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Bidding farewell to Game of Thrones

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MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD, turn away while you can.

Yesterday was the beginning of the end, as HBO’s Game of Thrones came to an end after nine long years of tears, heartbreak, murder, scheming and DRAGONS! Fans all around the world waited anxiously for the series to air but every week there was an array of mixed feelings in the air. People were quick to jump to conclusions, various prophecies (that never came true) were being discussed and theories about how the show will end were surely driving everyone NUTS!

After nearly a decade of loving and losing our beloved actors, yesterdays episode was sure to put the nail in the coffin. Calling it bittersweet would be an understatement. The episode starts with images of the aftermath of episode 5, Tyrion, Jon and a handful of men walk around the city and see what is left of the carnage done by Danny and her last living dragon. Tyrion makes his way to the basement of the Red Keep and finds Jamie and Cersei buried in stones. Not only was it a powerful scene as he cries next to their bodies but it is almost poetic how they left the world just as they entered it. A little underwhelming yes, but the directors were clearly on a time crunch!

Danny flies back to the remains of a burnt down Kings Landing to address her army and claim her victory. As she walks out and Drogon spreads his wings and the align behind her, her victory becomes realer than ever. Just the intensity of those few seconds lays the mood for the rest of the episode. BUT – she makes it pretty obvious that she won’t be stopping here. Her version of breaking the wheel included burning thousands of innocent men, women and children in all the seven kingdoms to create a NEW WORLD….

Tyrion of course is arrested for colluding behind her back but he just never stops with the talking does he? When Jon goes to see him in his cell, Jon quotes the Master Aemon to Tyrion ‘Love is the death of duty’ while trying to justify the path of destruction Danny is on. As usual, the master of words, Tyrion responds ‘and sometimes, duty is the death of love..’ – and this, this is the moment we know our hearts are about to shatter into a million morbid pieces, but we still hope. ALAS, the moment all of Danaerys’ fans feared (Including me) – Jon follows his duty which is the end of his love. He begins to reason with her, but realizes soon that she is too far gone. His conversation with Tyrion earlier was bound to stir the wheels in motion, one might argue that Tyrion was the mastermind behind it all. 

As he tells her one last time ‘you will be my Queen, now and always’ , he kisses her one last time before stabbing her straight in the heart. JAW DROPS NOW* Crying and panting begins. 

It felt almost disrespectful to give Danny a death so quick (Literally dies in under ten seconds). Years of conquering and fighting for the truth, breaker of chains, all lost in a matter of minutes behind a madness that she supposedly inherited from her ‘Mad King’ father. The predictability factor on how she’d die was too high, it’s like the writers were rushing through trying to end a series that changed the course of television, without realizing the magnitude of the affect it’d have on its audience. For most of the season it felt like they forgot to write any dialogue in the script. It left things unanswered, how could it not? There is only so much fans can presume by facial expressions – WE NEED MORE. The fans expected longer episodes yet we were met with long, boring and dragged silence in every episode of the final season.

The top moment for me at least was how Drogon reacted to Danny’s death. The way he nods her lifeless body and squeals, it truly makes you feel real emotion for a CGI dragon. Alas! He burns down the Iron Throne till it’s completely melted, so no one may sit on it ever again. The beauty of the moment lies in how we realize Drogon was always more than just a fire breathing monster, he was real, he understood it all and he burnt the very thing that led to this, in sheer agony. He then delicately takes her into his claw and flies away with the Mother of Dragons, one last time. However, I could argue an alternative ending here. Burning Jon instead would have made complete sense! Imagine Jon surviving the fire, since he is a true born Targayrean, the Unsullied and Dothraki see him emerge from the fires and bow down to their new king, the TRUE king! However, if there is one thing we have all learnt from George R.R Martin’s writing, seldom do our beloved characters get their happy endings.

The new council is formed and Tyrion’s fate is left to them. Greyworm demands his head of course, but even shackled in chains, Tyrion manages to convince the council to elect a new king. Behold the twist – instead of nominating the man he practically manipulated into killing the Queen because he is indeed the rightful heir, he nominate *DRUM ROLL* – Bran Stark, the three eyed raven. As a friend once predicted this to me nearly a decade ago, Bran the Broken, who sees all, cannot walk but has flown, was made king of the six kingdoms. Yes, six – Sansa Stark has made her fair share of mistakes and hasty decisions but managed to convince Bran that Winterfell would remain an independent kingdom like it had been always. QUEEN IN THE NORTH AYE! Arya Stark was off to explore the rest of the world, beyond the point where all maps end. My question still holds, is she the prince that was promised? Was she Azhor Ahai? What was the scene with the white horse, was it really an uber from Bran? Another thing we won’t know because THERE WERE NO DIALOGUES, just the incineration of beloved characters wasting away in scenes of the vaguest nature.

