resilience despite political conflicts; and ‘Tweeting for Social Change: How Social Media is Influencing the Political Scene’ in which Huma Yusuf,  Umber Khairi, and Umair Javed discussed the impact of social media on Pakistan’s political scene.

The highlight of the festival was the ‘Satrangi Mushaira’, which was an open mic session for Pakistan’s regional language poets to recite their latest offerings. Another session ‘In Their Own Words: Writers and Poets from Pakistan’, moderated by Muneeza Shamsie, featured poetry and prose readings by writers of Pakistani origin including Imtiaz Dharker, Aamer Hussein, and Zaffar Kunial. In ‘Partition Stories’ Nimra Bucha, Vayu Naidu, Shayma Saiyid, Amrit Kaur Lohia, and Sarah Ansari presented a medley of readings, film clips, recitals, dance and poetry about the Partition of India.

The evening came to a close by a kathak dance performance by Shayma Saiyid and a music concert by Khumariyaan, a Peshawar-based music band known for their fusion brand of Pashtun folk music.

Sponsorship support to the KLF London was provided by Bestway, Arts Council England, Third World Quarterly magazine, Salt n Pepper restaurant, High Commission of Pakistan in London, South Asia Institute of the University of Texas at Austin, and The Pakistan Society.

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Pics Courtesy-Oxford University Press/KLF-London

Interwood in Islamabad with their new catalog of Lifewares 2017.

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Interwood launched their flagship store in Islamabad; it is located near I-9 Police Station of Sector I-9. On the same day they launched their newly developed Lifewares 2017 catalog.

Store of I-9 Islamabad is spreading over four floors is superbly designed and also designated with different sections (i-e: houses Home Furniture, Office Furniture, Kids Furniture, Laminate Flooring, Kitchens, Doors, Wardrobes and Home Accessories).

No doubt Lifewares, Interwood furniture brand is growing to one of the leading home furniture stores in our country. They are offering a very unique spectrum of home décor items for both indoors and outdoors. Moreover I liked their bed set collections and also décor items; I am in love of these mentioned in this catalog, sharing few.

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As soon as Islamabad people heard about that launch they came in huge numbers to witness Interwood’s catalog and store at I-9, which also ensures that everyone was eagerly waiting for this to happen in their own city. Locals took interest in Lifewares 2017 catalog because that catalog has all information regarding room setups décor placement, price range and color options through clear and elaborate master shots, which, in turn, makes customer decisions a breeze.

Golin PK organized a meet up between Food & Film at Wingitt.

Wingitt launched in 2016, with a vision to provide premium chicken wings tossed in a variety of flavors. An event that includes Food and provides you a chance to meet cast of Chalay Thay Sath under one roof, you don’t need much time to say yes to the organizers.

Chalay Thay Sath is an upcoming movie, to be released later this month. The cast of Chalay Thay Sath includes Syra Shehroz, Kent S Leung, Behrooz Subzwari, Zhalay Sarhadi, Mansha Pasha, Shamim Hilaly, Osama Tahir, Faris Khalid and Sherbaz Kaleem. It is a story of travellers on the road to self-discovery, dedicated to remote region of Hunza in the Gilgit Baltistan. After attending this meet up, I am excited to watch this film once it is released.

Moreover, I am in love with the food by Wingitt, it is awesome and tasty. Their presentation and taste of flavor were amazing. Currently, they are offering about 19 flavors. The flavor that attracted my taste the most is “Buffalo Hot Sauce”.  If you are planning to have a food at Wingitt, please give a try to “mustered honey wings”.

Event began on time; Cast shared their memorable experiences with media and attendees by participating in Q & A session. As they started narrating their journey, they took us to the mountains of Gilgit. Chalay Thay Sath cast has an exciting competition waiting on the event; it was “The Hot Blazing Challenge”. Challenge was accepted by Kent, Faris and Osama; they had to scoff eight chicken wings in less than four minutes. Though it was a close competition, but audience had to decide one winner and it was Osama who won this interesting competition.

M6 launched in Pakistan by QMobiles

QMobile unveiled its best phone yet, the QMobile M6 at an astounding ceremony on the sidelines of QMobile present HUM Bridal Couture Week in Karachi.

At Bridal Couture Week, people were discussing about this phone with great enthusiasm. From the lens of Q Mobile, the Bridal Couture Week looked wonderful.  Zeeshan Qureshi and Zeeshan Akhtar were present at the launching ceremony of Q Mobile M6 at the Kiosk of Q Mobile and people experienced the sets which were at display. Everyone appreciated the new addition in the Q Mobile’s family. Following are other details related to Q Mobile M6.

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Priced at around Rs. 29,500, the QMobile M6 boosts the best specs that QMobile smartphone has offered so far. Main highlights include 5,000 mAh battery (with fast charging available) and new stylish unit body metal design that will delight the Qmobile users.

Q Mobile M6 Specifications:

We need a phone which processes very fast and it should support from 2G to 4G LTE and yes it should have to be a dual SIM phone, yes these all requirements are being full-filled by M6.

CPU: 2.0GHz Octa-Core Cortex-A53

Chipset: Mediatek Helio P10

OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Supported Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE; Dual-SIM

Design:

Guess what we are very much in to it that my phone’s design should be awesome; it should be Slim with metallic body or base. Yes you are right this M6 is for you.

