Growing up in Lahore, shopping for Eid ul Fitr was probably one of the best times of the year. We’d go shopping after Iftari and slowly collect trinkets hidden in the congested yet lively streets of Anrakali or Liberty market, stopping every now and then to indulge in some desi goodness like ‘liberty ke masala fries’ or ‘rang mahal ke gol gappay’.
However, the Lahore we know has changed from then, evolved if you must say. This evolution has made most of forget the joys of spending time with family and friends, celebrating the coming of Eid. Now we sit on our couches and order everything online! From ‘kaanch ki chooriyaan’ and various Luxury Eid collections, we have it all just a click away. But where is the joy in that? The joy lies in going out shopping with your cousins and aunts, hand picking an outfit from scratch, buying matching accessories after hours of trying out different things.
So this year, I made an Eid guide for those who came after me but sadly won’t know much about the world I grew up in, a world that was not too long ago. This guide will take you through the streets of Lahore and give you a chance to revive old traditions!
Situated in the heart of Lahore, Liberty market is considered somewhat of a landmark for us Lahoris. The famous Khussa Mahal is located here, where you can literally find a khussa for each occasion. You’ll have to make your way into the narrow alleys (ask for dupatta gali) where you’ll find bangles, cloth, jewelry and lots of great street FOOD! Don’t forget to eat the famous masala chaat or Paradise ka shawarma on your way out!
2.Anarkali MarketIf you’re on a budget, then Anrakali is where you need to pay a visit. For the longest before couture houses and big brands came to be, there was only this place. Hidden in the streets of Anarkali market you’ll find anything and everything! Mukesh and Gota kinari cladded materials are what I loved most about the market. These streets light up on Chaand Raat, and people come out in good spirits giving this place a surreal vibe, you can feel the generations that walked these street before you.
Known for its fine silks and handicrafts, Icchra bazaar is where you will find a variety of fabric from cotton to satins and silks in incredible colour palettes, and exquisite traditional jewelry. Don’ forget to get Henna Mehndi applied to your hands since you’ll find some of the best artists in these alleys. We Pakistanis; especially Lahoris are famous for eating spicy and delicious foods. You will enjoy the Samosas, Pikoray, Karahi Gosht, and Fried Fish in this bazaar. If you like sweets you can taste Qasoori Falooda a traditional sweet food item of Subcontinent. Best thing to eat – THE FALOODA. Nothing like ‘kulfa and sawayan’ to keep you refreshed as you scale the vast market.
The AKUH Launches Sports Medicine, Injury Clinic
Sportspersons’ mobility is a crucial aspect of their sporting journey. Hence, their injuries, severe or mild, require timely and specialized attention to keep their athletic dreams thriving.
The Aga Khan University Hospital celebrated the launch of its new Sports Medicine and Injury Clinic on Friday, in the presence of over 150 people. Pakistan’s celebrated sportspersons and prominent sports management personalities, including Samina Baig, Javed Miandad, Samilullah, Moin Khan, Hydro, and Jamil Chandio to name a few, gathered to commemorate the importance of focused care for sports injuries.
“I am so excited to celebrate the launch of Sports Medicine and Injury Clinic at The Aga Khan University Hospital. Sportspersons from diverse sporting fields have various types of injuries and they struggle getting complete treatment. I am happy to see the efforts by AKUH”, said Samina Baig during her keynote address. As the first Pakistani woman to climb Everest and the Seven Summits, she highlighted the honorable moment for her to raise the flag of Pakistan on these summits.
While speaking on the occasion, Dr. Pervaiz Hashmi, Orthopedic surgeon and Service Line Chief, Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine, discussed the inception and the need of Sports Medicine. “We aim to develop sub-specialties in future that cater to all types of sports-related injuries”, said Dr. Hashmi while highlighting the pivotal role of the new clinic in rendering dedicated care to sports injuries.
A panel discussion was also organized to emphasize the high-quality treatment regimen for sports related injuries. The panel included, Samina Baig, Javed Miandad, Pakistan’s cricket legend and former batsman, Hassan Sardar, former field hockey player and team captain, Samiullah, former field hockey player known as Flying Horse, Hydro, fitness instructor and founder Hydro Fit Team Studio, and Jamil Chandio, martial arts instructor and founder K7 Fitness & Kickboxing Academy. Although having diverse sports and athletic journeys, the guest panel agreed upon the need of patient-centered care for each type of sports related injury.
The efforts of the Aga Khan University Hospital to enhance its Sports Medicine services were applauded by key personalities from health and fitness and sports management arena. “I am so delighted to see that The Aga Khan University Hospital has continued to consistently deliver on its commitment of high-quality care, and took a step forward to establish Sports Medicine and Injury Clinic of international standards”, said Moin Khan, former wicket-keeper and batsman for Pakistan’s cricket team.
While ending the evening, Shagufta Hassan, Interim CEO, Health Services and COO, Outreach Services of the Aga Khan University Hospital, spoke about its commitment to the development of new services in response to public expectations. “Today’s launch is an example of our commitment to cater to the evolving needs of our community and younger generation and provide a comprehensive solution for injury management”, said Ms. Hassan.
