Years after India gained independence from Great Britain in 1947, the eastern portion of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan began its own struggle for independence. As the seeds of civil war were being planted, a missed connecting train from the small town of Parvatipur laid the first root of my family tree.
My paternal grandfather found himself stranded in Parvatipur with no way to get back to his base in Rangpur until the following morning. I imagine my Karachi-based grandfather never thought that his rural development project in East Pakistan would get him stranded in a small town. In a time where people came to the rescue as opposed to technology, my grandfather realized that the brother-in-law of one of his distant cousins lived in the neighboring village of Saidpur. Fifty or so years ago showing up unannounced at the house of a family member of a family member was…
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Mehendi Entrance Songs for her
1. Dhol Yaara Dhol:
Acoustic version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htwg3djPLIs
Film Version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7PPLBZpa20
2. Naam Ada Likhna
3. Chanda ki Doli meine
4. Peer Manavan
Film version; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=va6ThJ6ywoU
Remix version: http://www.index-of-mp3s.com/download/mp3/lagu/id/cff897b2/peer-manava-remix/
4. Mehendi hai rachne wali
5. Navrai Majhi
6. Jhoom by Ali Zafar
7. Likh ke mehendi se sajna ka naam
8. Mehendi lagauun gi meine
9. Charha de rang
10. Mahi ve
11. Rab Rakha
12. Leja Leja Ve
13. Mehendi rache ge tere hath
14. Sawar Luun
Mehendi Entrance Songs for Him:
1. Mehendi ki khushboo by Haroon
Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNl5fsvKwlM
2. Dekh Chori ko dekh
Video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3EFN-uldUc
3. Tenu le ke
Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SkWCf46FNo
4. Desi Boys
Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq84UA3eCV8
5. Aaja Nachle
Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngdHfWKHxOg
6. Rola Pe Gaya
Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFfYBFI-Zpw
6. Mundia tou bach ke
Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TcD_IeMdG4
6. Aaloo Chat
Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddvC9WnOZcg
7. Aahun Aahun
Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qk9bPR2wfJ4
8. Rola pe gaya
Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFfYBFI-Zpw
9. IPL Mashup ( DJ Chetas)
Today, our blog covers an interview of the talented Faahema Ahmad of Faahema Ahmed Photography. Without much ado, we present to you, her answers to the questions. The images you find in this blog post have been hand picked by Faahema herself and are one of her favourites. <3
1. Tell us your story?
Well, I had always had an eye and flair for the visual arts but my love for photography began when I joined Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture and started studying it in depth. It was then when I realized that this is exactly what I am meant to do!
2. Who are the photographers involved?
It was myself, Faahema Ahmad, who laid the foundation of the company as the principal photographer. I am now joined by my sister, Aamnah, who is a film-making student at IVS at the moment. Primarily, it’s the two of us with a very talented team of assistant photographers and editors.
3. What cities do you work in?
We are based in Karachi. But we love to travel and will go wherever work takes us
4. Where is home for you?
Home is anywhere my parents and pajamas are!
5. Did you go to school to study photography?
Yes absolutely. I am a graduate in visual communication, with an emphasis on Photography from the prestigious Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture.
6. How long have you been photographer?
I picked up the camera in 2008 and there has been no looking back since.
7. What would you describe as your photography style?
If I had to describe our style of work in one word, it would be “candid”. We love catching natural moments and the true essence of the events instead of dictating when to move, when to stop. We don’t like getting in the way of the flow of the event. I always say this to my clients – you won’t even notice we are there, until you see the pictures!
8. How many weddings do you cover in any given year?
Gone are the days when wedding season used to be from Nov to Feb. I find myself busy all year round now!
9. What type of cameras do you shoot with and why? What accessories to the camera do you love?
We are Nikon users and own multiple cameras. As far as the favorite accessory goes, I love all of them, but if I had to choose I would go with my collection of lenses.
10. If you had to choose one lens what would it be?
If I had to choose one lens, it has to be 70-200 VR II! Dream lens!
