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Poetry Corner…. by Sarah

WAQT:

Na kisi ke liye ruka na kabhi wapas muda hai…
Ye WAQT kudrath ka sabse berahem tohfa hai…

Bohat sonch kar kharch karo is qeemti asasey ko…
Jo sab ko apne apne hisse ka hi mila hai…

Hota hai jab raaz is zindagi ka ayaN humpar…
To apne wajood ka maqsad samajh mai ataa hai…

Par eik dilchasp haqeeqat hai ye bhi sunlo doston…
Sab kuch maloom hone tak KAMBAKHT WAQT nikal jaata hai~

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BACHPAN:

Na thi khabar humain, kiya paya kiya gunwaya tha…
JuN guzar chuka BACHPAN to khayal ab ye aya tha…

Kyun na ki qadar uss befikar meethi neendh ki…
Thaye jo hum nadaan wo ab samajh main aya tha…

Haseen bekhayali thi jab maan baap ki chaoun taley…
Dil main josh goya apne paoun pe khadey hone ka aya tha…

Ae kaash mil jaien wohi lamhe kabhi ji loon main unhain…
Par ye to mehez ik khayal hi hai jo pani sar se guzar jaane par aya tha~

– Sarah

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Through Mobeen’s Eyes ..Old Lahore

 

Old Lahore: Everytime I visit Lahore I make it a point to wake up before dawn and visit the Walled City for photography. Reason being because you can see so much history at that time when there is no rush. The air is fresh and everyone is in a good mood. Go deep into alleys and you would find lots of stories from the residents of Androon-e-shehr Lahore! I took this photo from top of a minaret of Wazir Khan mosque. For security reasons people are not allowed on that but since this mosque was built by Ilm-ud-Din Ansari (which also happens to be my last name) I made up a story about being from his lineage to get access. But that was one heck of a view!

– By Mobeen Ansari

 

 

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Winter Skincare tips..by Alia

Winterize your skin: Season is changing and so is your skin. From the hot summer months to the cold winter days your skin needs are changing too. Time to think about your skin routine as your skin is blasted with cold air depleting it of moisture.

Four easy steps – cleansing, toning, hydrating and exfoliating. Depending on your skin type use products that compliment your skin needs.

Using a facial scrub twice a week can help exfoliate skin and penetrate the moisturizer well in your skin resulting in a glowing complexion..

Hydrating masks can replenish moisture that can help with dry patchy skin super common in winter time.

Night time cream or serum before going to bed can help with the total elasticity and hydration of your skin thus protecting from harsh windy temperatures.

Eye cream is very essential as the skin around the eyes can be very delicate and need extra care.

BB creams, also called beauty balms, are helpful instead of a foundation during the winter months as they keep skin looking healthy and glowy with added benefits like antioxidants and moisture. Use your fingers on cleansed skin and apply all over your face, finishing with some blush and eye makeup

Recommendations: Aveeno daily facial scrub, Lancôme hydrating toner, LaMer Moisturizer, Laura Mercier tone perfecting face cream, Loreal eye cream, Bobbi Brown BB cream.

By Alia of BeautyDazzled Diva

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JOSH – Movie Review by Farhan

Filmmaking is challenging and it is even a bigger challenge in a place like Pakistan. However, on Thursday, November 14th, Radio Azad and the city of Dallas got to witness and meet someone who showed that even if the odds are against you, strong will and determination can and does supercede all obstacles. Iram Pareveen Bilal, the writer, producer, and director, of the new award winning film, aptly titled Josh (Against the Grain), showed the listeners and supporters of Radio Azad that a new era in Pakistani cinema has begun and it includes a lot of great work. (Oh and if you didn’t get her name, she is a female filmmaker from Pakistan. Talk about going against the grain).
Hosting any event on a weeknight is tough but our listeners and supporters proved us wrong. A packed house is the only way to describe the turnout. It was humbling, not just for Iram but for us here at Radio Azad to witness the love. Thank you to all!

But of course the key ingredient to the success of the event was by far a movie that will make you think and discuss on issues that are important. Centered around a school teacher, Fatima, belonging to the upper echelons of society, who is forced to undertake an identity defining journey into the underprivileged and oppressive feudal world of the villages on the outskirts of Karachi. Raised by her nanny, Fatima is left in a state of shock upon discovering that her nanny has suddenly died. Fatima is unwilling to accept the generic response from the villagers that it was an accident. Her efforts unveil an ugly and often repressive world led by a politically connected landlord who […]

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Fashion Corner: Trend of Arabic Calligraphy..by Sharmeen

THE TREND OF ARABIC CALLIGRAPHY IN FASHION

The trend of Arabic Calligraphy in fashion has grown tremendously in the recent past. Calligraphy is the art of writing script in such a way as to express the beauty of what is being written in the formation of the letters themselves.

Fashion has always dipped into the orient of inspiration. I’ve noticed through experience with clients who can’t read Arabic, see calligraphy from a pure esthetic perspective.

When Ayesha asked to me to write a blog for Radio Azad, I was so excited and could not wait to share some of my favorite calligraphy pieces. Inspiration has lead to use it on scarves, jewelry and bags…

 

By Sharmeen Niazi

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Poetry Corner..by Sarah

Poems by Sarah..

