|Faces| “James Morrison”

James Morrison, the incredibly brilliant, gifted guy from Warwickshire England, born on August 13, 1984, has a voice that is almost impossible to get out of mind once you have listened to his extraordinary music.


He rose to fame and success with his single “You give me something” in 2007, leaving the world in awe of his voice, great videos and charming looks. The song is featured on his debut album, “Undiscovered”, which was released on 31 July 2006. The song has been nominated for a BRIT award in the category Best British Single Shortlist in 2007. Not to mention he looks like Chris Martin’s long lost brother, the resemblance is uncanny, especially when his hair is shorter.

In the world of today, when most music videos are based on nudity, his music videos are refreshingly simple yet classy. Singers like him are a reminder that there is still great music out there. He attributes his distinctive voice to a severe bout of whooping cough that nearly killed him when he was a baby. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that his music is irresistibly addictive. He has four marvellous albums to his name to date

  • Undiscovered (2006)
  • Songs for you, Truths for me (2008)
  • The Awakening (2011)
  • Higher than here (2015)

I absolutely love his music, a few being absolute favorites

His official website is http://www.jamesmorrisonmusic.com/
The website is stunning, suits his personality perfectly! Do check it out!

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A few years ago when he was at the peak of his career, when he was the toast of the music industry, a string of sold-out arena shows under his belt and his third platinum-selling album topping the charts. James Morrison disappeared. His soulful voice fell silent, the appearances dried up and baffled fans were kept waiting and waiting for his next release.Morrison had become a virtual recluse from the music scene, holed up in the mansion that his six million album sales had bought him. He suffered three tragedies in three years losing his father, brother and nephew. Grief sometimes hits us in ways that we can’t explain, but once we emerge from the darkness, we come out much stronger, more able and mostly a better version of ourselves. He used to be a trained carpet fitter before he came out with his music and won hearts of million around the world.

Dating one woman for more than 10 years makes me think highly of this man indeed. Gill Catchpole and James Morrison had a beautiful daughter named Elsie.



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Daddy-Daughter Duo… Dave Crosby & Claire Ryann

I’m sure by now you have probably seen the disney-inspired daddy-daughter duo videos going viral on Facebook and Youtube. This duo is not very easy to forget, they will stay on your mind long after you’ve seen and heard them. The videos have such a tender simplicity, the ability for the Dad to create a moment with his daughter and to share it with the world is nothing short of beautiful.The way he only has eyes for his princess, the way he softens his voice to allow her to dominate in all its sweetness…It’s magical!

The little angel has such an incredible control over her voice that it gave us chills.It gave us goosebumps and got us really teary eyed. Hats off to the handsome Dad who saw her potential and shared it with the world by giving it just the right lift that she needed at such a tender age. Her innocence has been preserved in all her videos..we don’t see her trying to be a glamazon like many other videos we have come across. Well done parents of Claire Ryann!

Dave Crosby is an incredible singer, he has his own Youtube channel : Crosby 
You have to listen to his songs, he is an amazing singer.Music isn’t his full-time job but he has done a few big corporate music projects and he is coming up with some great songs this March. He has also done some applaud able covers. Subscribe to his channel for more.

Here is one his masterpieces

Coming to Claire Ryann. This little girl with such a strikingly beautiful and innocent face that is unforgettable, and a talent like that just adds a cherry on top.


Claire and Dad have done some amazing videos together.
Dave says “Claire learned to talk at a super young age and we noticed really early on that she could carry a pitch. I remember some time after her first birthday, she was slamming her hands on our little keyboard in the living room. She started hitting the same note over and over, and then she began to sing the exact same note. I was sure at that moment that she was going to be able to sing.

This led to an obsession with Disney songs. It started with Frozen, but we also introduced her to some of the classics: she absolutely fell in love with The Little Mermaid when we showed it to her. We bought “Part of Your World”  for her and she would request it whenever we drove around in the car. Pretty soon, she was singing the entire song word for word everywhere.

