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GT – December 16-31 2017

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1. Scandinavian furniture

Two is definitely better than one when it comes to our Mistel Wingchair, it’s a perfect start to a winter’s night in. Scandinavian furniture is now available in Pakistan.

2. Ahsan Hussain Couture

Fashion designer Ahsan Hussain’s true royal sensibility in clothing is what truly stands out. The breath taking royal looks were complimented with voluminous updos and dramatic Styling. Instagram @ahsanhussaincouture

3. HUAWEI Mate 10 Series

At the recent launch of HUAWEI Mate 10 Series in Pakistan, Mr. Blueking Wang, GM HUAWEI Consumer Business Group – Pakistan, as well as Brand Ambassadors, Tapu Javeri and Urwa Hocane, proudly show off these latest mobile phones.

4. Dolmen Gets Fit Festival

Nike Pakistan was pleased to collaborate with Dolmen Group in Dolmen Gets Fit Festival featuring the premium brand Nike in Nike Fitness Challenge with trainer Usman Sameer and his team, which lasted for 5 days in Dolmen Mall Clifton.

Massarat Misbah

Musarrat Misbah, a veteran beauty professional, founder of Depilex and Smileagain Foundation, shares her bridal beauty experience with Sana Zehra

What is your take on Bridal makeup?

It’s a special day for any bride. She should look beautiful and feel comfortable.

What is one beauty trick you swear by?

Preparation of one’s skin before applying the foundation is very important.

What are the current beauty trends making a run around?

Brushed out brows and vibrant statement colours are on point.

What are the three makeup items one should not leave home without?

Compact powder

Clear brow gel

Highlighter

How can a bride have beautiful skin?

A consistent regime is the key. A good start is investing in a professional range of facial products to use at home, regular appointments with your skin therapist and a treatment plan for your hair. Always remember to drink a lot of water.

How has makeup evolved in the last few years?

The makeup industry is an ever changing and evolving one. Trends that were making the rounds three months ago have changed already into something new. Makeup and beauty professionals need to continuously further themselves to keep up and evolve with the industry

What is most important thing for brides to remember for their wedding day makeup?

Relax it’s your big day. Let the professionals do their job. The bride should enjoy her day.

How would you describe your signature look and what is it about your style that sets you apart from other makeup artists?

M extensive experience!

Do you have any favourite makeup products?

MM Silk Foundation—It’s made for the Pakistani climate, skin type and skin tone. Most importantly, it’s made up of pure ingredients.

Fatima Nasir

Freelance makeup artist and fashion stylist, Fatima Nasir shuttles back and forth between Lahore and London. An expert in taking the client’s history and gauging her personality, she then converts it into a memorable visual experience. Fatima does beauty, bridal, editorial, creative, avant garde, high fashion, television, film, commercial, billboard ad, catalogue, runway, stage, special effects, body painting and red carpet makeup. A very comprehensive list in all! Sana Zehra gets Fatima Nasir to share bridal makeup trends with us

What is your take on bridal makeup?

It’s great to see brides opt for natural looks instead of excessive, over-the-top makeup looks. Women are more confident and want to look their natural best. Less is more.

What is one beauty trick you swear by?

I always do the eye makeup first. It’s easier to clean up the mess from eyeshadow and glitter fallout.

What are the top current beauty trends?

Minimalist makeup, healthy glowing skin, lip, cheek and eye tints.

What are the three makeup items one should not leave home without?

Mascara

Tinted lip-balm

Tinted moisturiser

How can a bride get beautiful skin?

Hydrate, moisturise, get at least 7 hours of sleep daily and keep stress to a minimum. It’s amazing how good your skin can look from just following a basic and easy self-care routine.

How has makeup evolved in the last few years?

There are far more (too many!) products available for each and every skin type; the possibilities are endless. It’s great because you have more options, but people can also get confused about what to use.

What is the most important thing for brides to remember for their wedding day makeup?

Moisturise your skin at least twice a day in the week leading up to the wedding and don’t stress yourself out. There’s nothing more beautiful than healthy glowing skin.

How would you describe your signature look and what is it about your style that sets you apart from other makeup artists?

My skin work is beautiful; a natural look with a dewy finish and everything blended to perfection.

Do you have any favorite makeup products? We’d love to hear!

I’m a huge fan of Becca Cosmetics. The brand’s pressed and liquid highlighters are a must-have for all makeup artists out there.

