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Karachi’s Emerging Foodie Hotspot

 

xandersOver the last two years, Tipu Sultan Road has emerged as one of Karachi’s popular commercial hotspots. This is due to the establishment of several cafés and high-end restaurants.

Accessible via Shahrah-e-Faisal, Tipu Sultan Road is lined with several high-end restaurants. Cocochan and Chop Chop Wok are go-to places if you are looking for delicious Chinese and Thai cuisines. For Italian and European food, head to Bella Vita which is equally popular for its interior.

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A few desi restaurants are also located there including Sultan – The Royal Eatery where you can enjoy chicken tikka, seekh kababs and Peshawari karahi. Espresso and Xander’s also have a presence there where you can grab a quick bite and enjoy a hot cup of coffee with friends. Dunkin’ Donuts is also located there where you can satisfy your sweet tooth indulgence.

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Due to increasing commercialisation, several houses that have stood there for decades have been repurposed to serve as commercial enterprises such as banks, salons, real estate and advertising agencies.

A few high-end clothing and homeware stores such as Tarzz and Habitt are also located there. Drive along the road and you will also see a significant number of educational institutes, healthcare facilities, superstores and wedding halls, in addition to well-maintained parks.

Tipu Sultan Road is increasingly becoming the perfect spot for the residents living nearby and further to this side of town, who now have their fair share of trendy restaurants and coffee shops and don’t need to trek down all the way to Zamzama or Defence to celebrate New Year.

 

 

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Mental Health: Dealing With Depression

 

mental health 1On November 26, 2018, I read about the suicide news of Rushaan Farrukh. It’s disheartening to know that a young girl, who was studying visual arts at BNU in Lahore, took away her life. Her last Instagram posts proved that she was suffering from depression.

I wonder what might be going through Rushaan’s mind when she was standing on the building’s roof. Giving up your life is not an easy decision rather it takes guts and a lot of negativities for Rushaan to jump off from that roof.

These days, youngsters and children are suffering from depression and the reasons are heartbreaks, failure at studies and bullying.

Depression is not a fluff; it’s real and valid issue. I do know what it’s like to be in this state because I had also gone through this phase. A couple of years ago, I had zero motivation for life and I totally gave up. It’s not because of bullying but yes I was heartbroken and this affected my studies. Despite being an A-Grade student I failed miserably at my fifth semester. And on top of that, my mother started looking for my rishtas because I turned 21, luckily I faced rejections many times (pun intended). Consequently, I felt bad and all of this just broke my spirit and I fell into depression.

At that time, I don’t know how and what happened but I only remembered that my parents, sister and most importantly my connection to Almighty Allah restored my strength.

Mental health is a big predicament and it should not be taken lightly. There are several mental health problems a person faces which include anxiety, insomnia and depression. Unfortunately, people suffering from these mental problems are mocked and derided by their surroundings and society.

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Feeling anxious or low is normal but if this persists for longer period of time, then this is alarming. Depression is chronic, it can kill people. Depressed people tend to let their lives slide away from their hands. They feel safe in their own cocoon and don’t want to come out. Usually we think that people who are unsuccessful are depressed which is wrong. Several successful celebrities have also been reported to be in severe depression. Hollywood bigwigs such as Robin Williams and Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) took away their lives. In Bollywood, Deepika Padukone was the first female protagonist who came forward and acknowledged that she is suffering from high functioning depression. Now, Padukone helps create countrywide awareness about mental health.

So the question arises how to deal people with clinical depression? As society, it’s important to show concern and listen to the people who are depressed. Don’t shut them up by saying that you should be thankful for your life. The person is in pain and only he/she wants you to listen and not to be judgmental.

As parents, it’s important to build a relation with their children. During Zara Hat Kay Show, one of the psychologists, Aniqa, suggests to parents that they should teach gratitude and patience to the youngsters. These two traits are lacking in today’s generation and they want immediate results and if any mishap happens which is against their plan, they become impatient.

