Best Iftaar Deals to have in Dolmen Mall 

Dolmen mall is like a dream shopping place in Karachi because of all the amenities and the hospitality it has to offer with discounts and deals. During Ramazan it is a blessing to have a food court to break your fast after hectic shopping spree. The best part about the DMC food court is being kid friendly with well placed seating. 

Dolmen Mall’s Food court has variety of options. You gotta choose from 32 cuisines available and that’s kidna amazing. I always got confused what to order and what not to. It is better to always keep in mind what you are going to order before landing there. Dolmen’s Facebook page helps a lot to decide before hand.

For Iftaar deals this year, the choice is unlimited. From casual food court to sophisticated Cafe dining, Dolmen has it all for everyone. Here are my picks from the best iftaar deals available this year.

KFC and chachajee iftaar Dolmen mall

Chachajee Iftaar

Chachajee offers desi menu and for iftar their thaali is just too good. It is like a mini iftaar cum dinner thaali. All in one kinda spread that too just for Rs 699. You can easily share the platter with a friend which makes it affordable iftar deal. 

If your appetite is like me, you can easily gulp down this thali alone. Yes! I can have it all. 

KFC Iftaar

Who doesn’t love fried chicken? It is my escape from ususal pakorra iftaar during Ramazan. I rrecommend KFC iftaar if you’re going tondolmem with siblings or family as their iftaar deals is great to share with 4 people.

Dunkin Donut

When it comes for best value for money iftaar deals, DD is my favorite. A classic DD meal for Just Rs 500 is the best iftaar deal in town. O’ So yum Omwich, pizza, donut and drink makes Dunkin Donut Iftaar a winner. 

Dolmen Mall Restaurant/Cafe Iftaar

Cafes are a welcome change from casual dining experience at Food court. Cafe Zouk to Gloria jeans and upscale bufffet of Hakka chine, Dolmen has some cool options. If you’re into Pakistani fine dinning then Zouk is the place to go and if you’re a fan of Chinese and Pan Asian cuisine then definitely Hakka Chine Buffet is worth every penny. Lals ki iftaar is always a pleasant experience too.

Gunsmoke Iftaar 

If you’re still confused what to eat or how to have a filling meal at Dolmen for less, then my bet is on Gunsmoke. Go there, order their soup and salad combo and enjoy all you can fill salad and soup lol. I loved Gunsmoke for this offer but during you’ll get it free with every meal. Fruit bar is also added for free in iftaar. So it is a good deal if you’re in mood of burgers and steak.

Special mention for Your Sweet Tooth

After all the iftaar deals sharing there’s one thing that you don’t want to share at all. This chocolate shake from Cosmopolitan is surely a must have. Oh and just in case you don’t know Cosmopolitan and Tiramisu recently opened up at DMC. 

Magnum and Cinnabon are also for 10% off. So it is a happy iftaar for sweet lovers. 

Have an idea about all the awesome Iftaar deals available at Dolmen Mall this year from this album and pick your favorite. 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Karachi Literature Festival goes abroad for Fisrt #KLFLondon

Like art and music, literature knows no boundaries. For the past few years annual literature festivals have become a regular source of soul nourishment for us in Pakistan and it is great to see Karachi literature festival going abroad for the very first time to celebrate 70th anniversary of Pakistan. Lomdon’s Sounthbank center hosted first KLF in May and it was a packed house of literature and art enthusiasts. Oxford university press managed to portray soft image with success through KLF London. Produced by Oxford University Press (OUP) Pakistan, KLF was organized in collaboration with the Southbank Centre, Bloomsbury Pakistan (a research collective based in London), and Rukhsana Ahmed.

Celebrating contemporary Pakistan and its rich history and culture in the context of the 70th anniversary of the country’s foundation, the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) held at the Royal Festival Hall of the Southbank Centre, as a part of their annual festival Alchemy. Dubbed as Pakistan’s biggest literary event, the KLF brought together writers, scholars, and artists from diverse backgrounds, creative traditions, and academic disciplines to showcase contemporary Pakistani literature and writers. 

