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Annam Burki from Latitude takes us to a breathtaking adventure through the South!

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Publicist Annam Burki from Latitude takes us on a breathtaking adventure through South Asia. Come and explore with the Daily Paperazzi!

Annam’s first stop in Sri Lanka-Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala where she realized humanity was still alive!
Buddah Tooth Relic in Sri Lanka is one of the many reasons why a trip here should be planned!
The publicist herself posing in front of the Elephant Orphanage! You can imagine the beauty of the place by looking at this picture.
You simply can not hate this- Kek Loksi Temple in Penang Malysia! Simply breathtaking! 
Enjoying the very creative ‘FUNKY MONKEY ICE CREAM’ IN SRI LANKA. Well they were not wrong about funky!

Heat is a hurdle that you must cross to see Portuguese- Dutch Fort, Galle City, Sri Lanka!
ENJOYING THE BEST CHILLED COCONUT WATER ON THE STREETS OF MALAYSIA! Annam has not gone wrong with food in our books! 
Annam conquering the majestic and breathtaking ocean at the Pulao Beras Basah Island in Langkawi. WHO WOULD WANT TO COME BACK? 
The mandatory Starbucks picture. Annam with her Duo Cocoa Mocha, and we are jealous!
What’s the purpose of life without tea?

The breathtaking beauty of South Asia for you. TDP is totally planning its next vacation here! Where are you heading? 

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GAME OF LAWNS Summer is Here

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On a cold February night while mindlessly scrolling through my Instagram feed, I came across a lawn advertisement. The next insta post showed socialites wearing sleeveless lawn suits at a launch event. Now I see these same women smiling into the camera almost every hour featured in different elitist magazines and posts. I could have sworn they were wearing jackets and carrying designer bags just yesterday at a polo match.

For those of you not familiar with lawn it’s a fabric to be worn in summers. It’s the finest form of cotton weave which has a soft almost luxurious feel to it. Its comfortable, airy and breathable to give women (never heard of men wearing it) much needed respite from the sweltering heat.

Some of the top brands which are magically sold out at Cinderalla time on their prebooking dates are Elan, Sana Safinaz, Faraz Manan and Sobia Nazir.

 “Please take care of yourselves, don’t put yourselves or others in harm’s way, be happy and stay safe.” Khadija Shah, designer of Elan addressed her customers on Instagram, preparing them for the battle ahead.

Lines are formed outside flagship stores the day of the pre-booking only to be broken as soon as doors open. Social media gets flooded with videos of violent women destroying anything and everything that comes in their way. Salesmen scarred both emotionally and physically.

 “A furious customer smashed a salesman’s head,” said Tahir who works as a driver and was an eyewitness to the incident.

 The disgruntled man had queued up for Elan 3A since 6am. When he finally reached the salesman, he was told they had run out of stock.

Now why do a certain class of people, mostly educated, behave like this is beyond human comprehension. Pushing and shoving are considered milder forms of aggression when it comes to buying their chosen design.

There is method to this madness. First the social media campaigns start. Then you see pictures and videos of unbelievably tall and beautiful women with fair skin and European features wearing long shirts, flared trousers and flowing silk dupattas (long scarves worn traditionally in Pakistan). Some are basking in the sun on a cruise in Italy with their fluttering dupattas following them everywhere. Others lying on a sofa in a French palace and some staring blankly while walking in a forest. The designs and campaigns of different designer brands each year have started looking eerily like each other.

Then the catalogues come out. Hype is created and countdown to online pre-booking starts. Women look through endless pictures while holding their breath and write the codes to their favorite designs for pre-booking. Its status symbol and the race to wear it first rather than the love for lawn that drives sales. There is frenzy around this time. Girls try to ask their friends which one they will buy while casually mentioning they will not buy any designer lawn this season as not to disclose the codes of the suits they are trying to get.

I vowed not to get into the designer lawn trap but unfortunately succumbed to buying just one suit. When I went to collect it, I was approached by a middle-aged woman who took me to the side and started whispering that she had the ‘out of stock’ lawn joras. She handed out her number on a piece of paper and disappeared as swiftly as she had appeared.

Out of curiosity and partly because the design my mother liked was also the first to run out, I called that number to ask about availability. To my horror, the woman quoted almost double the price for the same suit! Talk about creating a business opportunity out of women’s desperation to wear their favorite design before their friends do.

Now I know, designer lawns are nowhere in the affordable range. Most are around Rs 7,000 for a three-piece suit which include unstitched fabric for a shirt and trouser, a dupatta and some random patches (with little to no information given where each patch belongs). But paying double of that seemed unreasonable and wrong.