As far as my viewpoint is concerned, I don’t want to say anything to society because it won’t make much of a difference. I will directly say to the person, who is going through depression, try to revive your connection with your Creator. As Muslims, we believe that Allah calls you five times a day. The call to prayer is a reminder that the Creator is there for you. HE won’t abandon you in your misery. Talk to Allah because HE will listen to you. Pray to Allah because HE is the one who can boost your inner strength. Try to create a strong bond with Allah, who never judge you by your physical appearance and do not see your status; instead your Creator only sees your beautiful heart. Seek help from your Creator.

Remember you are above all these materialistic objects and do not let anyone belittle you because no matter how much we talk about humanity, or showing concern to people, nothing will change. There will be people who will demean you, who will say rubbish about you so DO NOT LET ANYONE COME IN YOUR WAY.

Nobody is perfect in this world, not me, you or not even your bully. This time will pass. And you just need to stay firm. And keep moving, you will eventually find a far better place.

Movie Review: Badhaai Ho Beats Thugs of Hindostan at the Box Office

 

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Recently, Badhaai Ho has crossed 200 crore club and despite a month of its release, the movie is still giving a tough competition to the new big budgeted – and big starrer – movies such as Thugs of Hindostan.

A middle-class family, the intimacy between age-old couple culminating into pregnancy, saas-bahu family drama, an uninvited chota mehman, and breaking stereotype against societal norms; this is the premise of Amit Ravindernath Sharma’s most awaited Bollywood flick Badhaai Ho.

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In September, when the trailer of the movie was launched, everybody was smitten by the novel idea presented by Sharma in a tongue-and-cheek humour. The expectations shot up sky-high when the old, married couple were shown breaking the news of their pregnancy to their two grownup sons. I became interested in knowing how the movie would go beyond the awkwardness fun part. There was a fear that the movie would turn into a typical Bollywood masala with no soul. And to my surprise, the movie delivers beyond its potential with power packed performances and crackling dialogues that split the audience with laughter.

Set against the backdrop of Delhi’s Lodhi colony, the story revolves around railway ticket collector in his early 50s, Jeetender Kaushik (Gajraj Rao) who lives with his wife Priyamvada Kaushik (Neena Gupta), his mother Surekha Sikri, two grown-up children, Gullar (Shardul Rana) who is in his teenage years prepping for boards and Nakul (Ayushmann Khurrana) who is in his mid-twenties and works at a multinational organisation. The movie gets you engrossed in minutes as the Kaushik family discover that Priyamvada is 17 weeks pregnant.

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The fun part in the movie is when couple has to share the ‘good news’ with their family. The scenes where Jeetender tries to awkwardly talk to his young sons and to his mother will crack you up. Nakul and Gullar, on other hand, cannot come to terms with the fact that their parents are going to have a third child at this age. Sikri is appalled when she hears the news and thrown the usual mother-in-law jabs at Priyamvada.

In another track, Nakul has a relationship with Renee (Sanya Malhotra) who belongs to an elite family in Delhi. She lives with her mother (Sheeba Chadha) in an upscale locale. The mother is fond of Nakul, but concerned about his family. She describes it as a circus she doesn’t want to buy tickets to. Although Sheeba appears in the film only for a few scenes, she leaves an indelible mark.

badhaai ho 6The strength of the film lies in the script (written by Shantanu Srivastava, Akshat Ghidal and Jyoti Kapoor) that explores an uncomfortable subject delicately. The screenplay, written by Akshat Ghildial, is amazingly brilliant. For instance Jeetender woos his wife with poetry and mangoes, the couple steal glances at a wedding, the family visits a local doctor at a small dispensary – all of which add to an amazing narrative.

The film has plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, especially in the first half thanks to Nakul’s grandmother, whose response to learning about the pregnancy is pure gold. Veteran actress Sikri steals the show with her comic jibes.

Moreover, the story has many scenes which are exceptional like Nakul going to Gullar’s school to teach a bully, the heart-touching relationship between brothers, and mother-in-law praising daughter-in-law Priyamvada when criticised for pregnancy will definitely make you smile as well as form a lump in your throat. Also, the scene when Nakul invites Renee’s mother for his mother’s baby shower display sheer honesty and emotional sentiment which leaves everyone teary-eyed.

