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The Wonders of Canada

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The Great White North, known for being the second largest country in the world. Canada is a place filled with many beautiful sites and landmarks, it’s also famous for its deliciously sweet Maple Syrup and Ice Hockey. Home to extremely hospitable and polite people, we’re pretty sure by the time you’re done reading this post, you will definitely be wanting to book yourself a ticket.

A magnificent shot of the Niagara Falls at night, the view here is nothing short of ethereal, it speaks for itself.

The well lit up and intricately decorated Dundas Square during Chirstmas season, a place filled with exuberance and joyfulness.

Noor Iftikhar exploring Kingston; a city with vast historical value and gorgeous sites like Lake Ontario.

Toronto’s famous graffiti alley, full of creativity and innovativeness. The artwork here is mesmerizing and full of depth.

The perfect winter destination; Mont Tremblant. With numerous ski resorts and a spectacular landscape to its name, this should be definite stop on your list.

For admirers of European architecture, Montreal is the place for you. Ridden with Cathedrals bearing gorgeous layouts, it’s simply awe-inspiring.

An aesthetically pleasing picture of the Mount Royal suburbs, situated on a hill, they give off a welcoming feel towards all those who visit.

A glimpse into the urban life of Montreal, the streets are busy yet offer solace, one can explore them endlessly without getting tired or fatigued.

A view of Toronto’s alluring downtown skyline. It is a spectacular sight the one can easily get lost in, words aren’t able to describe how unreal it feels to gaze upon the skyline, it is something one should experience for themselves.

One hasn’t fully immersed themselves in Toronto if they haven’t visited its cat cafe. With an abundance of furry friendlies like the one next to Noor Iftikhar, you’ll be in high spirits within no time.

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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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IN THE FIELD WITH… Natalia Castillo Shahid

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Who’s your best friend?
I’ve lived in so many different places and have a lot of close friends but I’m going to have to say my best friend is my brother.

What would I grab if my house was on fire?
My dog! 1000%.

What is my destination for a trip of my dreams?
Travelling is such a huge part of my life so there are really few places I want to go that I haven’t been to but top of my list right now is Japan.

When I was little what did I want to be when I grew up?
I was one of those little kids that just wanted to do everything. One month it was a vet the next it was a pilot and the next a chef. I think I just had a lot of interests and now as a I’ve grown up I think I still keep that same energy of always trying new things and taking up new hobbies. Why limit yourself to doing one thing for your entire life?

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An Ode to Women

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It’s time for patriarchy to step aside, for long women have lived in the shadow of strong and powerful men that have denied them their fundamental rights, but no more, it’s finally time for the women of this world to get what they deserve; an equal footing with men and the equality of opportunity. Its optimistic to see so much support for a day that celebrates women by people all across the board. To all the mothers, sisters, daughters, girls and women in the world, we salute you for your resilience and strength.

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