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Educate a Girl Celebrates 1000 Girls Educated in Karachi

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To commemorate International Day of the Girl, Educate a Girl celebrated the completion of the education of 1000 vocational scholarships funded for deserving girls in Karachi to become journalists, as part of a project to educate and wire 1000 girls in 1000 cities (1 million girl project) and help them find jobs, sustainability and eventually be donors themselves.  These thousand girls studied at Institute of Journalism, Indus University, Ziauddin University Media Studies, Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University, Lyari, Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology, as well as included the Sindh Governor’s House’s staff’s children. Educate a Girl has also educated 250 deserving girls in Lagos, Nigeria and plans for 10 cities of Pakistan.

“We are very humbled and excited by this important milestone and especially by the impact,” said Educate a Girl President Tara Uzra Dawood.  “3 girls have become news anchors, several girls have newspaper columns, some now work at TV channels and 8 girls have today funded the scholarship of other girls out of their first ever paycheck and Educate a Girl winner Jaweria Ali has funded two scholarships including Ghanwa Akram, our 1000th winner! We very much look forward to beginning this journey now to educate 1000 deserving girls in Lahore.”

This celebration which was hosted by Lincoln’s Corner, Pakistan American Cultural Centre (PACC)  included training modules by sculptor Amin Gulgee, designer Deepak Perwani, news anchor Nadia Naqi, Imran Zakir [Bureau Chief (KHI), Pakistan International Press Agency], Social  Development Professional Bilquis Rehman, grooming expert Khadija Chagani of Pivot Point, Honorary Consul General of Finland Sadia Khan, fashion journalist Zurain Imam, news anchor Sana Hashmi and news anchor Jaweria Ali.

“I’m a supporter, donor and trainer for Educate a Girl,” stated Deepak Perwani. “We are proud to be doing women empowerment. Come join us in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.”

The entire programme of educating the 1000 girls – including visually and hearing impaired girls – had included trainings also by Tehmina Khaled, Shanaz Ramzi, Khursheed Hyder, Iram Noor, Dr. Fouzia Khan, Swiss Consul General Emil Wyss, Russian Consul General Oleg N. Avdeev, British Deputy Head of Mission Gill Atkinson, English Professor Emeritus Dr. Ishrat Lindblad of Sweden, climate journalist Sarah Phillips of Australia (in partnership with the UNDP and the Australian High Commission), Northwestern University Professor and Chicago Tribune ace Finance Journalist Susan Chandler of the US (in partnership with the IBA Centre of Excellence in Journalism), as well as Alex Preston of the Guardian and BBC (in partnership with the British Council).

Trainings to date have been live, but since in some areas, girls schools are being blown up, and with a mindset to increase outreach and impact, the programme is transitioning to both a live and online combo model, and is also in talks to include artificial intelligence tutors.

Prominent donors to this award-winning cause include Mian Abdullah, Hassan Shehryar Yasin, Nadia Hussain Khan, Abrar Hasan, Maliha Bhimjee, Midas Safety, Himont Pharma, Zeenat Saeed Ahmed, Canada Pakistan Business Council, Moneeza Butt, Ronak Lakhani, Dr. Parveen Kanji, Neeshay Jaffer, Blue Sky Club, Danish Iqbal Alimohammad, Afsheen Teli Dada, Oxford University Press, Iara Lee & Cultures of Resistance, among others.  Pakistan Fundraising Chair Nazneen Tariq Khan and Canadian Fundraising Chair Nilufer Mama, as well as Australian Ambassadors Ayesha Bux, Canadian Ambassadors Samir Dossal, Hassan Ahmed, Hina Beyg, Nadia Lakdawalla, UK Ambassadors Tanya Anand and Asma Khan, as well as US Ambassadors Rich Chen and Chris Edwards, played a critical role in reaching this goal.

Educate a Girl is a platform of Dawood Global Foundation which is audited by a global audit firm and is eligible for tax credit in Pakistan, the UK and US.

Some of the more noted alumni include award-winning journalists Fariha Fatima, Syeda Nazaan Jabeen, Simrah Siddiqui, Sabiha Taj as well as Stephanie Aloynius, Sobii Khan, Areej Tahir, Misbah Leghari, and Pirah Qazi.

