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Stepping into the Canvas with Samia & Yasir



We got in touch with this beautiful artist Samia Yasir and talked about her paintings, passion and years of mastery. The conversation was definitely a great analysis of her years of experience and overview of art.

  1. Can you describe what or who influenced you to become an artist? 

    My journey of art started from my home because I was born to the family where art was cherished already and still enjoyed, practiced and encouraged with passion. Fortunately, nobody forced me to become a doctor or engineer. My first and greatest influence were my parents. They both are versatile. My mother practiced homeopathy for years but she is a landscape artist as well. She continued two almost opposite practices together, later, she quit homeopathy and completely focused on painting until now, she is busy creating masterpieces. She is from the family of famous painter of Pakistan, Ustaad Allah Bakhsh. My father, who basically is a businessman, but art remained his hobby ever since he was a young boy. His field of study was Law and Political Science but he created beautifully masterly sketches in pencil and pen and ink. The beautiful idea behind creating any artwork is that my father does the sketching and my mother paints it. Every single piece of art is a result of their collective effort. All those years of my childhood and adolescence, I got a lot of inspiration and motivation. My Grandfather used to write beautiful scripts of Calligraphy, in fonts like Naskh and Nastaleeq. Therefore I absorbed immense talent and versatility. 

  2. How did the journey of art get started in your life? 

    My passion for art sparked off at the age of 6 years when I was in school. Observing my parents while drawing and painting, I tried creating little wonders on plain drawing copy. Later, with time, especially during my adolescence, I started painting on dried leaves, wasted wooden sheets, antique furniture, eggshells, bamboos, etc. It was the time my father suggested that I should become an artist and choose this subject for specialization. I gladly accepted this offer. My early career actually began when I was in intermediate, my first achievement was the gold medal in B.A fine arts. During my MFA, I already started to earn. My miniatures mostly were achieved by high officials like General Pervaiz Musharraf, Ex-Governor Khalid Maqbool while he was governor of Lahore, Ex-PM Shaukat Aziz while he was PM of Pakistan and I really felt honored.

  3. What is your perception about painting and which medium and subject do you enjoy painting the most?
    Every artist is recognized by a specific style. He/She has as a theme of his/her painting. But in my case, I enjoy painting almost all styles and subjects of art. I cannot stick to one style or subject like abstract, realism, cubism, impressionism, symbolism, etc. or watercolor, oil colors, gouache technique, acrylics, etc. It depends on what I feel like painting. I love painting still life, figures, landscapes, calligraphy with Qalam, Calligraphic Art, miniatures, floral art, abstracts without any shapes or forms only, the play of colors, Murals, fresco techniques, and ceramics. There is a long list of artists who are my inspiration, practicing or practiced their individual style. My teachers played a vital role to encourage my style and thoughts that I can never forget. My art was polished by their sincere efforts.

  4. Can you describe two or three important projects that you have completed? 

    I like to paint cultural and traditional art the most, especially from Cholistani Culture. One of my paintings with female figures is an example of it; girls wearing Cholistani dresses holding pitchers on the foreground is gharwanj which is a pitcher stand. The background is filled with specific motifs. The use of color palette is in accordance with the typical colors from respective cultures all done in oil colors, earthy tones. Another example is a floral painting. This subject really freshens up my mood as the use of red and maroons gives it a romantic look. One of my painting is named yellow leaves. It is a landscape showing trees with yellow leaves. I have used gold leaf paper on the leaves to show the sunlight reflection. I have painted it in acrylics with gold leaf paper. Apart from these, the gouache technique for miniatures is also my favorite medium. I have painted miniatures on Vasili portraying Mughal culture and for the patronage of Mughal Art as well. One of the examples is Mughal court scene. Few paintings are done in a realistic style and I have chosen Badshahi Masjid as a subject. In my view, the process of getting inspired and motivated always stays with an artist from beginning to end, because there isn’t one thing that can appeal to you. There are so many factors, features or things around you that can push you to paint. Sometimes, it’s intuitive. The process of learning goes on. 

  5. What is the role of art in our society? how it can positively influence us?

    Life is a path where you decide your own destiny. It requires struggle. Every successful person has a story. My story isn’t smooth either but Allah always blesses you if you are honest and sincere. Before marriage and until now to remain consistent with my field, my parents’ back remains with me (Alhamdulilah). One of the unfortunate factors is that women of Pakistan are mostly directed towards one ultimate goal which is marriage and raising kids. I am not discouraging to get married or having kids. But, I feel disappointed for most of the women’s population who are extremely talented and highly educated but they are unable to show their talent and remain covered for the whole life after getting married. It is compulsory to be a good wife and mother because we are responsible for raising a sensible generation, it is a task given to us by Allah that must be fulfilled sincerely, but there has to be an opportunity to continue their professional field or advance studies. 

