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Breakfast done right at Chaaye-o-holics

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This was my first time at Chaayeaholics and I must say as I drove upto the café, I appreciated its convenient location. There was ample parking space and exteriors of the building were clean, shining and specially the overall glass facade created an open, inviting ambience. I live in DHA, Lahore and even though new eateries are fast opening in this vicinity of the city but Id say the more the merrier. There is a dearth of eateries that are open at breakfast time (yes please keep the working folks that would love to grab-n-go or those of us who have dropped the lil folks to school and are looking for good breakfast options post morning walk or exercise regimen), family friendly and easy on the wallet.

Once inside the person who greeted us was friendly and efficient. She guided us to the first floor and provided multiple seating optiond- we choose the seating in the centre as that allowed us a view of the floor beneath as well as outside view. The walls have been made with varying textures of bricks and logs and give a rustic yet warm living room kind of feel. The wall ornaments demand attention with the one with the vintage car on it specially memorable. The lanterns, Elizabethan-times wall clock and and The chairs were upholstered in opulent lilac, fuscia and copper tapestry is the perfect matrimony of casual, contemporary with classic.Im sure it will liven up the mood of all the diners.

The menu was quite large and had a little bit of everything for a choosy group. We were served with an assortment of breads, butter and homemade jam as we studied the menu. My besty and I decided on egg-centric breakfast and whilst I opted for the Omlette Spagnola, she went with the house-suggestion Poached Florentino. My sister (sweet-tooth of the family) ordered the stacked pancakes namely Pancake Cream Tower. The omelet was fresh and quite tasty (though I would have liked it more spicy) . It was served with succulent chicken sausages and a cutlet which looked grilled rather than fried and made me feel less guilty about downing these calories.

The Poached Florentino was cooked to perfection and the presentation made it too beautiful to eat. It had a variation on the classic eggs benedict with pureed spinach and slow cooked hollandaise sauce melting in the mouth. Again served with 2 sausages ensured a happy tummy.The pancakes were fluffy and just the right amount of sweet (and I am quite fussy about my dessert). Even though it was layered in whipped cream, pineapple chunks (kill me…) and Nutella still the flavours came together to create a delightful gastronomic experience.

As I am a Chaaye addict, a good cuppa as opposed to an average one is the deal breaker for me. I enjoyed the Karak chaaye that I was served. It seemed it had cooked on low heat with the right amount of tea and milk for some while. It was not hazardously hot, yet not cold or lukewarm as mostly is the case when it reaches customers. It was perfect! I had 2 cups and then was sad that I had no more space. However, the Cardamom tea needed more taste of cardamom. I am hoping to try the Green Tea Chaaye next time but had no space this time. The manager greeted us and checked in to see if we were happy with everything two times which made me appreciate the training of the staff. The staff were all busy with customers and the energy in the restaurant was very positive. They even said goodbye and thank you as we left. We will definitely try this establishment again with the fam jam.

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In Conversation with SOCH the band

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SOCH the band, comprises of two immensely talented musicians, Adnan Dhool and Rabi Ahmed. The duo offers a unique, fresh and soulful approach to their earthy music.

Adnan Dhool at the helm, with his gritty vocals, complemented by Rabi Ahmed’s guitar rhythms. With their thought provoking lyrics, Soch takes us on a journey, hitting on to the harsh realities to the raw emotions of life. Within months of the songs release, Soch’s first ever single “Bandeya” – it received major mainstream radio airplay of which the World-wide release was done in collaboration with Indya Record and was first exclusively aired on 9x Network in INDIA and bagged #2 on ARY Musik and Oxygene and remained in the charts for over 8 weeks.

So we decided to dig deeper and ask the talent behind the band a few questions about how they got together, where they see themselves going in the future and also their experience singing for Bollywood.

1.Tell us a little about how this band was created? 

This band was created by me (Adnan Dhool) back in 2005 when I wasn’t even sure about it . A few years later in 2007, my partner Rabi Ahmed joined in and since then it’s been going wild and strong 

2. The song Avari in Ek Villain was sung by you guys, how was your experience singing for Bollywood?

 It was definitely a great experience working across the border with some of the well known names. Not only did it bring pride to us but an award too.
Being nominated for IIFA in itself is a huge privilege.

3. How did that make you feel? 

A privilege if course, see it’s the biggest award show in Asia and the world knows about it, fans all across wait for it so it was a major break and an honor for us as well.


4. How many times have you been featured in Nescafe basement? 

Twice, season 1 and season 5, and it has been a splendid experience. We feel so much pride to be part of the Pakistani Music scene especially when we are on the brink of a musical revolution.

5. What was the story behind your sensational hit Bol Hu? 

There’s isn’t any story but the thought is to connect with your Rab while going through the toughest phases of your life when you aren’t sure about things and experience a constant defeat, then you need to create your own world and see what that brings to you.

6.If you could jam with one musician, dead or alive, who would it be? 

The one and only Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Sahab

7. Any advice for the rising stars of Pakistan?

Just stick with your own original sound instead of copying others. Originality and candid, raw emotions will be your road to success.

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#BossLady: SHE MAKES IT HAPPEN!

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CO-FOUNDER OF SOUCHAJ, A PASSIONATE DESIGNER, DOTING MOTHER AND DEDICATED WIFE, MEHR KHAN IS THE PERFECT EXAMPLE OF TODAY’S MODERN AND ALL-ROUNDER WOMAN.