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Match Made In Heaven-Tehmina and Khaled Anum 17 September 1994

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When did you get married and how old were the two of you?

Khaled: We got married on September 17, 1994. I was 34 and Tehmina was 26.

Was your marriage an arranged one or not?

Khaled: Love all the way!

How and where did you meet?

Khaled: We met each other for the first time at Tehmina’s house. I had gone there to meet her parents for some work.

Tehmina: Our first encounter was quite filmy!

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What made you two decide that you were perfect for each other?

Khaled: We were and are the best of friends. What could be a better reason to stick around!

One thing you remember about your wedding day?

Khaled: I could not make my Sehra stay on, no matter how much I struggled to do so.

Tehmina: What I remember is that my Gharara’s weight was probably in tons with all the intricate Zardozi work on it. I could hardly walk in it. It was heavier than my body weight at that time, which was just 40kg.

One thing you wish you could have added to the ceremony:

Khaled: I wish that my mom and dad would have been alive and could have been a part of it.

Tehmina: A jora from Bunto Kazmi and a jhoomar from Tapu Javeri.

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What was the wedding night gift for the bride?

Tehmina: In Madras we call it a Poth….some might call it a mangal sutra.

Where did you have your honeymoon? Who decided on the place and why?

Khaled: It was Lahore and Dubai. We had a couple of days work there so we thought we might as well stick around for a few more days. After that we went to Dubai.

What was the one perfect moment of your honeymoon?

Tehmina: We thoroughly enjoyed going to the fort and the museum and of course having murgh cholas in Lahore. Going to a night club in Dubai in the Hyatt, where our names were displayed on LED screens to welcome us as newly wedded couple was a lot of fun. The band dedicated a song to us as well.

What was the most embarrassing moment during your honeymoon?

Khaled: I cannot recall any.

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A favourite activity that the two of you enjoyed on your honeymoon?

Tehmina: Just talking and each other’s company.

What was the most shocking thing about him which you discovered on the honeymoon?

Tehmina: He likes to sleep in pitch dark.

What was the most shocking thing about her that you discovered on the honeymoon?

Khaled: She was nicer than I thought.

The one thing you would change if you had the chance about your honeymoon?

Khaled: Nothing.

Tehmina: Destinations.

Who gives in first when you fight?

Khaled: I, me and myself alone… from the mouth of Khaled Anam!

Tehmina: Khaled of course.

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What is your song?

Khaled: Tum bin jaon kahan ke duniya main aa ke…

Tehmina: Hou tamana aur kya jaaney tamana aap hain…

The first movie you saw as a couple? How did you like it?

Tehmina: Musafir (Indian). It was just fine.

The one relative or friend of your spouse whom you simply cannot tolerate and why?

Khaled: Very funny question which cannot be answered!

Tehmina: Just one? Well!

The one relative or friend of your spouse whose company you enjoy the most, and why?

Khaled: I enjoy all of them.

Tehmina: I particularly enjoy the younger generation…Khaled’s nieces and nephews.

Favorite activity as a couple now

Tehmina: We love traveling, watching movies, reading, gossiping and especially enjoy hot debates on politics and religion.

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Which was the best time of your life? Before marriage? The honeymoon or now? Or still waiting? Other?

Khaled: The best time is now and there’s more to come.

Any special memories incidents you would like to share?

Tehmina: When both our sons came into our lives, they were just very special moments and the time period of their upbringing has been one which we both cherish always.

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Glimpses of the Latest Creations by Chaand Bazaar

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We present to you the traditionally crafted and intricately detailed bridal collection by chaandbazaar in hues of golds, dark reds and orange. A royal feast for your eyes, this collection showcases the perfect wedding outfits everyone will drool over.

Creative Direction: Studio Life Photography

Photography: Shuaib Rana

Makeup: Vicky

Model: Saeeda Imtiaz

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Tariq Amin Gives PIA Crew A New Look

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PIA is on the path to bring about massive improvements in its service. With the launch of new business class planes the national carrier is now set to introduce a more polished crew.  The grooming classes are given by Tariq Amin, one of the pioneers in the industry.