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As far as characters are concerned, I will say that the loose ends left in the script have been covered by stellar acting of the protagonists. Ayushmann Khurrana has delivered yet another brilliant performance, after winning accolades for his work in Andhadhun. Khurrana has of late come as a mature actor with the selection of experimental scripts that gives him margin to explore his acting potential. In this film, he showcases the various emotions of anger, shame, repentance, sorrow and love with great precision.

Sanya Malhotra has limited screen time but gets into the skin of the character and comes up with a superb performance. Neena Gupta does a convincing and adorable job as a mother. Gajraj Rao is just too wonderful and I just loved his Mr Bean like expressions. Shardul Rana has also done a decent job.

badhaai ho 5The music is fair, but there are no standout tracks in the film. The absence of chartbusting music is sorely felt. Abhishek Arora’s background score is remarkable and adds to the impact of the drama.

Although the movie keeps you hook to the seat in the first half with its super fun and hilarious dialogues, the second half witness the dip in the energy. However, the climax is beautiful and extremely fulfilling. Overall, the movie is enjoyable and sends across a strong message which is heartening.

I rate this movie 3/5.

Book Review: Stephenie Meyer

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If you are a fan of Twilight series and curious about Stephenie Meyer and how she came up with the idea of her novel. This book is for you.

This book also saves your time because a lot of things which have been mentioned in the book are taken from Meyer’s interviews. The chapter, where author mentioned about Forks where the protagonists of Twilight lived, is interesting. One of the best part is to know about the creative toil Meyer has to go through before becoming an accomplished novelist.

The downside of the book is its contradictions, incoherent lines and weak sentence structure. At times, it was boring and I had to skip a few pages to finish it off. There was also repetition which kind of ticked me off.

The author of this book, Marc Shapiro, who is known for writing biographies including the New York Times bestselling J.K Rowling: The Wizard behind Harry Porter, has not done a good job for this one.

It is disappointing and therefore I rate this book 2/5.

In Memory Of A Parsi Philanthropist

 

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Located in Karachi, Jamshed Road was established in 1922. Stretching between M.A. Jinnah Road and Jail Road, most of the houses that once stood on Jamshed Road have been demolished and replaced by high-rise apartment complexes and commercial enterprises, such as auto repair workshops, banks and grocery stores.

Jamshed Road is named after Jamshed Nusserwanjee, a prominent Parsi philanthropist of his time. Fondly known as ‘the Builder of Modern Karachi’ Nusserwanjee was the first mayor of Karachi and the president of Karachi Municipality where he served for 12 years and transformed the city into a great and important metropolis. He also developed a first cooperative housing society (known as Jamshed Quarters) which is located there, catering to the city’s growing middle class. What is more is that he was a close friend of Mr Jinnah.

Jamshed 2As you drive down Jamshed Road, you will see remnants of small houses built in classic British colonial architecture. Not only that, once you step off the road, you will see quarter-like houses that were once used by the officers and government employees in the Raj period, one of them is known as 1865, which according to the residents, was used as a storage place for arms and ammunition by the British army .

jamshed-1.jpgJamshed Road is home to a string of desi cuisine, which offers biryani, haleem, nihari as well as samosas and pakorays. A few bakeries are also located there for lovers of all things sweet. Recreational avenues are limited to a few parks. However, if you go to the adjacent M.A. Jinnah Road there you will find several parks, educational institutions, healthcare facilities as well as shopping and recreational avenues, in addition to the well-known iconic Quaid’s mausoleum, Islamia College and TDF Ghar.

Although traffic, hustle bustle and rapid commercialisation can take its toll, Jamshed Road still retains its old-world charm.

A Popular Cultural Hotspot In Karachi

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If you want to experience a bit about the culture of old Karachi, consider heading to the Dawood Foundation Ghar located on M. A. Jinnah Road. This period house, built in 1930, was owned by a Hindu woman, Haribai Motiram, who sold it to Hanifabai Haji Gani (the founder of Hanifa Bai Hajiani Government Girls Secondary School) in 1948. The house was restored in August 2017 and turned into a public space.

