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Hoga Saaf Pakistan: A Great Initiative towards a Cleaner Society

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Cleanliness is one of the key requisites of our daily routines. Without having a clean, hygienic environment around you, you are more prone to infections and diseases, environmental degradation and a general social boycott.

Hoga Saaf Pakistan (HSP) is a social initiative by Reckitt Benckiser, in an attempt to achieve a cleaner and greener Pakistan. Its key message of ‘Safai Nisf Emaan hai’ takes us back to the basics as Hoga Saaf Pakistan aims to improve health and hygiene all across Pakistan and aid the government’s campaign of Clean Green Pakistan through a focus on three main strands:

Safe Sanitation

Sanitation is one of the major steps toward a clean surrounding. Safe sanitation ensures a good and healthy environment for humans and atmosphere alike. The most common place where this measure becomes vulnerable is the bathroom, and it is most frequently used as well. Products like Harpic are available widely in stores to ensure you get the level of hygiene your surroundings require.

Personal Hygiene

HSP aims to promote awareness among the masses about personal hygiene. It is compulsory to follow certain habits as shown in the picture for better health and clean mind & body. Not just this, it is also necessary to ensure proper hygiene practices using good quality products, like Dettol that provides an anti-bacterial solution for the purpose of perfect cleanliness.

Solid Waste Management

There are many cities and villages in Pakistan that lack the basic solid waste management system. This is due to utter negligence from the authorities’ side. HSP understands this and has tried its best to educate people on the risks attached to a lack of proper waste disposal, and what steps they as individuals can take on their own to cater to this problem. It is a need of the hour to help the masses be aware of what kind of health hazards they face if their waste management is not at optimal level.

Hoga Saaf Pakistan’s target is to take charge of hygiene and sanitation practices within the citizens of Pakistan in three areas:

Yourself

The most important aspect of cleaning oneself begins with ‘Handwashing’. Many diseases spread if hands are not washed with soap and clean running water.

Dettol provides a thorough and well-explained five steps procedure of hand washing:

  • Wet hands with clean warm running water
  • Apply a small amount of soap or 2 pumps of Dettol hand wash
  • Rub your palms together (away from the water)
  • Rub your fingers and thumbs and bits in between.
  • Rub your nails on your palms.
  • Rub the back of each hand.
  • Rinse with clean running water.

Your House

Germs are everywhere! From the floor to the tiny nooks and crannies of your house, these germs are not health-friendly and cause serious problems if not tackled. HSP initiative is all about creating awareness and providing means to ensure a clean environment for future generations, starting from one’s own household.

Your Neighborhood

We may see many people taking care of their houses, but these same people wouldn’t think twice before throwing rubbish outside their homes. Such practices are not just unethical but dangerous for a safe atmosphere. Hoga Saaf Pakistan has been trying its best to educate people on the etiquettes of non-littering and living acceptably in a social society without causing harm or discomfort to others or to the environment.  

This initiative if taken seriously by our Pakistani citizens, has the potential to bring forth a huge change in our surroundings. On an individual level and as a team, we need to make an effort on our own first to bring about a revolution when it comes to cleanliness. It wouldn’t hurt to add a few lessons on this in school curriculums and start them young on this agenda.

Contribute your part in the drive and let us know your views about the initiative in the comments’ section. We look forward to your opinions.

Written by: Shahrukh Gulnaz

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Bridal Couture Week Day 1

The 17th edition of the biggest bridal show extravaganza, Bridal Couture Week (BCW).

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Abrar ul Haq performs his Chamkeeli at BCW Lahore

Show one of the bridal extravaganza kicked off with Fahad Hussayn’s collection Labyagawachi trousseau bridal collection.

It was followed by Aisha Imran’s Shadi Mubarik in romantic hues for the charismatic classic bride.

The next was Almirah with its collection Ethnic Seams which drew its inspiration from the splendour and intimacy of Eastern art.

It was followed by Samsara Couture House’s Hayal, inspired from the tulip era in the Turkish Ottoman Empire.