Despite Bran becoming King, Jon is not pardoned for all the times he saved humanity from the brink of extinction, instead is banished back to the Nights Watch where he may never take a wife, father a child or own any land. This was the worst thing they could have to Jons fans, we were devastated. His journey was long, painful and selfless yet he was tossed to the end of the world to remain guarding the realms of the very men who were ungrateful towards all his sacrifices. In the end we see Jon lead the wildings into the forest – don’t worry, Ghost was right next to him. Since dialogue was again the least of the writers concerns, what we assume at the end is that plants are growing out of under the snow, meaning winter is ending, and Jon is migrating his new people to other lands beyond the wall. Maybe that is where he’ll live at peace, with people who look up to him for guidance and leadership, somewhere he is appreciated. The end was too open leaving us with an abundance of possibilities and theories. The story felt rushed, if only there were four more episodes if not a whole season. The actors, the story, the cast and crew deserved that, and so did the audience. Instead of ending in due time, it felt almost as if eights years of buildup was snatched away abruptly in a handful of episodes. Fans all over the world were left disgruntled, they felt cheated but if you ask me, some of that anger is definitely misplaced. I think we’re all furious because something we loved has come to an end, characters that felt like family have been lost indefinitely to another universe and we’ll never know more or see them again. That in itself is bittersweet for me, but then what end isn’t?

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International Luxury Brand Spa Ceylon Opens its 98th store in Karachi

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The world’s largest Ayurveda Wellness chain opened its 98th international store with the opening of an exclusive Wellness Boutique at Defense Housing Society’s Bukhari Commercial Area located in the heart of the city of Karachi.

Speaking at the sumptuous launch, master franchisee and Spa Ceylon Pakistan’s CEO Saeeda Mandviwalla, said, It gives me great pleasure to be able to bring Spa Ceylon to Pakistan because for me it is more than just a brand; it is a brand affiliated with my heritage & identity. Being from Sri Lanka originally, it is with pride that I bring a piece from my birthplace to my current home; and the benefits of this brand will be felt by all age groups of the population.”

Spa Ceylon now produces over 500 all-natural Ayurveda inspired personal care, wellness, make-up and home aroma products. The complete range comprises prestige skin, body, bath, scalp and hair care preparations, oils, balms and potions, colour cosmetics, home aroma blends, candles, diffusers, incense, herbal infusions and gourmet teas, handmade stoneware, bath accessories and a range of tropical resort wear.

Attending the opening, the co-founder director Shalin Balasuriya explained, “The continued growth of the international wellness market to over US$ 4.2 trillion signals a strong shift in consumer preferences towards wellness. Spa Ceylon occupies a unique lifestyle space where personal care meets wellness. Given its brand attributes of high-performance authentic formulations, Ayurveda origins, environmental activism and ethical sourcing, it will continue to resonate with the modern consumer to drive further growth. I have spent the past few days in Karachi meeting industry professionals, media & consumers that reviewed the range & am delighted by their overall response to Spa Ceylon, from packaging to product quality & functionality, giving us confidence that the store roll-out in Pakistan will be a great success.”

 

Also attending the glamorous event was H.E. Mr. Noordeen Mohamed Shaheid the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Pakistan. “There is a great sense of pride in seeing this esteemed Sri Lankan brand bring its presence to Pakistan, and through its success, we can only see strengthened trade relations between the two nations.”

 

Noor Mandviwalla, the young Executive Director of Spa Ceylon, Pakistan, said, “Spa Ceylon’s brand philosophy greatly resonates with me because of its unique emphasis on natural beauty & wellness. Beauty is no longer focused on making people meet a particular standard of the way one should look; rather, it now looks towards highlighting one’s natural beauty, on the outside as well as within. This is why I feel that this brand is truly revolutionary in its take on beauty care and wellness; using the principles of Ayurveda to live a fuller & healthier life.”

Spa Ceylon captures the romance of old Ceylon combined with ancient Ayurveda wisdom to create their range of majestic spa rituals and Royal spa formulae designed to soothe, calm and relax the body, mind and soul. The Spa Ceylon Flagship Store in Karachi opened its doors with a wide selection of the master wellness and beauty ranges to cater to all moods, seasons and needs. Whether you want to Detox, De-stress, find Peace, Comfort, Sun Care or Sleep, Spa Ceylon has a range of enticing ingredients like Pink Lotus Almond, White Jasmine, Aloe Mint, White Tuberose, Water Lily, Cardomon Rose, Neem and Tea Tree, Virgin Coconut, Neroli Jasmine, Margosa Lime, Sandalwood Vetiver and Sandalwood Spice, Lemongrass and Lavender Neroli that will cater to every mood and occasion.

