Recent must watch Pakistani drama serial

If you have already seen all the Recommended pakistani drama serials, then please do read on as several drama serials have aired since then which are definitely worth watching.

Here is a list of dramas that you should binge watch over next weekend.

1.  Darr si jaati hai sila: Written by Bee Gul and starring Yumna Zaidi alongside Nauman Ijaz and Saman Ansari, Dar si jaati hai sila is a must watch. It’s a story of a girl who lives in constant fear even in her own house. It’s very well written, the dialogues are crisp, very well directed, not stretched and each and every actor has done comcompl justice to their role. Just a note of caution: it can get very emotional towards the end, keep that hanky handy.

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2. Sang e Mar Mar: As a ruler I do start watching every Nauman Ijaz drama serial even if it does not look too good from the promos. This was exactly the case with Sang e mar mar as well. I was not too keen on it but decided to give it a chance for Saniya Saeed and Nauman Ijaz. Written by Mustafa Afridi and directed by Saife Hasan, Sang e Mar Mar is the story of a pashtun family headed by the strict patriarch Gulistan Khan, played to perfection by Naunan Ijaz. It talks about outdated customs and traditions that make life almoal too difficult to live. Strong performances by actors like Nauman Ijaz, Saniya Saeed and the extremely talented Paras Masroor, with a gripping story, breathtakingly beautiful locations and strong direction makes it a must watch

3. Yakeen ka safar: Oh, where do I start from? Yakeen ka safar is based on a short novel called ‘Woh Yakeen ka Naya Safar’ written by Farhat Ishtiaq. I started watching it mainly because i enjoyed readrea the novel. It’s a story of a girl who loses pretty much everything because her family does not trust her and then how she works hard to be independent and during her journey finds people struggling in their lives but not giving up. Although I knew Sajal Ali would be great as Zobia but it was Ahad Reza Mir who shined as Dr Asfandyar. If you still have not seen it, then you must make some time for it over the weekend.

4. Shayad: Have I ever mentioned that I absolutely love Nauman Ijaz? I thith I have. A d now that we have this out of the way, let me inform you that this is another drama serial with outstanding performance by Nauman Ijaz. Based on a novel of the same name written by Faiza Iftikhar is about the relationship between Saad and Hani and the ties that bind them together. The sets and editing are perfect and it’s production quality is slick. Sadia Khan looks beautiful as Hani but it’s Uzair Jaswal as Saad who really steals the show. If you are a fan of romance, this is a must watch.

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5. Aangan (ARY): Aangan started a revolrevol of sorts in Pakistani drama industry. It’s the kind of serial that although highlights a lot of social issues and gives their solutions as well, it never gets preachy and never awkward. It’s the story of a family and must be watched with your family. It talks about how families support each other, forgive mistakes and move on in life together. The best part about it is that each and every character is given equal importance and attention which makes it very easy to understand why a particular character behaves the way they do. This is rather rare in Pakistani drama serials. With great performances from industry stalwarts like Qavi Khan and Samina Ahmed to some newcomers whose names even I am not aware of, Aangan is a treat to watch. Highly recommended!

6. Akhri station: This is a 7 part mini series prodprod by Kashaf Foundation. Just like their earlier productions, namely Udaari and Rehai, Akhri Station shows reality in a brutal and raw manner. It speaks the truth, without sugar coating it. If you suffer from depression or anxiety, i will suggest not to watch this show. It’s awesome script, impact full use of imagery along with power-packed performances and great direction by Sarmad Khoosat make it a must watch.

7. Khudgharz: Although Sami Khan is an extremely good actor, unfortunately got type casted for several years and didn’t do any noteworthy project for several years. Things have changed now and he is doing some wonderful work. Khudgharz is definitely one of those drama serials where you can see him portraying an extremely complicated role effortlessly. Along with him Amina Sheikh and Syed Jibran were absolute stars of the show. The show was directed by Yair Nawaz and he proved he is an ace director. Also, if you are planning to watch it, keep a tissue box with you. You can thank me later.