Zonia Anwaar came next with her collection Zoella which was modern yet infused traditional techniques with her signature cuts for the young millennial brides.

Ziggi Menswear’s monochromatic collection Fana – ‘Annihilation of the Self’ which was constructed using luxe fabrics, rich embroideries and motifs inspired from Sufism.

Nitasha Bilal Haute Couture showcased Abooro with her vision of beautiful Mughal legacy, blending them with her revivalist techniques of kora dabka and was awarded the Pantene Rising Star for her beautiful debut collection.

Haris Shakeel who amalgamated embroideries with block and screen printing in his collection Ishq.

Next was Royal Tag’s very aristocratic menswear collection The Royal Ceremony, inspired by the majestic Syon House and Garden in London.

Day one came to an end with globally acclaimed master couturier Nilofer Shahid’s collection Dastaan e Firdaus.

Day one of the three-day bridal extravaganza had an amazing line-up of celebrities walking for the designers – the bhangra king Abrar Ul Haq walked for Fahad Hussayn and Minal Khan showcased for for Aisha Imran. The veteran actor Aijaz Aslam was show stopper for Almirah, while the undisputed queen of our entertainment industry, Saba Qamar graced the ramp for Samsara Couture House whereas Nausheen Shah walked for Zonia Anwaar. Noor Khan walked and ‘Soch The Band’ performed for Nitasha Bilal Haute Couture while Kinza Hashmi closed the show for Haris Shakeel.

The eternal Adnan Siddiqui walked the ramp for Royal Tag and Sarah Khan added allure to Nilofer Shahid’s timeless pieces.

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5 Life Changing Habits to Improve your Weight-loss Potential

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With ever-increasing trends of Keto, Banana, and GM diets, weight loss has become more of a trend instead of having a healthy lifestyle. As much as it is important to exercise and follow a proper diet schedule, we also need to closely monitor our everyday activities. It is mostly the habits that impede our weight loss process. If you are trying everything and still not losing weight; these are the habits you need to incorporate in your everyday routine to speed up your weight loss.

Proper water intake

There is no better fat and appetite killer than drinking a lot of water. Not only does it resolve your health concerns, but it also keeps your skin glowing and acne-free. Start drinking 8-10 glasses of water and you will witness a noticeable difference in your lifestyle and your weight loss journey as well. Another logic behind drinking water before every meal is to make oneself feel fuller so in order to reduce the calorie intake.

Take steps

The worst habit that is firmly ingrained in our lifestyle is “no walk”. We have started depending on machines and helpers around us that eventually makes us lazy and takes away the activity time from our everyday exercise. The most helpful habit is to take steps after every task. Here is a way to incorporate this habit into your routine. Every time you need to pick up anything from a distance, get up and take it instead of asking someone to help you. Take the stairs instead of escalators or elevators. Third and the most important step is to stop using the phone to convey a message to someone. Instead, take steps and keep the healthy habit of walking in your routine.

Cut down on sugar

Even if you are working out every day but still taking sugar, it will prolong your weight loss process. However, if you cut out the sugar intake, the chances of losing weight will increase. Start with cutting sugar beverages, energy, and sports drinks. If you have a habit of eating a whole piece of dessert after food, cut the quantity. These baby steps will help you eliminate the sugary items from your diet completely. 

No meals after 7 p.m.

Restrict your diet in the window of 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. because the lesser the number of hours in which you eat, the lesser will be the calorie intake. There is no as such strong evidence but only logical reasoning that calories you consume in the day get burnt up with the activities you do, whereas, the calories taken at night sit in your system and turn into fat. 

7-9 hours sleep

Lack of sleep can cause you fatigue, which would result in low physical activity. If you take proper sleep, your metabolism works faster and your mood also remains fresh. Moreover, the study also says that you burn calories while you are sleeping. Apart from that, to have a healthy lifestyle, a proper sleeping pattern is quite essential. Sleep deprivation can ruin the whole schedule of the next day making you less motivated and more exhausted. 