Flawless Skin

Sana Zehra finds the best deals from the best doctors at the best clinics in Karachi and Lahore for complete skin rejuvenation

Karachi

Dr. Jawed Iqbal of R5 Clinic is the  Sitar e Imtiaz winning plastic surgeon who shot to world wide fame in Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s Academy Award documentary Smiling Face. You too can benefit from the excellent treatment offered at his clinic, like the Advanced Facial Rejuvenation at a flat 40% discount.

Call (021) 35309991

Dermatologist Dr. Rafiq Tareen of Skin Enhancement Clinic is offering the following discounted treatments at his clinic:

l               Laser Hair Removal at 30% off

l               Hydra Facial now only Rs. 4500 reduced from Rs. 6000

l               Botox, Fillers and PRP for 20% off just for GT readers

Call +92 344 24498

Lahore

With clinics in Glasgow and London,

Dr. Tauquir Ahmed at Harley Street Signature Skincare believes in natural anti-ageing treatments.  He is offering at his DHA phase 5 clinic the following discounted treatments for the whole wedding party:

l               Ultimate Skin Rejuvenation at a flat 20% off for the bride if she brings her wedding card

l               For the bride’s and groom’s mothers, Natural Facial Contouring to combat skin sag at a discounted price varying from patient to patient

l               For the other ladies of the bridal party, the Photo Facial at a reduced price. This treatment has spectacular results. Your skin will be fair, even toned, supple and even the pores will barely be visible.

Call +92 4237182090

Nickie Nina

Sisters Nickie and Nina are the power-house of creativity behind their eponymous fashion brand and are considered one of the pioneers of eastern Haute Couture. Traditional embellishments and unconventional cuts fused with rich fabrics and textures make up a classic Nickie Nina ensemble. The designing duo point out this season’s trends to Sana Zehra

What are the key trends for bridal and wedding wear for the upcoming season?

The upcoming bridal and wedding wear consists of chunri and ethnic work in contemporary cuts.

What are classic silhouettes that flatter every woman?

Classic silhouettes will always be kurtas in different lengths.

What trends would you like to see die?

Cold shoulder, too over done already!

What trends would you like to see more women experiment with this season?

Shalwars need to make a comeback.

What do you hope to see more of from designers in bridal and wedding wear this season?

Classic and traditional work needs to be highlighted this bridal and wedding season.

If you’d choose to give any celebrity a makeover who would it be and why?

Benazir Bhutto will always remain a political and fashion icon and it would’ve been a dream come true to have dressed her.

What are a woman’s must-haves in her closet?

All black outfits are definitely a must have.

Any styling advice?

People should keep changing according to fashion trends without compromising their personal style.

Souchaj

Souchaj Bridals are known for being classic with timeless silhouettes and entirely hand mroidered.The immaclate tailoring and attention to detail ensure these pieces become Heirloom passed down for generations. Mehr and Mehak give their experts tips to Sana Zehra

What are the key trends for  this season’s bridal and wedding wear ?

Structured and voluminous silhouettes with classic cuts

Warm tones with deep hues

Rich fabrics, such as velvet, atlas, tissue, chunri, mukesh,etc.

What are the classic silhouettes that flatter every woman?

Any silhouette paired with a dupatta wrapped effortlessly around a woman

What trends would you like to see die?

That would definitely be the velvet wrap-arounds! They look more like a bathrobe rather than a fashion trend.

What trends would you like to see more women experiment with this season?

Women should try various body hugging inners with oversized silhouettes paired along with layers of rich velvet. They can further variate it with banarsi’s (khamkwab) and distinct Indian zari to create large volume and flare–a perfect blend of grace and elegance.

What do you hope to see more of from designers in bridal and wedding wear this season?

This season is all about being festive and bringing together culture and traditions. I am really looking forward to seeing some traditional Old School looks. It would be really nice and innovative to see different Old School looks coming together to bring out something much more unique.

If you’d choose to give any celebrity a makeover who would it be and why?

Meesha Shafi! She’s someone with her own unique sense of style. Her personality is very eccentric and she always manages to pull of anything whether its eastern or western.

What are a woman’s must-haves in her closet?

Every woman should have an intricate hand-embroidered shawl. This is a staple for every wardrobe as you can pull it off with almost anything.

Favourite all time designer?

Naeem Khan

Any styling advice?

One styling advice that can go a long way is: Less is definitely more.

