It is about time that we realise the importance of kindness. A good deed takes you to places and that’s what these girls are teaching everyone around them. Let‘s meet Saman Iqbal, the beautiful face of humanity.
Looks like, we have a compassionate lawyer in the making. Her first stressful year at university, difficult circumstances coupled with declining grades and lack of empathetic people around made things a whole lot worse. It is when she came up with an idea of providing people with a platform to vent openly or anonymously without having to get judged.
“I remember at the start of this year, sometime around September, I was sitting alone on the bleachers, and I couldn’t keep myself from crying, it was then when a kind stranger came up to me and asked me if everything was alright. Although I wasn’t alright at all, but knowing a random stranger cares made a lot of difference, it made me feel less alone. I knew there were kind people around and I knew there were people around that needed to know that such people exist. I had to connect these two kinds in some way. I came home that day and made this group.”
According to her, this group has made an immense difference in people’s life. “There were multiple instances where we tried our best to help people who were at the brink of ending their lives. I’m happy to say many of those people have made remarkable progress. There was also this one time when somebody anonymously asked on the group about abortion options and people actually offered to adopt the baby. We have come together as a family. From calming someone during a panic attack to encouraging someone to seek therapy, we have each other’s back.
It is her dream to extend this facility outside her university as well. Kindness does not have only one face. It comes in variant forms and makes an incredible change through little deeds. Here, we have another shining star, Imbesat Zaigham Meer, the founder of the startup “Dispatch Happiness.”
When she decided to write appreciation notes to her friends and instructor, it is when she came up with the idea of providing a platform to do the same anonymously or openly.
“The more I thought about it, the more the idea appealed to me. I could see that it actually led to a massive boost to mental health for some people as well, and act as a counter to stress, loneliness and sadness, which are prevalent issues in today’s time. To support mental health, I also donate 10% of the proceeds to Fountain House, Lahore.”
Her secondary purpose is to bring back the trend of writing letters.
“There is the tingling anticipation of opening the letter and then, finally getting to read a sweet message, or some encouragement, especially at the end of a tiring or bad day.” This project is a great opportunity for people who are shy or have social anxiety.
The idea gives an old school feeling and we wish that people use this service to spread happiness and kindness where it is needed. Our third boss-lady is Ronaq Usman.
She joined Serene Organics on the recommendation of a friend a year ago – when it was just a couple months old. Serene Organics was incubated by the social innovation lab at LUMS by a dear friend and LUMS alumnus Fatima Qayyum who unfortunately left us this past July.
Serene Organics is the product of her hard-work and determination to bring about a social impact and to optimise the welfare of the society – all while providing 100% organic and natural products to consumers. It is a social enterprise affiliated with Massarat Misbah’s Smile Again Foundation via which they employ acid attack victims who stitch jute packaging for the products. The aim is to financially uplift them and provide them with a platform to stand up again on their own feet while also creating awareness.
The idea behind Serene came about when Fatima observed the difference in results in using a cold pressed oil she got extracted herself compared to oils found locally that either have scents, preservatives added or have undergone so much heat that the nutrients have oxidised. Ronaq says, “as far as the impact is concerned I feel like it has definitely helped them. Not only have we been able to garner a vast celebrity support for our cause from reputable names such as Massarat Misbah, Hina Altaf, Sajal Aly, Zara Noor Abbas, Zahid Ahmed to name but a few – it has also allowed women we’ve employed to work from home at flexible times while also being able to give time to their families and personal pursuits.” As a current CEO, Ronaq intends to continue with Fatima’s legacy. She also aims to start a fund of some sort to help not just Acid attack survivors but all women in need.
The Man Behind The Maestro
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan produces magical music and without a doubt he’s amongst the most sought-after world artists
Famed Pakistani music maestros Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s producer and global manager Salman Ahmed has said that the 3 UK concerts had sold out completely showing the popularity of Pakistani artist across the South Asian communities.
Speaking to media, the veteran talent promoter and producer said that Rahat Fateh Ali Khan produces magical music and without a doubt he’s amongst the most sought-after world artists.
Salman Ahmed has been managing Rahat Fateh Ali Khan for about 10 years. The music maestro was well known in Pakistan because of his strong vocal skills but Ahmed turned around everything for the artist and had made him a household name in millions of homes in South Asia and beyond. Three months ago, the University of Oxford awarded the music doctorate degree to Khan – a huge personal honour for the musician and for his country of origin.
“When I look back to nearly a decade long association with the maestro, I must admit that what a journey it has been on a global platform, cities across Vancouver all the way to Auckland. Achievements like the Noble Peace Prize Performance conceptualisation, United Nations, Music Room at the Oxford University, Honorary Doctorate for the maestro and hundreds of concerts all over the world. Thank you to all our associates, promoters and most importantly to my PME family who has made this happened with their devotion. I especially thank to our families, who have sacrificed the most perhaps and to all the audiences who have attended our concerts in huge numbers.”
Salman Ahmed said that credit for the success of Khan goes to his entire team who worked hard throughout the year on the shows and on the brand of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
“Behind every show, there’s sweat, blood and toll. We work hard all the time to maintain the highest of standards in what we promise and produce. Ustad Rahat performs for a few hours on the stage but thousands of hours of hard work are invested in the production of his shows and that hard work has worked to make him a mega hit. As a way of example, for our concerts starting this weekend at Wembley Arena more than 35 band members will be touring with the singer. There is a team separately working in an international office here in London on logistics, concepts, arrangements, production and marketing. Once these shows are over, we will start working on the next round of events. There is no break.”
In North America, due to India and Pakistan tensions at the government level, Salman Ahmed accepted that attendance at Rahat’s shows was slightly less, however he clarified that all the UK concerts were sold out. “You cannot deny that Rahat is loved by Indians, Pakistanis and other ‘Urdu-understanding’ communities. There is no alternative to him.”