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5 New Collections that Quickly Stole our Attention

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Every now and then, we are on the lookout to find clothes that perfectly align with modern-day trends. Every single week, one or the other clothing brand comes up with a new collection. But, do they really offer something new, unique and up to the mark? This is a tricky question. One should not just wear a dress that has a brand tag but should go for comfortability and the variety that it offers. For us, the most appropriate style is the one done with experimentation or the one that brings something out of the box. Behind each collection, there should always be a vision to bring something new, quirky and fun to wear.

These are 5 new collections that we absolutely loved and they have all the elements of class and sass that you need to pull any event.

Shisha AW ‘19 by Zara Shahjahan

Adorned with dainty and minimal sheesha work, these basic attires paired along delicate organza dupattas are sewn with a fair share of subtle oomph and grace. Immersed in sophistication, Zara Shahjahan’s new collection has got an edge to fit in the aura of any sumptuous event.

“Across the subcontinent, shisha embroidery has grown to be a symbol of identity, with various and particular styles of embellishment adopted across regions and borders. At home, it is commonly associated with Sindh, Pakistan but it is a practice that spans across Asia and afar, including Eastern Sumatra. It is claimed that the technique was introduced by the Mughals in the 16th century to the Indian subcontinent, with the Persian term ‘shisheh’ transferring over to Urdu/Hindi. We continue to look towards references that feel like home at Zara Shahjahan, and this technique is one that is heavily employed in this collection, hence aptly named ‘Shisha’. Take a closer look.” – Zara Shahjahan

Shahnoor by Anum Hassan

Dainty, refreshing and quirky!!! Anum Hassan’s Shahnoor is a mix of charming and vivacious hues merged with lively patterns and coruscating details embedded in each outfit. 

“Shahnoor means “royal glow”. I took the inspiration from my niece as her name is Shahnoor. So, the theme was to come up with bright and colorful patterns giving joyous vibes. To give it a subtle look, we have used darker tones as well. The main idea was to bring a range that is affordable for everyone. We have used a lot of stonework and threadwork on it. Its a fusion of tradition and modernity that goes very well with today’s trends.” – Anum Hassan

Lela AW’19 by Natasia Paul

We were totally awe-struck by Natasia Paul’s debut collection. This is probably a rare embodiment of classic and contemporary coming together on a plain canvas. Each piece radiates royalty with a sheer glam incorporating modern age captivating details. Whattay treat!!! 

 “Lela” is my first collection so goes without saying how special it is to me. The inspiration for “Lela” comes from gypsies around the world. I find the gypsy aesthetic quite appealing; it’s flamboyant, feminine and easy at the same time. They symbolise a nomadic lifestyle, freedom and progression. It feels like a wonderful fantasy as they’ve been able to escape from the hustling life that we have, but their reality is far from it.” – Natasia Paul

Saheli by Zainab Salman

Keeping in mind the erratic fashion trends, Zainab Salman’s new collection Saheli is a pure portrait of traditionality soused in elegance and exceptional craftsmanship. 

“Our new Bridal Campaign “Saheli” is about celebrating our legacy, empowering our craft and sharing a precious bond with the people we love. The pieces exude the deeply rooted, old-world charm. This collection is a translation of passion and love from our craftsmen and their expertise of turning materials into heirlooms, that can be cherished for the generations to come – Every piece in this collection has been curated with a lot of care and a lot of attention has been given to the detailing.” – Zainab Salman

Noor-ul-Ain by Asifa Nabeel

 Asifa Nabeel’s Noor-ul-ain creates magic with its fine craft and celebrates the glorious tradition with its vibrant hues, celestial cuts and magnificent embroidery put together in every outfit.

“This collection is a remembrance of the beautiful forgotten eras. We have brought rich palettes, golds and stunning embroideries to keep the old school glamour intact. It’s created for the people who cherish their past and are in love with their present. It’s a bridge between the past and present. It’s an old tale, called: Noor-al-Ain.” – Asifa Nabeel

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