One day, I was getting an oil change and while I was paying, [Claire] suddenly burst out into the Little Mermaid song, walking around the waiting area and being so dramatic. It made everyone in the waiting room laugh and people were pulling out their cell phones and recording it. That gave me the idea to put a video on YouTube. A few months later, during Christmas break, we finally made our first video to the song from Little Mermaid.”
(courtesy:www.parents.com)

You can find all their videos on their Youtube channel called Claire and the Crosbys.
We put together some of our favorites for you. Here you go:


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Rendezvous with Usman Mukhtar

Usman Mukhtar needs no introduction, being compared to Che Guevera, Johnny Depp for his mysterious looks..he set the internet and young hearts on fire when his sweetness videos went viral in contrast to his sexy black and white photo shoot. He has countless videos and short film productions to his name. (Listed at the bottom of this interview are some videos directed by the man himself).

W&S: Tell us about yourself

Mr.Usman: Well my name is Usman Mukhtar. I’m an actor/film maker, I’m a DC fan boy, comic book enthusiast. I am a proud mamoon(uncle) to three wonderful, wonderful kids.

W&S: Where is home?

Mr.Usman: Home is where family is . 

W&S: If you were to pick one moment that describes your entire past life, what would that be?

Mr.Usman: I don’t think any one moment can describe my entire life, every moment has its own value and importance. These different moments kinda shape up your life. That’s the way it is and I actually don’t think one moment would describe my life.

W&S: Tell us about your childhood?

Mr.Usman: Well I grew up in a house with elder sisters and my grandfather. I was a very naughty kid, took a lot of beating from my sisters and my mother. I was sent to a hostel at a very young age so I grew up in a military school

W&S: What kind of a student were you? What kind of grades did your parents always expect from you?

Mr.Usman: I wasn’t a very bright student and my parents expected really good grades, but I was a very mediocre kinda student, wasn’t very good. A lot of times I would get scolded by my mother, principal and all.

W&S: Most memorable childhood memory?

Mr.Usman: Well I was in boarding school and I would be there for 3 months straight. So when my mother used to come and get me, and I used to go home, I think that would be the most memorable memory of my childhood. You know Go back home and have some really yummy food

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W&S: You are known amongst your friends as?

Mr.Usman: I’m known amongst my friends as Joey, that’s what they call me.

W&S: You are sentimental about?

Mr.Usman: I’m sentimental about people who are close to me, who I absolutely, dearly love and care about. I’m also very sentimental about my comic books and good food.  

W&S: As a child, you grew up wanting to be?

Mr.Usman: Till about the age of 14, I wanted to be a cricketer but my family felt that it wasn’t the right direction and cricket wasn’t a profession. But I turned out to be a film maker instead.  

W&S: Favorite cuisine?

Mr.Usman: I don’t have a favorite cuisine, I can almost eat everything but I can’t stand sushi, I don’t know how people have raw fish and I know its quiet a debate that it’s not raw but I can’t have sushi. I love desi, I love biryani, carrot halwa, I love junk food, love fries, pizza, burgers. I just don’t like really expensive food not because it’s too expensive but because you spend so much money on sushi and it doesn’t even taste good so those are my reasons. I’m a big food lover so I can eat absolutely anything apart from certain things that I don’t like.

W&S: Qualities you look for in people?

Mr.Usman: Loyalty, sincerity, sense of humor

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W&S: Would you call yourself an introvert or extrovert?

Mr.Usman: I’m an introvert, a big time introvert.

W&S: What do you do in your free time?

Mr.Usman: Well it really depends, if I’m around family then I like to spent time with them specially with my nieces and nephew. If I’m not with family then I like to spend  time playing a lot of play station, a lot of gaming, watching a lot of movies. 

W&S: Favorite vacation spot?

Mr.Usman: That would be Dubai. There is one place I would really like to goto, I’ve never had the chance to be there, I want to goto Iceland. It’s one place I really, really, really want to goto.

W&S: Tell us about Janaan and how did that happen?

Mr.Usman: Well Janaan…Imran and Hareem both are really good friends, Imran told me that there was this really interesting role and he asked me to do it, I heard about the character and really liked it. It’s a very different kinda character. So I was really interested in doing it so I said yes I’d love to. The initial script was kinda different, the character ended up being slightly different. So yes that’s how Janaan happened.

W&S: Tell us about the incredible team

Mr.Usman: Team is absolutely amazing, they are one of the most genuine, brilliant, amazing, funny, caring people on this planet. They are very, very, very talented people. I’m very fortunate to have worked with such an exceptionally talented lot. It was a lot of fun working with them. We have fun now too, we talk to each other once in a while. Amazing people to work with!

