GT – December 01-15 2017


1. Asma T. Salon

Asma T. salon has three branches in the city Lahore, and cater to all the high end salon services from hair to skin, manicure/pedicure, makeup, etc.  Asma T. has also had experience working with a diversity of high-end beauty brands such as Dermalogica, L’Oreal Professionel, and OPI Gel and Acrylic nail care services. Instagram @asma.tsalon Shadman – 042-35408788 Thokar Niaz Baig – 0300-8401952 DHA – 0300 – 8401951

2. Je Suis Belle by Reema Ahsan

Je Suis Belle by Reema Ahsan reflects the true essence and beauty of a bride. The collection comprises of unique hand weaved fabrics with the enticing motifs and intricate embellishments. The work simultaneously reflects our culture and heritage and resonate with the beauty of a young girl entering the most beautiful phase of her life–her wedding. The collection takes inspiration from every girl’s dream to be the perfect bride in the winter season by making use of rich fabrics such as tissue, brocades and velvets which in turn make it the ideal bridal ensemble for this winter season.

3. Lahorites, get ready to rock at weddings!

Dolce Vita Home is coming at this season’s biggest wedding show, Pakistan Lifestyle and Wedding Expo. Presented by Diamond Supreme Foam, the world’s finest furniture pieces and home décor itemswill be displayed to 150,000 visitors for straight 3 days from 24th Nov till 26th Nov 2017 at Expo Center Lahore. Visit us and find the perfect wedding essentials at best prices under one roof.

4. Hiba Asim Bridals and Festive Collection      

Completely awestruck with the @hibaasim bridals and festive collection.taking royalty to a next level. Instagram@hibaasim. Call us at 03004554036

Shehzad Shaikh, son of veteran film actor Javed Shaikh, gets candid with Sana Zehra

Make a prediction: What will you be doing a year from now?

I will probablybe directing a movie.

What do you do on your days off?

I sleep a lot. I take my kids out for outing you know just chill and relax with the family.

Favourite place to visit in the world?

New York

One hobby you plan on taking up?

Scuba diving

One poster you had it on your wall while you were growing up?

Backstreet Boys and Michael Schumacher

What show would you like to do a cameo on?

I won’t ever do a cameo.

Which movie made you cry?

Cast Away

If you’d be a rockstar from any decade who’d you be?

Ali Azmat

If you could be any rapper who you’d be?


What’s one thing you have from your childhood?

My toys, which now my son has sort of taken over.

What’s your favourite 90s song?

Cloud Number Nine by BryanAdams

Name of your first pet?

Veck my pet dog

If you’d play any professional sports what would you play?


What was it like to play the romantic lead against Iqra Aziz?

Fun! It’s always super fun. I’m doing two more serials with her so it will be even more fun.

What’s the best impression you can make?

I can act and I can make any impression I want to.

Worst habit?

Never on time on set, shhh!

Best habit?

I love with my heart.

Biggest role model?

Quaid e Azam

If you weren’t an actor what would be your dream job?

Selling tickets in black

Craziest thing happened on set?

It was an Aijaz Aslam production and we had four people who showed up on our set with 4-5 grenades. It was absolutely insane.

Who would you love to do a lead opposite?

Mahira Khan

Best piece of advice ever received?

Be yourself because everyone else is taken.

What’s the biggest personal change you’ve ever made?

I got a haircut.

Why is it that on a phone or a calculator the number five has a little dot on it?

Because it’s right in the middle.

What’s the most money you’ve ever given away?

A million dollars

If someone gave you the power to save just one animal species on earth, which would it be?


What do you most regret and wish you could re-do?

Go back in time to college and not take up smoking.

Which super power would you prefer, invisibility or flight?


What’s your most embarrassing moment?

Dove in a pool and lost my shorts!

What in this world breaks your heart?

People are not loving to each other anymore.

What does GT mean to you?

Magazine, which keep you up-to-date

I won’t ever do a cameo

Beautiful Alyzeh is making waves for her modelling and her admirers. As a model, actress and a mother, Alyzeh is a new addition to the acting frat. Sana Zehra manages to tear her away for a quick-fire round of questions

What’s the best thing about being in Karachi?

Karachi itself, it’s my home town and I love it.

What’s the worst part about being in Karachi?

Humidity and the crazy traffic

What’s the best thing about being in Lahore?

The beauty of the city and the great food options it offers.

What’s one thing you like to have on set with you at all times?

My power bank as I take a lot of BTS shots

What is one cause dear to your heart?

Children’s welfare as I am a mother myself and can’t see a child in pain

Funniest thing you’ve ever read about yourself in print?

That I got Nikkah-ified.

What hair colour do you enjoy having the most?

Ash blonde highlights

What is your favourite colour?


Funniest person you know?

Babloo, the makeup artist

Who has made you most star struck?

I haven’t been star struck yet but can’t wait to be.

Name one historical figure you’d love to have coffee with?

I wish I could have a cup of coffee with the late Benazir Bhutto. She still is an inspiration for me.

Name one historical figure you’d love to have a cocktail with?

Diana, Princess of Wales, I wish.

What made you want to act?

I wanted explore this side of me. When the role in Rangreza was offered to me, I was a little hesitant but I am glad that I took the chance and proved to myself that I could do it.

Favourite app?


Favourite thing to eat?

French fries

Least favourite thing to eat?


Favourite fashion trend of all times?

Denim on denim

Least favourite fashion trend of all times?

I just don’t like belt bags and headbands or bandanas.

Do you have a morning beauty ritual?

I am not a morning person lol.

Favourite beauty product?

No make-up palette

Worst beauty product you’ve ever tried?

I bought this water proof mascara once that wouldn’t wash off and when it did, my real lashes came off with it.

Priciest thing you splurged on?

My Rolex watch that I lost recently during fashion week.

Favourite book of all times?

Reflections of a Man by Amari Soul

If you’d live in any era what would it be?

Mughal Era

One thing you’d always travel with?

My book, whichever one I am reading at that time.

Stuck on deserted island what would be one thing you’d want to have?


Favourite TV show of all times?

Friends, for sure!

First thing you did this morning?

Cuddled with my daughter.

How would you describe yourself?

A loving mother and a hopeless romantic

What’s your spirit animal?

Not an animal person at all.