11. What are your most memorable moments with respect to the wedding photography experience?
Witnessing the expressions on the clients’ faces when they see the results, re-living those special moments is definitely the best part of my job.
12. What are your pet peeves during wedding blocking photography?
Kids and people with personal cameras and cell phones blocking the professionals’ way.
13. Any advice for to-be wed couples?
My advice to all the to-be wed couples is that make sure you have a certain comfort level with your photographer because if don’t, it will definitely show on your face in the pictures on the final day. So having some form of a relationship or chemistry with the photographer is essential for happy pictures of the happy couple.
14. Why should a to-be bride and groom choose your services?
We believe in capturing your special moments with love and care. We are a very easy-going and approachable team of talented people who will make you feel more comfortable and beautiful on the most important day of your lives! We strive to capture the true essence of your relationship instead of a posed, staged one.
15. What are the wedding photography packages/ bundles that you offer? (prices need not be divulged) (optional question)
We have something for everyone! We specialize in working around in the provided budget. We currently have a 20% off discount going on as well which is valid till Jan 2014.
16. What is the best way to contact you?
We are available on the following round the clock!
Phone : 0323 2983546
Email : email@example.com
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/F.AhmadPhotography
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Since everyone’s coming up with their own manifesto for whatever reason they believe in, I’ve decided to put forth my own because I am, much to my disappointment and irritation, surrounded by rishta zombies. Now let’s clear one thing before I even start: It’s not just the aunties. I see tweets on Twitter and status updates on Facebook bashing elderly ladies and claiming that they’re the sole reason why our society is obsessed with marriage and other gimmicks but guess what? No, they’re not. It is very convenient to throw the blame on one single group for the intrusive madness found in our culture. It’s not just these elderly folks or even slightly young ones; it is also men who assert the flawed notion that a chaste, successful woman is the one who ties the knot early without having her hymen touched. It is also people – even “liberal feminists”…
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The Pakistan Fashion Design Council (PFDC) and L’Oréal Paris, one of the world’s leading beauty brand joined hands to present the PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2013 boasting bridal designs of renowned Pakistani designers such as Sana Safinaz, HSY, Nomi Ansari, Zara Shahjahan etc.
Naturally, I was interested and started to incessantly google the collections. No sooner had I seen all the collections, all I could say was ,”Meh”. No really! I simply cannot picture a Pakistani bride in any of these. Ok, ok, well, some could be worn but that is all I am willing to commit at this point.
Here are some of the designs I liked and some that I am indifferent to. :)
What do you think?
Disclaimer: I claim no rights, titles, copyrights or priveleges to the images shared in this post.
So this was a Eid of many firsts for me. First time, i made Eid breakfast which was basically chicken chowmein and shahi tukrey ( fried bread and sweetned milk dessert). It was the first time i sorted out meat with my husband and made shares that we would distribute ( as opposed to me helping my mother). It was the first time i made chicken pulao (pilaf) and beef dhuan dahi ( a smoked beef and yogurt dish). Another first was putting mehendi on my hand and feet myself with the help of my husband. So, this was a good Eid,
Except, that we had six days off (including the weekend) which made me want to go the movies. It made me want to eat out in style. It made me want a holiday. It made me miss my mom and dad. It made me a little sad at the end.
So yes, thank God for Monday. I am glad to be back to work. :)
How elegant is this bridal outfit by Shehrbano? I am not sure how many brides would be willing to wear black, but it looks gorgeous. What do you think?
If you want to get in touch with Shehrbano, contact her at +92(0)3218085858. You can also send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I don’t know how many of you have recently visited my facebook page, but i have been sharing some wonderful blogs and articles by insightful and articulate folks. These blogs and articles are a sure way of getting some quick marriage advice and to be inspired by the power of love and compassion in marriage.
Drop by, if you have some time.
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So i came across four gorgeous dresses by Ayesha Ahmed and i just had to share these beauties. What do you think?