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In Conversation with Asim Azhar

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Asim Azhar is the son of famous Pakistani pianist Azhar Hussain. He made his debut in 2013 after he covered Ed Sheeran’s song ‘A-Team’ and quickly rose to stardom. 

We talked to him about his latest song ‘Jo Tu Na Mila’ as it crossed 10 million views and is set to release in India.

Asim Azhar is referred to as “Pakistans Beiber”

We heard you song is releasing in India? Tell us about that? 

It has been a really great experience of having the song release in India and Pakistan simultaneously. I have always released my music independently in Pakistan and Universal music India through their platform VYRL Originals is really helping and they have supported original music of artists. I believe this is the beginning of many more to come. 

How hard was it for you to put your feelings into words and sing them out loud?

It is always hard to put your feeling into words but this time as I composed the melody of the song and that is the first thing I usually do when I write a song so it just flowed naturally. The lyricist Kunaal Verma who worked on the song with me, he penned sown the words beautifully and understood the melody and where it came from within me as an artist. He really jelled it well together when we discussed the idea and took his time coming up with words when we started doing it. So it all came out nicely in the end. 

Is this song the most personal piece you’ve ever written, if so how close to your heart is it?

I will be honest! I won’t say this is the most personal piece that I have written  but it definitely is close to my heart. This is the most amount of time I have spent on a song altogether. I had been working on the song for 6 months from scratch to finish. Spending so much time with it definitely has made it special plus all the love I have been getting for it just makes it much more exceptional. 

Over time, how do you think you’ve grown as an artist/singer?

I feel like with time I have grown as a human being also along with an artist and a singer. Growing as a human being is the most important way to go, because if I don’t do that then I won’t be able to grow as an artist. With that aspect, my audience is growing as well. I feel like it all comes down to your listening, whatever listening you have and evolve overtime has a huge impact on what you become as an artist. I don’t know if I have grown as an artist/singer but I definitely have tried and hoping that I will keep growing with time.      

Did you have fun shooting the music video? Was it based on real memories?

We had an amazing team, Yasir Jaswal the director, Iqra Aziz, the stylist Ehtesham Ansari and even my friends who accompanied me to the set made it very fun. I think we all made the video fun for each other actually and it wasn’t based on real memories. It was based on what we all go through and something that could be easily related to. That is why maybe people love it as they can relate to it. 

Do you think that writing songs helps a person move on, because it is an expression of some form that lets out one’s feelings?

There are a lot of things that one can do to move on from a person, something in life or any turn. Having the skill or ability to write songs really does help as it takes the weight away from the soul. People who have this skill I believe are blessed as they can bring their feeling out through art rather than bottling them up inside. 

What’s next for you musically? What do you want to do next and how different will it be from your previous work?

At this point I am really focusing on making good content basically. I am not trying to take anything too seriously to the point where it gets serious more than it needs to be. So I am just trying to keep it very balances and to go with the same nature and strategy with which I make music. I am taking one thing at a time and I always hope that my current work is different from the previous one. Only time can tell that as there are points you learn as you go. I am focused on making music at this point and then see how my team at Universal India can bring it out next. 

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In Conversation with Dr. Shahzad of Dental Aesthetics

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Doctor Shahzad of Dental Aesthetics is one of the best dentists in Lahore who aims to provide his patients’ solutions with minimum invasive dentistry for the best possible results. Doctor Shahzad Mirza did his master’s in Aesthetic Dentistry from Kings College London and his father who was also a dentist was the dean of Fatima Memorial Hospital, founded this business. Working in the field for more than four decades has made their dental clinic equipped with world-class trained specialists, leading-edge technology, and wonderful support staff, who are committed to providing the best professional services.

We visited his clinic in DHA Y block and to our surprise, they not only provide the latest dental treatments but also facial aesthetic and cosmetic services. So, don’t be fooled by “dental” as they provide a plethora of services and those too are vast and outclass.

 

How did you get into this field?

My father has been my inspiration, he is the most influential person in me being a dentist. He has been my teacher, mentor, and guide, not just for me but also for a lot of dentists in Pakistan and abroad. Ever since I started practicing, I enjoy helping my patients smile and eat with ease.

 

How do you provide instructions to patients on dental hygiene?

Instructions to patients are given mostly by demonstrating tooth brushing techniques and showing them how to floss in order to maintain good oral hygiene. We always make sure we are in good communication with the patient for the betterment of their oral health. We also advise them tips and habits they should adopt to improve the oral hygiene

Where did you get your certifications from?

I have my bachelor’s degree from de’Montmorency College of dentistry and post-grad from Kings College London in Advanced Aesthetic dentistry.

What treatments do you offer?

We are a team of specialist providing all dental treatments we offer dental implants for missing teeth, smile makeover to improve smiles, braces to improve crooked or crowded teeth, root canal treatment to save a tooth, scaling to clean the plaque, teeth whitening for a brighter smile, wisdom tooth extraction as well as gum disease treatment.

What are the biggest opportunities and challenges for practice right now?

The biggest challenge is to stay on top of your game. Keeping up to date with dental equipment and technology is the core of success for today’s dental practices. Patients today are highly informed. They demand quality services. So, it is important to have specialized equipment and technology more now than ever before.

As people are becoming aware of oral health and its importance. We are seeing more people attending dentists and more importantly, dentistry is now been recognized as a cosmetic and aesthetic treatment.

