What no one told you about Pakistan

Steel Mill People: So earlier this month I went with some friends to shoot at a Steel Mill near Lahore. It is interesting how scrap from all over the world come to places like this to be melted (at whooping 1700 degree Celsius) and converted to rods to be later re-rolled by men with very little safety gear on. It is a tough job and yes it does present with some interesting captures.

Will try to post some more later. (via umalik)

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Ali Rehan is the co-founder and CEO of Eyedeus Labs, a tech start-up (from LUMS) by Pakistani students that developed an innovative mobile application which caught the eye of major tech giants such as Google, Samsung, Huawei and LG.
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Ali Rehan is the co-founder and CEO of Eyedeus Labs, a tech start-up (from LUMS) by Pakistani students that developed an innovative mobile application which caught the eye of major tech giants such as Google, Samsung, Huawei and LG.

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How the fate of an artist is shaped by art collectors
The business of buying and selling artwork is a fascinating one. The dynamics of the art world have been dictated by the market, and this market constitutes a number of significant art collectors. Just like an accessory sported by an established celebrity becomes popular, items collected by art-loving heavyweights add to their value.
It all depends on where a piece of art finds its home. Throughout the course of time, collectors have lent impetus to the art market and played a major role in the success of many artists.
Nour Aslam, head of South Asian and Contemporary Art at privately-owned British auction house, Bonhams, talks to The Express Tribune about how Pakistani art is trending in the international market. (complete)
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How the fate of an artist is shaped by art collectors

The business of buying and selling artwork is a fascinating one. The dynamics of the art world have been dictated by the market, and this market constitutes a number of significant art collectors. Just like an accessory sported by an established celebrity becomes popular, items collected by art-loving heavyweights add to their value.

It all depends on where a piece of art finds its home. Throughout the course of time, collectors have lent impetus to the art market and played a major role in the success of many artists.

Nour Aslam, head of South Asian and Contemporary Art at privately-owned British auction house, Bonhams, talks to The Express Tribune about how Pakistani art is trending in the international market. (complete)

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New app, new experience: No more tears
Tired of listening to that monotonous music when you dial into a customer service helpline? Fear not, rescue is here!
Meet Omar Khan and Rizwan Chand – two young Pakistanis, founders of the startup Appography, aspiring to revolutionise the caller experience for customer service helplines. They have developed a smartphone app, Vivid, that aims to transform the ‘boring’ and ‘frustrating’ ordeal into an engaging one.
This app, they say, will resolve a global problem through a locally developed app.
Just last month, Vivid, which landed a spot in not just the Punjab Information Technology Board’s technology incubator Plan9, managed to become a part of the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in London. (complete)

New app, new experience: No more tears

Tired of listening to that monotonous music when you dial into a customer service helpline? Fear not, rescue is here!

Meet Omar Khan and Rizwan Chand – two young Pakistanis, founders of the startup Appography, aspiring to revolutionise the caller experience for customer service helplines. They have developed a smartphone app, Vivid, that aims to transform the ‘boring’ and ‘frustrating’ ordeal into an engaging one.

This app, they say, will resolve a global problem through a locally developed app.

Just last month, Vivid, which landed a spot in not just the Punjab Information Technology Board’s technology incubator Plan9, managed to become a part of the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in London. (complete)

Taking comedy to new heights: Hamza Ali Abbasi
Hamza Ali Abbasi is a rare man among today’s breed of actors. Driven by passion, his latest directorial venture, Kambakht, is Abbasi’s own Joseph Gordon-Levitt Don Jon moment. While he has already established a burgeoning career for himself as a leading man, he is looking to make his mark on cinema from the director’s chair.
“I am better known for my acting, so a lot of people told me ‘focus on that’ or ‘wait before you make a film’, but I felt I had to do it. It’s kind of like getting married, you can wait five years or do it now,” Abbasi tells The Express Tribune. (more)
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Taking comedy to new heights: Hamza Ali Abbasi

Hamza Ali Abbasi is a rare man among today’s breed of actors. Driven by passion, his latest directorial venture, Kambakht, is Abbasi’s own Joseph Gordon-Levitt Don Jon moment. While he has already established a burgeoning career for himself as a leading man, he is looking to make his mark on cinema from the director’s chair.