The audiences at the KLF were treated to a medley of around 20 parallel sessions encompassing talks, panel discussions, poetry readings, mushaira, and performances. A stellar cast of around 70 leading Pakistani-origin and international writers, scholars, critics, journalists, and artists participated in stimulating sessions covering a broad range of themes, ideas, and subjects pertaining to Pakistan’s literature, arts, and culture. A separate strand for children which included an immersive theatre piece by Jungly Jadoogars; an animated film by the artist Fauzia Minallah; storytelling by the children’s author, Shahbano Bilgrami; and sing-along songs by the veteran Pakistani musician, Khaled Anam, were also a part of the festival.

KLF London started off with the renowned novelist and journalist, Mohammed Hanif’s keynote address giving unique insights into Pakistan’s history, hopes, and dilemmas. Earlier, at the festival opening, Ameena Saiyid, KLF and Islamabad Literature Festival Founder and Director, Asif Farrukhi, KLF and Islamabad Literature Festival Founder, and Adrian Mellor, Managing Director, Asia Education, OUP, welcomed the guests and speakers. Pakistan’s High Commissioner to UK, Syed Ibn Abbas also spoke on the occasion.

Some of the sessions held early on in the day included ‘Transphobia and Misogyny’, a discussion on legislations around transgenders and women in Pakistan; ‘Reluctant Returners: Migrants, Refugees and Memories of the Homeland’ in which Kamila Shamsie, Qaisra Shahraz, and Mirza Waheed explored characters and fictions inspired by exile and displacement; and ‘Pakistani Renaissance? The Best in Cinema, Reportage, Theatre and Fashion’ with the television actor Atiqa Odho, filmmaker Faris Kermani, designer Maheen Khan, and journalist Cyril Almeida as speakers.

Taimur Rahman, Moni Mohsin, and H. M. Naqvi weighed up the challenge of portraying Pakistan’s gender and class divide in the session ‘Blaming the Elite: Class, Greed, and Gender in Contemporary Pakistan’. Educationists, entrepreneurs, and experts including Farid Panjwani, Ahmereen Reza, Mona Kasuri, and Ameena Saiyid were part of a stimulating panel discussion titled ‘Madrassas and Montessoris: Are Private Schools Keeping Madrassas at Bay?’ moderated by Nigham Shahid.

In a panel discussion titled ‘Against All Odds: The Price of Prosperity in Pakistan Today’ held later in the day, Shuja Nawaz, Maleeha Lodhi, Ishrat Husain, and Victoria Schofield analyzed geopolitical and internal challenges facing Pakistan. In the session ‘Urdu ki Zid Mai: At Loggerheads: Urdu vs English vs Regional Languages’ Basir Kazmi, Ishrat Afreen, and Harris Khalique, and Asif Farrukhi discussed if Urdu in Pakistan is under threat from English or the regional languages.

The evening sessions comprised thought-provoking discourses on ‘Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: Diaspora Pakistanis Caught in Post Brexit Hate-Storm’, with Ziauddin Sardar, Farooq Bajwa, and Iftikhar Malik debating the challenges faced by Pakistani diaspora in Europe; ‘Karachi: City of Lights and Gangs’ with Laurent Gayer, Nichola Khan, Mohammed Hanif, Sobia Ahmad Kaker, Omar Shahid Hamid, and Kamran Asdar Ali talking about the battle for Karachi and its resilience despite political conflicts; and ‘Tweeting for Social Change: How Social Media is Influencing the Political Scene’ in which Huma Yusuf,  Umber Khairi, and Umair Javed discussed the impact of social media on Pakistan’s political scene.

The highlight of the festival was the ‘Satrangi Mushaira’, which was an open mic session for Pakistan’s regional language poets to recite their latest offerings. Another session ‘In Their Own Words: Writers and Poets from Pakistan’, moderated by Muneeza Shamsie, featured poetry and prose readings by writers of Pakistani origin including Imtiaz Dharker, Aamer Hussein, and Zaffar Kunial. In ‘Partition Stories’ Nimra Bucha, Vayu Naidu, Shayma Saiyid, Amrit Kaur Lohia, and Sarah Ansari presented a medley of readings, film clips, recitals, dance and poetry about the Partition of India.