What’s your favourite exercise?


Do you have a secret talent?

I write.

Do you have a nickname?


If you knew your death could save a stranger’s life, would you give up your life? Why or why not?

No, I’d like to save as many lives as possible but would like to give my life for the ones who are dear to me, not for strangers.

What insults your intelligence?

When people think most models are dumb.

What is your greatest weakness?

My daughter

What was your favourite recess activity?


When you find yourself in an argument, do you prefer to leave and resolve it later or stay and settle it right away? Why?

I try my best to settle it right away and I also am very tolerant so most of the times I let things go from my end.

Favourite method of getting the news?

Social media

Favourite Disney princess?


What do you have to say about the current rumour between you and Amir?

No comments

What does GT mean to you?

My guide to the latest fashion trends and news


By Sana Zehra

Mathira’s pregnancy news is unexpected but great to hear. Rumour has it she has recently signed a project. We wonder how that will pan out?

Rumour has it that Faryal Makhdoom wife of boxer Amir Khan is not pregnant after all. I for one am all eyes for that pregnancy bump.

Rumour has it Jennifer Hudson and David Otunga broke up after he confronted her that she was secretly dating music producer Mali Music.

Rumour has it Yasir Hussain will be hosting a late night TV show. Here’s hoping to see wicked comedy on our screens.

Rumour has it our favourite couple Zara Noor and Asad Siddiqui are to tie the knot in January.

Rumour has it Shahzad Sheikh son of Javed Shaikh is now producing a movie. With all the unexpected flops around us we are looking forward if this does happen!

Rumour has it Amir Liaquat is no longer with BOL, of which apparently the network had no prior knowledge.  Let’s see how this new drama unfolds.

Rumour has it that boxer Amir Khan is set to star in a reality TV show I am a Celebrity! Years earlier he had dissed the same show as being for has-beens. When reporters called him out on it, he replied that he is using the show as an excuse to stay out of trouble. Let’s hope it works!

Rumour has it that BJP leader has announced a reward for whoever hurts Deepika Padukone for her questionable scenes in the movie Padmavati. Her Pakistani fans have asked her to be sent over instead.

Rumour has it that Syra Shahroze has refused to work in Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 opposite Fahad Mustafa. More to come…

Cool new photographers on the block Baemisaal are redefining art photography in Pakistan. Melding fresh techniques and graphic design into their finished creations and presenting a moody and off-kilter point of view, these young guns are ones to watch! Tajwar and Bihamaal tell Afshan Shafi about all the aspects of their vision

Tajwar Munir

Please tell us about your background as an artist and your education in this regard.

Photography wasn’t something I had planned all along as a profession. I started taking pictures as a form of therapy and eventually, I became passionate about it and decided to continue with it.

Which artists, local or international, have influenced or informed your point of view the most?

I really admire the work of Jan Welters with his intrinsic details, and how he captures darkness and mystery in his portraits. When it comes to local artists, Muzi Sufi is without any doubt the one whose work I enjoy. When you see her work you actually feel like you are experiencing those pictures. She captures everything so perfectly and the composition is both vibrant and colourful; it gives life to the viewer.

What has been a seminal, life-changing experience in terms of your photography?

The seminal life-changing experience was the first year of my university, where I found myself among people I thought I’ll never be with, in a place I absolutely abhorred. However, being alone, I found solace in taking pictures and started seeing my surroundings with a different lens.

“I’m most attached to the recent portraits that I have taken since I believe that taking pictures of different people defines every individual in their own way taking into account their unique features and style”—Tajwar

Which of your creations are you most attached to and why?

I’m most attached to the recent portraits that I have taken since I believe that taking pictures of different people defines every individual in their own way, taking into account their unique features and style.

What themes do you find yourself drawn towards most often in your art?

I prefer contemporary fashion photography.

Name something you love, and why.

Not to brag, but I love the way I manage to utilize the space around me. Some of my work is set in my university, utilizing various backgrounds whether it is a brick wall or a building under construction, or a workshop. All these natural settings help me in creating art out of a kind of disaster.

Name something you don’t love, and why.

Something I don’t love is how people view the field of art, as it is still not taken as seriously as it should be. I think there is a lack of appreciation for the distinct work that each artist produces and its true value to the community.

If you could travel back in time to an era in art history which period would you choose and why?

Obviously it would be the 70’s because I just love how the pop culture flourished during this era and how can one forget those funky clothes.

What is your dream project?

I have always dreamed of shooting a music video set in old Lahore. I would love to fuse the past into the present.

Which artists living or dead would you have loved to collaborate with?

Without any doubt it would be Lana Del Rey and Meryl Streep.

What are you working on as a future project?

I cannot disclose that but I am open to transforming all my challenges into opportunities.

Bihamaal Zurqa

Please tell us about your background as an artist and your education in this regard.

I studied film for a year in Dubai and then came back to Pakistan. I’m a Liberal Arts student. I was into theatre performance art and direction for over 4 years until I realized my passion for videography.

“Surrealism is one of my absolute favourite techniques to play with” —Bihamaal

Which of your creations are you most attached to and why?

I’m most attached to the very first video I made called Unity in Diversity, which started my journey as a visual artist. I celebrated reaching 10k followers by doing a giveaway for a makeover and a shoot.

I’m also super attached to the artwork I created with the help of Tajwar Munir for my poetry.

What themes do you find yourself drawn towards most often in your art?

Surrealism is one of my absolute favourite techniques to play with; I think the topics I love exploring have to do with deviance, freedom, empowerment, humanism, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, psychedelic art, etc.

Name something you love, and why.

I’m in love with art in all its stunning forms. For me, finding art in the most minuscule of things, people and places really ignites my fire. I love the intrinsic and earth shattering effect only art has on our minds. Be it in music, painting, dance, photography, etc.

If you could travel back in time to an era in art history which period would you choose and why?

I’d definitely, 100%  hands down want to find Dali and beg him to make me his apprentice if I had a time machine. That man had no artistic flaw. He was a genius and his art is so underrated today.

What is your dream project?