What do you do for fun?

Dentists are happy fun-loving people too. I enjoy traveling around the world for sightseeing and attending conferences. I also play cricket and golf. I enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends.

Being a doctor treating patients, how have you been able to fairly balance work and friends/family?

Work-life balance is difficult in any profession but I am lucky to have a team of professionals who are working with me on the practice. I can have flexible hours too but my team helps me in finding time for my family and friends.

Balancing work and daily family life is an ongoing challenge but passion for work especially creating smiles for my patients makes it fun and helps in fulfilling my goals. Thinking innovatively and a focused vision has helped my dental practice to be successful.

How toothpaste tubes are being portrayed as magic wands? Can toothpastes really cure bleeding gums, sensitivity, and toothache?

I believe toothpaste is being portrayed as a magic wand that can fix dental issues, but the reality is that it’s not true. All the dental issues and treatment options are to be diagnosed and advised respectively by the dentist and the specialist.

If the problem is not looked at by the dentist and magic wands are used to get any relief, it would make the issues worse. Instead of trying home remedies, I would always advise getting help from a professional.

Dentistry is not expensive neglect is.

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The New Normal Sets The New Backdrop For E-Commerce

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The Covid 19 pandemic that started in the beginning of this year has changed and introduced many ideas worldwide. Many new terminologies with their technical meaning are also becoming the components of our lives. The new normal has brought a lot that is going to change the course of our economic system. More relying on digital space this new phase of economy called e commerce never bloomed like it did in last six months.

Pakistan has also emerged as a country which is finding new ways for its shopping and discount lover citizens to get connected to their favourite brands. Loot Sale, a Pakistan based eCommerce startup  is a fashion marketplace listing original branded products aiming to bridge the gap between the consumers’ want of constant discounts and retailers’ need for fast inventory turn-over. Loot Sale has secured seed capital from Light Speed Ventures, a multi-strategy fund focused on the early-stage tech ventures. 

The brands’ motto, “Pay Less, Shop More,” is conveyed to the 220 million audience of the 5th largest nation of the world: everything on www.loot.sale is at a discount, All Day, Every Day.

“Loot Sale goal is to build as a customer centric brand, providing original products, offering price-match guarantee and no-questions asked return policy. The website (www.loot.sale) has launched with an inventory of over 400,000 units, and stock value of almost one billion rupees, said Malik Asad, the CEO Loot Sale.”

A brand awareness campaign across all mediums has already kicked off nationwide, he added.

With the official launch on 10.10.2020, Loot Sale has already partnered with over 75 fashion brands including BTW, Cross Stitch, Hop Scotch, Hush Puppies, LimeLight, Maria.B, Nishat, Orient, Stylo, The Linen Co, Zareen by Sapphire, just to name a few. The team forecasted to list over 20 lac products showcasing 150 brands by the end of December 2020.

The social platforms of the brands are:

www.instagram.com/loot.sale

www.facebook.com/lootsaleofficial

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Bayaan Releases ‘Teri Tasveer’ Music Video

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Following the release of their debut album “Suno”, Bayaan is ecstatic to release the music video of ‘Teri Tasveer’, a melancholic ballad from the album. ‘Teri Tasveer’ is the first song from Bayaan that has crossed the one million views mark on YouTube and has garnered the band global visibility to thousands of new listeners.

Bayaan teamed up with Director Hamza Bin Tahir and Cinematographer Awais Gohar for the third time to produce this music video. The band has luckily found individuals who understand their music and present concepts that keep everyone interested throughout. Like the band said, “we are lucky to have found this dream team combo.” Their previous work with Bayaan includes music videos for ‘Khel Tamasha’ and ‘Hum Nadaan’, two songs from their previous collection called ‘4 Saal’. The Art Direction and Production Design is done by Hashim Ali who did a brilliant job in pulling off the Victorian-era looks for the video.

 

Given the song’s wide acclaim, it is their most anticipated music video to date after Covid-19 put a hold on all music related activities, just like it did for hundreds of other musicians and artists globally.

 

While talking about ‘Teri Tasveer’, Asfar told The Daily Paperazzi, “There are some songs that we plan beforehand, whereas there are songs that just fall together piece by piece, this was the case with ‘Teri Tasveer’. From the initial humming to the first few lyrics, it all just happened during a jam session and it felt like a gift from God that all of us put together because we were sure that it would reach a lot of people.”

Similarly, while talking about the music video, the band said, “It is no doubt that the song is very special to each and every member as everybody interprets it differently, allowing the listeners to do the same. The idea with the video was to let the listener feel the purity of the message which was done by the acting, the set design, the production and the nostalgic melancholic analog vibe going on in the video. All of it had to be real for us. Although we were skeptical about how we would pull this off; how it will look visually as well. Since we wanted it to be very real, we are lucky that the final product looked exactly how we imagined it to be. We are glad how this turned out and we are hopeful that our listeners would love it too and experience this journey with us.”

 

The album – a collection of 9 tracks that is a labour of love for the quintet – is a familiar (and hopefully welcome) territory for fans of the band, featuring atmospheric build-ups, meaningful lyrics and melodies that are soulful and catchy. Through this album, they pay homage to the band’s collective inspirations and influences while staying distinctly Bayaan.

 

 

 

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