W&S: Who amongst your team was always up to mischief during the shoot?

Mr.Usman: I wasn’t there a lot at the set but I think Ali Rehman would be the one guy who was up to mischief.

W&S: Who are some people that have inspired you throughout your journey?

Mr.Usman: Firstly my grandfather, he is a big, big inspiration for me throughout my childhood. He is one of the reasons I am what I am. After that errrr…I have been inspired by so many people Martin Scorsese, Anurag Kashyap, and a lot of other people.

W&S: How did you get your start in the industry?

Mr.Usman: It was a very long time ago, there was Kara film festival happening, I was really young and I wanted to make a film and send it to Kara so I made the film and that’s ho I got into the industry. To be honest I don’t think that was how I started but it just somehow happened very organically, I wanted to make good movies in Pakistan because we had a film industry that was almost dead and you know, I just wanted to do my own work so it all just happened. I started doing one project after the other.

W&S: Tell us about “The ten ways to sweetness”

Mr.Usman: Actually Ten Ways to Sweetness happened afterwards. I was working at Kuch Khaas. God bless Poppy’s soul, she was the owner of Kuch Khaas, what a gem of a lady, I really, really miss her. She is not with us anymore but she was very supportive. She wanted to support every talented individual and help them come forward. I was heading the production department of Kuch Khaas, we had the task of completing the back log of events that we were doing that took place there and it was very long and boring as were constantly editing and compiling those event videos and updating the library of events. It was a very boring job and I wanted to do something fun so I had this idea and shared it with Poppy and Shahana (Deputy Director at Kuch Khaas). They both really liked the idea. I wasn’t supposed to be that guy who plays the sleezeball, it was someone else but they couldn’t make it on time as we were running out of time to get back and finish the back logs so I acted myself and we got done with the first video that was called sweetness, we uploaded it and the next morning we had about 25,000 hits, it went viral and everybody thought that we have to make this a regular thing and that’s when we started Ten Ways to Sweetness. It was an accident, we were not expecting it to go viral but it did!  

W&S: How was your first experience on stage/infront of the camera?

Mr.Usman: Man it was really scary! I’ve realized that the nervousness, and that feeling you get which makes you feel really scared going on stage for the very first time, its still there! If I’m doing a play today, I would still feel the same way, it hasn’t changed. But that changes as soon as you are on stage, 5 minutes down and you start loving the energy that you get from the crowd. I think stage is one of the most amazing mediums for an actor. I’ve always had fun on film and never been nervous and I’ve always had a very natural approach when I’m doing a scene, it’s fun! But theatre/ stage is a completely different experience. It’s exhilarating, it’s more real, I don’t know how to explain it.

W&S: Favorite director of all time?

Mr.Usman: I have a few Anurag Kashyap, Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, Quentin Terantino.

W&S: A website or blog you often visit, or a magazine you swear by?

Mr.Usman: I’m an addict to reddit.com. I visit it a lot, there is a lot of rumors and spoilers and stuff about the upcoming superhero pop culture, all those films and stuff. So that is a website I often visit.

W&S: How would you describe your signature look and what is it about your style that sets you apart?

Mr.Usman: My signature look would be the homeless guy look. I’m just kidding! I’m very comfortable with my shorts and t-shirts. I’m very happy with a grown beard, medium length hair. I’m not very big on fashion and I try to stay casual all the time. When I have dress up as per the requirement of any occasion I do but otherwise I’m very happy being comfortable and easy in my shorts and my t-shirt. Looking like a homeless guy sets me apart.  



W&S: Your favorite song of all time?

Mr.Usman:  I can’t stand electronic music, I don’t know what that is about. I’m a very big fan of ACDC, Rolling stones, Iron maiden and all those timeless bands which we grew up with. Two of my favorite songs are not from these bands though. One of the songs that I absolutely love is called Pioneers by Bloc Party and the second one is World Spins madly on by the Weepies.


W&S: What did you grow up listening to?