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8. Lashkara: Set in interior Lahore, Lashkara is the story of one acid attack survivor. Written by Zafar Mairaj and directed by Kashif Nisar, it starts off as a fun, light hearted love triangle of sorts but it actually deals with a huge social dilemma. Imran Ashraf, Ushna Shah and Mohsin Abbas Haider make it an absolute treat to watch with their great performances.

9. Muqabil: Another Mohsin Abbas Haider starrer, Muqabil is an essential watch. Written by Zafar Mairaj and directed by Hasan Ali, Muqabil is the story of a rape survivor, played well by Kubra Khan and supported by Mohsin Abbas Haider as her husband and veterave like Asif Reza Mir and Saba Hameed.

10. Nazar e bad: Although the name of the show probably should have been Kaala Jaadu, Nazar e bad is a very well made drama serial.  Starring Azfar Rehman in a negative role along with the very beautiful Sarah Khan and immensely talented sakina sammo, Nazar e bad is the story about love, jealousy and the desire to have things your own way. Just a littli warning, while it does not get scary, it does become a little creepy and you might not want to watch it alone

 

 

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Have you ever wondered why we dress the way we do? There is a psychological reason for that

Every person wants to inspire others with their wardrobe choices and now the fashion psychology has gone beyond the sense of clothes. Nobody among us truly understands the psychology of how people think or interpret about our fashion choices but nowadays fashion also includes lavish homes, car styling and even the food we eat. People boost about their wealth indirectly via social media postings. But I personally think that; All that glitters is not gold.

The question arises, what is the real social psychology behind fashion? Why do we want to impress others by continually updating our fashion with something new and unique? Is it because you become tired of old things or is it because of the people or society you live with?

I bet you will never post your picture on Facebook or Instagram in the same dress again, But why? The answer here is that our fashion is now more or less adopted solely for signalling social position and not for its usefulness. We always feel a sense of excitement when we work on self-reinvention; it might include changing the furniture of our homes or adding a trendy item in our wardrobe. This adds an extra pressure on our peers to remain current and updated despite of any financial condition.

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“Trends chasing is often motivated from a desire to fit in, feel current, and masks insecurities” By Jill Marinelli

Besides social pressure, the other thing that impacts fashion is the use of sophisticated technology. The 3D or digital technology has revolutionised the patterns of our dresses and even our homes. I would obviously try to adopt a better fashion than my peers and would love to get praised from my friends about my choices.

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So, it is evident that social psychology behind fashion is not entirely dependent on our personal choices rather it depends on signalling our social position. But on the other hand, there are some exceptions behind our fashion choices like religion, culture and moralities. The impact of these will be covered in our upcoming posts!

 

Who’s your City?

 