Not entirely sure what it would be but definitely something in the field of videography and film. I’d want it to really be something to move your entire existence where you genuinely want to walk outside and see the world anew and somehow bring back the humanity we’ve lost. Not entirely a good example but there’s this feeling you get after watching the movie Perfume: A Story of a Murderer. It’s so stunning to watch and in the end, you sort of go into this trance-like state where everything makes sense and you want to connect to yourself and everything else around you. I want to create something like that. Yeah. That’s the goal.

Which artists living or dead would you have loved to collaborate with?

I’d love to work with Tim Burton, SIA, Helena Bonham Carter, Lady Gaga, Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando, Steven Spielberg and Will.I.Am.

What is an artistic outlook on life?

Good question. I’ll let you know when I find out.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

I don’t think I say this enough but honestly the responses I get on a daily basis from people who follow my work make it so worthwhile. It’s an absolute honor knowing people appreciate your work knowing that it’s not still just an idea stuck in my head. I think something that gets me every time is people telling me what an inspiration I am because there was a time where I felt absolutely worthless. For me, that’s huge. I want people to know that my art is to liberate and help someone who’s having an art or mental crisis and when I read people telling me that my words and art help them get back on track. Man, it’s the best feeling ever.

What are you working on as a future project?

Aaaaaaah, it’s a secret! But here’s a hint: It’s going to be something addressing feelings and emotions all of us have felt and I hope that somehow, even if there’s a 1 per cent chance of us being nicer to each other after watching it, I’m going to take it!

By Mahlia Lone

That rockstars have millions of groupies willing to do their bidding is a well known fact. But artists have sensitive souls, which yearn for the unattainable. This is what inspires them to reach inside themselves and create art that serves as a cathartic release for their pent up feelings. Sixties model and London It Girl Pattie Boyd was the love, muse and wife to two rock legends, George Harrison and Eric Clapton. She inspired them to write classic songs that we still listen to today.  During his brief fling with her, Ronnie Woods too wrote a song about her. It wasn’t her beauty, her virtue or her intelligence that won them over and inspired them to create timeless art, it was the fact that they all wanted her and became competitive and relentless in their pursuit. The chase it seems is what really got them going because once each got her, after the initial euphoria, he lost interest and went back to the pursuit of hedonistic pleasures.

Eric Clapton had an unusual childhood. He was born in 1945 in Surrey to 16-year-old Patricia Clapton who had gotten knocked up by a Canadian soldier during the tail end of World War II. The soldier returned to Canada after the armistice without even meeting his newborn son. Clapton grew up believing that his grandparents were his real parents, and that his mother was his older sister.

When his mother got married to another Canadian soldier and moved with him to Germany, Eric stayed behind in England with his grandparents. They say that the patterns you follow in your future relationships are set in your childhood.  Pining for his mother, hence, set the relationship dynamic that he would later follow in his love life.

George Harrison, A Liverpool Working Class Lad In 1961
Eric Clapton In 1969 Outside Olympic Studios, London, After A Recording Session

For his thirteenth birthday, Clapton’s mother sent him an acoustic Hoyer guitar from Germany. He taught himself the instrument, practicing diligently and passionately by playing the guitar along to blues records. He would record his playing on a Grundig tape recorder and compare it to that of professional blues musicians. At the age of 16 in 1961, after finishing school, he started playing guitar in neighbourhood pubs. By 1967, Clapton was recognised as the country’s top blues guitarist.

Pattie Was A Top UK Model In 1964

George Harrison was from Liverpool like his other Beatles band mates. He was born in 1943 to a ship steward father and an Irish Catholic shop assistant mother.  While pregnant with George, according to Harrison’s biographer Joshua Greene, “Every Sunday she tuned in to mystical sounds evoked by sitars and tablas (on the weekly broadcast of Radio India), hoping that the exotic music would bring peace and calm to the baby in the womb.”

The Beatles On The Set Of A Hard Day Night With Pattie Boyd, 1964

The family was working class and lived in council housing. Pattie talked about how supportive George’s mother was to him growing up, “All she wanted for her children is that they should be happy, and she recognized that nothing made George quite as happy as making music.” In 1956, his father bought him a Dutch Egmond flat top acoustic guitar, costing only £3.10 (equivalent to £100 in today’s value terms) on which the young lad learnt to play.

In 19, the four teenagers, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Stuart Sutcliffe (who died in 1962 of a brain aneurysm) formed The Beatles and played gigs in Liverpool and Hamburg clubs. After Ringo Starr joined them as drummer in 1962, they recorded their first UK hit Love Me Do. Beatlemania took off from there.

Patricia Boyd was born in1944, in Somerset. Her family moved to London when she was a teenager and she got a job working as a shampoo girl in Elizabeth Arden’s salon. A client from the fashion industry spotted her and offered her a modeling job that launched her career. She worked the model circuit of fashion weeks in London, New York, and Paris and became a highly sought after top model. Pattie graced the covers of Vogue UK and Italy and was shot by top photographers David Bailey and Terence Donovan, in addition to appearing in TV commercials.

22 Year Old George With His 21 Year Old Bride Pattie In 1966 At A Press Reception In London

In 1964, The Beatles took America by storm when they appeared on the hugely popular The Ed Sullivan Show, and attracted a record audience of 73 million.  They were mobbed by hysterical girls everywhere they went. They had conquered America.

Back in London, Richard Lester was making a movie on the band titled A Hard Day’s Night. Pattie’s agent managed to get her a tiny part in it as a school girl fan. Her only dialogue in the film was: “Prisoners?” But the film changed her life. As soon as she came on set and met Harrison, there was instantaneous mutual chemistry.

Pattie recalled that he was incredibly good looking but rather shy. He spontaneously asked her, “Will you marry me? Well, if you won’t marry me, will you have dinner with me tonight?”

“On first impressions, John seemed more cynical and brash than the others, Ringo the most endearing Paul was cute and George, with velvet-brown eyes and dark chestnut hair, was the best looking man I had ever seen. At a break for lunch I found myself sitting next to him. Being close to him was electrifying,” she said.

The Newlyweds Surrounded By Family And Friends Including The Beatles Manager Brian Epstein Who Had Accompanied Them On Their First Date

Pattie had been in a serious two year relationship with self taught experimental photographer Eric Swayne at the time and, thus, refused Harrison’s invitation. She was booked for another day’s shooting after a few days and this time she came on set having broken up with Swayne who was rather cut up about it since he had been hoping to marry her. When Harrison repeated his invitation to her, she agreed. The couple went to the prestigious Garrick Club, accompanied by the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein. “I was 21, he was 22. I was so happy and so much in love. I thought we would be together and happy forever,” she reminisced.