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Daniyal Gilani, the spokesperson of PIA shared pictures on social media where the talented hairdresser can be seen having one on one sessions with the crew team.

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Hoping to see PIA revive its former glory!

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Greek Salad

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INGREDIENTS

  • Cottage cheese                                  diced 50gm
  • Black olives                                         50gm
  • Tomatoes                                            50gm
  • Cucumbers                                         50gm
  • Onions                                                50gm
  • Mint leaves                                        20gm
  • Mix salad greens                              100gm

GREEK DRESSING

  • Lemon juice                                        20ml
  • Olive oil                                               50ml
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Mix and pour

METHOD

  • Put all salad ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  • Pour dressing and toss to coat.
  • Now take a nice platter and arrange mix salad leaves in base put the dressed salad on top and serve
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Naturally Nepal

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For the adventurous amongst us, Nepal is essentially a kind of a bantam Africa. It has wild animals including the Rhinos, Bengal Tigers, elephants and a number of other animals in a safari. And, of course, there are the Himalayas and Kathmandu to see.

The arrival in Kathmandu is amazing in its own right. As you are heading in for a landing, you suddenly realise that you are between high mountains and you are very close to the ground coming in over the pass heading into the airport. Once your heart rate normalises, you behold a beautiful valley; it is actually breathtaking.

The food in Nepal is great, the safari experiences are unforgettable, the people are friendly and the sights and sounds, most interesting. It is clearly a poor country but you will have to learn to accept that. But there is ample history and culture to be appreciated.

Ok, so why would anybody want to go to Nepal? Let us tell you why.

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Kathmandu is nestled in a beautiful green valley surrounded by mountains. The only drawback though is that you see poverty like you might have never seen before. Beggars, lepers, drug sellers and pushy salespeople all fill the streets. The architecture is unique. The timber shutters covering the windows are intricately carved in timber, which makes the houses dark and cool in this sub-tropical climate. Summers are hot and wet. The doorways in the old brick buildings are surrounded by opulent carvings as well, which tells of a wealthier past. The touches of modern living can be seen amongst the old.

You will see families which are out for a stroll; men wearing the traditional garb of loose knee length shirts over tight-legged trousers, khaki in colour, often with a white brimless cap, the women in saris of vibrant colours trimmed in gold. Surprisingly, the Nepalese men hold hands or walk arm in arm which is quite an acceptable practice for all Nepalese men who are never seen holding the hand of a woman.

Durbar Square – Kathmandu

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The first stop for any tourist is the Durbar Square. Ancient palaces in Nepal are usually flanked by a public square. The square, which is now a World Heritage site, is surrounded by a cluster of very interesting buildings. As well as the old royal palace, there are numerous fascinating temples, the Kasthamandap (House of Wood) and the Kumari Chowk, which has the most fascinating story of all. This square, which serves a three-storey building, is small and enclosed. The windows are beautifully carved and its doors are guarded by huge stone lions. Kumari Chowk is the home of the kumari, a young girl whom the people believe is a living goddess or a reincarnation of a goddess. These little girls are chosen in a similar way to the Dalai Lama, with very rigid tests. They remain a kumari until they reach puberty. After puberty she ceases to be the kumari and another one has to be chosen. The kumaris are naturally very adored and well protected. They receive no formal education. They are not allowed outside the palace except to take part in one procession a year. You will be allowed to enter the quiet, inner courtyard of the kumari’s palace but might not see any sign of life behind the carved timber shutters.

You can plan small morning and afternoon tours around Kathmundu as detailed below:

Pashupatinath

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Pashupatinath is a very important Hindu temple where, each day, cremations are carried out on ghats, which jut out into the Baghmati River. Across the river from the cremation ghats, the bank rises in terraces upon which are built temples and shrines. The Baghmati River is believed to have come from the head of Shiva, the Hindu god. The source of the river is in an ice cave in the Himalayan Mountain Range and flows out into the Bay of Bengal. This river is to the Nepalese what the Ganges is to the Indians.