The evening came to a close by a kathak dance performance by Shayma Saiyid and a music concert by Khumariyaan, a Peshawar-based music band known for their fusion brand of Pashtun folk music. <!–

Sponsorship support to the KLF London was provided by Bestway, Arts Council England, Third World Quarterly magazine, Salt n Pepper restaurant, High Commission of Pakistan in London, South Asia Institute of the University of Texas at Austin, and The Pakistan Society. 

Sehri and Iftaar deals for under Rs 600 in Karachi 

Although I am not a fan when it comes to dining out for Sehri or Iftaari as it gets very crowded and difficult to manage with kids but sometimes you have to. Specially when you’re out for shopping during Ramazan. 

Here are few of the affordable options from Sehri iftaari deals of K-town in or under Rs 500. Keep an eye on the favorite ones and enjoy them. Don’t forget to share food with the deserving ones this month and try not to waste food. 

Happy fast and feasting!! 

Dunkin Donuts 

They’re always the winner when it comes to the most filling and affordable iftaar deal. The Holy feast is a winner as it has savory and sweet everything. They just need to add a date complimentary or make the drink bottomless. I hope it isn’t too much to ask for in Rs 500.

McDonalds 

McDonalds is serving value for money iftaar and Sehri meals and I’m loving it. The picture does not include my favorite deal which is two pc crispy fried chicken with drink for just Rs 375. 

Burger O Clock 

They have a unique iftaar platter to offer and that’s pretty affordable considering the items included. Their deals ain’t bad either. 

The Sauce 

The Sauce burger Cafe is offering a good iftaar deal with some Ramazan special items included. 

Vintage

They had a surprise entry in the list with amazing menu for iftaar that too in under Rs 600.

Hunger’s Pack 

Is this the best deal in town? This definitely looks great value for money deal but it might not be filling for a fasting tummy in this heat. Still, unbeatable price. 

Pizza Point

Although they fall in the category of under Rs 600 per head but the deal doesn’t include drink which is a turn off. Considering month of Ramazan and fasting, drink should be there. 

Domino’s Sehri

Domino’s has a good Sehri deal only if you can digest pizza early in the morning and survive on it the whole day. 

Pizza Hut Sehri

Pizza Hut has Sehri deal with personal pan pizza. Affordable but definitely you’re going to eat two or maybe three of them. You can also go for Pair deals when there’s 40% off on your card. 

Pizza Max

Pizza Max is offering good value for money all you can eat deals for Sehri and Iftaar but you can always go for personal deals. 

My Bright Smile #ColgateArtContest17 winners from Pakistan 

Art knows no boundaries and age and I gotta know it as soon as my kid started to treat my apartment walls as canvas for her imagination. S little guidance & platform like Colgate Art contest can boost kid’s confidence to pursue art as a career. 

Colgate Palmolive’s “My Bright Smile”™ Global Art Contest has, since past 17 years, given children across the globe a platform to express their creativity and showcase their artistic talents. The unique Global Art Contest is held under the umbrella of Colgate’s Oral Health Education Program “Bright Smiles, Bright Futures®”, which not only provides a platform for children to let their inner talent shine, but also educates them about the benefits of good oral care.

Participants, aged 6 to 9, from schools across Pakistan are invited to participate in this global contest to help them showcase their talent. The contest usually receives thousands of entries from across the country. This year too, the “My Bright Smile”™ Global Art Contest received an overwhelming response from children across Pakistan, with 115,595 entries from schools nationwide. 