The Blissful Newlyweds Unaware Of What Life Had In Store For Them

On the arm of a Beatle, the blonde fashion model soon became an It Girl. After two years of dating, Harrison and Pattie married in 1966 with Paul McCartney as their best man.

For a while, they were blissfully happy. His love for his beautiful young wife inspired Harrison to write the song Something in 1968 for The Beatles’ Abbey Road album. In his autobiography, I, Me Mine, he wrote he worked on the melody on a piano at London’s Abbey Road Studios. It became the only song written by him to top the US Billboards Top 100 chart before the band’s break up in April 1970.

“He told me, in a matter-of-fact way, that he had written it (the song) for me. I thought it was beautiful,” wrote Pattie in her autobiography. The song had 150 different cover versions including one by Frank Sinatra who thought that it was the best love song ever written. “My favourite was the one by George Harrison, which he played to me in the kitchen at Kinfauns (their home in Esher, Surrey),” she added, while Harrison preferred James Brown’s, a copy of which he kept at home on his personal jukebox.

Paul McCartney Cosying Up To The Bride & Groom

Clapton and Harrison became close friends in the ‘60s with Eric often dropping by their Surrey home for impromptu jam sessions, music collaborations and even casually for a chat and a meal together. In this relaxed atmosphere, Clapton started to develop a crush on his friend’s wife that burgeoned into a full blown obsession.

Kinfauns, George & Pattie Home From 1964 1970. Here George Is Painting Graffiti On It Himself

“But, in fact, by then our (marital) relationship was in trouble,” recalled Pattie. By the mid-1960s, Harrison was turning increasingly towards Hinduism after experimenting with LSD. In 1966, he travelled to India with Pattie to study sitar with Ravi Shankar. There he made pilgrimages to various mandirs and met several gurus. In 1968, upon Harrison’s suggestion The Beatles travelled to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh, Dheradhun in the Himalayan foothills beside the Ganges River to study yoga and meditation. George’s love for Hinduism and meditation was propelled by his trippy LSD experiences. Harrison said, “For me, it was like a flash. The first time I had acid, it just opened up something in my head that was inside of me, and I realized a lot of things. I didn’t learn them because I already knew them, but that happened to be the key that opened the door to reveal them. From the moment I had that, I wanted to have it all the time – these thoughts about the yogis and the Himalayas, and Ravi’s music.”

“George had become obsessive about meditation, pointed out Pattie. “He was also sometimes withdrawn and depressed. My moods started to mirror his and at times I felt almost suicidal. I don’t think I was ever in any real danger of killing myself but I got as far as working out how I would do it: put on a diaphanous Ossie Clark dress and throw myself off Beachy Head.

And there were other women, which really hurt me. George was fascinated by the god Krishna who was always surrounded by young maidens. He came back from India wanting to be some kind of Krishna figure, a spiritual being with lots of concubines. He actually said so.

No woman was out of bounds. I was friendly with a French girl who was going out with Eric Clapton. When she and Eric broke up, she came to stay with us at our house, Kinfauns, in Esher, Surrey.

She didn’t seem remotely upset about Eric and was uncomfortably close to George. Something was going on between them but when I questioned George he told me my imagination was running away with me, that I was paranoid.

I left to stay with friends and within days George phoned to say the girl had gone. I returned home but I was shocked that he could do such a thing to me. I felt unloved and miserable.”

Eric Clapton Has Been One Of The Top Guitarists In The World For Over Half A Century
Pattie Boyd Vogue

Pattie talked about how present and future husbands became closer. “Eric and George had become close friends, writing and recording music together.

Eric’s guitar playing was held in awe by his fellow musicians. Graffiti declaring ‘Clapton is God’ had been scrawled on the London Underground, and he was an incredibly exciting performer to watch. He looked wonderful on stage, very sexy.

But when I met him he didn’t behave like a rock star – he was surprisingly shy and reticent. I was aware that Eric found me attractive and I enjoyed the attention he paid me.


Something in the way she moves

Attracts me like no other lover

Something in the way she woos me


I don’t want to leave her now

You know I believe and how


Somewhere in her smile she knows

That I don’t need no other lover

Something in her style that shows me


Don’t want to leave her now

You know I believe and how


You’re asking me will my love grow

I don’t know, I don’t know


You stick around now it may show

I don’t know, I don’t know


George Harrison, The Beatles

It was hard not to be flattered when I caught him staring at me or when he chose to sit beside me. He complimented me on what I was wearing and the food I had cooked, and he said things he knew would make me laugh. Those were all things that George no longer did.”

During the time Clapton was continuously hitting on his wife, Harrison was self involved. A hard core Hare Krishna devotee by the late ‘60s, he even became a strict vegetarian at a time when vegan, gluten free, etc diets were not the norm in mainstream western societies. In 1969, he produced the Hare Krishna Mantra as performed by members of the London Radha Krishna Temple. He described their leader A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada “my friend … my master” and “a perfect example of everything he preached.” The good looking pop star turned into a Hare Krishna devotee wearing beads and chanting.

Music wise, in 1968, Harrison came out with his debut solo album Wonderwall Music, the first of many Harrison solo records with Clapton on guitar. However, due to contractual restraints, Clapton wasn’t credited for his work on the albums.

While her husband was committed to finding himself and a meaning for his life as well as establishing himself as a solo artist, the wife, committed to her marriage, was busy rebuffing Clapton’s advances.

The It Couple In 1969
Ravi Shankar & George Harrison

It’s interesting that Harrison had turned for comfort to the same music his mother had listened to soothe the fetus in her womb and Clapton had reverted to his childhood dynamic of pining for his mother married to his stepfather and unavailable to him.

Yearning for an unavailable married woman, Clapton did the next best thing by hooking up with Pattie’s teenage sister. Pattie described their meeting: “One night in December 1969, I took my 17-year-old sister Paula to see Eric play in Liverpool. Paula was very pretty and a bit of a wild child, and that night Eric fell for her. After the show we all went to a restaurant and everyone was quite drunk and raucous. When the rest of us went back to the hotel, we left Eric and Paula dancing.

