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In Conversation with Yasir Hussain

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Yasir is a Pakistani theater, film and television actor, VJ and writer from Islamabad. He began his career in Karachi by becoming a VJ for Aag TV and soon ventured into theater where he started writing and acting in plays. He has written and acted in various plays including Angan Terha, Pawney 14 August and Sawa 14 August. He his Lollywood debut in the film Karachi Se Lahore which was written by himself. There is no doubt that Yasir Hussain is one of Pakistani Televisions vibrant personalities so we had to have a one on one with him.

What made you join this industry?
My passion for acting. I have always loved acting.

How has your journey been in the theatre world?
The first role I got in stage acting, I was playing a sculpture. Topless, paint all over my body. In the cold. And that play ran for one month straight. And I played a sculpture sitting still for a month. I had no lines. So needless to say, there was struggle and dedication involved, a lot of it.


Any advice you would like to give to the people who joined this industry?
Keep at it, if you give up you will disappear. If you keep at it, you eventually get a shot! And always, always respect your seniors.

Tell us about your biggest fears.
I am fearless, through and through.

Tell us something about your new project with Anwar Maqsood.
The upcoming play starts in Karachi in March. It’s called Naach Na Jaanay, it’s the prequel to Aangan Terha. I’m playing the role of Akbar. It is being directed by the same director, Daawar Mehmood, whom I have done many successful projects with. Including Aangan Terha, Half Late, Paunay 14 August and Sawa 14 August. I can’t give anything more away.

What influenced you to make a theatre comeback after 7 years?
I was just not being offered anything of good enough quality in TV and film, I was being offered some scripts I did not really like. And last but not the least, a great theatre project with a great writer-director team that gave me a great offer. I didn’t have to think about it twice.

Screen acting and stage acting together, not something everyone takes up, what is your motivation here?
There is not much difference between the two! Both are over the top, both are ticketed. It’s not broadcast on television, both have a lot in common. All over the world, whoever you are probably, Marlon Brando, Naseeruddin Shah, Al Pacino or whoever – all quality actors take up these two together and they are probably unable to do television acting. I’m not saying I’m a great actor but I find television very difficult to do. These two are probably easier for me.
As far as motivation goes, it’s the script as far as I’m concerned. Even if it’s bad production, if there is a well written script, I’m in. 

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Delay in diagnosis can result in long term disability

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An awareness seminar to highlight the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of arthritis was conducted at the Governor house Punjab, with joint collaboration of Arthritis Care Foundation and Scotmann Pharmaceuticals here in Lahore on Sunday 21 November.

The seminar was chaired by the honorable Governor of Punjab Chaudry Muhammad Sarwar, with awareness sessions conducted by chairperson Arthritis Care Foundation, Prof. Nighat Mir Ahmed, Co-chairperson Prof. Sumaira Farman Raja, and Co-chairperson and General Secretary, Prof. Muhammad Ahmed Saeed, and Dr. Saira E. A. Khan.

According to research done by the Arthritis Care Foundation with funding by World Health Organization, approximately 1 out of every 4th person is suffering from some kind of inflammatory joint disease.  If not diagnosed early, these conditions can result in long-term disability, like Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. State of the art department of Rheumatology with international standards and equipment has been initiated at the Central Park Teaching Hospital, served by highly skilled and qualified specialists and staff. Central Park Teaching Hospital also provides free treatment services for deserving patients with the support of the Arthritis Care Foundation.

 

The seminar highlighted the role of Vitamin D, diet, and exercise for healthy bones and joints, arthritis in children, young and elderly, and the common causes of back pain.

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Peng Salon celebrates Children’s Day, inviting Children Cancer patients for a Spa Day

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This Children’s Day, Peng Salon & Spa, one of the leading hair & skin clinics in Karachi came up with a thoughtful initiative for children suffering from cancer. They invited these young cancer warriors from Indus Hospital for a Spa Day at the salon to mark Children’s Day celebrations. The children were treated with professional salon & spa services for a relaxing & refreshing experience.

 

 

Kaneez Fiza & Nafisa Dawood, Incharge at the Psychosocial department at Indus Hospital, who accompanied the children stated that the children were happy and it was an amazing experience for the children as well as their team at the Peng Salon. According to Kaneez, it was the first time for the children that they had visited a salon and they loved every bit of it and were overjoyed with the experience.

These children, fighting their battle against Cancer, are dreamers – full of innocence, hope and happiness. These little angels enjoyed the services of their choice at the salon and they were all smiles with the kind of pampering they were provided with. Services such as Haircut, hair styling, manicure, pedicure, makeup etc. were provided that made their day extra special.

 

After going through months of grueling treatment, giving these brave warriors such a day was a thoughtful initiative by Peng Salon. Arranging a Spa Day on Children’s Day for these young children to give them moments of joy and happiness was a wonderful idea by the team. Their aim to make these children feel valued, loved and special while helping them make cherishing memories.

Children were overwhelmed with the services they were provided and were all smiles as they left for the hospital again. Thumbs up to Peng Salon for initiating such a thoughtful activity to celebrate Children’s Day!

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5 motivational thoughts to get you motivated by Canadian-Pakistani CEO, Muneeb Mushtaq

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Canadian Pakistani CEO and motivational speaker Muneeb Mushtaq has given us many insightful and empowering thoughts over the years on the basis of his experiences as a young and dynamic businessman. The tech tycoon has been the founder of three tech business ventures and has managed to achieve so much at such a young age. And, he has given back his learning and knowledge by motivating, educating, and mentoring people to be successful in life.

Here are some motivational thoughts by the Forbes awarded entrepreneur Muneeb Mushtaq to get you motivated and beat the Monday blues:

 

  1. Get rid of the useless and negative clutter in your life

 

Muneeb Mushtaq suggests that it is important to subtract some of the unnecessary things from life to realise how insignificant they are. He advises us to get away from the insignificant and negative clutter in order to see an immediate positive impact. Worrying about what others think of us, trying to please everyone are some of the unimportant things we need to remove as soon as possible. According to him “When you remove what’s negative, it’ll add more space for what’s POSITIVE”!

 

  1. Don’t wait, just take the first step

 

The successful entrepreneur recommends us not to wait for other people or for the perfect moment to do what you have always wanted to do. There will never be a perfect time, situation or circumstances that would make you start working on your dreams. He advises us to just take the first step and get started.

 

  1. Failure is the opportunity to start over again, more wisely

 

The dynamic businessman is also of the view that failure provides an invaluable experience that makes it more likely to get success the next time around. He explains: “Till the time you don’t give up, the failures are just learning experiences, helping you to eventually succeed.”

 

  1. Respect the competition

 

Muneeb Mushtaq also shares this motivational thought that competition should be embraced and should be used as a driving force to push you further rather than fearing it. Competition is also a validation that there is a massive market and opportunity in the space to grow further.

 

  1. Change is important

Another motivating thought from Muneeb Mushtaq is that if you want change in life, then you should also be willing to change. He says, “If you are not willing to change, don’t expect your life to either”.

Follow Muneeb Mushtaq on Instagram @MuneebMushtaq for regular motivational posts.

 

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