Salaman Ahmed is one of the most experienced Asian art promoters, who has been in the field of entertainment from the age of 16 and started his business in London in 1987. By playing a big role in music maestro Rahat’s international success, he has now known as a global promoter and music producer. His alliance with the showbiz commenced some 32 years ago when he started organizing Bhangra nights and small British Asian concerts when British Asian singers had started making their mark. There was no social media and no Asian channels around. The BBC covered one of Salman’s first concerts at that time with a report to showcase how the second generation of British Asians was growing with a fusion of British and Asian culture. Salman was then just a teenager.
So far Salman Ahmed has worked with some of the top Indian artists including, Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigham, Mika Singh as well.
“You should only do what you are good at. You can do excellence only in your job if you are devoted to it with full passion and commitment. I believe in total commitment and nothing else.”
Unlike the maverick ways of some, Ahmed believes in treating his clients as a product. “My clients are my products. I promote products in the market. We invest in our products. We take risks and we inject our life into our products to make them a phenomenal success,” said Salman Ahmed acknowledging that Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has been the biggest hit for him as a producer.
He says he believes in promoting Pakistani talent before the world and for Rahat’s London shows he is introducing around a dozen Pakistani musicians for the first time. “These are young, educated and dynamic musicians who have been playing at the Basement Café and in the underground scene in Karachi and Lahore. They are doing an outstanding job. For the fusion part of Khan Saheb’s shows these musicians will be used. They will be performing in front of the international audience numbering in the thousands and this will bring a unique kind of confidence in them.”
Salman Ahmed said he was very excited about the latest round of shows because Ustad Rahat Ali Khan will be doing fusion, using instruments and sounds not tried before.
Lightingale Records: Ali Zafar Launches Record Label for Youngsters
Ali Zafar needs no introduction when it comes to performing arts in sub continent. Started his career as sketch artist in late 90s and then came as an actor and finally a vocalist with outstanding skills, releasing numerous hit singles and albums Ali has always managed to keep his job stable and thriving even during the most difficult times of his life.
Considering music is his first love, Ali Zafar has recently announced his record label, Lightingale Records, under which he aims to promote new musicians and artists.
In his recent instagram post, Ali explaining the reason of starting this label, said, “Our land is ripe with talent waiting for the slightest of opportunity to flourish. However, due to lack of understanding of the importance of the Arts and Humanities in our society, we have been unable to develop a culture where talent can be nurtured, groomed and guided to reach its true potential, nor build an industry.”
He further said, “During all these years as a performing artist, I have had the great fortune of learning about different aspects of the music industry. As artists or human beings in general, we are intrinsically prone to become self-indulgent or internally focused, but that is the mistake that most of us make. I feel the only thing that carries on beyond our existence, is the honesty in our work and the sincerity of our intentions. An artist leaves a legacy, and surely that should not just be about him or her. In an era where we are bombarded with tools that bring out the vanity in us, I think it’s important to see the beauty and talent in others and help them achieve their goals and dreams also. Become a part of their struggle and journey and help them in any way you can. As I said before – “you are not a star if you can’t shine for others.” Let’s shine for each other and share the light.”
At the end of the post, Ali announced the launching “Lightingale records” and said that through this endeavour; he would personally mentor, produce, record and showcase talent of young and upcoming artists.
He further explained that their goal is to bring to light at least 10 new artists this year and give people some great songs to cherish.
He also asked his fans and followers to share more ideas for his initiative, “If you have any ideas that can augment this venture, do share. Stay tuned.”
Our Favorite Fashion Divas that have Evolved Over Time
While reading the title, you must be thinking about the acting skills and how these ladies have made their name in the drama and film industry. But no, here we are talking about the fashion game of these actresses that have taken us all by surprise. Perking up their style statement and emerging as few of the finest actresses in terms of being glamorous and presentable, they have absolutely conquered the fashion world.
These are our favorite Divas who have proved that working on oneself is never a selfish thing and this hard work can eventually help you in the long run.
Starting from soaps and not so glamorous dramas, we never saw Saboor Aly dressing up as impressively as she does now. Probably, this is the social fashion awareness that some choose to pick and some don’t. And, we have to say that Saboor is doing quite well with her dress sense while earning a huge fan following at a great pace. She is one of those finest actresses who keep us hooked to their gram-game as something cool and happening just pops up out of nowhere anytime and any occasion.
Our fancy-pants; Nausheen Shah has instantly beefed up her fashion game and we cannot stop admiring her taste and style in whatever she wears. She has definitely come a long way. Also known for carrying bold statements just like in a recent awards show, her hairstyle was quite eccentric perfectly aligning with a blingy Hussain Rehar attire.
Her vibrant tops, glowing face and quirky pants have got our attention and we, indisputably, give her the award of being the most stylish actress among the lot. This was never the scenario from the day she joined the Entertainment industry so, she came this far and has definitely grown into a woman who keeps herself up-to-date in every trend and fashion.
Our recent favorite bride, Iqra has polished herself over time and we love how effortlessly she carries every outfit in sheer grace and pizzazz. Recently, she has been appointed as the face of Al-Karam and this was all a result of gradual progress and immense effort she has put into building her powerful aura and strong-headed personality that beautifully harmonizes with her chic and classic sense of styling.
If Sonya had a synonym, it would be the word “grace”. We love her for her impactful persona, the way she dresses up and the way she owns everything she wears with undying confidence. There are very few celebrities who have evolved to be steezy and sassy in a way that they know what they should actually wear. Unlike some who do not even know their body type. Sonya Hussyn proves that style is always within, you can improve with time but class remains constant.