The next night Eric was playing in Croydon and again Paula and I went to watch, and again there was a wild after-show party, this time at Eric’s Italianate manor house, Hurtwood Edge in Ewhurst, Surrey. Soon after, Paula moved in with Eric.”

Not interested in cultivating a rockstar status, but wanting to be taken as a serious musician, Clapton formed Derek and the Dominos. Desperate in his love for Pattie, he wrote Layla, soulfully singing about his deep feelings and unrequited love for her on their 1970 album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. The song was inspired by the Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi’s The Story of Layla and Majnun, the tragic tale of a young man who fell hopelessly in love with a beautiful, unavailable woman and who went crazy because he could not marry her.

When Paula heard him working on the song in Miami, she realized it was about Pattie and that Clapton was still too hung up about her sister. Finally understanding that to him she would always be second best, Paula left Eric. Pattie said about her younger sister, “She had been seriously in love with Eric, but he destroyed her pride, her self-esteem and her confidence, which were already fragile.”

Pattie described in depth the day Clapton made her listen to the ballad for the first time. “We met secretly at a flat in South Kensington. Eric Clapton had asked me to come because he wanted me to listen to a new number he had written. He switched on the tape machine, turned up the volume and played me the most powerful, moving song I had ever heard. It was Layla, about a man who falls hopelessly in love with a woman who loves him but is unavailable.

Chant Hare Krishna And Be Happy George Harrison

He played it to me two or three times, all the while watching my face intently for my reaction. My first thought was: ‘Oh God, everyone’s going to know this is about me.’

Eric had been making his desire for me clear for months. I felt uncomfortable that he was pushing me in a direction in which I wasn’t certain I wanted to go.

But with the realisation that I had inspired such passion and creativity, the song got the better of me. I could resist no longer.

That evening I was going to the theatre to see Oh! Calcutta! with a friend and then on to a party at the home of pop impresario Robert Stigwood. George didn’t want to go to the show or the party.

After the interval at Oh!Calcutta! I came back to find Eric in the next seat, having persuaded a stranger to swap places with him. Afterwards we went to Robert’s house separately but we were soon together. It was a great party and I felt elated by what had happened earlier in the day but also deeply guilty.

During the early hours, George appeared. He was morose and his mood was not improved by walking into a party that had been going on for several hours and where most of the guests were high on drugs.

He kept asking ‘Where’s Pattie?’ but no one seemed to know. He was about to leave when he spotted me in the garden with Eric. It was just getting light, and very misty. George came over and demanded: ‘What’s going on?’

To my horror, Eric said: ‘I have to tell you, man that I’m in love with your wife.’

I wanted to die. George was furious. He turned to me and said: ‘Well, are you going with him or coming with me?’

Clapton wasn’t satisfied with just bedding Pattie but was desperate to marry her and make her his wife. Pattie faced with the choice of her husband or her lover chose to stay in her marriage and left with George. But after this public episode, Harrison became open in the pursuit of other women.

Hurtwood Edge, Clapton Italiante House In Surrey

But while Clapton was shacked with the younger sister, he didn’t let up on his pursuit of the older sister. “In March 1970, George and I moved into a new house,” wrote Pattie. “Friar Park was a magnificent Victorian Gothic pile near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, with 25 bedrooms, a ballroom, a library, a formal garden of 12 acres and a further 20 acres of land.

One morning shortly after moving in, a letter arrived for me with the words ‘express’ and ‘urgent’ written on the envelope. Inside I found a small piece of paper. In small, immaculate writing, with no capital letters, I read:

‘dearest l,’as you have probably gathered, my own home affairs are a galloping farce, which is rapidly degenerating day by intolerable day . . . it seems like an eternity since i last saw or

spoke to you!’

(He needed to ascertain my feelings: if I still loved my husband or did I

have another lover? More crucially, did I still have feelings in my heart for him? He had to know, and urged me to write.)

Paula Boyd, Pattie Younger Sister & Clapton Live In Girlfriend

The lyrics to this haunting song are:

“What’ll you do when you get lonely

And nobody’s waiting by your side?

You’ve been running and hiding much too long.

You know it’s just your foolish pride.

Layla, you’ve got me on my knees.

Layla, I’m begging, darling please.

Layla, darling won’t you ease my worried mind.

I tried to give you consolation

When your old man had let you down.

Like a fool, I fell in love with you,

Turned my whole world upside down.

Layla, you’ve got me on my knees.

Layla, I’m begging, darling please.

Layla, darling won’t you ease my worried mind.

Let’s make the best of the situation

Before I finally go insane.

Please don’t say I’ll never find a way

And tell me all my love’s in vain.”


Eric Clapton, Derek and the Dominos

‘please do this, whatever it may say, my mind will be at rest . . .’all my love, e.’

I assumed it was from some weirdo.

After Beseeching Her Repeatedly And Even Writing The Song Layla For Her, When Clapton Couldn’t Get Pattie To Leave Harrison For Him, He Lost Himself In A Three Year Lon 2

I got fan mail occasionally – when I wasn’t getting hate mail from George’s fans. I showed it to George and others who were at the house. They laughed and dismissed it, as I had.

That evening the phone rang. It was Eric. ‘Did you get my letter?’ he asked.

Clapton Note To Boyd

‘Letter?’ I said. ‘I don’t think so. What letter are you talking about?’

Then the penny dropped. ‘Was that from you? I had no idea you felt that way.’ It was the most passionate letter anyone had ever written to me and it put our relationship on a different footing. It made the flirtation all the more exciting and dangerous. But as far as I was concerned, it was just flirtation.

From time to time during the spring and summer of 1970, Eric and I saw each other. One day, walking down Oxford Street, he asked: ‘Do you like me, then, or are you seeing me because I’m famous?’

‘Oh, I thought you were seeing me because I’m famous,’ I said. We laughed.

He always found it difficult to talk about his feelings, instead pouring them into his music and writing.

Once we met under the clock in Guildford High Street. He had just come back from Miami and had a pair of bell-bottom trousers for me – hence the track Bell Bottom Blues. He was tanned and looked gorgeous and irresistible – but I managed to resist him.

