Hareem Farooq

If you are a Parchi fan or have seen the trailers on social media then you know about Hareem Farooq without much of an introduction. But still let’s dig in a little deeper and see what Hareem is all about 🙂

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Hareem Farooq is a Pakistani film and television actress. Her family hails from Islamabad but they spent a chunk of their life in Karachi. Hareem’s father and mother are doctors. Hareem has 2 sisters and 1 brother.

This year has started off really well for her with an exciting movie to hit the big screen called Parchi in which she plays the role of Eman. The trailers were super inviting and the movie itself has done pretty well so far. Hareem was signed on to become the official Spokesperson for Loreal Professional, Pakistan in 2017. She got her bachelor’s degree in Sociology & Journalism at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.

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She has done remarkably well in theater, playing the lead role of Fatima Jinnah in Pawnay 14 August and Kiran in Aangan Terha. She made her screen debut with a leading role in the 2013 horror thriller film Siyaah also under the Imran Kazmi banner.

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For those of who follow Pakistani dramas can find Hareem in quiet a few good ones.She has appeared in the television dramas Mausam, Mere Humdum Mere Dost, Dusri Bivi and Diyar-e-Dil. She has been nominated at the Lux Style Awards for best actress.

Here is a fun, honest and a very chirpy interview of the girl in spotlight today. Click and enjoy!

Chester Bennington – Linkin Park

Woke up to terrible news this morning..I may not be related to Chester Bennignton but news like this does leave you sad and makes you ponder over the realities of life.

We listen to music, we watch celebrities perform, we pass judgements and leave comments never knowing how they must affect them..how we don’t see their struggles but only care about the music they bring us… we have no idea about what goes on in their lives and their minds..we don’t care about how much of an effort must go into that one song they want at the top of the billboard so that they can feed their families, pay their children’s college fee or foot the hospital bills for someone they love… we are a selfish lot..we don’t care about others.. we particularly ignore people who need love and support, who are fighting their own battles within..they are suffering from an illness invisible to the human eye… we ignore what we can’t see at times…we do more damage then we take responsibility for…

This year has seen too many tragedies..this year has been a year of heartbreak so far…
Chester Bennington has been a huge part of my teen years like many of you out there..I always had Linkin Park on my playlist with a few being favorites like

There are many others as well of course. Linkin Park will always be a great band. Chester will always be remembered. Its a known fact that he struggled with drugs and alcohol for years which is terrible, and its worse that he was abused as a child. How as a society we ignore the fact that people need help and tremendous support to overcome any kind of abuse. Mental and emotional abuse is as bad as physical abuse. Its about time these issues are properly addressed. My heart goes out to his 2 wives Samantha Olit ,Talinda Ann Bentley   and children. Sigh!

May his soul rest in peace.

|Faces| Huda Kattan

Like most successful people, Huda Kattan started small.  While holding down a job in finance that she hated, she launched a beauty blog in 2010, soon after which she quit her finance job. Kattan then started her Instagram account in 2012, followed by a beauty business selling false eyelashes in 2013.

Luck seemed to be on her side and in her case small got huge very quickly. The Dubai-based Kattan is now unchallenged in the makeup world. She has a breathtaking 20.7 million Instagram followers and has smartly leveraged that social media following to grow her business. She now offers liquid lipsticks, lip strobes, highlighter palette and eye shadows in addition to her lashes, which are available through her online shop and Sephora, which has 11.9 million followers on Instagram.

Kattan was born to Iraqi parents. She attended college in Michigan where she studied finance, a career she quickly gave up to become a makeup artist. Kattan met her husband at college and they moved to Dubai in 2008, where she now happily resides with him and their daughter.

When asked about the way beauty is perceived in Dubai she said  “Beauty in Dubai is on another level. I grew up in Tennessee. I loved to wear full glam. I used to want to wear flash lashes every single day. I remember wearing them once and someone was like, “Are you wearing false lashes?” I felt embarrassed. In the U.S., it’s perceived as though you’re trying too hard.

In Dubai, people respect you if you wear lashes to the grocery store. I’ve been at the gym at 5 in the morning and seen full glam, which, I think working out with your full makeup is just crazy. But it’s more over the top here. Middle Eastern women have very strong features, and makeup tends to accentuate those features really well without looking like too much.”