 

 

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This Fun-packed Actor’s YouTube Channel will Give you Endless laughs!

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Gone are the days when celebrities were hard to reach out to, with their personal lives being a mystery for their fans. With the onset of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, audiences can now feel more connected to their favorite stars.

Recently, Pakistani celebs are turning to YouTube, branching out beyond their traditional jobs and exploring their craft in a new space. So if you want to get a closer look at their lives, find out about their hobbies, or hear them talk about their favorite things; you can catch them on their YouTube channels. Interesting, isn’t it?

Currently featured in the fan-favorite “Alif”, the rising young star Yashma Gill is a powerhouse of talent. The very bubbly and cute actress has also recently launched her own YouTube channel. Her channel showcases videos – from personal adventures and experiences to experiments, fan moments, and her everyday anecdotes.

Her journey of vlogging is exciting enough to hook you up on her YouTube channel for hours. Her captivating personality and her natural flair for casual talk instantly grabs the audience’s attention.

Here are all the funniest moments from Yashma Gill Vlog to get your inner kid some carefree laughs!

When Yashma Gill becomes Friends with 75 Snakes:

The Vlog where she can be seen holding snakes in Biryani boxes, half puzzled and half appalled when Azlan Shah puts that snake on her palm. We couldn’t stop laughing at her cute expressions. The content of vlog is so different from the usual content on other celebrities’ Vlog.

When Yashma accepted the Challenge of “Do What They Can’t Do”

Her entertaining Vlog where she roamed around the streets of Lahore sipping local lemonade from street stalls and visited Lahore Zoological garden to take pictures with the elephant.  The climax of the vlog was when she came to know that Suzzi Elephant has died. Did she fulfill the challenge or not? Watch out her vlog to find out more:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGZCHEeFqFo

When Yashma Gill tried making Gol Roti

So this Vlog is all about her gol roti struggles when her domestic help was on leave. Was she able to make Gol roti for herself or she had to order food in the end? Watch out her gol roti struggles!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGWdXzV04yk

When Yashma Gill visited Bakra Mandi

This vlog was all about her visit to Bakra Mandi in a black abaya and veil and asking random questions to the vendors. Her energy is unmatchable when it comes to this vlog, from buying cotton candies to bargaining, the Vlog will get you hooked to her channel. Don’t believe? Here is the link to full-time entertainment:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dMxeUmiheQ

When Yashma Gill tried stitching her Eid Dress

So by now, you must have realized that this girl is unpredictable and you can expect anything from her. In her quest to do things in an unusual way, she learned from her tailor how to stitch a dress! Do watch to see her on-spot comments and real efforts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXDtoJJA6NQ

So the list doesn’t end here, and I bet that once you start following her YouTube channel, you will not want to do anything else but watch her vlogs. If you haven’t subscribed to her channel, go and subscribe to find out what next challenge she is going to accept next!

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TEDxLahoreWomen Pulls Off Another Brilliantly Mind Striking Event!

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LAHORE, December 8, 2019: TEDxLahore celebrated its 10th year with yet another series of compelling talks at its TEDxLahoreWomen event held at the British Council Library.

Speakers included Dr. Aneela Darbar, the first US trained female neurosurgeon of Pakistan; Soufia Siddiqui, an education research and strategy advisor; Amna Zamir, an Additional Districts and Sessions Judge in Gilgit Baltistan; Maheen Rahman, an investment banker with an impressive portfolio; Maheen Gul, founder of the Lahore Autism Centre; Fareeda Batool, an independent artist who explores Pakistan’s political upheavals and tumultuous history; and Masuma Anwar, a pediatric doctor and musician. Lakeer ke Fakeer, a husband-wife duo of “singing poets”, also performed at the event.

These “Bold + Brilliant” women shared their profound insights and exciting stories about a remarkable number of issues, ranging from the education of boys in the public sector to the careful mapping of the brain before neurosurgery. The audience comprised over 350 individuals, including young entrepreneurs, educators, doctors, lawyers, and students. Audience members also received a chance to interact with speakers during networking breaks.

“TEDxLahoreWomen brought some powerful women together this year,” said Areej Mehdi, the event’s co-curator. “These women have advocated and opened doors for other women, and changed lives with their groundbreaking work and ideas. We’re excited to share their talks today.” said Irteza Ubaid, TEDx Ambassador – Pakistan. The event was presented in partnership with British Council, Nestle Everyday Lite, MINT PR, Uber, Daftarkhwan, FM 91 and Poet Restaurant.

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