On another occasion I drove to Ewhurst and we met in the woods nearby. Eric was wearing a wolf coat and looked very sexy. We didn’t go to his house because someone would have been there. A lot of people lived at Hurtwood Edge: his band, the Dominos, Paula and Alice Ormsby-Gore, another of Eric’s girlfriends.

The convent girl in me found the situation uncomfortable but strangely exciting, and so it was later that year after Eric had played me Layla in the South Kensington flat that I succumbed to his advances.

After George and Eric’s confrontation at Robert Stigwood’s party, I went home with my husband. Back at the house I went to bed and George disappeared into his recording studio.

The next time I saw Eric, he turned up unexpectedly at Friar Park. George was away – I don’t know whether Eric knew that in advance – and I was on my own. He said he wanted me to go away with him: he was desperately in love with me and couldn’t live without me. I had to leave George right now and be with him.

Friar Park, Harrison Victorian Mansion In Oxfordshire

‘Eric, are you mad?’ I asked. ‘I can’t possibly. I’m married to George.’

He said: ‘No, no, no. I love you. I have to have you in my life.’

‘No,’ I said.

George Harrison At His Grand Country Estate
Friar Park1
Harrison In The Grounds Of His Estate

He produced a small packet from his pocket and held it out towards me.

‘Well, if you’re not going to come away with me, I’m going to take this.’

‘What is it?’


‘Don’t be so stupid.’ I tried to grab it from him but he clenched his fist and hid it in his pocket.

‘If you’re not going to come with me,’ he said, ‘that’s it. I’m off.’

And he went. I hardly saw him for three years.

He did as he threatened. He took the heroin and quickly became addicted. And he took Alice Ormsby-Gore with him.

Eric already did a lot of drugs, the ones we all used – marijuana, uppers, downers and cocaine – and he drank quite heavily too. But his dealer had been insisting recently he bought heroin when he supplied him with cocaine,” she added. “He and Alice retreated into Hurtwood Edge and pulled up the drawbridge. He didn’t leave the house, he didn’t see friends, he didn’t answer the door or the telephone, and the two of them sank into virtual oblivion.”

Pattie didn’t see Clapton again for three years. He immersed himself in heroin, which he snorted like cocaine as he was afraid of needles, to block out his love for Pattie and intent on a self destructive binge.

Meanwhile, Pattie carried on with her domestic life. She recalled, “I turned my attention to my husband and to renovating Friar Park. For a brief period the project united us but the house was so enormous, and there were always so many people living in it, that we never had any intimacy. Most of the time, even when George was in the house, I didn’t know where he was. At meal times, too many other people were at the table for us to have any real conversation. And even though we shared a bed, he was often in his recording studio or meditating half the night in the octagonal room at the top of the house that had become his sanctuary.

I felt more and more alienated. I didn’t feel included in George’s thinking or his plans. I wasn’t his partner in anything any longer. He was surrounded by yes-men. When I challenged him about it he said: ‘Well I’d hate to be surrounded by no-men.’

I heard from Eric again in January 1971, two months after he had walked out vowing to take the heroin. He wrote to me from a cottage in Wales.

Book Copy

On the title page of a copy of Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men, he had written a love note signed with a heart. That one short note stirred up feelings I had spent two months suppressing. I wrote and told him what he wanted to hear.

As soon as I had posted the letter I had terrible doubts and immediately wrote a postcard. It simply said:

‘Hullo, Please forgive and forget my bold suggestion.’Love L’

His reply came by return of post on the dust jacket of a book of Scottish ballads and was written in green ink.

‘it was rather significant that i received both communications on the same morning. something like watching a boomerang in flight.’

He said he understood my situation and didn’t know what to recommend.

‘i love you even though you’re chicken.’

“Nothing came of our fantasies and I didn’t see or speak to him again until August 1971.”

The years apart proved that Clapton and Pattie shared more than a flirtation as she initially thought but a real connection. Moreover, her marriage with Harrison was allowed time to die its own death.

Ronnie And His First Wife Krissy Findlay

But even his rockstar friends were concerned about heroin’s hold on Clapton. They felt they needed to save the great musician from an early, untimely death. “George had persuaded him to come out of Hurtwood Edge briefly to perform at a charity event, Concert For Bangladesh, in New York,” she continued. “Eric was in a bad way but George thought that if he got him on stage, even propped up with drugs, his addiction would become an open secret and maybe he would open the door a little to his friends, who might be able to help….

That day he and I scarcely spoke. He was surrounded by people, then on stage, and he was very out of it; I’m not sure he really saw me. It was a shock to think that he had done this to himself because of me. At first I felt guilty, then my feelings would swing violently the other way and I was angry that he should have asked me to choose between him and my husband.

When the concert was over, Eric and Alice (his girlfriend at the time) went back to the horrors of their self-imposed prison at Hurtwood Edge. Pete Townshend of The Who was the only friend who refused to take no for an answer and went to the house so often that eventually Eric had to see him.

Pete persuaded him to perform at another charity concert, this time at Finsbury Park, North London.

The show in 1973, billed as Eric’s comeback, was a triumph. I was sitting in the audience with George, Ringo, Elton John, Joe Cocker and Jimmy Page. Eric didn’t look well – his addict’s diet of junk food and chocolate had made him put on weight.

As I heard the opening wail of Layla, the first number of the evening, then the lyrics, my blood ran cold. He might have been wrecked for the previous three years but he hadn’t forgotten how to tear at the heart-strings with his guitar.

All the emotion I had felt for him when he disappeared from my life welled up inside me.

The show reminded Eric there was an alternative to his life as an addict and eventually he agreed to accept treatment. He got off the heroin – and went straight on to alcohol.

He became a regular visitor to Friar Park and professed his love for me with increasing vigour. Letters arrived almost daily in which he pleaded with me to leave George and be with him.

Meanwhile, things between George and me were going from bad to worse.

I don’t know what his feelings were about Eric when he reappeared in our lives.

We had been so stoned on the night of Robert Stigwood’s party that he might have forgotten about the confrontation in the mist, but I don’t think so. George never spoke about it but after that night I think he felt he could be as blatant as he liked in his pursuit of other women.

In spring 1973, we were supposed to go on holiday together. The day before we were due to leave, George said he wasn’t feeling well and couldn’t go. He ended up going to Spain, supposedly to see Salvador Dali, with Ronnie Wood’s wife, Krissie.