She says “I took beauty so seriously before, and I do still, but not in a way where I can’t have fun with it. I’m passionate to learn more, passionate to know how we can change people’s lives by giving them one tip. But when it comes to the look, it should be fun. You should just be like, “Yeah, I’m a cake face — so what?”

It is said that she makes an astonishing AED 66,000 with each instagram post.  Huda Kattan has changed a lot over the years and that simply proves that you CAN be the best version of yourself. She never feels shy to talk about her surgeries, fillers etc. unlike other public figures.  She is extremely humble, down to earth and truly inspirational. She is on the Internet’s most fascinating people’s list

Enjoy the slideshow!

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My relationship with Amir Zaki

Amir Zaki, a man who needs no introduction at all. A man who knew music to the core and had tremendous respect for it. He was a guitarist-songwriter and composer from Pakistan. He was known for his melodic phrasing, feel, and tone. He was better known as the ultimate guitar maestro. Now here comes the question..what was my relationship with Amir Zaki? Amir Zaki was part of my childhood as much as barbies were. I had siblings who were crazy about him , I had a sister who bought a guitar so she could learn to play like the legend that we all know as Amir Zaki. I had a brother who would turn up the volume of the tv as soon as his music videos were aired. We all used to sit glued to the TV waiting for MCC Music Channel Charts every weekend. His music was a huge part of my childhood. He is one singer who didn’t aim to commercialize his music rather kept it as classy as one could imagine.

Mera Pyar was his greatest hit. Here is another one of his classics. Now do your ears a favour and get hold of your earphones for this one. This has no lyrics but it’s awesome.

Definitely worth it, wasn’t it?

“People are people” is another classic by this legend.

He was a member of the extremely popular band Vital Signs before he came out with his debut solo album called “Signature” and gave the world a song that we still love “Mera Pyar”.

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His grey haired sexiness, decent, sober & classy personality will always be remembered. He left the world this afternoon at the age of 49. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Many youngsters tried to play guitar like him back in the days, he is the reason many believed that they could sing and be part of the music industry.

Here is some of his best work.

Amir Zaki on the drive thru with Wes Malik

Alamgir and Amir Zaki

Amir Zaki for Coke Studio

Before signing off, I give you “Mera Pyar”

 

|Faces| Zaha Hadid

Google seems to be celebrating Zaha Hadid today, now for those of you who don’t know who this legend is. She was one of the finest Iraqi/British architects that the world has seen. How do I know? Because I’m obsessed with architecture. She has received a number of prestigious awards for her dazzling work. She was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize. She was also the first woman to win the Royal Gold Medal in Architecture from the Royal Institute of British Architects. And she won the Stirling Award, the UK’s most prestigious architectural prize.

 

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Queen Elizabeth II made her a Dame in 2012 in honour of her commitment and services to the profession (wow). Hadid never had a family of her own, choosing not to marry or have any children.

I’m going to share a few of her marvellous creations with you. There is nothing more fascinating than stunning, mindblowing architecture and this woman certainly has blown my mind. As a child, I really wanted to study architecture but life had other plans for me (also I wasn’t so good with numbers).

So ladies and gentlemen feast your eyes upon the stunning architectural work of none other than Zaha Hadid

Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan

The Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan was completed in 2013

The Winton Gallery at the Science Museum, London

Mathematics: The Winton Gallery at the Science Museum

 

Port House, Antwerp, Belgium

Port House

Bridge Pavilion, Zaragoza

Bridge Pavilion, Zaragoza (2008)

International Cultural Centre, China

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Bee’ah Headquarters, Sharjah UAE (unfinished)

Bee’ah headquarters

Opus Tower, Dubai

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ME Hotel, Dubai

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Sleuk Rith Institute, Cambodia

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Grand Theatre, Morocco

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Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Abu Dhabi (2010)

Riverside Museum, Glasgow

Riverside Museum, Glasgow (2011)

New Beijing Airport Terminal (unfinished)

New Beijing airport terminal at Daxing Airport

Al Wakrah Stadium, Qatar (proposed to host 2022 FIFA World Cup)

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City of Dreams , Macau, China

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She died unexpectedly of a heart attack last year leaving many unfinished projects to her name.