Slim Unibody Metal Based on 6000 Series Aluminium

DTS Surround Sound

5D Curved Screen

Display: 5.5” Super AMOLED with 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution

Memory:

We need a phone with lots of memory space capabilities, it has fast RAM and also huge amount of internal storage and you can add card too.

RAM: 4 GB

Internal: 64 GB

Card slot: yes

Camera:

(Mere Mobile ka camera ki result tou aaaaalaaa hai), we all need a phone in which camera should be off 13 MP or over, and this phone has the capabilities to capture the best.

Primary: 13 MP, f/2.0, phase detection auto focus,

Secondary: 8 MP, screen flash, beauty mode

Fingerprint scanner

Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, hotspot, Bluetooth, GPS, Infrared blaster, USB OTG

Battery: 5,000 mAh with fast charging support (comes with 18W Turbo Charger)

This amazing mobile with above extra-ordinary specifications comes at only Rs. 29,500.

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World Oral Health Day celebrated by Shield Pakistan

World Oral Health Day was celebrated in Pakistan by various organizations and Shield Pakistan is one of them, who celebrated it in a different way. They established free clinics at 47 different locations across the Pakistan, Where visitors had their free dental check-ups. Free dental healthcare clinics were an appreciable effort by Shield Pakistan and respective Hospitals across Pakistan.

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The Brushing Activity  at Baqai Medical University Karachi to attempt for a National Record.

They (Shield Pakistan) also organized an awareness seminar at Karachi Club on 24th of March, in which a huge number of participants from various fields of life were present.

Oral Health Awareness Seminar

About World Oral Health Day

World Oral Health Day is celebrated globally every year on 20 March and is organized by FDI World Dental Federation. World Oral Health Day was launched in 2013 to raise awareness of the importance of good oral health and its significance in safeguarding general health and well-being. This is done through an international awareness campaign created and launched by FDI World Dental Federation, adapted and promoted locally by national dental associations in over 140 countries worldwide.

History of World Oral Health Day

WOHD was officially launched in 2007 and was originally celebrated on 12 September, the birth date of FDI founder Dr Charles Godon. However, the campaign was not fully activated until 2013, when further to a decision by FDI’s General Assembly (governing body) in September 2012 the date was changed to 20 March. The main reason for this was being to avoid conflict with FDI’s World Dental Congress which took place during the same per

The new date was chosen to reflect that:

  • Seniors must have a total of 20 natural teeth at the end of their life to be considered healthy
  • Children should possess 20 baby teeth
  • Healthy adults must have a total of 32 teeth and 0 dental cavities
  • Expressed on a numerical basis this can be translated as 3/20 hence March 20

#ShieldYourSmile is a major step towards providing people awareness about their oral health and issues related to dental care. These are the few tips to brush your teeth:

1.   Brush your teeth twice a day.

2.   Replace your toothbrush regularly.

3.   Practice good technique to brush your teeth.

4.   Spend at least 3 minutes while brushing. Don’t ignore the inside upper & lower teeth.

5.   Use fluoride toothpaste (helps remove plaque).

6.   Rinse out your mouth and your tooth brush in the end.

Remember: 

Not only oral health benefit us socially and help us in other things such as our careers and relationships, but it also has many more practical benefits. Visiting your dentist every 6 months is always essential to keep your mouth healthy.

Globally, between 60–90% of schoolchildren and nearly 100% adults have tooth decay, often leading to pain and discomfort.

Oral disease affects 3.9 billion people worldwide with untreated tooth decay impacting almost half of the world’s population.

Dolmen Celebrates the Journey of Love and Togetherness

Donned as a mall with a heart by its valued customers, Dolmen Malls is committed to enrich customer experience through unparalleled hospitality, service, value based offers, discounts, festivals and more.

Draped in a carousel of festivities, Dolmen Malls is celebrating the journey of love and togetherness through numerous activities throughout February and March. Offers and discounts leading up to 70% on renowned local and international brands are being offered daily to shoppers while multiple new lawn collections are being unveiled along with activities from leading fashion, beauty and food brands

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The sea facing mall in Clifton exudes the nation’s fervor towards cricket making ‘Dolmen Loves Cricket’, highlight of the month. Howzaat deals in the food court in all three malls, décor and the match screening in Dolmen Mall Clifton are making the atmosphere livelier as the season of Pakistan Super League (PSL) gains momentum. Cricket fans are relishing live cricketing moments in the food court, participating in sporting discussions and attaining opportunities to have cricketing celebrity encounters.

“We take pride in giving our customers a reason to revel the joys of love, togetherness and their fervor for food, sports, and shopping. For us, our customers are more important than anything else. This is their mall and they tell us what they would like to see – we make it happen,” said Naureen Khan, General Manager Marketing, Dolmen Group.

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Additionally, within the realm of Dolmen Cares, the mall’s community engagement initiative, Dolmen Mall announced a one-year collaboration with Cricket Junoonis, the official fan club of Pakistan Cricket (endorsed by PCB), to celebrate the love of the sport. Junooni fans and families enrolled through Dolmen Mall will benefit for the entire year with numerous discounts, prizes, trips, and more. For the current season of PSL, the partnership will provide 15 lucky draw customers from Dolmen malls Clifton, Tariq Road and Hyderi a chance to go to Dubai on an all-expense paid trip for the PSL playoffs and become stars of the Dolmen Junooni travelogue that will be televised on leading national televisions.

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