Built on a 709 square-yard plot, the house is designed in a British colonial architectural style. It is a double storey building with six rooms and a rooftop. Painted in warm yellow colour, the house has ornamented columns, eaves and pitched windows. The doors are solid wood, with pigmented concrete tiles and mosaic pattern. tdf ghar 4tdf ghar 6As you enter the house, you see a veranda, covered with fruit trees of badam, imli and champa, and a two-foot projected balcony with curved baluster. From veranda, the door opens to the living room, which is now a museum for antiques artefacts and collectables including a Remington typewriter, vintage bookshelf, rotary dial telephone, an Anglo-Indian vanity dressing table (singhar), high-ceiling fans, chandeliers and chessboards, all this take you back to the pre partition era. The ground floor also has a documentary room where you can see movie clips of an old Karachi.

As you walk out from the living room, you will enter a courtyard where lies a beautifultdf ghar 8 Sehan Café – decorated with lanterns, marble-top tables and Irani bentwood chairs. Previously, it was an empty space used for vocational training for women in early 60s. The café offers chai and light snacks for the visitors, and on weekends serves traditional nashta; it is also an ideal place to enjoy with your friends or read a good book. The courtyard also features a kitchen and a bathroom, and it’s designed similar to the 1930s. Near the café, there is a staircase which displays photographs from the pre partition era. It leads to the first floor which has four rooms, known as Numaish rooms and are used for art exhibitions, workshops and seminars. Along with the museum and café, the most appealing spot of the building is its rooftop, which is embellished with hand-crafted tiles and offers a scenic view of the Quaid’s mausoleum.

TDFNearby TDF Ghar, you can find several amenities such as banks, car showrooms, educational institutes, hospitals and petrol pumps. A few eateries offering desi food also have a presence there for the residents and visitors. Plenty of shopping avenues are located within a 10-minute drive away and include stores that deal in homeware, fabric and furniture.

While this part of Karachi may not be the city’s trendiest, the presence of TDF Ghar makes it well-worth a visit.

Four Tips To Spend Less And Save More!

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Be it education, travelling, shopping or maintaining social lives, people spend more than they make. An increasing number of health experts believe that stress, especially financial stress directly affects people’s health and well-being. As a result, it’s no surprise that spending less and saving more is touted popular resolution this year.

Since 2018 is about to end, here are a four ways that will help you get on track financially:

Creating a budget. It’s important to keep a track of one’s cash flow, which means how much money coming in and going out. If you don’t have a budget, so it’s time to sit down and create a budget and work according to it. Some expenses are constant such as utility bills, groceries and conveyances charges, but there are unforeseen expenses such as wedding gifts or travelling. It is also possible to monitor your monthly and annual spending with the help of several free budgeting apps such as Hysab Kytab: Budgeting Expense and Saving Tracker as well as Moneypad (which can be downloaded on Android or iOS). This will make sure your money goes where you need it, instead of trickling away when you aren’t paying attention.

Shopping frenzy. Overspending is the worst enemy of your monthly budget and savings. The ongoing sale festivals are excellent distracters on a bad day, but these will leave a huge and permanent hole in your pocket. Impulsive shopping will buy you happiness for a limited time, but will deplete you of the most essential resource that can indeed help you on a rainy day. It’s also important to establish a difference between needs and wants during shopping.

Cutting down on eating out. If you are trying to save, dining out every weekend or twice a week will leave you with a zero balance in your account. So from now on, try to dine out just once a month or prepare a lavish meal for your friends and family at home, this is cost-effective and a healthier option. Another way to dine out economically is keep a track of all those eateries that offer family-size and mid-night deals.

Planning for a rainy day.  Medical emergencies, pricey expenditure and inflated utility bills can come at any time in life. After budgeting the daily expenses, keep a certain amount aside for a rainy day. If you have only one source of income, this is the time to make your passion or hobby into a profit. This will help you improve your income but also expand your emergency fund.