Mahlia S. Lone

Eid Mubarik!

Talent knows no boundaries. In this issue, we showcase award-winning Indian fashion designer Dhruv Kapoor’s creations. He dresses some of the biggest stars in Bollywood in his western avant garde high fashion outfits. He tells us his design story, as does Lahore-based award-winning architect Attiq Ahmed. Attiq designs not only the building, but also the interior and even the furniture and light fixtures within it producing a truly integrated space. The sophisticated and unique homes he has designed are truly a work of art.

Maria Unera, a very pretty, young half Philipina half Pakistani, singer is newly becoming famous in the country. This hard working girl relates how she got into the music industry. By sheer determination and grit, she has learnt to stand on her own two feet in a fickle profession.

For those interested in history, this fortnight’s Memorable Romance is on a late eighteenth-early nineteenth century British East India Company Resident James Kirkpatrick and his aristocratic Hyderabadi Muslim wife. Not only did the Resident adopt the language, culture and dress of the Hyderabadi court circles, but he converted to Islam as well. Find out his fate at the hands of his Company superiors for “going native.”

Until we meet again.

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