Ronnie, then bass guitarist with The Faces, and Krissie were friends of ours who often came to stay at Friar Park. I was desperately hurt: another of my friends was sleeping with George.

Pattie & George

When I challenged him he denied it.

I went to the Bahamas instead with my sister Paula, who was battling her own heroin addiction. While there we had a call from Ronnie Wood. He was on tour and said he might come to see us for a few days. He didn’t seem upset that his wife was with George – he just thought it was funny they had gone to see Dali.

Ronnie is the most adorable man, and maybe at that moment some fun, laughter and a pair of comforting arms were what I needed.”

Ronnie Wood, who joined The Rolling Stones as guitarist in 1975, and George Harrison had a “sort of a warped rockstar wife swap” that they later publicly joked about. Ronnie hooked up with Pattie and George with Ronnie’s wife Krissie Findley, as the two musicians collaborated on Ronnie’s solo LP, I’ve Got My Own Album to Do, in 1974. In fact, Ronnie’s song Mystifies Me while he was still a member of the band Faces, and released a year before he joined The Rolling Stones is about Pattie. It goes, “You look so fine and true/no one mystifies me like you do.”

Ringo Starr With His Bride Maureen Cox Who Subsequently Had An Affair With George Harrison That Was The Last Straw For His Wife Pattie

To make it even more incestuous, Wood wrote in his autobiography that he had actually “pinched” Findley from Eric Clapton, and knew very well that Clapton was in love with Pattie when he hooked up with her.

Mystifies Me

Stay a while and work it out of me

We got time and we can cast it true

Just give me a sign, I’ll take your word

I’ll learn anything you want me to

That is all I’m looking to you for

All I’m asking that you simply do

Take it leave it, make things matter

Yeah take all my breath away

Take it all apart and put it back

I am always left there looking at you

You look so fine and true

no one mystifies me like you do

you look so fine and true

no one mystifies me like you do

I would not lie to you

Let me see ya, let me know your dreams

Won’t you please give me a sign?


Ronnie Woods

Faced with these unfolding events, Harrison wrote the track So Sad for his 1974 album Dark Horse about his marital problems.

Pattie said about the demise of her marriage with Harrison, “The final straw for George and me was his affair with Ringo’s wife, Maureen. She was the last person I would have expected to stab me in the back. I discovered from some photos that she had been staying in the house with George while I had visited my mother in Devon. He had given her a beautiful necklace, which she wore in front of me.

Then I found them locked in a bedroom at Friar Park. I stood outside banging on the door yelling: ‘What are you doing? Maureen’s in there, isn’t she? I know she is!’ George just laughed.

Eventually he opened the door and said: ‘Oh, she’s just a bit tired so she’s lying down.’

I went straight to the top of the house and lowered the flag bearing the om symbol that George had been flying from the roof and hoisted skull and crossbones instead. That made me feel much better.

Maureen wasn’t even prepared to be subtle. She would turn up at Friar Park at midnight and I would say: ‘What the hell are you doing here?’

GeorgeHarrison EricClapton 845×1024

The final showdown: “Harrison handed Clapton a guitar and amp—as an 18th Century gentleman might have handed his rival a sword — and for two hours, without a word, they dueled. The air was electric and the music exciting,” Pattie remembered the climax.
Guess who won?

I’ve come to listen to George playing in the studio.’

‘Well, I’m going to bed.’

‘Ah, well, I’m going to the studio.’

The next morning, she’d still be there, and I’d say: ‘Have you thought about your children? What are you up to? I don’t like it.’

‘Tough,’ was her response.

Eric & Pattie Together At Last

Ringo didn’t have a clue what was going on until I rang him one day and said: ‘Have you ever thought about why your wife doesn’t come home at night? It’s because she’s here!’ He flew into a rage.

George continued to pretend that nothing was going on and would leave me feeling as though I was becoming paranoid.

I felt undermined and unloved and George was so terribly difficult to talk to. He had become worse in the last year, maybe because Eric kept coming around and making it obvious that he wanted to see me. George must have sensed we were having an affair but he never said so.

One evening the actor John Hurt was with us. Eric was due to come over too and George decided to have it out with him. John wanted to make himself scarce but George insisted he stay.

Pattie & Eric Together At The Funeral Of The Who Drummer, Keith Moon, In 1978John remembers George coming downstairs with two guitars and two small amplifiers, laying them down in the hall, then pacing restlessly until Eric arrived – full of brandy, as usual.

As Eric walked through the door George handed him a guitar and amp – as an 18th Century gentleman might have handed his rival a sword – and for two hours, without a word, they dueled. The air was electric and the music exciting.

At the end, nothing was said but the general feeling was that Eric had won. He hadn’t allowed himself to get riled or to go in for instrumental gymnastics as George had. Even when he was drunk, his guitar-playing was unbeatable.

That whole period was insane. Friar Park was a madhouse. Our lives were fuelled by alcohol and cocaine, and so it was with everyone who came into our sphere. We were all as drunk, stoned and single-minded as each other. Nobody seemed to have appointments, deadlines or anything pressing in their lives, no structure and no responsibilities.

Cocaine is a seductive drug because it makes you feel euphoric and good about yourself. It takes away your inhibitions and makes even the shyest, most insecure person feel confident.

And we had so much energy – everyone would talk nonsense for twice as long and drink twice as much because the cocaine made us feel sober. George used cocaine excessively and I think it changed him. I think cocaine froze George’s emotions and hardened his heart.

On New Year’s Eve in 1973, Ringo held a party at his home. George went ahead of me and when I arrived he said: ‘Let’s have a divorce this year.’

In 1974, George told Ringo that he was in love with his wife. Ringo worked himself up into a terrible state and went about saying: ‘Nothing is real, nothing is real.’

I was furious. I went straight out and dyed my hair red.

In June that year, I returned home one evening to find Eric, Pete Townshend and Graham Bell, another musician, larking around at our house.