Did you stumble upon your career or was it something that you always wanted?

I used to work in the fashion industry for different high street brands. My husband, Shoaib Khan and my brother-in-law, Junaid Malik, encouraged me to let go of the employee tag and become my own boss. I have always dreamt big and that is how SOUCHAJ was created.

What was your “aha!” moment?

When I finally left my job and decided to work under my own banner.

Who has been the greatest inspiration in your life?

My greatest inspiration has been my better half- Shoaib Khan. He’s been the most supportive person whilst going forward with the venture. He has pushed me to keep going when I thought I had already reached my limits and has constantly helped and supported me throughout this journey. SOUCHAJ wouldn’t be what it is today, without the support and motivation of myhusband as well as Mehak (my sister) and her husband, Junaid Malik.

When was the time you felt completely discouraged and how did you push through it?

I have never felt discouraged but sometimes you do feel low. Nonetheless, we all have moments of inspiration and ways to fuel our creative vibes.

What was the best advice that your mentor gave you?

Don’t listen to what others have to say.

What are the top 3 things you cherish in your life?

1- My parents for being the constant support

2- My son, the shining light of my life

3. Last but not the least, I greatly cherish seeing SOUCHAJ grow every day.

What is the #1 thing that is yet to be ticked off your bucket list?

Scuba diving is definitely on the list!

What does nobody tell you about being the boss?

The biggest misconception everyone has about being your own boss is that you can take as many days off as you want. It’s actually quite the contrary, you can’t take any time off or your brand will suffer! We ourselves are responsible for any success or setback that the brand faces,

*Name one boss lady that you admire and how she still inspires you? *

There are many wonderful women who fall into that category but Victoria Beckham definitely has to be right there. She was named Female Entrepreneur of the Year at this year’s Glamour. There is this thing she said that speaks volumes of her humility, “Many women look up to me as an achiever, but I’m someone who is still learning something new each and every minute.” This really teaches us how to deal with the rapidly rising success of SOUCHAJ, and how to keep pushing forward without getting too ahead of ourselves.

Describe a day in your life

Well it’s usually the same activities everyday. Wake up early in the morning to send my son to school. Take some time out for myself to get ready for work. Reach SOUCHAJ studio with an everlasting sense of passion, enthusiasm, and a new set of goals and aspirations each day. Mehak and I try to achieve the very best we can, for ourselves and for the business, each and every single day. This includes putting in the hard yards with co-workers, maintaining a certain standard of work and assuring quality, giving some helpful suggestions to our precious clients, and what not. The day must end with spending some quality time with the family.

Complete this sentence: To me, a #BossLady is…”

Someone who is bold, beautiful, and stays true to what she truly believes in and aspires to be..

What did you learn from your biggest failure?

Thankfully, I haven’t ever faced a “failure” as such. setbacks, sure, but nothing too serious. However, every minor setback just serves as a reality check for us and urges us to improve and get better than before.

Which world leader would you most like to have dinner with?

The Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. I really admire him for how understanding and inclusive he is towards all kinds of people, irrespective of their cast, colour, creed or religion. He is the kind of leader every nation needs in this modern world.

What advice would you give to young girls out there who have dreams and goals like yours?

Keep striving. Follow your dreams. Enhance your passions. Dream big and work hard. There’s no substitute for hard work and effort. Just keep striving and don’t look back, you’ll reach there eventually.

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Ramsha Khan Steals the show in Kaisa Hai Naseeban

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Ramsha Khan has recently become one of the most seen faces on the television screens and it is mainly because she plays different roles effortlessly and with true commitment. One such spectacular performance delivery can be seen in her current drama serial Kaisa Hai Naseeban that airs on ARY Digital.

The drama is centered around a very common yet very ignored social issue of domestic violence and abuse that young girls face at the hands of their in laws.

Ramsha Khan plays the role of domestic violence victim in the drama and definitely nails it.

She plays the character of Mariam, a young girl who is raised with love in her family and suffers mental, physical and emotional abuse after she gets married.

Her role in the drama is extremely difficult but being known for her effortless performance, Ramsha Khan simply nails her performance and that leads us all to completely feel her character. Her acting skills and the way she displays her pain, her tears and her agony leaves a dramatic effect on the audience leading the drama to a greater success.

She speaks about why Kaisa Hai Naseeban is a project she personally felt compelled to do.

Talking about Kaisa Hai Naseeban, Ramsha Khan said that the first time she read the script of the drama, she instantly felt connected to the character and there was no second thought in accepting the role.
There were two main reasons she chose to do the role of Mariam.
First, she wanted to spread the message of women empowerment through her role. Ramsha Khan’s character as Mariam does begin with suffering in silence but when she loses her child because of domestic abuse, it makes her realize that suffering in silence is not the answer and that she must fight back for her rights and her dignity.

That’s when we see Ramsha Khan turn from a brutally suffered victim to a strong woman who is now ready to fight, to speak and to seek justice. And that is the message she wants to spread through her role.

Another reason of choosing the role was the challenge it brought.

The character of Mariam in Kaisa Hai Naseeban is very challenging to begin with. There is a character development within the drama as it proceeds and Ramsha Khan has to first portray a young girl in suffering and later as a strong-willed girl who wants to fight back.

The challenge in the role has definitely brought out the best of Ramsha Khan as she does an outstanding job in carrying both the characters. Her journey within the drama shows epic acting skills and a powerful display of role portrayal which makes watching the drama all the more worthwhile.

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