Never Before

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There is frustration in the winds that was never so fierce before

There is a darkness in the night that was never so intense before

There is a rage in the thunders that was never so imtimidating before

There is a emptiness in our hearts that was never so distressing before

There is a gun in their hands that never looked so lethal before

There is a grievance in his breath that never looked so miffed before

There is a flare in her eyes that never looked so outraged before

There is a stone in his hands that never looked so resistive before

There is a child in her hands that never looked so shatterable before

There is a chaos in the atmosphere that never looked so melancholic before

There is a wildness in the temperature that never looked so incandescent before

There is a silence in the media that never looked so biased before

There is a confusion in the communal world that was never so disunited before

 

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Maaha

 

Theme: Exploring the Unexplored

Roaming around and thinking at what should be my last blog that has inspiration and joy and then I decided why not to write a blog on the most talented, hardworking and the artistic “Lady” of Mass Communication’s department, why not to show and talk about the hidden talent of Mass Communication department.

Before I disclose the name of that lady and the conversation with her, take a look on her artwork.

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Art is my passion. I’m fond of drawing because it helps me forget about all my tension and it fills me with exciting questions and makes me happy. Art has been, and continues to be, the main outlet for my feelings. When I’m depressed, melancholy expressions overwhelm my drawings. Frustration or rage is highlighted by shades of red or bright orange. A distorted face done in the cubist style of Picasso shows up in drawings made in times of astronomic bliss, while a more impressionist style comes out when I am particularly pensive.

“Art is my life, a passion within me.” – Fariya Azhar

A CONVERSATION WITH FARIYA AZHAR: image1.JPG

 

  • What are you working on currently that excites you?

Fariya: Nowadays I started working on my passion of art as a Profession. Recently, I am running my art page on facebook through which many customers contact me and pay me for the sketches and craft work they want to make.On the other hand, I am working on my goal that is to share inspirational stuff from around the world. Also, highlight the problems our society is facing nowadays through my art skills.

  • Where do you think your creativity comes from?

Fariya: From nature. I observe things from the nature which enhance my creativity. Nature attracts me a lot. People see things in a common way but I see things and observe them in a different way. Secondly, from my father. He taught me how to draw, how to observe things from the nature, how one can become such a creative person, how by using simple or common stationary stuff one can draw such beautiful drawings.

  • Are you inspired by anything new?

Fariya: I always get inspired by something new. Every-time, I try my best to come up with the new ideas, new thoughts and new themes. This is the reason that I am always in search of new ideas which gives me inspiration.

  • What kind of art is unappealing to you?

Fariya: Sketches of celebrities. Many people have convinced me to draw a sketch of their favorite celebrity. But I prefer to draw something colorful, something different which is related to nature, some inspirational stuff.

Not only in art, also in life I am never get impressed or attracted by any celebrity. I am a girl who loves philosophy, who gets attracted towards nature, whose best-friends are plants and who is impressed by a bunch of balloons. That is my simple life, my passion of art and I love to draw these things.

  • If there were a magic power you could use in your art making, what would it be?

Fariya: 3D work.

  • What is the best way to learn how to draw?

Fariya: The best way to learn how to draw is observation. The more you observe the things, the more you draw the things.

  • You’re currently studying Journalism so how do you keep a regular drawing habit?

Fariya:  I don’t have regular drawing habit. Whenever I get upset, I used to pick a piece of plain paper and a sharp pencil, put the headphones on and completely lost myself in the world of art.

  • What do you mainly focused while you’re sketching?

Fariya: I have mainly focused on the neatness while making a sketch.

  • What is a good book to learn the basics of drawing?

Fariya: I haven’t read a single book to learn the basics of drawing. In fact I haven’t take any classes of it. Whatever I draw just because of my interest and my passion for art.

  • Okay so last but not the least, In your opinion what Role does the Artist have in Society?

Fariya: We live in a society and we do have some social responsibility. An artist is the role model for a society. Hence his work can made a lot of impact to the society. An artist can help the society in finding the solution of the problem through his artwork. He can make people aware about the issues which are affecting the society and what we need to do.

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  • Fariya’s artwork.

 

Harmain Khan

Theme: The Way I See It

WHAT’S CHIC NOWADAYS??

Every passing day we see a lot of changes in our fashion trends from hair band to the sandles. Every woman wants to make her closets up to date.