Harrison Remained To Hinduism, Yoga & Meditation Till The End
Pattie, Photographed With Rod And Their Dog Freddie On Their Wedding In The Summer Of 2015
Wheelchair Bound Eric Clapton, 71, Looking Frail At LAX

I made them dinner, which we ate amid forced jollity, then Eric took me aside and pleaded with me again to leave George. We were alone together for what felt like hours, and he was so passionate, desperate and compelling that I felt swamped, lost and confused.” That year as Clapton kicked his dependence on heroin, Pattie finally left Harrison and with his knowledge and consent ran into Clapton’s arms.

“I had to make a choice. Would I go to Eric, who had written the most beautiful song for me, who had been to hell and back in the last three years because of me and who had worn me down with his protestations of love?

Or would I choose George, my husband, whom I had loved but who had been cold and indifferent towards me for so long that I could barely remember the last time he’d shown me any affection or told me he loved me?

That night Eric left and went off almost immediately to America on tour. On July 3 I told George I was leaving him. It was late at night and I went into the studio and explained that we were leading a ludicrous and hateful life, and that I was going to America. When he came to bed, I could feel his sadness as he lay beside me. ‘Don’t go,’ he said.

Half of me wanted to stay and to believe him when he said he would make it better, but I was at the end of my tether.The next day, with a great sadness in my heart, I packed some things, said a tearful goodbye to Friar Park and flew to America. What I had felt for George was a great, deep love. What Eric and I had was an intoxicating, overpowering passion.

Wonderful Tonight

It’s late in the evening; she’s wondering what clothes to wear

She puts on her make-up and brushes her long blonde hair

And then she asks me, Do I look all right?

And I say, ‘Yes, you look wonderful tonight

We go to a party and everyone turns to see

This beautiful lady that’s walking around with me

And then she asks me, Do you feel all right?

And I say, “Yes, I feel wonderful tonight.’

I feel wonderful because I see

The love light in your eyes

And the wonder of it all

Is that you just don’t realize how much I love you

It’s time to go home now and I’ve got an aching head

So I give her the car keys and she helps me to bed

And then I tell her, as I turn out the light

I say, ‘My darling, you were wonderful tonight

Oh my darling, you were wonderful tonight.”


Eric Clapton

It was so intense, so urgent, so heady, I felt almost out of control. Having made the decision to leave my marriage, I knew I had to be with him, go everywhere with him, do everything he did, keep up with him in every way. Which, on that tour of America in 1974, meant drinking.”

She later said that she had felt “neglected” by Harrison when she left him after eight years of marriage

Hania Aamir’s pale, innocent beauty belies a chilled wisecrack temperament that keeps one in fits of laughter. She’s savvy, achingly young yet fiercely independent; she’s also a genuine social media star whose Dubsmash game is truly a skill to behold. Young women can learn a thing or two from this fuss free rising star who is unafraid to be herself. Hania has fun with Afshan Shafi

What has been your most favourite role to date and why?

My most favourite characters were in Parwaz e Junoon and Titli, they were something different.

If you had to choose a profession other than acting, what would it be and why?

Production, because I think I’m good at managment, etc.

Which actor is your greatest inspiration?

Priyanka f***** Chopra

What kind of characters would you love to play in the future?

I think I just want to play Rapunzel in Tangled, not joking haha. And Harley Quinn!

Are you a social person or a loner?

I’m not a loner per se, but like a little bit of both .

Favourite perk of the job?

I get to discover more sides of me in each role, and meeting new people.

Worst pitfall of the job:

Sleepless nights

What’s the last thing you watched?

American Sniper

The weirdest habit I have is…

Spitting chewing gum at people.

Heels or Flats:

Flats…no actually both

The one lipstick shade I wear the most often is…

I’m more of a tint person.

A character I wish I had played…

Harley Quinn

One thing I just won’t eat is…


Can you remember your last dream?

Yeah but I’m not telling.

Kardashian or Jenner:


Celebrity crush local/international:

Local no one . Internationally, Jennifer Lawrence

Dogs or cats?


A historical figure you’d love to have coffee with?

Quaid e Azam

If you had one superpower, what would it be?


Hania spits her gum out at people

Hania has a girl crush on Jennifer Lawrence

Who? Bisma Tareen

Why? This girl never gets it wrong. We love her creative take on fashion with that sports luxe dress and the coat thrown over the shoulders!

Who? Rizwan Ali Jafry

Why? Because nothing is more stylish than a guy in a well constructed suit. We love this look on Rizwan!

Who? Ayesha Toor

Why? We love the deconstructed denim dress.  With the relaxed hair and sandals the styling is right on point!

Who? Fouzia Aman

Why? Because monochrome is always a good idea, especially when you keep it sleek and simple the way Fouzia does

Who? Zaheer Abbas

Why? Zaheer has got the casual chic look down pat. We love the grandfather cardigan over the white button down, not to mention the distressed jeans that bring the cool factor up a notch

Who? Maria Wasti

Why? We love the earthy colours that are so perfect for fall. The harmony that Maria has created between her clothes and accessories is just beautiful

Mahlia S. Lon

If you want to learn how to play hard to get and drive men (or women) crazy, look no further. In this issue’s Memorable Romance feature we tell you the story of Sixties model and London It Girl Pattie Boyd. Not only did she get married to not one but two iconic Rockstars, George Harrison of The Beatles and Eric Clapton, but each was inspired to write at least two songs about her that went on to become classics. Ronnie Woods of The Rolling Stones, despite being married at the time, was so smitten with her after a wife-swap session that he too wrote a song about her that The Stones still rock out at concerts. The climax of Pattie’s Rockstar love triangle was played out on electric guitars with amps that were wielded like dueling swords. How thrilling!  Since Pattie’s charms worked so well on these Rock gods who were daily thronged with countless groupies only too willing to do their bidding, imagine what the effect would be on a regular guy.

Our local model du jour pretty Alyzeh Gabol is one smart cookie who in her interview adroitly dodged all questions about the boxer we all want to ask her about.  Does butter not melt in the mouth of this cool headed young woman or is she merely refraining from being a home-wrecker as she claims, you decide. In contrast, Hania Amir is wickedly fun, which sometimes goes wrong on social media. Love her or hate her, you can’t ignore this brash ingénue who loves to spit out her gum at people in a naughty manner.

For your reading pleasure, we are starting a fun new feature called Rumor Has It that will bring you the latest on dits of town, just as your best friend does. Maybe they are true, maybe they are not, but it’s always fun to speculate

Pin It