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Meet The Finalists Of Pepsi BOB Season 4

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As the most happening musical event of the year, Pepsi Battle OF The Bands was ended two weeks back, its echoes are still surrounding and fans want more to now about the winner and runner-up of the race.

The two-month long journey was an intense competition and hard work, and the final battle was   narrowed down to Auj and Aarish.

Auj took home the crown, along with Rs50 lac, an album contract and lifetime royalties of the original songs performed during the course of the season. Aarish, the ever-competitive runner-up, took home Rs25 lac and an album contract.

During the last episode, entire Pakistan voted to make their favourite band to be crowned the Pepsi throne.

Here’s to Auj, Aarish, and most importantly, the rise of original music in Pakistan!

AARISH: The Runner Up

Six teenagers from the city Islamabad formed AARISH, meaning ‘the ray of sun’. According to band, these six fellows loved doing music from their childhood and wanted to do it for the rest of their lives. The current six members of Aarish are Nosherwan Mehmood (Vocalist), Haziq Ali (Lead Guitarist), Ali Sohail (Guitarist), Nehal Azhar (Keyboards), Fahad Sikandar aka Grooveshark (Bassist), Humayun Mir (Drummer), who is also all in one combo and a backbone of the band as he is a singer, guitarist, drummer, bassist, keyboardist at the same time.

Aarish applied in season 2 but got rejected. After that they made their first original and tried their luck in Season 3, but it was hard again. Then they went back and worked harder for the whole year and applied in Season 4 with a little change in line-up.

“So yes, Pepsi has a huge hand in making us what we are today. Pepsi Battle of the Bands came back after 11 years out of nowhere but we saw it as our only chance to shine”, the band says.

When growing up, they all had been following the old western and top Pakistani bands. Each member of the band has different inspiration and when these diverse tastes come together, it creates the sound of AARISH. But, the mutual following of the band is, ‘COLDPLAY’. The band has made its own niche in the genre of Ambiant pop/rock. They have produced six originals out of which five were made in Pepsi BoB. Aarish is also working on a new album.

AUJ: The Winner

Auj was actually formed in between 2008 and 2009 by Nasir Zaka, guitarist and Syed Hasnani Ali, bassist. They both are constant part of the line up since its inception while the other two places/members were changed two times in the 10 years history of the band. The current vocalist of the band is Abdur Rehman Sajid while Muhammad Kashif plays drums. The band initially called it ‘Crackdown’ and then ‘Shabih’ (reflection). The name Auj was given just three years back by their ex drummer Asif Iqbal. The literal meaning of Auj is ‘the top most point anyone can achieve’. According to Nasir, “The name depicts each member’s passion and ambitions for the music”.

Who Are Auj?

Auj is consisted of four members. They are;

Nasir Zaka is lead guitarist and co-founder of Auj. He also works as the lead composer of the band, which means the finished product comes out from his hands. Nasir works more on western influences but a little bit on eastern melodies as well.  

Syed Husnain Ali is the bassist and one of the co-founders of Auj. He has a strong and interesting stage presence as well. Hasnain can work on different genres from rock to eastern classic and never let the band stuck anywhere that is why called the backbone of band.

Muhammad Kashif is the drummer but also has a grip on various other instruments. He completes band’s groove department along with Hasnain. By groove in music means the overall feel and theme of a song. Kashif also takes inspirations from western bands as drum itself is a very western instrument to play. 

Abdur Rehman Sajid is the vocal powerhouse of Auj. The young and talented Abdur Rehman, who is still studying business management at University of Karachi, is the last inclusion to the current line-up of the band. He got all the pressure from the rest of the members of the band at joining but tried hard and gave a unique voice to Auj. He is a versatile and can us his vocal chords to sing like from Robert Plant to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Nusrat Saheb is the biggest and all time inspiration of Rehman.    

What inspired each member to be in this field?

Auj takes inspirations from all pioneers bands in the history of Pakistan like Vital Signs, Junoon, Karavaan, and Mizraab, and then later in the new millennium from EP and Aaroh.

“We are their fans from our childhood and teenage. These Pakistani bands set the trend of band culture in Pakistan. They all made us to believe that to be a musician is a blessing. Wherever you are, you have to look into the local music first.”, Nasir Zaka says.

How and Why Pepsi Battle Of The Bands

As Auj, they were making music for last 10 years, and producing many songs as well that they put up on different digital forums, but couldn’t find any platform to show and promote their work in big way. “So, when Pepsi Battle Of The Bands Season 2 was announced in 2107, it was a hope for us. We decided to take part in it but two years back our singer Abdur Rehman had just joined us, and we were working with him to create a new sound of the band. It was actually the period of season 3, when we made about 14 songs to get into the Season 4 of Pepsi Battle Of The Bands”. Nasir Zaka tells.   

What makes the sound of Auj?

Nasir explains, “As far as the musical inspiration is concerned, the band is heavily influenced by both east and west. Collectively, the band’s sound is locally inspired by Junoon, Vital Signs, Aaroh, and of course Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan while internationally, we are influenced by Metallica, Alice in Chains, U2, Cocubine Tree and some of grunge rock. So, these are the forces which are behind the sound of Auj.” 

 In which genre the band wants to work most?

“Basically we are defined as a rock band but have added up different other genres as well. It cannot be called fusion but has a touch of classical, pop, a little bit of alternative and hard rock all in a same song or any specific genre dedicated to a whole song. So, root is the rock but is connected with other branches as well. That is how it goes.” Naisr Zaka further explains

The work produced till now?