Beydari: The Dreamer Awakes
Words are considered the most powerful medium of expression whether spoken or written. The bothe were witnessd in a recent event at Arts Council, Karachi, where a poetry collection ‘The Dreamer Awakes’, by Beo Zafar was launched along with its Urdu translation titled ‘Baydari’ by none other than renown fiction writer Asma Nabeel, the name behind dramas like Khuda Mera Bhi Hai, Khaani and Maan Jao Na.
The event was not limited to the introduction of book and poets, but the excerpts from both the English and Urdu section were read by the famous personalities of media and showbiz industry of Pakistan. Thus the evening was as glittery as it could be.
Beo Zafar and Asma Nabeel both dedicated this book to their beloved mothers. They extended their gratitude to the Almighty, their family and everyone who supported them and contributed towards their success.
Beo Zafar, the author of Beydari (The Dreamer Awakes) and a woman with a passion for poetry so utterly great said at the event, “I always desired one thing; to be able to express my poems in a language as beautiful as Urdu. My only regret, however was that I couldn’t write as well in Urdu as I did in English, leaving my long awaited dream unfulfilled. It was, at last, due to the remarkable translation skills of Asma Nabeel, the extremely talented screenplay that Beydari was born. Hence, my dream finally came true.”
The guests started to arrive in the evening at red carpet with their pictures done for various media present at the occasion. The event started off with the introduction of the book by the respected authors. Following the introduction, verses from the book were recited by Sidra Iqbal, Sanam Saeed, Yasra Rizvi, Hina Dilpazir, Arib Azhar and Toddshea. Many famous personalities from media industry and literature attended the launch such as Fahad Mustafa, Anwar Maqsood, Javed Jabber, Sana Shahnawaz, Imran Ashraf, Hajra Yamin, Noor Hassan, Amna Ilyas, Abdullah Farhatullah, Haseena Moien and many more. To conclude the event, verse from the book was beautifully composed and sung by Schumaila Hussain.
The event was sponsored by Arif Habib Group, Thyme restaurant, and Edenrobe while Parfaire Events and PR arranged the entire evening.
Enrich Them When Young: Badal Do Education Festival
The developed and prosperous nations of the world always teach their children in the beginning so they can become positive being in their personal lives and productive and instrumental for the society as a whole.
Pakistan is the country, where almost 31 per cent of population falls under the age of 14 years while about 21 per cent is between 14 to 24 years of age. So, we are a country where more than half of our population is consisted of youth. This is also a fact that Pakistan literally faces many kinds of collective catastrophes like terrorism, unemployment, and suppression from rest of the world. These calamities directly or indirectly affect the children and youth of a notion the most.
We never see any concrete initiative from our governments to deal with these problems and save our young ones and next generation from the possible blows of their future, but privately there are some organizations who are taking part in this cause and one of them is a school enrichment program Badal Do, which believes that children should be taught more than more than course books in schools.
Badal Do recently held its 2nd Annual Education Festival in Karachi, highlighting teacher sensitization to bring about inclusive and innovative tools in education by adopting creative methods to make peace, social inclusion, diversity and tolerance part of the educational experience, in the classrooms and beyond.
The initiative consists of 150 participating schools – 120 private/30 government – consisting more than 10,000 students, Badal Do Education Festival aims to create a range of learning and development opportunities for schools to keep the process of progression and enrichment alive.
According to Badal Do, “It to prepare a cadre of teachers ready to bring about behaviour change to foster peace and tolerance in society. By interacting with people who are different, the barriers of ‘otherization’ will be broken down. By listening to luminaries of their own fields, asking questions, listening to Badal Do stories of transformation, thus attempting to ignite the change within, and cascade it into the society.
The festival was organized by MC Zawwar & Rashid, who were also responsible for arranging activities of the event.
An active member of Badal Do Afia Salam said that the model of the program is based on positive engagement with the school community in integrating universal humanistic values of harmony, respect for diversity and inclusion in academic, co-curricular and administrative aspects. An interactive video followed by to present Badal Do in a glance.
Key Note speaker Javed Jabbar talked about how Pakistan has been recognised as one the countries with the most educational reforms in the world according to The Economist.
Following this, the participants comprising students, teachers and guest alike visited the educational exhibition by Children’s Museum for Peace and Human Rights (CMPHR), where 10,000 plus student art entries were collected. The artwork demonstrated their expressions of hope for understanding of Acceptance, Tolerance, Environment, Diversity, Say no to guns, Peace and Social justice.
About 1000 plus artworks by CMPHR were aimed to be utilised for more practical purpose as they were in the form of stitched designs on 75 quilts. Five of these quilts were selected by Rabiya Javeri Agha, Secretary Ministry of Human Rights, Government of Pakistan to be displayed at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City this month.
The Second part of exhibition depicted children’s emotions through images and video taken by participating schools and Critical Thinking Games display.
The Education Festival also consisted of panels by Children’s Museum for Peace and Human Rights (CMPHR), AzCorp & The School of Writing (TSW) highlighting activities which are designed to promote creative, reflective and progressive skills in both students and teachers with support from school management through a variety of approaches and materials. That practice was aimed to provide more robust, vibrant and socially responsible learning environment in educational institutions.
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