Category Archives: Karachi

#MeriShaanMeraPakistan – Beautifying Karachi with thematic Wall Art 

Karachi, being the biggest metropolis deserves much more than it has got from the citizens and government on so many levels. Be it cleanliness of the city or beautification drives, we all need to take the ownership and work to make this city a better place. It is always good to see people working towards causes that make their cities proud. One such drive is happening for the past couple of years by EFU Life insurance and I am Karachi. 

#MeriShaanMeraPakistan drive is all about getting rid of those Bengali baba ads from Karachi walls. The city don’t deserve such ugly graffiti and wall chalking all over it. In order to pay an artistic tribute to our dear homeland EFU Life initiated “Meri Shaan, Mera Pakistan” project In 2016. Under the guidance of Commissioner Karachi, Mr.Ejaz Ahmed Khan and his esteemed team of the project of beautifying Pakistan through thematic wall art commenced and produced such beautiful results that they’re continuing it this year to celebrate Pakistan’s 70th Independence day on a bigger scale. 

Last year #MeriShaanMeraPakistan project has covered Ayesha Manzil and NCC walls. A 2000 sq.ft wall at Ayesha Manzil and a 3000 sq.ft wall of NCC Sports Complex has been painted with thematic Wall Art depicting our culture and love for our dear homeland. EFU Life has now extended this project to a third location, the Aga Khan Park, Garden, opposite Ismaili JamaatKhana covering a space of over 7000 sq. ft. This year the Independence Day celebrations are even bigger and with Meri Shaan Mera Pakistan artwork Karachi can proudly be part of the celebrations with pride. EFU Life had a contest for artists too in which they’ve asked to submit artworks. The winning artwork is going to be featured on Agha Khan Park wall. Look at all the fabulous artwork that has been painted so far. 

Hats off to the talented artists who are making efforts to paint such beautiful artwork capturing the essence of Pakistan. From food identities like Anday wala burger to our train stations and the lost tradition of travelling in Tongas, #MeriShaanMeraPakistan themed art walls are a treat to watch. I can’t wait to visit the Agha Khan park and have a look at it myself closely. Definitely going there with my kids. It is like an exhibition and a walk through the history via art. 

Hope we all treat this effort of EFU life with care and also take care of this art in coming years by preserving it and further working to make Karachi even cleaner. 

Pakistan Zindabad. 

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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. 

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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.  

#ComedyMasala 2 with Alonzo Bodden and Eli Nicolas in Karachi 

Making people happy and let them laugh their hearts out is not an easy task but stand up comedians can do such wonders with their wit and words. They made it look like a dream to have the best time of your life laughing and just being entertained. The good news is that International comedians Alonzo Bodden and Eli Nicolas are coming to entertain us in Karachi coming week. Yass!! You heard that right. 

Comedy masala’s first edition happened in February and it was an amazing event. The second edition of Comedy masal is featuring Alonzo Bodden – The Season 3 WINNER of the Hit NBC TV Show ‘Last Comic Standing’. Alonzo is a Rockstar comedy veteran and has been seen on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”, “The Keenen Ivory Wayans” show, “Scary Movie 4” as well as NBC, Showtime & VHI. 

Supporting Alonzo, as opening act, is California native ELI NICOLAS (from Fox TV’s “Laughs”) who is one of the fastest rising stars on the LA comedy circuit, and has performed at world famous clubs like Laugh Factory, The Comedy Store & The Improv. Comedy masala will be hosted by Comedy Masala founder & Pakistani comedian, UMAR RANA.

This is going to be for the first time in Pakistan that International comedians are performing. Make sure we all receive them with warmth and attend the event. Events like this featuring international artists will bring softer image of Pakistan and conveys a message to the world that we’re a peaceful and loving nation. 

How you can attend Comedy Masala? 

Log onto comedy Masala website to book your tickets or call 021 – 3890 9914 for free delivery to your doorstep. (Limited seats as this time the show is going to be exclusive one). 

Ticket price: Rs 3000

For all the event updates join comedy masala event page. 

Don’t be disheartened if you’re not in Karachi because comedy masala shows will be coming to Lahore and Islamabad soon. Till then, let Karachi enjoy. 

Future shows of Comedy Masala 

Incase you’ve missed February comedy masala and couldn’t get tickets for April one, you have chances for CM July and later on. Save the dates. 

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