“I am better known for my acting, so a lot of people told me ‘focus on that’ or ‘wait before you make a film’, but I felt I had to do it. It’s kind of like getting married, you can wait five years or do it now,” Abbasi tells The Express Tribune. (more)

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Getting patriotism overdose with Waar at cinema :) finally got around finding time for this and literally three months down the line it is still pulling in full house. #log #Pakistan #Lahore #film (at CineStar Cinema, via umalik)

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Getting patriotism overdose with Waar at cinema :) finally got around finding time for this and literally three months down the line it is still pulling in full house. #log #Pakistan #Lahore #film (at CineStar Cinema, via umalik)

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Fit for a Queen: Reama Malik channels a bygone era
GOLD by Reama Malik was introduced back in 1987, with the aim to do just that. By blending traditional craftsmanship with contemporary designs, Malik has quickly made a name for herself as a bespoke jewellery designer in Lahore.
“Back in the ‘70s, jewellery used to be one-of-a-kind, because it was all hand-made,” says Malik. “However, during the ’80s and ’90s, electronic machines came into the picture and [the availability of] hand-made jewellery diminished.” Malik observed this trend in the industry, and decided to revive a dying art by providing custom hand-made jewellery to discerning customers. (complete)
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Fit for a Queen: Reama Malik channels a bygone era

GOLD by Reama Malik was introduced back in 1987, with the aim to do just that. By blending traditional craftsmanship with contemporary designs, Malik has quickly made a name for herself as a bespoke jewellery designer in Lahore.

“Back in the ‘70s, jewellery used to be one-of-a-kind, because it was all hand-made,” says Malik. “However, during the ’80s and ’90s, electronic machines came into the picture and [the availability of] hand-made jewellery diminished.” Malik observed this trend in the industry, and decided to revive a dying art by providing custom hand-made jewellery to discerning customers. (complete)

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Natasha Saigol: From the salons to the skies
Saigol started her career as an apprentice to Tariq Amin and trained as a hairdresser under his guidance. After working with Amin, Saigol sought further training to supplement her skill set, and in turn discovered Amna Raja’s professional training class. “Generally, people here are extremely sceptical about training other professionals, and that seems to be the problem,” reveals Saigol. “But Amna was very open to working with me and allowed me to pick her brains, which was the best decision I made.” (complete)
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Natasha Saigol: From the salons to the skies

Saigol started her career as an apprentice to Tariq Amin and trained as a hairdresser under his guidance. After working with Amin, Saigol sought further training to supplement her skill set, and in turn discovered Amna Raja’s professional training class. “Generally, people here are extremely sceptical about training other professionals, and that seems to be the problem,” reveals Saigol. “But Amna was very open to working with me and allowed me to pick her brains, which was the best decision I made.” (complete)

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Zeb Bangesh, Mohsin Hamid, Rashid Rana & @NJLahori on the Irtiqa’s #Art & Societal Development. Wonderful discussion on sexuality, nationalism, identity and pluralism. #log #photos #Pakistan #Lahore #social #culture #history (at Ali Institute of Education, via umalik)
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Zeb Bangesh, Mohsin Hamid, Rashid Rana & @NJLahori on the Irtiqa’s #Art & Societal Development. Wonderful discussion on sexuality, nationalism, identity and pluralism. #log #photos #Pakistan #Lahore #social #culture #history (at Ali Institute of Education, via umalik)

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Khayaal Festival: Cerebral bliss
On a crisp autumn morning, one of the four organisers of Khayaal Festival of Art and Literature, Ayesha Husain, stood in front of a small audience at the Alhamra Arts Council Hall 1 and shared her thoughts on why Lahore needs an alternative social narrative which is positive and all-inclusive.
She explained why she and her colleagues, Zainab Qureshi, Amna Omar and Nuria Rafique-Iqbal came together to form Khayaal Creative Network, stressing the need for preserving Lahore’s and Pakistan’s unique socio-cultural identity. Audience members, while few in numbers, agreed. Meekal Hasan and his troupe of musicians vowed the audience with a soulful rendition of the national anthem and so began an extravaganza that was a much needed balm to the usually intellectually parched social calendar of the city. (more)
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Khayaal Festival: Cerebral bliss

On a crisp autumn morning, one of the four organisers of Khayaal Festival of Art and Literature, Ayesha Husain, stood in front of a small audience at the Alhamra Arts Council Hall 1 and shared her thoughts on why Lahore needs an alternative social narrative which is positive and all-inclusive.

She explained why she and her colleagues, Zainab Qureshi, Amna Omar and Nuria Rafique-Iqbal came together to form Khayaal Creative Network, stressing the need for preserving Lahore’s and Pakistan’s unique socio-cultural identity. Audience members, while few in numbers, agreed. Meekal Hasan and his troupe of musicians vowed the audience with a soulful rendition of the national anthem and so began an extravaganza that was a much needed balm to the usually intellectually parched social calendar of the city. (more)

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