PEARL CONTINENTAL HOTEL KARACHI. FIRST ISO 22000-2005 FSMS (FOOD SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM) CERTIFIED HOTEL OF PAKISTAN.

The Pearl Continental Hotel Karachi, one of the iconic properties of Hashoo hotels, offers an exceptional hospitality in a city considered as an important economic hub of Pakistan, it is the first 5-star hotel of Pakistan.

 

The Hashoo Hotels is pleased to announce that PC Karachi is being awarded with:

  • The First ISO 22000-2005 FSMS (Food Safety Management System) certified Hotel of Pakistan.”
  • The First HACCP Alimentarius certified Hotel of Pakistan

 

The Pearl Continental Karachi Team M. Aslam Khan Hotel Manager & Fasiha Pervaiz Quality Assurance Manager are the First Lead Auditors of Pakistan in Hotels Category” certified ISO FSSC 22000-2005 FSMS by international register of certified auditors (IRCA).

 

Hashoo Group, the owners and operators of Pearl Continental and Marriott hotels in Pakistan, provides healthy & hygienic offerings to its guests visiting with families, friends or business partners in all its hotels across the country.

 

PC Karachi has variety of diversified Restaurants:

  • Sakura Japanese Restaurant, serving authentic Japanese Food
  • Chandni Lounge, serving authentic Pakistani cuisine.
  • Jason’s Steak House, fine dining international cuisine
  • Tai Pan, Authentic Chinese Restaurant
  • Marco polo Restaurant, Continental Cuisine
  • Grapevine coffee Shop
  • Baker’s Boutique

 

The Pearl Continental Karachi is known as the land mark and the place of memories, and is also recognized as an institution for hospitality professionals where they have learnt the skills and have uplifted the reputation of hospitality business to the highest levels.

Wafa ka Mausam;

Loving yourself is called EGO.

A story of intense love clashing with family pride and ruthless egos.

A gripping drama beautifully written by Riat Siraj and skillfully directed by Babar Qayyum.

Impressive performances by actors Aijaz Aslam, Neelam Munir, Noman Habib,
Adnan Jilani, Bahar Begum and Manzoor Qureshi add texture to a well knit
production.

A soulful OST sung by Quratul Ain and composed by Waqar Ali complements this serial which promises to be a hit with viewers.

Speaking at the Bloggers meet at Cafe Patio TV One’s Head of Content focused on a story of  intense between a female student, her teacher and her lover.

Karachi Eat Food Festival

Karachi Eat Food Festival is the BEST event in Karachi, slightly better than Karachi Literature Festival. I visited KEFF 2017 all four days and the kind of expressions and emotions that you get to see on the faces of owners, participants, visitors and organizers cannot described here. Apart from parking issues didn’t see anything else that could have spoiled my mood. Truly amazing, can’t write more on it.

#KarachiEat  #KarachiEatFestival2017 #KEFF17 #KEF17.

“MAHi-MELA” – Sea Food Festival.

Pearl Continental Hotel Karachi, a Hotel of the Hashoo group of companies, with great zeal and enthusiasm, puts forward various cultural festivities and celebrations of international accord all year around, providing their customers and clients with pleasant, fun-filled and memorable experiences.

Pearl Continental Karachi is now Celebrating “MAHi-MELA” Sea Food Festival at Marco Polo Restaurant, presenting a unique variation of delicious Sea food cuisines and delights for its customers to enjoy, enjoining a visual ambiance depicting Marine life.

Mr. Aslam Khan the Hotel Manager Pearl Continental Hotel Karachi warmly welcomed the esteemed guests and the Chief Guest the Famous Artist Ms. Abida Parveen, at the opening ceremony.

The evening commenced with a formal inaugural ceremony and reception, followed by dinner.

Selected Press and Media Teams were present at the event.

Tarzan comes to Karachi.

Fiction is coming to reality soon, when you will experience, the courageous, intelligent, loyal and a powerful character of the jungle. An incredible adaptation of the timeless Tarzan is going to grace the stage. Through a fusion between entertainment, adventure and values this play will cater to kids and bring them closer to nature.

 

Brought to you Shahzad Qureshi, who has been associated with Apna Karachi FM107 for a decade, believes in bringing about social change through media. His prior productions include Umro Ayyar, Sheikh Chilli, Run for your wife, It runs in the family,  La Cage Aux Folles, Lovengers and 0092.

 

Written by Unaiza Ali and directed by well-known theatre actor Rauf Afridi, both did well to keep the audience (mostly kids) widely awake during an hour’s performance by brilliant actors. Mostly I have seen kids sleepy or drowsy during theatres but here at Tarzan this was not the case.

 

Theatre activities are seen on a rise for last couple of years and last month’s theatre festival was one the best thing that could have happened to our very infant theatre industry, but even that excellent theatre lacked plays for kids and this gap was filled by Peedia Entertainment by bringing in Tarzan which was written well enough and directed even better.

 

Peedia Entertainment brought Tarzan to Karachi at very odd time i.e. during winter times when most of the kids present at the theatre were wearing double layers of clothing and were looking at Tarzan running around wearing just a loincloth, which is considered as a traditional piece of cloth for Tarzans all around the world.

 

Now coming to acting, star of night for me was Hammad Khan acting as Jinn, and he really did justice to role as an actor, and they way to interacted with kids in the audience was brilliant too. Haris Khan also did well with his role as Tarzan followed closely Najma Kifayat as Gudd-guddi Jadugarni.

 

Roles of Syed Ahmer Hussain as Modi Sardar, Faryal Memon as Jane and Saddam Hussain as reporter could have been improved with some better acting.

 

Overall it was a pleasant experience viewing Tarzan and if you view it from kid’s perspective then everything was top-notch from stage ambiance, sounds of animals, brilliant acting and actors interacting with kids, story line and direction.

 

Conclusion would be that in every story of Good versus evil, it’s always Good that comes up as victorious.

“Interior Designs of Pakistan” by Maria Aslam launched by Pakistan Institute of Interior Designers.

Maria Aslam’s book on interior designs named as “Interior Designs of Pakistan Volume 01” was launched by Pakistan Institute of Interior Designer at Indus Valley School of Arts and Archtecture. 

This event was attended by gaints of Pakistans interior design industry, celebrities, socialites, students and media  members from digital, print and electronic side.

A look at the varied body of work by both senior and junior interior designers and architects of Pakistan, with brilliant composition by Arshad Faruqui, it was no wonder that the book elicited great interest within the architect and and interior designer fraternity.

Guest were treated to talks by senior members of interior design industry who spoke in length about growth and evolution of interior designs and architecture in Pakistan and praised the work done by Maria Aslam in her debut book. 

Danish Zuby one of the senior most  interior designer of Pakistan, highlighted the evolution of and growth of interior design and architecture in Pakistan and praised the work done by Maria Aslam in her debut book.

Shahid Abdullah who forms one half of the architectural practice by the name of Arshad Shahid Abdullah with his brother, spoke at length about the book and the birth place of architecture in post-partition Pakistan. 

Naheed Mashooqullah addressed the guests and talked about design philosophy and how architects of yesteryears affect the designs of today, and the role of book would play for future designers.

Last but not least, Maria Aslam the creative force behind the book Interior Designs of Pakistan Volume 01 took to the stage and elaborated on her inspiration and hard work that went into creating the book.

She also explained the fact that the book is ideal not just for interior designers but also for anyone with even a casual interest in architecture and interior designs. Talks by the author and the senior architects and senior interior designers were illuminating and kept the audience captive.

The evening concluded with the book signing by author where subject of conversation ranged from architecture to design philosophies to future of this industry. 

All in all the evening was a classy and intellectual affair and certainly engaged the interest of all the attendees. 

Lahore Se Aagey

 

Lahore Se Aagey, yet another indianized type movie to start off with, don’t know why our producers and directors love to copy or follow Indian pattern of movies, if they are so adamant to copy then I would suggest that Hollywood can be a better option to copy / follow rather than Bollywood’s style. By copying Bollywood, end product would be a second grade product, because Bollywood copies Hollywood and we copy Bollywood.

 

As being the sequel of ‘Karachi se Lahore‘, I wasn’t expecting much from ‘Lahore Se Aagey’, weak story,  direction-less direction and weak acting by some actors were overshadowed excellent acting from Yasir Hussain, beauty of Saba Qamar and excellent music (specially AIMA BAIG).

 

For me ‘Lahore Se Aagey’ had three main positive points which saved it from complete collapse and theses are;

 

  1. Yasir Hussain’s acting: I have been closely following this guy since I saw him on theatre, acting for Anwar Maqsood’s plays and since then I have a fan of this guy. Your acting skills have simply saved this movie from complete disaster, although you could have written somewhat better then what you wrote.

 

  1. Saba Qamar’s Beauty: Another positive point of this movie is Saba Qamar’s stunning and striking beauty; she was a treat to look at too. Couldn’t look away from screen when she was on-screen. Although at certain points her acting wasn’t that good, but her beautiful face didn’t allow me to focus much on

 

  1. Music: We (Pakistani’s) are really good at producing good music and it’s our music that has always made me proud and even flop movies like Hijrat and ‘Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hay’ had excellent music and excellent songs.

 

Here music director Shiraz Uppal has done a great job, even-though some of the songs don’t have that level of lyrics but even-then songs are great and are picturized in great way too. Biggest sensation of the movie is definitely Aima Baig, with naturally gifted singing skills; her vocal chords are way too powerful and over-shadows most of female singers around. I feel some real and strong competition coming up for Meesha Shafi and Zoe Viccaji. Ehle-Dil was best sung song with not that good lyrics, and Aashir Wajahat also sang his song quite well. Medley of evergreen Pakistani songs of 90’s were great too.

 

Now about acting, apart from Yasir Hussain and somewhat Saba Qamar all actors looked very mediocre, veteran and seasoned actors like Rubina Ashraf, Behroze Sabwari and Atiqa Odho should opt better roles rather than these filler type roles. Actors with such credentials should go for pillar type roles rather filler type roles. Behroze Sabwari did well, but Rubina Ashraf wasted herself.

 

Like Yasir Hussain, Abdullah Farhatullah also comes with a theatre background but he failed to impress and for Omer Sultan I am still trying to find exact words to write about his acting, I haven’t seen some trying to copy Amitab bachan as bad Omer Sultan has done in this movie.

 

Cameo performance by Ali Zafar was best and went well with the flow of the movie whereas Frieha Altaf’s cameo performance was worst one of the movie. Aashir also did well his act.

 

Story was way too predictable and some of the scenes like accident scene where Saba’s car hits Yasir, car break-down due to fuel shortage, then finding tribal people in middle of no-where and then dances were very very predictable, you get to see these type of scenes in almost every other Indian movie. .

 

In the end, biggest plus point of this movie is Aima Baig, her vocals over shadow each and every aspect of ‘Lahore Se Aagey’.

 

 

 

01st HUM Style Awards

As usual for these kind of shows, nothing started on time, we were informed that each and every aspect of the show will be done very professionally and this show will be different from other shows, but once we reached their at around 08:00 pm hardly few people were at Red Carpet.

 

Invitation card said red carpet at 07:00pm and show time 09:00pm. Well I have no idea when the red carpet started, but show started at 10:50pm and finished at around 02:20am.

 

High Points

  • Management: Organizer were true to their word that this show will be different, this surely was one of the best managed show I have been to, since 02nd TMA (The Music Awards), red carpet was very well managed and stage management was better than the last few shows I had been to. Overall  1st Q-Mobile Hum Style Awards had a feel good effect to it and it didn’t linger on like other shows. It was a very well managed show. Good management, good work HUM TV.
  • Music: was the best part of 01st Hum Style Awards, songs selections were excellent and icing on the cake was that all of them were Pakistani.
  • Live performances: by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Ali Zafar were excellent and these two performances saved an almost sinking ship. I was about to doze-off when Rahat was announced.
  • Indian Songs: Finally we get see a show where there were no Indian songs in back-ground and credit should go to PEMRA rather than HUM TV

 

Low Points

  • National Anthem 01st Hum Style Awards 2016 should have stated off with National Anthem, almost everyone was willingly saying the word Pakistan Zindabad but anthem was missing. Show Director Nida Butt should be knowing better why it was skipped.
  • Content: content/script weren’t impressive at all, needs to be improved. HUM TV could have hired famous writer for their 01st Hum Style Awards. I hope they do hire someone who can write skits for these kind of shows.
  • Hosts: With the exception of Adnan Malik who had an aura and had elegance to host such a big show, he had complete command on what he was doing whereas other three hosts were disappointing.
  • Dances weren’t that good, Pakistani’s can’t dance that’s a sure shot, with just one exception i.e. Sohai Ali Abro who knew how to dance.
  • Content wasn’t that good either.
  • Advertising was simply too much, I remember hearing the words “Presented by Q-Mobile, Powered by Nishat Linen and refreshed by Nestle Fruta Vitals” more than 150 times. This was ridiculous
  • Missing Persons: some of the most stylish personals in the show business industry like Fawad Khan, Atif Aslam, Shan Shahid and Nabila were found missing, I wonder what kept them away from this show.
  • Indian Factor: Although no Indians were present but too much emphasizing on Indians wasn’t very sweet to listen to. Hosts were too indianized, this pissed off Sanam Saeed who left after those weird questions that were asked.
  • Public Relations: Public Relations of an event of such magnitude were handled by a very outdated PR firm and people at helm of affairs had no idea how to deal with online publications, they were only interested know if you were from any print publication.
  • Dancers from Dubai: Looked very odd, their faces didnt synchornize with local faces and local celebrities.

 

Hosts

Ahmed Ali Akbar: among all four hosts for the evening Ahmed Ali Akbar was the one who disappointed the most, he simply lacks the required charisma for hosting such big events.

Ayesha Omer: other host for first half Ayesha Omer was very ordinary with her performance as host and neither was she dress up very exceptionally.

Adnan Malik: Best host of the evening, he carried weight of show on his shoulders with lots of confidence and never seemed to be short on any side. He has the aura, charisma to host shows like these.

Amna Haq: although Amna Haq is a brilliant actor, but she disappointed too with her hosting skills and her commentary was worst performance of the evening, closely followed by Hasan Sheharyar Yasin’s dance performance.

 

Performances

Opening act: Opening act by Ahmed Ali Akbar, Meesha Shafi & Umair Jaswal was utter disgrace and left a bad taste for a while. Only Jaswal’s powerful vocals tried to save this act from complete disaster, but something better could have been produced.

Dance performance: Saba Qamar is just a pretty and is not good at dancing at all and other half of this performance Zahid Ahmed doesn’t needs any mention.

Comedy Performance: One of the better performance of the evening was by Zahid Ali-T all the way from Toronto, Canada. He shared his experiences in Pakistan and also did comedy skits.

Singing performance: star performer of the night was Rahat Fateh Ali Khan who sang out his heart and certainly saved a sinking ship, his performance was one of few positive points of the evening.

Dance performance: King of couture Hasan Sheharyar Yasin should also learn a few things about dancing and other half of the performance Sonya Hussain very very disappointing.

Singing performance; also another star performance of the night was by Ali Zafar along with his band-mates like Asad Ahmed. His performance was one of few positive points of the evening.

Dance performance: Ali Zafar is not good at dancing whereas Sohai Ali Abro was the best dancer of the evening. She knew what she was doing.

Closing act: Closing act as pathetic as was the opening act and needs not further mention.

 

Awards

Awards were given to Shahzad Noor as male model of the year by Hasan Sheharyar Yasin and Mawra Hocane and female model of the year was given to Amna Babar by Imad Irfani and Naveen Waqar.

 

Hannan Siddiqui got the best hair stylist & make-up artist by Tariq Amin and Nadya Hussain.

 

Tappu Javairi and Shehla Chatoor presented Shahbaz Shaazi best photographer award and then best fashion publications went to Diva and way given away by Zeba Bakhtiar.

 

CFO of Q-Mobiles Mr. Babar Sultan gave away the rising star award to Ashna Khan, and Noor Hasan and Sunita Marhsal came over to present best anchor award to Hasan Sheharyar Yasin who said nothing is impossible.

 

Most stylish male performer was awarded to Ali Zafar which wasn’t digestible, with people like Fawad Khan, Atif Aslam, Shan Shahid and many more around I am still wondering how could Ali Zafar end up with this award and same was the case with most stylish female performer, which was awarded to Meesha Shafi.

 

Nabila didn’t bother to come to show and her video message said that she didn’t need any more awards and she now leaves this field open for upcoming youngsters.

 

Bunto Kazmi was given Excellence award by Mrs. Sultana Siddiqui and Mr. Duraid Qureshi and Mrs. Naz Mansha got Recognition award. Sultana Siddiqui said that hinted that about an upcoming film festival that they are planning for.

 

Most stylish presenters of the evening Mr. and Mrs. Waseem Akram came to present most stylish sports personality award to Shahid Afridi which was one of the few awards that I would agree upon. If there would have an award of most stylish couple, definitely Mr. and Mrs. Waseem Akram would have bagged it.

 

Best designer for Lawn was for Elan given away by Mr. Hasan Ali Media Manager Nestle Pakistan, best designer for Luxury Couture went Shahla Chatoor’s way, presented to her by Feroz Khan and Mansha Pasha.

 

Best retail brand for Apparel was given away by Mr. and Mrs. Amir Adnan to Sapphire and best retail brand for accessories / jewelry was given to Amber Sami by Munib Nawaz and Momal Sheikh who mis-spelled the name three times.

Designer of year for menwear was presented by Imran Abbas and Sarwat Gillani to Republic by Omer Farooq and Abdullah Haris.

Designer of the year for bridals given away by Shazad Raza and Bunto Kazmi was given to Faraz Mannan who was not present and sister received award on his behalf.

Style Icon went to Wasim Akram who thoroughly deserved it, and then Shoaib Malik and Ayesha Umer were invited to give away most stylish actor for television to Hamza Ali Abbasi, who spoke about Kashimiris and their struggle, next-in were Humayoon Saeed and Mrs. Naz Mansha to present most stylish actress for television to Syra Shehroze.

 

Lastly most stylish actor for films was given to Humayoon Saeed by Vaneeza Ahmed and Hamza Ali Abbasi. Vaneeza was seen after a long long time and said a few things about fashion and style, grand finale for the evening was award for most stylish actress for films to very much expected Mahira Khan who emotionally thanked Asim, Humayoon, Sultana Apa, Feeha Jamshaid and her hair stylist for keeping her the way she is.

That ended 03 and half hours of entertainment with equally pathetic closing song by Ahmed Ali Akbar and then a grand selfie.

Nice try by HUM TV to enter stylish market, but they have to go a long long way before they can come anywhere near the other style awards

QHSA16 #QmobileHumStyleAwards