Mr.Usman: I grew up listening to Junoon, Awaz, Vital Signs, Jupiters, other bands like Iron Maiden, Sting, Metallica. There was a phase in my life where I would listen to a lot of Nsync, Backstreet boys so I listened to all of this when I was growing up.

W&S: Your favorite movie of all time?

Mr.Usman: Well there isn’t one, the Godfather trilogy is one of my favorite trilogies, Scarface, Superman the first one with Christopher Reeve. Schindler’s list is another film I really like. Raging bull and the Rocky series is also on my favorite’s!

W&S: Director that you would like to work with?

Mr.Usman: Mehreen Jabbar, Jami, and I would really like to work with Shoaib Mansoor sahab. I would love ti work with Anurag Kashyap if he ever keeps me in any of his projects.

W&S: What’s your take on selfies?

Mr.Usman: I think once in a while its fine just making it part of your daily life, making sure that your life revolves arounds seflies wherever you go is kind of weird..to me..I feel it makes you really superficial, I cannot relate to people who do that a lot. Feels like you are living in your own little bubble, the way you think that this is it. So I agree with taking it once in a while but not otherwise.

W&S: What do you think is vastly overrated?

Mr.Usman: I think sushi is vastly over-rated. One of things that I don’t understand,  it shouldn’t be so popular amongst the young generation and also the middle aged people but they tend to love sushi these days. Its more of a fashion statement than anything else. I’m pretty sure that people don’t like sushi but they just have to have it because they are under peer pressure. I think sushi is really overrated and that’s well my opinion.

W&S: Most memorable moment during your Janaan journey?

Mr.Usman: Actually the most memorable moment during Janaan’s shoot wasn’t when I was acting, I actually shot one of the scenes in Janaan which was an entire fire sequence where the school is on fire. That was the most memorable moment for me because it was done on such big scale. We lit everything on fire. Other than that the most memorable thing during Janaan’s journey were the promotions and the time we all got to spend with each other. That was a lot of fun. I think that is something that we will keep with us for the rest of our lives. The bond we shared, the fun we had during the promotions, it was completely out of purity of our hearts, it was just a very natural chemistry that all of us shared. That is very special to me.

W&S: What is that one thing you wish you had designed?

Mr.Usman: Green arrows costume in arrow the series, I think I could’ve done a much better job than the people who did it. Its just that he is not like that in the comics and tat really annoys me.

W&S: Any particular assignment you would have wanted to take up?

Mr.Usman: I would have loved to be a part of Dobara Phir Se. I saw the film and I really liked it. I even told the directors Mehreen and Hareem people that I really wanted to be a part of it. Such a good movie, a new wave of cinema coming out of Pakistan. It’s a very good film. I wanted to make a film on this character “bloody Nasreen” who is a Pakistani super hero created by a very talented guy Shahaan Zaidi. I really wish I would’ve gotten a chance to direct the movie. But unfortunately someone else is making the film and I wish them best of luck.

W&S: Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Mr.Usman: Hopefully above the ground.

W&S: Tell us about your upcoming projects/work?

Mr.Usman: Well I’m not allowed to say anything right now. I’m doing two features which I’m not allowed to reveal anything about. One of the shoot starts in Mid-Feb and the other one starts later

W&S: Final words of inspiration for upcoming talent?

Mr.Usman: I want to say this to everyone who is reading this that believe in yourself and surround yourself with people who are going to lift you higher. Do what you want to do, don’t come under peer pressure, society’s pressure, doing something that they want you to do. Do what you feel like doing. Do what you want to do. You don’t want to look back 30 years from now and think that you could’ve been someone else but you chose the wrong path. Just be who you are!

You can find Usman on:

Instagram: theusmanmukhtar

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mukhtarfilms

Youtube: usmanmukhtar

Snapchat: baraboda11

Twitter: baraboda11

Thank you very much!

Enjoy these videos!








Indian Fest @ Al Qasba

Yet another day, yet another list of chores to be taken care of. But of course we must take out time to live the life that we all work so hard for. Speaking of which I made my way to the Indian Fest at Al Qasba last night. The weather is beautiful these days and so was the decor. Warm and inviting! Just the kind of thing you need after a long day.

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The trees adorn the traditional yellow, orange and, red drapes. Handcrafted dolls and umbrellas hang from the trees. There are crafts to make, food to eat, performances to enjoy, beautiful bangles at the stalls and of course henna to adorn your hands.