Here I am giving some top trend fashion tips which are popular these days,

  • Add glam to yourself this season by wearing medium-length or short-length fitted shirts with shalwaars( tulip shalwaar also look cool and is trending highly now a days)
  • This season go with the floral prints and light colors( as there is no any indication of winters till the end of 2016 in Karachi :/ )
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  • Palazzo pants that is becoming so popular among young girls. For the formal look go with loose chiffon shirts(with flapper sleeves) and palazzo pants with lower sides decorated with fancy laces or some embroidery patterns. It looks beautiful and elegant and  is suitable for all the seasons.
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  • Khussa is one of the most popular item specially in Pakistan. It represents the culture of Punjab also. It gives traditional look with churi daar and long-gota work dupatta. Go with the colorful hand-made khussas for casual look or for mehndi/ mayun functions.Screenshot_2016-10-16-20-24-41-1.png
  • For the big events like shadi biyah go with the trendy gold-colored jhumkas and shiny velvet bangles. Best thing about these bangles they are unbreakable.
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Comment below to share how you are planning to get ready for your next event 🙂

 

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Sanabil Javed

     Theme: The Way I See It

THERE’S MORE TO THEM

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She kicks the pebble, making it bounce from one corner to the other, DRESSED in her favorite blue jeans, her white kurta, and the pink scarf. Her mind races back to the pile of papers lying somewhere in a box, taped up, ready to be thrown away, her mind races back to all the words she wrote, that didn’t matter.
Her words that didn’t matter.
Her words that didn’t.
Her words.

 

Her train of thoughts was put to a break, by a small boy, looking at her with big eyes. Eyes that were hopeful, eyes that were telling a story, eyes that gleefully looked down at his own palm, and there she saw a couple of the most beautifully hand crafted wall-hangings. She picked one. “Yeh tumne banayi hain?”
“Haan.”
“Bohat ache hain.”

 

She bought one, without knowing what she’ll do with them. She just bought them, because they were beautiful. Put together with his efforts, and then for a moment she thought of the smile she caused on his face, for a few seconds until, another voice followed,
“Arey mat khareedo, in paison se yeh cigarette khareedega.Kyun gunna lete ho apne sar? Choro,Jao yahan se.”

 

She looks back at him, and the smile is gone, lost in tears that now rush down his cheeks, his head bowed down.. He’s moving away.Into the shadows….now.. invisible.
She shoots a glare at the CAR, looking at the people who said that. There’s more to him than you think. There’s more to all of us. She thought to herself, and started walking away.

 

In school she sees this guy scribbling something on a paper, and wonders what he’s doing, takes a step forward to go to him, reach out to him, but her head filled with their voices, everyone’s voice,  Never talk to him. He smokes, He’s not a good guy. He’s not a good guy and she takes more steps, and walks past him, nearly skipping a heartbeat, his art  was amazing, the strokes, The color, The picture, And the voices broke in again, Never talk to him. He smokes.. He’s not a good guy. He’s not a good guy.

 

There’s more to him than they know.
She sits down with her pen, and starts scribbling words again, so that she can put their efforts in her words. And then, she realized, she doesn’t have words to describe them enough.
She realized they never needed words.
There’s more to them then they know.
There’s more to them than words can tell.
She realized there’s more to her, than her useless stories that don’t matter.
She realized there’s more to her. There are words.

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Theme: The Way I See It

MONEY CAN’T BUY HAPPINESS

Some people want to be famous, some want to be successful but all I want is just to be happy. Happiness is something very rare. People say money can’t buy happiness but some say that money can buy happiness like buying food or expensive make up etc etc. But in my case, if I’m upset, even food fails to lighten up my mood.

Basically, you can distract yourself by eating or hanging out or buying stuff you like but you can’t be happy.

Happiness is that something you feel after helping someone or that feeling of joy you get when someone is happy because of you. Oh my! That priceless feeling. Sometimes a single text from your friend can make you happy. When Allah grants your wishes and that state of tranquility and bliss to know that Allah hears you, understands you. Believe me the mystics we know in the world have experienced a state of joy that we haven’t had even for a second. Joy is when you get to know that you have misunderstood someone and you gradually get to know that they are just the opposite of what you were thinking of them. Joy is when you get the most unexpected surprises. Joy is in taking risks with your friends and travel with them to unusual places within your town maybe. You see happiness does not depend on money. This materialistic world that we are living in is full of bitter people, everyone is in want of what other person has, and sincerity is rare. We need to remind ourselves the importance of love, generosity and kindness. Yes that’s the world that we should be living in but sadly we are not.

Simple words can make someone happy and sometimes expensive gifts fail to do that.

Nageen Jawed

Theme: The Way I See It                                   

 A WOMAN WITHIN

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Ever been thankful for genetically belonging to a particular sex?

If truth be told, I, for one, have always taken my womanhood for granted.

Imagine yourself a typical female, fond of all sorts of feminine engagements like henna and bangles. Now assume waking up one morning and finding yourself trapped inside a man’s body, while being a full-fledged woman at heart. You cannot wear all  those beautiful dresses you took so long buying, nor can you let your hair grow any longer (in fact, get rid of those long locks!), your beloved make up would just sit there at your dressing and stare mournfully at you. But worse of all, however much you want to have those bangles dangling down your wrists again, you cannot. Your feminine soul would be trapped inside a shaggy body and you would no longer be treated like a female among your friends. In fact, you would now have to try to act like a man to integrate yourself with them.