On 23rd May, 2017, an exhibition displaying several shortlisted entries was held at the Alliance Française Art Gallery in Karachi. The judges for the contest were present at the occasion including Ms. Nahid Raza, renowned artist and President’s Pride of Performance award winner; Ms. Riffat Alvi, Director VM Art Gallery; Mr. Munawar Ali Syed, Visual Artist & Teacher at Indus Valley Institute of Art & Architecture and Visual Studies Department, University of Karachi; Ms. Nurayah Shaikh Nabi, Arts & Crafts Professional; and Ms. Rumana Hussain, Illustrator and Author. Prizes will be distributed to the 100 best entries by young artists, and the following 12 lucky winners have been selected for their exemplary pieces of original art:  

  • Syeda Kissa Fatima,The Smart School, Cantt. Way Campus,Karachi 
  • M. Shameer, Stanmore Public School,Karachi 
  • Samama ,Delsol -The School, Karachi 
  • Ansa, Bahria Model School & College, Karachi  
  • Zainab Kashif, Generation’s School, Karachi 
  • Khadija Khan, Generation’s School,Karachi 
  • Batool,MSB Educational Institute,Karachi 
  • Hafsa Akram, Lahore Grammar School, Lahore 
  • Nimra Iftikhar, Silk School Of Tomorrow, Lahore 
  • Eman Aqeel, The Educators – Jinnah Campus, Lahore 
  • M. Abdul Hadi, Sherri Public School, Faisalabad 
  • Nabiha Saif, Sherri Public School, Faisalabad   

To acknowledge the hard work and participation of all the contestants, each one will be awarded a Colgate “My Bright Smile”™ Certificate. 

The next phase of the contest involves the top 12 entries to be sent to Colgate Palmolive’s Global Head Office in New York, to represent Pakistan and compete against the entries received from other countries. The 12 best entries from across the globe will be showcased in the “My Bright Smile”™ 2018 Calendar and each winner will receive a Colgate Palmolive grant of US $250 while their respective schools will receive a grant of US $500.  

My picks from Makeup City store 

Makeup City has always been my go to place for affordable makeup shopping under one roof. Makeup City stocks top end brands like Gosh and Kryolan with Femina, Sweet Touch and Framesi etc. One thing that you’ll be ensured is that you’re buying authentic makeup products so you can shop with confidence. 

Makeup City has opened their new outlet in biggest mall of South Asia i.e lucky one Mall and they day I was there happened to be their launch day. The shop is at lower ground floor just at the entrance. There was media and lots of Awaam to have a glimpse of super model Nadia Hussain. She interacted with people and guides them with her beauty secrets too. I’ve asked her what she’ll recommend buying from Makeup City and she replied with Gosh mascaras and Kryolan products. 

Highlights from Makeup City store launch at Lucky One Mall 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Here’s what I’ve picked up from the store that day because who can resist shopping for some make up. Anytime!!  

Makeup City haul.

Gosh Mascara 

Got this one because Nadia recommended and I haven’t tried it before. This one is a brown Mascara which kinda attracted me. Love the smooth applicator and marker look of it. The product has a shelf life of 6m and the quantity is good too. 

Sweet Touch nail colors 

These are a repurchase. Affordable and don’t dry as quickly as other nail colors. Looks s bit watery but they’re good value for money and the applicator brush helps spread mail color evenly. The shades I have are 1190 Sparkling bisque and 1037 nut shell. The light golden shade despite several coats appear lighter as I was expecting but the metallic one is super gorgeous. Highly recommend nutshell. 

Ignore the messy nails, I have kids around lol

Femina Blush

This one I have already & bought for my sister to gift her on this Eid. I like the subtle glow and shade of it on my skin. This is shade Sb-06.

Sweet Touch Eye shadow

This one is a repurchase too as I like to gift it to my siblings for Eid. The shade is called Kuffer and it is perfectly pigmented for a copper tint.

Jansen Gel exfoliator 

Saw this for the first time at Makeup City and couldn’t resist buying it for my oily skin. The packaging is good and I am hoping it gives me the results I wanted on my skin in the longer run. A bit expensive product but I like to invest in good skincare stuff. 

Sweet Touch and Femina Lipsticks 

For the price they’re a steal. Look at that coral shade (shade number 761 matte). Perfect summery shade it is. If you’re lucky to visit makeup City during 50% off sale days you might end up buying these lipsticks for under Rs 100. Now who can beat that price? 

Urban desi mom's blog about everything interesting around.

%d bloggers like this: