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Exploring Art in Istanbul

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Zara Sajid’s recent trip to Turkey was a fun mix of quality family time, good food, a serious dose of history and culture and an overdose of art! Overdose in a good way though! 

I fell in love Salt Galata. Salt is inside an old bank building. There’s an art gallery, a library, a cafe and a fine dining restaurant. You could easily spend a few hours here. 

“After spending a day in Istanbul, you realize how the entire city serves as a canvas not only for historic art & architecture but is also home to contemporary art galleries & museums but what adds to the character of the artistic landscape the most is the street art/graffiti that you’ll see everywhere. You walk out of your hotel and there it is! You’re unconsciously surrounded by art all the time! It’s exhilarating to say the least! I also made a day trip to Konya. Spent the day at the Rumi Museum where Rumi himself is buried as well and enjoyed the whirling dervish sema in the afternoon.  This was one of the highlights of my trip. There’s so much to absorb. Absolutely loved the zen vibe of this place!”

Indonesian artist Ichwan Noor’s sculpture at Dirimart, Istanbul. The sculpture is part of their permanent collection. 
The Hagia Sophia Museum, Istanbul 
From the exhibition “In Pursuit of the Present” at The Istanbul Modern Museum of Art. 
The dervish lost in trance at the sema, Konya. 
 Arik Levy at Pilveneli Gallery, Istanbul. 
Tracey Emin’s work “To hold your soul” at the Istanbul Modern Museum of Art” in Istanbul 

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P.F. Chang’s Introduces Lunch Bowls

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After opening it first outlet in Karachi in November last year and making much hype, PF Chang’s just introduced it special distinctive lunch bowls menu.

Initially, the restaurant has introduced seven flavours made out of chicken, beef, shrimps, rice, noodles and assorted vegetables. Here’s what each bowl is named and contained.  

Spicy Chicken Bowl

Chang’s special chicken marinated in sweet spicy chilli sauce with green onion, served with the choice of white or fried rice.

Crispy Honey Chicken

Chicken balls in lightly battered tangy honey sauce with green onion served with the choice of white or fried rice.

Mongolian Beef (also served with chicken on demand)

Sweet soy glaze, flank steak, garlic and snipped green onion served with white or fried rice.  

Korean Bibimbap Bowl

A delicious bowl of chicken, fresh greens, Asian mushrooms and assorted vegetable on rice topped with fried egg and kimchi slaw

Chiang Mai Noodle Bowl

A nutritious bowl of marinated chicken, egg noodles, coconut curry broth, grape tomatoes and wanton crisps.  

Tokyo Udon Noodle Bowl

Served in both chicken and beef with special Japanese wheat flour udon noodles, the other ingredients of this bowl are fresno peppers, green onion, mushrooms and fresh basil.

Tempura Bowl

A spicy and crunchy shrimp and vegetable tempura spread on the bed of fried rice serve with sweet chilli dipping sauce.

Claimed to be the Asian-American restaurant, and famous all over the world because of its distinctive taste and ambience, the first PF. Chang in Pakistan was opened in Lahore’s M. M. Alam Road in the summer of 2018.

The overall experience at P.F. Chang’s was quite different from the usual restaurants. The prices were a bit on the higher side but the quantity of meal in bowls is enough for a person even having a big appetite and it can serve to two with an average appetite. Also, the combination of Asian American taste and texture of the food give it a flavour, which grabs the taste buds of Pakistanis quickly who are usually fond of Chinese cuisine and American fast food.  

P. F. Chang’s is an American-based, Asian-themed, casual dining restaurant chain founded in 1993 by Paul Fleming and Philip Chiang. The name “P. F. Chang’s” is derived from those of Paul Fleming (P. F.) and Philip Chiang (whose surname was simplified to Chang).The restaurant has its headquarter in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The chain specializes in American Chinese cuisine, plus other Asian dishes. Besides 208 restaurants in the United States Chang has more than 100 in international markets including Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Turkey, Lebanon, Philippines, South Korea, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, and United Kingdom.

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Money Back Guarantee To Be Released on Eid-ul-Fitr

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The only Pakistani film which has confirmed its release on this eid-ul-fitr yet is Money Back Guarantee. Produced by Zashko Films, and penned, directed, and co-produced by actor/director Faisal Qureshi of Game Over Productions, MBG is said to be larger than life with names such as Fawad Khan, Mikaal Zulfiqar, Waseem Akram, Aisha Omar, Hina Dilpazeer, Shaniera Thompson, Mani, Gohar Rasheed, Shafaat ALI, and more. The film is also the second venture of Na Band Na Barati famed actor Shayan Khan, who is to be a part of the stellar cast of this all-out comedy entertainer this time. Besides this, many additional surprises are awaiting in guest appearances of other stars.

Zain Farooqi of Zashko Films views, “Pakistani Cinema will see exponential growth, we will continue our efforts to invest and globally support Pakistani films”

If ‘The Legend Of Maula Jatt’ doesn’t make to hit the screens of local cinemas before or on eid, Money Back Guarantee will prove to be the first Pakistani release of super star Fawad Khan after his debut, Khuda Kay Liye 13 years back.

So, all these facts have made the MBG one of the most anticipated Pakistani films this year.

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No Show Of Witnesses From Meesha Shafi In Court

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The Meesha Shafi and Ali Zafar legal battle, which started in April 2018, regarding accusation of sexual harassment by the former on latter, takes a new turn in 2020.  

In the hundred crore defamation case filed against Meesha Shafi by singer actor Ali Zafar, the court was adjourned to 17th of January after a no show from Shafi or any of her witnesses.

Prior to this, Shafi was summoned to appear for her cross examination, however Shafi’s team requested adjournments on three occasions prior to this pleading that they would not be able to appear for cross examination due to lawyer’s strike as Zafar’s lawyers waited in court. The judge had granted request and summoned Shafi’s witnesses on the 7th of January, however her lawyer Saqib Jillani once again asked for adjournment.

Earlier, The Lahore High Court had dismissed Shafi’s case against Zafar in a 15 page long judgment. Zafar is now seeking damages for loss of reputation and mental trauma caused by allegations of harassment tweeted by Shafi on 19th April 2018. Zafar has reportedly also filed a criminal case in the FIA with evidence of a conspiracy against him by “closely related” individuals.

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