BISAAT:

Na tha kuch to kitna sukoon tha…
Par yehi sukoon khuda ko mamnoon tha…

Dil behlaney ka mashghala soncha juN hi…
To chand hi roz main kainaat ka nazool tha…

BISAAT par tikke rehna hi muqaddar hai hamara…
Jo betha hai sabse uper dekh kar hans raha tha…

Bohat aye kayee gaye qabiliyet ka dawa kiye…
Log chal pade uthaye unko apni hatheliyun par liye…

Bulandi ko chooney ki tamana jo le doobi…
Na jaan sakey unka wajood to bas khel ka ik morr tha~

– Sarah

MIZAAJ:

Dekhi hai zamaney ki berukhi badi ghaur se..
Ke miltey hain log jo itne zor o shor se…

Kiya khabar kitni sachai chupi is muskaan main…
Howa zahir to pada maloom ke miltey hain sab matlab se…

Dilon ko janchney ka fun to hamara saleeqa tehra..
Par koi miley to sahee jisko guzarien is Pulseraat se…

Talash to hai ab bhi jaari pur-khuloos Ashna ki…
Jab mila koi to usmain payee kami hamari nazar se…

Badal detey hain chalo hum apna hi chalan kuch is tarha…
Kehne lagey hain log ke miltey nahi hamarey MIZAAJ yahan kisi se~

-Sarah

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Tuesday Turf Talk with Farhan – Coaching Matters

Tuesday Turf Talk
11/12/13

Coaching Matters – Trust me it does!

As we head into week 11 of the NFL season, one storyline that keeps coming up is how are the Kansas City Chiefs still undefeated (though that may be in jeopardy this Sunday as they face Peyton Manning, and oh yeah their best receiver, Dwayne Bowe, just got arrested) and the best team in the league. In one simple word, “Coaching”. Andy Reid, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles, took the job as the Head Coach of the Chiefs this past summer and has been doing wonders. The team that had the worst record in the league last season (2-14), now has the best (9-0). This has never been done before. The other interesting fact, most of the players are still the same!

 

Want more proof, well let’s look at the San Francisco 49ers, in 2010 their record was 6 – 10, in comes new head coach John Harbaugh and boom, two winning seasons, two trips to the playoffs, and Superbowl runner ups! Again the key fact is that majority of the players were the same on both teams. Still not convinced let’s look at the New Orleans Saints, they ended the 2011 season with an 13-3 record, in 2012 with the absence of head coach Sean Payton, a losing record of 7-9; and now in so far in 2013, 7-2.

Now this might sound like I am giving a lot of credit to the head coaches, so I want to give due to a defensive coordinator that has been shining in his first year with a new team, I am talking about Rob Ryan, of the New Orlean Saints. Formerly with the Dallas Cowboys, Ryan was fired at […]

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Through Mobeen’s Eyes ….Early Morning @ Upper Shani camp

Every summer I go on an expedition which is like a ritual for me. Each year I aim higher and choose a destination which is tougher than the previous one. This time I went to Naltar Pass which was 4600 meters in elevation. It was an 11 day tour and probably the toughest expedition of my life (that’s what I signed up for anyway!). Trekking from one camp to another took between 6 to 13 hours. This was the 2nd last camp located on a very steep surface with no stream nearby. We were surrounded by ice and camped on a very small dry patch of land. As ice would start melting at 6 AM, we had to start climbing at 3 AM. I woke up shortly before departure and took a picture of our camp blanketed in starry sky while breakfast was being prepared.

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Busy…yet glorious month at Radio Azad…

What a busy- but glorious month –  it has been!

A sold out, superb musical performance by the Suhana Safar team, a HUGE turn out at the fabulous ZN bazaar leaving vendors and shoppers happy, a wonderful private event organized by Radio Azad for Pakistani legendary singer, Shoukat Ali,  a very successful Islamic Art Revival Series Event as well as interviews of Sh. Yusuf Estes, Pritam Bhatacharjee, Bapsi Sidhwa, Ali Parvez Mehdi and the Major7th band, Riyaaz Qawwali, photographer Mobeen Ansari, Pandit Vijay Koparkar and Sridhar Phadke to name a few wonderful guests who have graced the airwaves of Radio Azad.

And now get yourselves ready for the upcoming Pakistani film “JOSH” and A Concert For A Cause by Farhan Saeed (former lead singer for the band JAL). More information about that below.

Keep up with the phenomenal Radio Azad team by following us on Facebook and Twitter and of course by listening to our quality programs via our website or apps.

Check out our newsletter at this link ..Radio Azad Newsletter Vol 17.

By |November 11th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Busy…yet glorious month at Radio Azad…

Through Mobeen’s Eyes…

 

 

Crop burning: I went on a tour through South Punjab with my gardener who happened to be from the area and offered to take me to uncharted territories as he knew I would find very interesting things to photograph there. I was staying at a room in his village where unusual and interesting things happened very often. Every morning I would wake up and see different people sleeping in the chaarpais (beds) next to me- all of them vibrant characters. On the last night of my tour I heard heavy fire burning and the sky being lit up not too far away. Everyone else around me was not too concerned and said it was a norm. I however still wanted to see it and when I did I saw a huge inferno- fields being burnt. However that was being done deliberately to get rid of dried crops. It made for a brilliant scene and I could see two people walking past it and a tractor driving away.

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