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The handicrafts stall will surely win you over and you won’t leave till you buy a piece for your house.

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The music platform will keep you entertained throughout the evening. Bright and vibrant colors of Rangoli design competition is something to watch while you are there.

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Rajasthan puppetry is a unique experience in itself and of course who can deny the exquisite flavors of the Indian cuisine.

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Yesterday was the first day, but don’t worry you have till the 19th of November to enjoy the Indian Fest. Make your way down to Qasba everyone!
Al Qasba has opened some new cafe’s adding to the whole experience which I’m dying to try. Plus I was extremely happy to see the eye of the Emirates being installed again.

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Qasba looked incomplete without it. The whole Al Qasba experience just got better with the addition of the dancing fountains right below the Eye of the Emirates which I was pleasantly surprised to see. After the Mall of Dubai this is where you will find the dancing fountains!

So I hope that I have given you enough reasons to make your way to Al Qasba tonight. Have a great time!

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Meet Mr.Z!

With the cool November breeze setting in, we decided to introduce you to someone who is warm and giving to set the mood and embrace the changing weather. He is a workaholic, a businessman, a radio jockey, a traveller, a thinker, an artist, a devoted father, a loving partner and what not! Its not easy to put an ordinary person with extra-ordinary qualites into words. Those of you who are familiar with the hashtag dreamticket know who we are talking about. He is a man of many talents…Ladies and gentlemen, meet Mr.Zeeshan Arif.

Mr.Zeeshan took time out of his busy schedule to tell us about himself, his passion for life, and will be talking to us about #dreamticket in weeks to follow.

W&S: Tell us about yourself

Mr.Z:  Hi, I am Zeeshan Arif Siddiqui. I am 31, working for IT Department in a multinational telecom company in Islamabad. Gemini, hence hyper and energetic, a good multi-tasker. Recently completed my MBA Executive, doing CA, have a side business for hand-painted clothing, have another side business for target based marketing and selling for natural cosmetics from a Swedish multinational company, married with two kids, into sketching, oil painting, fabric painting, charcoals, soft pastels, playing keyboard, learning violin, swimming, horse riding – hyper, friendly, energetic, talkative and experimental. 

W&S: Where is home?

Mr.Z:  Home is in Islamabad, Pakistan – Home is where parents are. 

W&S: If you were to pick one moment that describes your entire past life, what would that be?

Mr.Z: One moment – perhaps when Allah blessed us with my beautiful little princess that we call PRINCESS GLOLO aka Aisha Zeeshan Siddiqui. That was December 4, 2014. Although she was our second born (after a son) but I have no clue how come my eyes were all welled up at that very moment when I held her up in my arms for the very first time. A treasure, a blessing – ALHAMDOLILLAH. Felt like I got rich all of a sudden. DAUGHTERS ARE LOVE!!!

W&S: Tell us about your childhood

Mr.Z: Being from an Army background, got posted to various cities of Pakistan – been to almost all the provinces. Studying in Army schools made me friendly and making friends with people quickly became easy, made me confident, and an attention seeker too. 

Used to be all over the stage in the school at allll occasions. Was not mischievous at all, friendly to new comers in the class, apple of my teachers’ eyes and never argued with parents either. Was born after 2 sisters so used to play with them, their games. Was friends with all classmates. . Used to play in the street with alllll the kids in the street in the afternoon, was good at studies too. Made my parents proud ALHAMDOLILLAH. Used to sing at school, and act and play and encouraged everybody else around me to do the same.

A young, energetic, hyper childhood that I absolutely treasure!

W&S: What kind of a student were you? What kind of grades did your parents always expect from you?

Mr.Z: Parents were always strict when it came to grades. But specifically talking about my mom, she has worked really hard on all 4 of us. I used to be among the top 3 if not first (which occurred a very few times). I never studied for a bright future,  but to please my mom since she worked really hard on us.

W&S: Most memorable childhood memory?

Mr.Z: When our younger brother was born – who is 7 years younger than me – and while on our way back from school when the batman (helper) told us we now have a brother. Spontaneously at that very instant I entered into a bet with him worth Rs. 100 that he is joking. J

We did not have the concept that there can be another addition to my siblings. We always thought  that it would just be 3 of us forever. So when we returned home, my Grandma broke the news, and ended up paying him Rs. 100/- since he won the bet. lol

W&S: You are known amongst your friends as?