  6. Tell us about the trajectory of your career up to this point? 

    Now, I am going to mention the best part of my journey, a twist in my life, the utmost part of my success and the strongest person behind my success is my husband (Alhamdulilah and Masha Allah). Born to a family of artists and got married to the family of artists, that is the reason why I am still managing to practice visual. He has a deep aesthetic sense for arts that he has inherited from his father. He is an awesome art critic which helps me a lot in rectifying weak areas of paintings. My father-in-law graduated from NCA during the time when it was called Mayo School of Arts in the apprenticeship of Ustad Allah Buksh. He admires and encourages me a lot. I would like to add up an interesting incident here. While doing my marriage preparations, I had a deal with the designer who was preparing my wedding dress that I am going to paint her a painting of her choice and she’ll prepare my Barat dress at the same cost. So basically we exchanged our required products at the same cost. An element of struggle added as well, because, with the time, Allah was blessing me with the kids as well. I have four kids Alhamdulilah, therefore, I had four C-sections, my kids are beautiful addition Into my life and I believe that having more kids cannot make you poor I have seen isolated single person sleeping on footpaths, homeless and unemployed. I was once mocked by a person that woman is not strong enough to continue their professional fields after marriage and kids, somehow it is also true as bigger amount of money is spent on their education but after marriage willingly or unwillingly they quit progressing. Anyway, I replied to that mockery with “you’ll see I am going to bring a change.” During my third maternity condition, I was doing a job as an art teacher at a private school. I got weak. But it was the only way to continue my children’s school but sadly I was called in the office that we need a hundred percent performance and you are not fit enough to do that so go home and take rest. I was devastated of course because my husband was covering kitchen and bills expenses and I was doing my children’s education expense. It was an edge to edge without any extra income or condition of saving money. Faculty was calling it sympathy, it wasn’t. I got fired politely. I was not given any leave to take rest. This is what happens in our society when you try to progress or move forward. After a couple of months, my husband and I managed to grab a big project on order with huge canvases. I remember, all of a sudden, I had Complication. I had C-section 15 days earlier than estimated date of delivery. I was so upset about my project. It was about commitment. All my planning went down to the drains again. I wasn’t given a break to take rest so I had to complete everything with the bandage on, stitches, severe pain and nursing a baby with two toddlers. My husband used to help me with the areas where I could not bend or reach upwards. 

  7.  What do you think you contributed to the culture of Arts? 

    I faced a tough time with the attitude of people towards art and the ability to understand what is the value of any piece of art that is not created in ordinary circumstances or with a normal set up. It is something beyond the barriers in its own way, it is intuitive and is created with emotions and intense feelings. I’ll literally call it the dark ages of art because people are not aesthetically aware of what actually a masterpiece is. We have rare institutions that are serving the right purpose of educating different fields of art. There is a need of deciding the correct talent on merit. You cannot become an artist by holding a pencil or paintbrush in your hands. Artists are born with the talent to some extent it can be learned but it blooms on its peak when comes out of a person with inborn abilities. There is a need for promoting original and fresh talent. There is a strict need of letting transgender people have a chance to get educated and get jobs like all of us. They are part of our society as we are part of it. There has to be an open opportunity for them to learn art. Because they are loud, full of life. They are bright and they have two spirits, they are masculine as well as feminine, therefore, it makes them more talented and versatile. If they can dance and sing then why can’t they paint. I have a dream to run an institution where I’ll certainly give them a chance on merit to get enrolled and study whatever they wish to learn.

  8. Do you want to give any message? 

    I have an appeal to Prime Minister as well that negative sort of defaming and discouragement should be cut down. There must be equal rights for transgender people as well. No leader is going to change our lives and motivate us, we are our own leaders and we should start from our homes and within ourselves. I never blame leaders for corruption, it’s the nation who has to be educated enough to bring a sincere leader. As parents and elders, we are responsible for raising a generation that can change the fate of our country rather than spoiling them by giving them an opportunity to waste their precious youth on spending time and money on gadgets and unhealthy lifestyles. Lastly, I would request you to promote my art page and artwork and to spread the word, that is going to help the struggling artist to reach the destination, in all these circumstances to make the advance studies possible as it is my dream to achieve PhD degree in the same project. 

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Delay in diagnosis can result in long term disability



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



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



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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