Any fashion related message?

Simplicity done right can make a bold statement. Be yourself as that’s the most original fashion statement one can make.

Saadi Mirza

Saadia Mirza makes glamorous clothes that flatter a woman. Her outfits are as pretty and dazzling as she is. Saadia gives pointers to Sana Zehra on how to stand out this wedding season

What are the key trends for bridal and wedding wear for the upcoming season?

The key is individuality. The modern woman is confident; she knows who she is and what she wants. Her values translate into her clothes, especially for the most important day of her life. The on point bridals this season are classic with emphasis on volume, intricate embellishment and detail.

What are classic silhouettes that flatter every woman?

I believe the classic kurta, achkan, aijhar, and anghrakha suit most women.

What trends would you like to see die

Hold off the cloning of silver embellished bridals, pahleez!

What trends would you like to see more women experiment with this season?

I would love to see the farshi and the Dhaka pajama with a new modern cut, along with midriff length jackets to be experimented with this season.

What do you hope to see more of from designers in bridal and wedding wear this season?

I really hope to see more of old world charm and techniques intertwined with a new modern look.

If you’d choose to give any celebrity a makeover who would it be and why?

I find Armeena Rana extremely gorgeous; I’m certain she would pull off my clothes really well.

What are a woman’s must-haves in her closet?

A classic black dress or outfit A well-tailored jacket A statement necklace

Stilettos

Favourite all time designer?

Alexander McQueen

Any styling advice?

Wear what you’re comfortable in.

Any fashion related message?

Be original; replication is never flattery.

Hussain Rehar

Hussain Rehar’s collection represents contemporary fashion with clean lines. The colour palette ranges from metallic pastels to  vibrant explosions of rich colour. His collection mimics the transient beauty of nature exuding un-compromised strength. Sana Zehra asks Hussain about current bridal trends

What are the key trends for bridal and wedding wear for the upcoming season?

Embroidered and embellished culottes with angrakhas

Velvet separates

What are classic silhouettes that flatter every woman?

The A-line cut is the go-to silhouette for every body type. It is universally flattering and, therefore, a classic.

What trends would you like to see die?

Cold shoulder tops

Mom jeans

Peplum

What trends would you like to see more women experiment with this season?

Techno fabrics

Tonal dressing

Sharp suiting

What do you hope to see more of from designers in bridal and wedding wear this season?

Revival of the traditional fashion

If you’d choose to give any celebrity a makeover who would it be and why?

I’d choose Kangana Ranaut for being bold and fierce.

What are a woman must-haves in her closet?

Flared pants

Collared shirt

Oversized trench coat

Favourite all time designer?

Marni

Any styling advice?

Conquer your fear of colour.

Any fashion related message?

Be yourself and set new trends. Our fashion industry needs more of that.

The lyrical folk tale of Sassi Punnu does not merely tell the tragic tale of two lovers but also speaks of the lilting romance of the River Indus, the resounding echo of the arid Baluch mountains, the dry, hot, sandy air wafting in the Thar Desert and the pleasing fragrance of the city of Bhambhor as described by Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, the 18th century Sindhi Sufi poet, scholar, mystic and saint in his poetic compilation Shah jo Risalo. The story of Sassi Punnu is the most famous of the seven tragic Sindhi romances that Shah Latif immortalized in his work. In keeping with Sufi tradition, he penned the tales not just as earthly love affairs but as examples of eternal love and divine union. Having lived during the golden age of Sindhi culture, Latif is considered to be the greatest Muslim poet of the Sindhi language. In fact, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Professor of Islamic studies at George Washington University,  called Shah Latif  “(the) direct emanation of (the Persian poet) Rumi’s spirituality in South Asia”

By Mahlia Lone

As with all folk tales, there are many versions of this romance. This version has been adapted from the tale written by Shafi Aqeel in his book Pakistan kee Lok Dastanain (The Folk Tales of Pakistan) by Professor Muhammad Sheeraz Dasti, a lecturer at IIU  in Islamabad and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

During Raja Dilu Rai’s rule in 11th century AD in Sindh, in Brahminabad on the bank of Bhambhor Canal near Gharo district, Thatta lived a Hindu Raja called Tania with his wife Mandhar who were childless. Desperate for a son, they visited temples, presented offerings and supplicated pundits, pujaris, yogis and faqeers for their blessings. Finally, one day the couple was fortunate enough to have a baby girl. Though they had prayed for a son, they rejoiced at the birth of their beautiful baby. As per Brahmin traditions, the parents went to an astrologer to foresee their daughter’s future. The astrologer carefully studied the birth-chart, made planetary calculations, and in a portentous manner declared that their daughter would bring disgrace to their royal house by marrying a Muslim boy.

