Category Archives: Education

First Ever #HakimSaeedAwards by #Hamdard Pakistan held in Karachi

Hakim Muhammad Saeed was a significant part of childhood of 80’s & 90’s kids through his urdu publication Naunehal. With his services for educational institutions and language Urdu itself, he use to visit schools and meet students and encourage them to participate in extra curricular activities. If you were a Naunehal reader you might be familiar with those photographs of different school functions and gatherings by Hamdard Pakistan itself. The brand has always been keen to serve people in Pakistan with best health care and educational services.

After serving us for more than a century, Hamdard Pakistan decided to change their corporate identity in order to connect with the younger audience more. Their new logo was revealed in an amazingly grand event at Mohatta Palace on Tuesday, 23rd January. Keeping the value of the brand in mind the event was a classy one with legendary guests and very dignified execution. To celebrate the re-branding, Hamdard Pakistan unveiled their new logo followed by first ever Hakim Saeed Awards. The awards were a tribute to Hakim Muhammad Saeed, founder Hamdard Pakistan. Governor Sindh was the chief guest of the event and Hakim Saeed’s Daughter, Saadia Rashid was also there to grace the occasion. Muzna Ibrahim hosted the event beautifully along with Talat Hussain.

Hakim Saeed Awards were given to following legendary Pakistanis. Shaheed Aitazaz Hasan’s father received his award with a standing ovation by the audience while late Mr. Masood Ahmed Barkati was awarded a lifetime achievement award. It was an honor to be among the best of the talent from Arts, culture, sports, literature and social change makers of Pakistan.

Hamdard Pakistan further went on to win hearts with Ishq Pakistan Qawaali and New TVC celebrating Pakistani heroes with the legacy of Hakim Saeed. Hamdard I’d tye word we can associate with one who is concerned about us, wants us to be well and truly the brand has been one. Wishing all the best to Hamdard Pakistan with hope that they continue inspiring generations.

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Saving money in desi way

BC or committe is the most convenient  Desi way to save a certain amount on monthly basis. I have been using this for almost two decades now. I remember my first committee was of Rs 1000 per month for which I got a sum of 15000. Since then there’s no stopping. Whatever I earn, I started to put almost 20% of it into committe or Bee-Cee as they call it(don’t know what it stands for). Just Googled lol. It is Ballot committee aka BC. 

What is a Bee-Cee or Committe and how it works?

In case you’re not familiar with the concept, let me guide you. It is the most convenient Desi way of saving money by a group of people to get a decent amount after a certain time. Like suppose, 10 people(Friends or family coz with money trust is an issue) decides to have a BC. They will pick a leader or elder to collect money on monthly or weekly basis whatever is decided and he/she will be responsible to pay to everyone who is part of committee. 10 people decides to spare 1000 rupees a month means that every one will be getting 10,000 rupees once during 10months. To decide who gets it first, you either poll or decide verbally as per the needs.

Number of BC x Number of months = Total amount

10×10= 10000

Now,if you want to have the sum more than once in that duration you should be holding multiple committees in your name. Like if it is a 10 month long BC and you’re having 2,then you’ll pay 2000 per month and get 10000 rupees twice during those 10 months. For holding more than one BC it is safe to split the duration in half like in this case 5 months and get your first BC in first 5 months and second one in last 5 months. Totally flexible and completely upto you to decide mutually.

Do Try saving at least 20-25% of your earnings. BC is a profit free method to save and safe if you’re doing it with people you trust.

Happy savings! 

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.