Every time you would cast a look at yourself in the mirror, every time you would get dressed, every time you would meet someone; who you realize yourself to be and who you appear to be would be in stark contrast. Stress will build as you pretend to be someone you know you are not.

Welcome to the life of a transgender.

Now imagine yourself a transgender in Pakistan and the tension suddenly gets hiked. You know you are doomed, because the men are going to throw leery looks at you and the women would not want you to mingle with them, because hey, you are still sporting a man’s body.

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Let it sink for a while. Feel that sensation of disarrayed confusion, the feeling of not belonging, however much you try at it.

Shehzadi had always been attracted towards pigtails and frilly frocks. It was not until she turned twelve did she realize that she was apparently a male, expected to scrunch his nose at girly things. One day, when her parents were visiting a relative’s place, she took out Rafeea’s phulkari kurta and tried it on.

A slight coat of lipstick would not hurt, she thought.

Just as she was flaunting her exquisite outfit and beautifully made up face before the mirror, her fuming brother walked in and pummeled her with his entire force. Tears streamed down her face but she did not utter a word.

That night, she ran away from her house.

Only to never return.

                                                          

Research has it that every one out of fifty children in Pakistan is identified with a transgender potential. For many of them, the problem occurs as a consequence of hormonal imbalances in the developing fetus, which results in a brain developing outside the norm of the physical sex. The incongruity never fades and it can never be “cured” to coincide how the brain perceives your body to be with how it looks like from the outside.

Unfortunately, in a country like Pakistan, where people perceive everything from your complexion to your kismet to be self-made, transgenderism, is a situation which is often believed to be self-inflicted too and hence highly condemned and hated upon. Strict warnings are given to the person to ‘correct’ his ways or else is shunned not solely by his family but by the entire society.

Now this is where our treachery comes in.

We would rather have a transgender dancing at our private gatherings than give him a proper job to make a respectable living.

We would rather throw lustful glances towards them in streets than accept at our own transgender son.

We disregard them as the downtrodden individuals of our society, only fit for singing and dancing or making jokes of. How often have we seen people in shows impersonating them to make others laugh?

It is about time we let go of this stigma.

We need to breakdown the mainstream and socially-instilled gender roles that are so deeply embedded in public spheres. Declassifying them would allow us to be more acceptable towards our transgender fellows.

Besides, who are we to judge? Have we, as ‘perfectly normal human beings’, ever felt comfortable in our own skin? If the answer to that is a yes, then I am certain you are lying. And that definitely gives you no right to think them any less than you. They are born that way and so should be allowed to live like that, without us making things hard for them. Because each day is a struggle for someone who plays the facade of someone he is physically born and hides who he is inside from the rest of the world to avoid potential ridicule. It gnaws at a person by day and in dreams at night. It is there to stay forever and unless measures are taken to materialize who he really is, it can lead to a complete nervous breakdown as well.

Let us all just treat ourselves as humans. Not male, female or trans. Only humans

 

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Aliza Anees

 

 

 

Theme: The Way I See It

TEENS AS BLOGGERS

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Everyday blogs are created by people of all ages and from all walks of life, but when it comes to blogging, teen writers are truly on the cutting edge of the movement because today’s teenagers are the first generation of a people to have grown up using the internet at every stage of their development.

Many adolescent have a seemingly innate sense of how to use web technology to express their innermost thoughts and ideas.

Older writers often experience a kind of learning curve when they begin to blog, but many young people find that using WordPress and blogging software feels more natural and direct a mood of communication than writing in a dairy ever could.

One of the reasons why blogs have undergone a kind of explosion in the teen community and are growing by leaps and bounds is the fact that they provide a unique mixture of visibility and anonymity. A teenager can invite friends and peers to read his or her blog with a simple email thereby winning attention or possibly even praise. Of course with visibility usually comes the possibility of embarrassment but the fact that it is possible to blog anonymously with an invented handle or nickname negates a lot of the potential for humiliation. Many a blogging teens lives in fear that a parent or guardian will discover his or her blog but by publishing under and alias a teenager can spill his or her secret without fear of being traced outside the world of blogging, teen writers often reticent to publish young writers who may not have as much credibility as older writers with a lot of experience and extensive credits to their names. This can discourage adolescents from writing or from seeking chances to publish their work.

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By blogging, young people can begin to gain a following of readers without first having to win the attention and support of an editor or publisher who may not be very interested in teenage authors. Between the fact that blogs provide young people with a chance to exercise their impressive technical aptitude, to gain visibility without compromising privacy, and to build a readership for their writing without having to jump through the traditional hoops of the publishing industry, it is little wonder that there are so many teenagers with blogs.

For some teenagers, blogging is even a very social endeavor that allows them to meet people with similar interests from all over the world. Many a blogging teens have discovered that having a web blog on the internet is a great way to explore self expression and often to win positive feedback from new friends.

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Nazia Batool