Mr.Z: “You make things sound so simple” is one comment I generally get. ALHAMDOLILLAH. Sometimes people think I can find a way to make difficult things easy for them. Sometimes they think I can help them solve their problems (be it related to married life, job, studies, office politics or generally the lost faith in prayers)
Some people think I have a lot of links and a big social circle so I can help them with anything they want as I would be able to find a suitable person from my facebook friends who can be of assistance to them.

W&S: You are sentimental about?

Mr.Z: LOVE. I don’t know since when did I establish this but I want everybody around to love me, which is why I am ready to do anything for others. Help them, serve them, at times kill my ego too, but I want everybody to love me.

W&S: As a child, you grew up wanting to be?

Mr.Z: A commercial pilot (which is not very much common) but I don’t even know when I did my F.Sc and why I didn’t even apply for it. After I completed F.Sc I wanted to join NCA but somehow my parents didn’t let me. And it would be pertinent to mention here that while I was in grade 12 I scored All Pakistan 1st Position in Sketching and All Pakistan 2nd Position in Calligraphy, conducted by the Federal Board. But still I was unable to convince them that artists can earn a good lifestyle too.  

W&S: Favorite cuisine?

Mr.Z: Im a fast food lover and I “CLAIM” to be the “BIGGEST KFC FAN IN PAKISTAN”.

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W&S: Qualities you look for in people?

Mr.Z: An amazing sense of humour – and that’s it. I don’t need education, I don’t need class, style, job, age or anything else. (I don’t even enjoy comedy movies since I feel they are unable to make me laugh). So people with a very smart sense of humour are the ones I pick the most. If a person cannot make me smile he is most definitely not staying for a very long time around me.

W&S: Would you call yourself an introvert or extrovert?

Mr.Z: I talk a lot so people would perhaps judge me as an extrovert. But I don’t generally tell people how I feel about things. I keep my stuff to my imaginary world and I enjoy details in my imagination.

W&S: What do you do in your free time?

Mr.Z: I talk! 

W&S: Favorite vacation spot?

Mr.Z: There is no one spot that I can call my favourite. Perhaps it depends on the company. Murree for now since many years as I love wandering on the main Mall Road. For food I love Lahore. Recently got a chance to visit a bit of Europe, loved Amsterdam.

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W&S: How would you describe your signature look and what is it about your style that sets you apart?

Mr.Z: People keep telling me that they don’t even recognize me in my different photos. They think perhaps its different people who don’t even look alike. But since recent years facial hair is my signature look and a thick beard and thick moustaches perhaps set me apart.

W&S: Your favorite song of all time?

Mr.Z: Aa bhi ja from the Bollywood movie Surr has been my favourite since many years both with regards to the melody and the lyrics. Touched me back then, touch me to date too.

W&S: What did you grow up listening to?

Mr.Z: Jennifer Lopez, Diana Ross, Junoon, Vital Signs, Awaz, Fringe Benefits, Heptones, Whitney Houston, Enrique Iglesias, ABBA, Ace of Base and a bit of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

W&S: Your favorite movie of all time?

Mr.Z: If Only (a sweet romantic movie) – A must must must see.

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W&S:How long have you had your beard and would you be willing to shave it off for a million dollars?

Mr.Z: The beard is with me for about 3 years now and definitely I would shave it off for even half a million. Lol People tell me I look younger when I have a clean shaven face.

W&S: What’s your take on selfies?

Mr.Z: People who don’t take selfies are the ones who do not easily accept change. I believe we have to move on in life with time, accepting changes and enjoying every bit of it as it happens. Things change, people change and even times change. One should be able to stay HAPPY “INTENTIONALLY” and I believe this is a way to go about it. I am a selfie freak – probably take at least one daily. 

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W&S:What do you think is vastly overrated?

Mr.Z: Switzerland – lol. People might not believe me but trust me it is. You’ll know it when you get there, since as far the sceneries, and beautiful landscapes are concerned its “THE SAME” as Pakistan, not better if not less. 

W&S: Most memorable moment during your journey?