Quite a few people have asked me this question in the last year, ‘what is your home town?’ or `which city do you come from?’. An innocent enough question, very simple and obvious when you meet a new person, but not for me, I could find no easy answer to this seemingly straightforward query. Should I say Abu Dhabi, the beautiful island city where I grew up and lived in the longest, who’s geography is still etched clearly in my mind but whom I left a long time ago. Or should I say Multan, which is my city by paternal rights, the city which I can never get tired of, the city I got married in and remains my husband’s home city, but I have never lived in it for too long. Should it be Sargodha, a city I have never really liked but still holds a year’s worth of precious memories for me one of which is it being the birth place of my firstborn. Should it be Lahore, the city in which I was born and in which I gave birth to my daughter and in which my parents currently reside, a city worth its name but unbelievably crowded, a city which is mine and who’s alleys I have walked and walked until my shoes became worn and yet once again I have never really resided in it for long. Or should I say Kamra. Kamra is not even a city, just a collection of ugly commercial plazas on the either side of the incredibly long Grand Trunk road almost half way between Rawalpindi and Peshawar, with a strange Dove shaped gate somewhere between the noise and the bazaar, from which one can take a road towards the city of Attock, formerly known as Cambellpur, and along this road now closed off from the general public are a collection of gates. Each of these gates leads into either a small town like colony of its own or an aircraft factory, several of which along with an Air Base make up an aeronautical complex. This was my home for thirteen or so years, from when I was no longer a carefree innocent girl and yet had still not been really exposed to the world at large, because Kamra was not really a city it was a world of its own. In between there is Sahiwal which was formerly known as Montgomery, my maternal grandparents lived here and it remains my most favorite city ever, home to one of the most beautiful houses ever, a house that still holds my best childhood memories and quite a few after I had grown up, it was a place for refuge for a little more than half a year after a sudden move from the UAE to Pakistan. Or should I say Ahmedabad, not strictly a city but the home of my grandfather and many generations of Majoka’s before him, the place where blood takes us every time, the once tiny village on the banks of the River Jehlum, it has kept changing its locations over the years with the flow and ebb of the river and whatever the weather brings with it. Situated  some twenty miles west of Khushab, in this village is our farmhouse and has been our home for quite a few odd months and a holiday home for the last eighteen years,  as well as my father’s retreat from where he runs his farms.  Or Toronto, where I have lived sporadically in bits and pieces and where I find myself once again, a city that holds my own youthful memories and is slowly becoming memorable for my own children.

So where does a body belong to? What actually is a hometown anyway? Is it a town, a city, a collection of houses and roads or just a place in which your heart or body resided for a while so when you move away it is carried in that heart and body forever? Do I have a single hometown or am I destined to find a new one in every phase of my life, but which one should I really refer to as my hometown, my city, the one I have lived in the longest or the one that lives in my heart the most; or all of them. So I just say the name of the city which comes up the quickest on my tongue, people around me still don’t know for sure where exactly I come from but then I myself am not sure which is my city, or rather which is not my city.

 

 

 

Must have wardrobe staples every girl should have

“Buy Less, Choose well, Make it last” Well quoted

Have you ever wondered what makes a girl fashionable? Is it an endlessly stocked wardrobe? Or is it the excess of money? But I believe both things doesn’t matter at all, one need to understand the tactics to wear them rightly. Girls with incredible styling employ a few hacks on daily basis to completely change their outlook.

Here I am sharing some affordable pieces that would simply enhance your appearance in no time!

Oversized Turtleneck Sweaters:

Looking for a chic way to upgrade your cold-weather style? Then it’s the best idea to buy an oversized turtleneck sweater. Get an instant style & comfort in just one go!

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Turtle neck sweaters are also commonly known as roll necks or polo neck sweaters. This modern style is easily blended with jackets to cope up with the cold weather.

Grab Tuxedo Trousers:

Tuxedo trousers are an ever green fashion, so the perfect time to grab them is the Christmas Festive. The vast color palette can really make a statement while peeping out over knitted tops. Tuxedo trousers are always a part of my glamorous and flirtatious pieces but you can’t pair with heels in such cold weather. You can go for long leather boots to cover up your legs.

Go For Ankle Boots:

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Ankle boots are the ultimate destination for style-minded girls and the versatility in these boots are endless.  These boots goes with almost every type of closets like jeans, maxis or even shorts. Ankle boots comes in wedge-styles, heels, laced and buckled. One of my favorite looks is when I pair jeans with half cuff booties.  This effortless style contributes in giving girls a perfect stylish weekend look.

Stay tuned for our next blog posts to learn more about girls styling!

 

5 Things You Should Never Google

The power of Google search is indispensible in this time and age but is it really safe to search for all your answers online? Not really.

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Google is a gateway to breaching your privacy or even supplying the wrong information; with certain things, this web search platform may not be the best way to find your answers.

1. Don’t Google your symptoms!
Have you ever had a mild fever and cough and Google told you that you might have a nasopharyngeal cancer? Not only is Google a highly unreliable source to diagnose your clinical symptoms but it can also be a major source of stress. Instead, go to your physician the normal way!