As Pashuputinath is a holy area, you will spot many Sadhus. They have cast aside everything temporal and spend their life in prayer and meditation however, some go a little overboard, dressing in brightly-coloured loin cloths, covering themselves in ash and posing in a most interesting manner with a foot tucked behind one ear. This is probably a bid to have the tourists pay to take their photographs. And they do! A photo opportunity like this usually does not come along every day.

A little way along, there are the royal ghats where the cremation of any member of the royal family is held. When the royal family was massacred a few years ago, it was cremated in one huge funeral pyre that took a whole day to burn.

Bodnath

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Bodnath is in the Tibetan quarter, often called “Little Tibet” because many of the displaced Tibetans live and work in this suburb of Kathmandu. Bodnath’s greatest attraction is the massive Tibetan Bodnath Stupa. It is surrounded by monasteries, shops and prayer wheels. It towers up towards the sky, draped in fluttering prayer flags. You can climb on to it and walk around it for a great view of the area. It is fascinating to watch the Tibetans, dressed in their national costumes, circumambulating the stupa and brushing their hands across the prayer wheels to make them spin the enclosed prayers to heaven.

Bhaktapur

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You can plan to visit the medieval city of Bhaktapur in the afternoon. There is a dedicated area where pottery is crafted in the way it has been for centuries. The palace, with its fifty-five windows, dominates the scene around the Durbar Square.

Patan

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Patan is a city separated from Kathmandu by the Baghmati River. The city is ancient. There are stupas on each of the four corners of the old city that are said to have been built in 250 BC. The Tibetans, who fled their country when the Chinese invaded, have lived here since and have built up their cottage crafts into very profitable businesses and in this area are especially well known for their carpet weaving. Most of the city was built in medieval times so the buildings you will see in the Square are similar to those of Bhaktapur, only on a larger scale. There is an assortment of temples here, with the fabulous architecture you would have come to expect by then. The tiered pagodas are shady places where the locals can escape the hot sun.

The Golden Temple in Patan

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There is a Buddhist temple close to Durbar Square in Patan known as the Golden Temple. It is quite magnificent and is said to date back to the twelfth century. Its doorway is guarded by two painted lion figures. The inner courtyard houses a very ornate, guilt, three-storey temple. Locals visit, light butter candles and burn incense here. We also see more prayer wheels, which spin prayers off towards heaven.

Swayumbanuth or the Monkey Temple

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Swayumbanuth or the Monkey Temple is a Buddhist stupa and temple complex which is set on a hill overlooking Kathmandu.  You can go up by the bus or climb over 350 stairs. On the way you will see dozens of monkeys, which are playing on the rocks with the cutest little babies hanging on tightly. The view from the temple complex is spectacular.

Temperature:

Nepal has a typical monsoonal, two-season year. The dry season runs from October to May and there’s the wet (monsoon) season from June to September. Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May) bring almost perfect weather and are definitely the best times to come to Nepal. May and early June are hot and dusty.

Mid-June to September, when the monsoon finally arrives, is the least popular time to visit Nepal. Although it doesn’t rain all day it usually rains every day, and the trails and roads are muddy and plagued by leeches; the Himalaya disappear behind rain clouds; most rivers are too high to raft; and landslides often hold up transport. The latter part of the monsoon (August and September) is a time of festivals, which will certainly enliven a visit to Kathmandu.

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Visa

Visas are issued to all nationalities on arrival at any of the designated entry points except the nationals of Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine & Afghanistan need to apply for visas in their respective countries.

For any more information, you can visit the following website:

http://www.immi.gov.np

Recommended Hotels 

Budget:

  • Hotel Vaishali
  • Samsara Resort, Thamel
  • Summit Hotel
  • Thamel Eco Resort
  • The Garden Hotel

Splurge:

  • Hotel Yak & Yeti Kathmandu
  • Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
  • Le Meridien Kathmandu
  • Radisson Hotel Kathmandu
  • Soaltee Crown Plaza

The pricing details alongwith various special offers are available on the websites given below:

http://www.asiatravel.com

http://www.hotels.com

(Information & images by Shahid Hussain)