If you thought the ordeal ends here, wait till you take this lawn suit for stitching. The otherwise friendly tailors during winter months start showing attitude during this season. The prized packet comes with a paper indicating contents in English (I wonder why not in Urdu) and a picture of a model wearing it. When you open it, random cloth pieces much like a jigsaw puzzle keep coming out. Surprisingly this baffles the customers, but the tailors exactly know what fits where. For their services, they charge exorbitantly. Appliques, patches, hem, trimmings, home delivery, stitching early are some of the add-ons included in the final stitching bill which is not meant for the light-hearted. Stitching costs can go up to Rs 3000 or more for a suit.

The Pakistani rupee hit an all-time low of around 146 against the dollar and further devaluation is expected. People are complaining about inflation and rising food prices but there is silence on the topic of exorbitant designer lawn prices. How can so many people afford something so expensive?

More and more textile mills are collaborating with designers to come up with their lawn collection each year. This year low-priced alternatives by coveted designer brands like Muzlin by Sana Safinaz and Zaha by Elan were seen in the market but not met with that much enthusiasm by the seasoned lawn buyers. The whole concept of designer lawn works on looking expensive and showing off otherwise the veterans of lawn like Al Karam, Gul Ahmed and Nishat Linen still have the softest and purest form of the fabric.

Lawn mania doesn’t end here. Now that Eid is around the corner, all the brands are coming out with their formal collection. Did I mention Volume II and III will follow?

The saga never ends…   Maha Shah is a freelance writer, journalist and HR professional who has worked for Google and Bloomberg and has lived in Jordan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Qatar and now Pakistan

By Maha Shah

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Iqra Aziz talks about Suno Chanda 2

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We sat down with the star of Suno Chanda to learn about her experience working on a project that has stolen the hearts of many viewers across the globe.

Given your character has been a huge hit in Suno Chanda previously, what are you expecting from it this year?

It is still the talk of the town and I am humbled with the love and appreciation that we received from the audience. We are all being loved the same way and I am really happy with the response.

What are the things common between Ajiya and Iqra Aziz in real life?

There are so many things that are common in Ajiya and me in Real Life. We both are sensitive and bubbly at the same time. We love to laugh and make other laugh.

Coming to your character, why did you sign up to play Ajiya? Why appealed to you the most?

I signed for this role because I really wanted a breather. This character was like a fresh air to me because I have been doing really difficult roles in my previous dramas like Tabeer. I started feeling stressed out with all the emotions and the feelings because I was so much indulge in the role. So this light mood play was really something which I wanted at that time. The teeny girl who laughs all the time wants to study, go to college, all these things were very appealing to me. So I did this project and I am glad with the response.

What was the most challenging part of this season’s Suno Chanda?

Getting into the “Ajiya” character after 1 year was the most challenging part of season 2. But it was as exciting as well.

Your character is determined and driven and is quite inspiring for many girls. How important do you think it is for girls to go after their dreams and not give up? 

It is very important and I am not speaking against marriage or a relationship but a girl should see her talent and go for it. You have to follow your heart and dream and just be who you are and what you want to be. You can be in a marriage and study. Never leave your dreams behind. This is what makes us feel happy and good. 

The first thing in our life is to make yourselves happy. So you should always give your dreams priority.

What was the fondest memory on set?

There were small small things like Farhan Saeed always telling others in the scene to read their lines but he was supposed to do the lines in the scene so there were small funny things, which used to always made us laugh.

Who is your favourite costar to work with?

I loved working with everyone.

Could you tell us about your future projects?

I have not anything on my mind right now. If there is anything I would definitely let my lovely audience know.

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Gift Ideas For Your Old Man This Father’s Day

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This Sunday, 16th June is Father’s Day which is right around the corner. This day is an opportunity to tell dad how much you appreciate him. New dads, old dads, granddads, dads-in-law, stepdads, serious dads, goofball dads. There must be a million fatherly types out there, and without a doubt, there are at least that many reasons to honor them on Father’s Day.

Robert Browning has very rightly stated that “Take away love and our earth is a tomb”. God had sent to us love in various forms and one of them is your father. He is a person who stands by our side no matter what. He loves his children unconditionally and the beauty of this relationship is that he does it all without demanding anything in return. The love and affection that is hidden in each of his acts is tremendously blissful. He should be admired for what he does for everyone in the family. He is one of the most influential people our life. No matter what, he will keep protecting you and be there by your side.

We have rounded up the best Father’s Day gifts for your old man that will make him truly happy!

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