2. Don’t give off your location
When you use Google you’re automatically giving it access to your private information including your location. This can be pretty risky and breach your privacy. The best way to deal with it is not to search for things that give a clue to where you’re living.

3. Don’t give off your true identity to Google
As with the location, you shouldn’t be giving Google too much information about your real identity. Making obvious searches that clue into your identity can be dangerous.

4. Don’t Google your insecurities
The internet is notorious in making you feel bad about yourself and asking Google questions about your insecurities will only feed into the issue at hand.

5. Don’t search for shady items
“How to make a bomb at home” might sound like a fun search to do but it’s also pretty suspicious and can land you in serious legal trouble. Steer clear from shady Google searches like these because curiosity killed the cat. Besides you really don’t need to know the recipe of a bomb!

Must-Try Foods Of Peshawar, Pakistan

Peshawar, the city of flowers has a lot more to offer than love & hospitality. Being the historical city of Pakistan, its cultural norms are rooted in its delicious food items that are served traditionally in various top-notch restaurants. Although I did witness the changing mindsets of people who are opting a westernized food culture but still the traditional must-try foods remains unchanged.

So, planning to eat out the delicious cuisines of Peshawar? Then specialties in the town are just breath-taking!

Minced Meat Cuisine- Chapli Kebab

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The traditional Chapli kebab of Peshawar is famous throughout the country. The minced meat is added with traditional spices, transformed in circular shapes & then deep fried until it gets black. It is served with yogurt and chapattis. The best place to enjoy the dish is Charsi Tikka Shop & Namak Mandi. If you are a barbecue freak, then you won’t find a better place than Namak Mandi in Peshawar. The newly constructed heritage trial in the town best pairs with its traditional dishes and thus enhancing the atmosphere with cultural flavors!

The Lamb Chops & Dum Pukht:

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The people of the country are just addicted to the delicious Dum Pukht (a dish made from lamb meat and its fat). The dish takes almost 2-3 hours for preparation; there are no intense spices in the dish. The fat of the lamb is cooked on low flame until it releases the oil from it. Then the meat is added to the oil with some green chilies and potatoes. I was not a die-hard fan of the dish until I tried it and now I am happy as I also learned to cook this dish like a pro! 🙂

The Sweet Cuisine- Falooda:

For ice-cream lovers, the town offers Falooda that just gives the right pleasure to its consumers. The vanilla-almond flavored ice cream is mixed up with white spaghetti and milk, then served with chilly ice. The people enjoy its rich flavor throughout the year.

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The city of Peshawar has a long-lasting history of invasions and wars from the British Empire to Mughals, but the Peshawar’s traditions remain unchanged!

 

 

 

 

 

Why you should be reading more

Reading is a hobby which allows you to cut off from the world and immerse in a new, more exciting world. If you’re reading this, then you’re probably a regular reader. People do it for enjoyment purposes or to pass their time. But do you know why reading is important? Here are the top 4 reasons why you should be reading more.

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1. Reading reduces stress
This reason is no shocker to us as many of us, including myself, retreat to reading because I was some relaxation and quiet time. This is backed up by the fact that by reading a book or newspaper for just 6 minutes can lower people’s stress level by 68%. In fact, this is more effective than going for a walk, drinking tea of coffee or listening to music.

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2. Reading improves language skills
A human development professor named Donald Bolger says that reading is like a snowball effect. The more you read, the more words you learn. And the more words you learn, the better you are at reading and comprehending.

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3. Reading can shape a person
When you read, your mind expands and takes in different aspects of reading. While reading, you experience a spectrum of emotions, and you experience it very intensely. You learn about different personalities and how they feel throughout the book, hence you become more sensitive to other people and think twice about how your actions can affect them.

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4. Reading improves focus and concentration
One of the major contributors to short attention span and poor memory is the lack of concentration and focus. If you want to improve your concentration, then you should try reading. You’d be surprised how reading just for a few minutes improves your focus throughout the day.

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