Mr.Z: Most memorable would be the Lights and Fireworks show that starts at 8:30 pm every day at the main (pink) Sleeping Beauty Castle at DisneyLand Park Paris. The mesmerizing 20 minutes that brings your entire childhood in front of you, gives you Goosebumps, brings tears to your eyes with happiness and an extempore that I was uttering time and again for Allah blessed me this opportunity to save enough and goto this magical place and experience my childhood dream.

W&S: What is that one thing you wish you had designed?

Mr.Z: The beautiful and magnificent Tower of Pisa. 

W&S: How long have you been associated with Zong?

Mr.Z: Joined in April 2012, so it’s like 4 and a half years now.

W&S: Tell us about being a Radio jockey.

Mr. Z: Radio is something like I never actually planned on doing, despite being told a lot many times by a lot many people that I SHOULD since I love to talk a lot and since I am very fond of keeping my company into me whenever I am around, but honestly, had a phase in life when I was down and wanted to keep myself busy. That is when I started the hand painted clothing business, MBA Executive along with a full time job and my regular live morning shows at Power 99 FM before work. I used to go there from 7am to 9am and then to my regular workplace at 9am. Used to keep me extreeeeeemely busy and tired at the end of the day but perhaps that is the best remedy when someone is down. You don’t get to focus much on the office politics.

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 W&S: Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

Mr.ZI’m sooo blank when it comes to this question =/ I don’t want to think about it but if the current scenario remains the same or at least similar, I would be working in ZonG. And FM 101 too..would be having a 3rd kiddo insha Allah. Would be excelling a bit with Aesthetics (the side business for hand painted clothing) might have done another degree too by then, probably MS or something, I plan on completing my CA too and will be buying another car..insha Allah.

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Mr.Zeeshan will be talking to us in weeks to come about his passion for traveling, all the places he has visited and of course #dreamticket.

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Independence day each year!

Each year we think about celebrating our independence day with great fervor. We plan a lot of things and then there are others who plan to sleep the entire day. Some of us take this opportunity to tell the upcoming generation how we got this beautiful land while others spend the entire day watching television. We all are different in our own ways, we all take things differently and we all have our own ways of celebrating something. Speaking of celebration of course we can’t deny the fact that a lot has changed over the years, the good old days of decorating our houses in colors of green and white, finding the biggest flag in the market, watching the fire works, bringing fire crackers, getting up in the morning to watch the glorious parade, singing patriotic songs, and the list is endless. There was something about the 14th of August that made us proud and happy. Times have changed, we have buried our good old traditions somewhere and adapted to the modern belief of less is more. Hence we think of not doing anything at all except maybe watch TV and sleep the whole day. Hats off to all those who still make an effort to keep the spirit alive! Truly!

I personally believe in keeping up with all that we have experienced over the years but also make a difference by doing something for my country. Planting a tree or two, eating with the poor, cleaning the neighborhood, educating poor children on my own etc.

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Over the years, we have heard some of the greatest patriotic songs of our times. Let’s relive those and recall the good times. I thought maybe it would make us stop and think for a second how we spent our independence day this year and inspire us enough to spend it differently next year. Enjoy!

Dil Dil Pakistan

How can we forget Dil Dil Pakistan. The song we grew up with! Its original version is still as fresh as ever in our minds and nothing beats that!

Jazba Junoon

Junoon brought forward a song that took the entire generation by storm. With glimpses of the 92 world cup in its video, it became an instant hit!

Ae Jawan

Ae Jawan by the young boys of Awaz shot in the breathtaking mountains of our country was a treat to watch.

Tera bina dil na lagay

Faakhir came out with his solo and touched hearts all over.

Ae Rah e Haq Ke Shaheedo

This years Coke Studio gave us goose bumps by bringing forward this masterpiece. A tribute to all martyrs who lost their lives for the beloved country.

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Mersmerizing vocals of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan never fail to win our hearts.

Main to daikhoo ga

Strings came out with this song in times of crisis and could relate to the common man and his problems. Became an instant hit!

Sohni dharti

Last years Coke Studio brought together different artists to relive this beauty.