Auj is currently in studio, recording a lot of stuff. They already have made many songs. “Some of them are almost finished while some are in the middle of completion, but we will select the best from them as our each album will be consisted of 9 or 10 songs. So, stay connected”, concludes Zaka.  

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TEDxLahoreWomen Pulls Off Another Brilliantly Mind Striking Event!

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LAHORE, December 8, 2019: TEDxLahore celebrated its 10th year with yet another series of compelling talks at its TEDxLahoreWomen event held at the British Council Library.

Speakers included Dr. Aneela Darbar, the first US trained female neurosurgeon of Pakistan; Soufia Siddiqui, an education research and strategy advisor; Amna Zamir, an Additional Districts and Sessions Judge in Gilgit Baltistan; Maheen Rahman, an investment banker with an impressive portfolio; Maheen Gul, founder of the Lahore Autism Centre; Fareeda Batool, an independent artist who explores Pakistan’s political upheavals and tumultuous history; and Masuma Anwar, a pediatric doctor and musician. Lakeer ke Fakeer, a husband-wife duo of “singing poets”, also performed at the event.

These “Bold + Brilliant” women shared their profound insights and exciting stories about a remarkable number of issues, ranging from the education of boys in the public sector to the careful mapping of the brain before neurosurgery. The audience comprised over 350 individuals, including young entrepreneurs, educators, doctors, lawyers, and students. Audience members also received a chance to interact with speakers during networking breaks.

“TEDxLahoreWomen brought some powerful women together this year,” said Areej Mehdi, the event’s co-curator. “These women have advocated and opened doors for other women, and changed lives with their groundbreaking work and ideas. We’re excited to share their talks today.” said Irteza Ubaid, TEDx Ambassador – Pakistan. The event was presented in partnership with British Council, Nestle Everyday Lite, MINT PR, Uber, Daftarkhwan, FM 91 and Poet Restaurant.

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TEDxLahoreWomen Pulls Off Another Brilliantly Mind Striking Event!

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TEDxLahore celebrated its 10th year with yet another series of compelling talks at its TEDxLahoreWomen event held at the British Council Library.

Speakers included Dr. Aneela Darbar, the first US trained female neurosurgeon of Pakistan; Soufia Siddiqui, an education research and strategy advisor; Amna Zamir, an Additional Districts and Sessions Judge in Gilgit Baltistan; Maheen Rahman, an investment banker with an impressive portfolio; Maheen Gul, founder of the Lahore Autism Centre; Fareeda Batool, an independent artist who explores Pakistan’s political upheavals and tumultuous history; and Masuma Anwar, a pediatric doctor and musician. Lakeer ke Fakeer, a husband-wife duo of “singing poets”, also performed at the event.

 

These “Bold + Brilliant” women shared their profound insights and exciting stories about a remarkable number of issues, ranging from the education of boys in the public sector to the careful mapping of the brain before neurosurgery. The audience comprised over 350 individuals, including young entrepreneurs, educators, doctors, lawyers, and students. Audience members also received a chance to interact with speakers during networking breaks.

“TEDxLahoreWomen brought some powerful women together this year,” said Areej Mehdi, the event’s co-curator. “These women have advocated and opened doors for other women, and changed lives with their groundbreaking work and ideas. We’re excited to share their talks today.” said Irteza Ubaid, TEDx Ambassador – Pakistan.

The event was presented in partnership with British Council, Nestle Everyday Lite, MINT PR, Uber, Daftarkhwan, FM 91 and Poet Restaurant.

 

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These Four Women are Making some Finger-licking Delicious Desserts

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The trends are changing and we are moving back to our roots, that is, homemade desserts. There was a time when we would dine out to soothe our sweet tooth but now, we simply go to a food forum, type dessert and find the best in town. Although food is never associated with any gender who cooks the best, we found some incredible women bakers that have been in the dessert making for a while now and you have to agree with our choice while the bring something delicious every time they put their oven mitts on. 

Here are the 4 power-packed women that are bringing the best sweets to complement your sham ki chai and coffee.

Devine Appetite

This lady Anam Malik knows how to attract customers with her yummy chocolate bars, appetizing caramel crunch cake, moist chocolate fudge cake and many more. You name it and she will make them for you. It was a treat to try her divine desserts just like the name of her bakery. Not only this, she will treat you with customized chocolates wrapped in your pictures printed on it.

Jaweria Usman

Jaweria Usman’s lotus cheesecakes are pure heaven. We don’t remember any restaurant in Lahore that served as good stuff as she makes. Even after being pogged, you will still not feel enough. Made with love and rich in cheese, she has a solution to your bad mood. Ranging from dipped in chocolate to covered with raspberry buttercream; she has got you covered.

The Meetha Cravings Co.

Bushra knows her way quite well. Her chocolate and the cream-filled jar is a great way to brighten your day. Book her for any event and she will not disappoint you. We ordered her chocolate jar which had a moist cake topped with melted caramel. The texture and taste were totally on point. Do not forget to try her yummy chocolate chip cookies whenever you order her chocolate jar.

Moreish by HT

People meet by fate, we met by Besan ka halwa. We saw this girl making Besan halwa dipped in desi ghee and garnished with cashew nuts and instantly ordered a box. To our surprise, it was the same as our Nanis used to make. It had the same taste and love spewing from each bite. This one is especially for the desi buds. If you are too occupied at your house and want to fulfill your tummy with the conventional meetha i.e kheer, halwa, etc. Henna Tassawur is your go-to person

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