 

There are of course many other beautiful patriotic songs out there. Do tell us your favorites! 🙂

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The man that changed the world map. He fought to create the country we call our home, Pakistan. Muhammad Ali Jinnah known as the Quaid-e-azam took a dream, a hope, a thought and made it a reality.

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Let’s make our Quaid proud. He gave us this beautiful homeland  and its upto us to take care of it preserve its ideology. Let’s not forget the minorities are very much a part of each and every one of us. Live and let live!

Long live Pakistan!

We are back!

Hello everyone! Yes I realize that I have been away for quiet some time but life has its own way of keeping us occupied in ways that are beyond our control. Anyway I’m back with more to share with you all 🙂 Can’t wait to get started! Let’s begin! Cheers!

Celebrating Fathers!

 

They say, A father’s love is just as important to a child’s development as a mother’s, and sometimes more so. Father’s are unsung heroes! They work really hard to give us the life that we live and the person we become.  Through all the joy, the love, the care…we want to take this day and cherish our fathers by telling them that they matter more than they know, that we love them more than we show. That their presence alone makes all the difference in our lives. The comfort, love, strength we get from our heroes is much more than we ever imagined and we are immensely proud to have each one of you in our lives. To all fathers out there! 🙂

As they say :

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Today, we bring you the most heartfelt wishes to celebrate this day and to tell our fathers how much they mean to us.

Mayah Essam Khattak: (Daughter of Mr & Mrs. Essam Khattak)

Baba,  You are my first best friend, my biggest advocate, my pillar of strengths, my partner in crime, my secret-keeper (specially from Ma) my hero, my king… What more could any girl want? Happy Father’s Day. Love, Mayah

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Farwa Hussain Khan:

Today when we can see and hear that everyone is taking out time to wish all the amazing fathers in the world, I want to give a massive shoutout to my wonderful Father who has been my King since day one. Thank you Father for all the times you did not reach like a father but as my best friend. Thank you for always giving me shoulder to cry on. Thank you for letting me know my worth. And most of all thank you for raising me like a princess. Today, I want to tell you that I adore you and I love you but other than that I respect you so much because you’ve raised me in such a way which I’m sure that no other could, no other man can, no other man will. I will always be your little princess and you’ll always be my King.

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Talha Zahid:

My dad is a friend of mine, he is what any boy can ask for. He never lets me down and he does more then in his power to make me happy. I am the luckiest guy ever to have a father this amazing. Love him to bits

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Sabrina Shigri:

There have been ample times I doubted myself and was scared of failure but my dad has been a constant support through countless mood swings to just be okay with well i guess life in general.

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Raza Ahmed Sukhera:

If I count the most impacting feelings of my life, my father holding my hand, garbing me upwards while climbing to the train when we were leaving from Lahore I was hardly 5 or 6 years old I guess. Then one day we both were sitting at tube well in-front of our home and I can still feel the sound of water pumping out along-with his voice inquiring how much semesters are left of my graduation. I felt like he was tired. There have been lot of ups and downs since he left, and now I feel that these ups and downs would have been less fatigued, less horrifying if he would have been with us. Always miss him, specially on little achievements, little appreciations I receive.

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Aly Sher Khan:

“Thank you baba! For being a mountain in our lives. without you nothing would have been possible!”

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Asher Dewan:

Happy father’s day . God bless you with good health and long life .

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Usman Mukhtar: 

Thank you for the comfort of knowing that whatever goes wrong, I have a dad who can fix it. Happy Father’s Day!!

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Ali Mahboob:

I am what I am today because of you and I can’t thank you enough. You will always be my hero, my strength! Happy Father’s day!

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Saleha Raza:

My first love and my ideal and how I imagine all the men in the world to be as dedicated about their relationship as he has always been ! He always supported us in every walk of life, whether it was decisions concerning education or lifelong decision like getting married.
I love my Dad to the moon and back !!!

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What Is A Dad?

A dad is someone who
wants to catch you before you fall
but instead picks you up,
brushes you off,
and lets you try again.

A dad is someone who
wants to keep you from making mistakes
but instead lets you find your own way,
even though his heart breaks in silence
when you get hurt.

A dad is someone who
holds you when you cry,
scolds you when you break the rules,
shines with pride when you succeed,
and has faith in you even when you fail…

 

Happy Father’s Day everyone!!

Regards,

Wings & Strokes