A Recent Painting Of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai

“Sassi is the prettiest of all girls in the world. Oh Prince, she is absolutely matchless. She is a fairy from Koh Kaaf. Her eyes are deeper than oceans on the earth, her cheeks are brighter than stars in the sky, and her voice is sweeter than the cuckoos in the jungles. Whoever sees her smiling loses his heart to her””

The strict Brahmin couple was devastated. But they couldn’t kill their precious baby. For the sake of family honour and their upper caste status, they made a difficult decision. They put their baby daughter in a wooden box and, early one morning when it was still dark, floated it on to the River Indus, hoping she would be rescued by a kind soul.

By afternoon, the box floated into the dhobi ghaat (riverside laundry) of Bhambhor, a busy trading city. The laundry owner Atta was a prosperous businessman employing more than five hundred washermen serving the entire town. Atta and his wife too were childless and had made pilgrimages to the shrines of saints, dervishes and Sufis, donated charity and fed the hungry in the hopes of being blessed with a child.

The box was fished out of the river and a beautiful baby girl, sucking her right thumb, was found inside. The washerman took it to Atta. As soon as he looked inside the box, the baby smiled at him. Atta was instantaneously smitten; he picked her up, hugged her and took her home to his wife.

“Look, God has given us a daughter, bright and beautiful as the moon,” he announced happily. His wife was equally thrilled. They named their adorable newly adopted daughter, Sassi, the moon.

Sassi was raised in the lap of luxury. Atta spared no expense to bring her up. She was cosseted and petted as the only child of a prosperous dhobi. Sassi grew up to be absolutely beautiful.

Proud of his daughter who had a regal mien, the dhobi built a splendid new mansion teamed with maid servants to do her every bidding. Artisans decorated the interior with colourful tiles imported all the way from Central Asia. In Sassi’s bedroom a mural depicted the legendary Arab tale of Qais and Laila. Hence, she dreamt of love and romance whether sleeping or awake. Horticulturists and landscapers cultivated the garden with fruit trees, both indigenous and exotic as well as colourful fragrant flowers. She daily roamed her garden like the princess she was and distributed alms amongst the needy as a sweet, charitable girl. Soon Sassi’s fame spread far and wide.

Bhambhor lay on the route to various mercantile cities. Caravans from far off areas camped here to sell goods and restock. Atta owned a camping site behind his garden where he welcomed the travelers since the business they brought was welcome to the town. Occasionally, the lucky amongst them enjoyed the relaxing garden and even got to feast their eyes on the nubile Sassi. Tales of her beauty the foreign traders took back with them wherever they went.

One day, a caravan from Kech Makran camped there and some of the travelers chanced upon Sassi roaming blissfully unaware in her garden. On their return to Kech Makran, a mirasi (folk singer) related the tale of “drinking from the flood of (her) beauty.”

“Sassi is the prettiest of all girls in the world. Oh prince, she is absolutely matchless. She is a fairy from Koh Kaaf. Her eyes are deeper than oceans on the earth, her cheeks are brighter than stars in the sky, her voice is sweeter than the cuckoos in the jungles. Whoever sees her smiling loses heart to her,” he described the teenager reverently.

All are enemies, camels, camel men and brother in laws,

Fourth enemy is wind that removed the foot prints of Punhoon,

Fifth enemy is sun which delayed its setting,

Sixth enemy is sky which did not make travel easy,

Seventh enemy is moon which did not shine longer

—Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, as translated by Muhammad Sheeraz Dasti

Punnu became agog to see the famous beauty for himself.  “Think of the best plan to reach the famous beauty of Bhambhor. Let me know of your advice by tomorrow,” he told his advisors to concoct a plan for him to be able to see the beauty for himself.

A Painting Of Sassi From A Private Collection

One advisor devised a plan that the prince could not only see but interact with the well guarded Muslim girl: “A caravan should take a variety of perfumes to Bhambhor and you should go along with it as a musk trader.”

Punnu got permission from his father, the Raja Aari Jam, to travel incognito. He put together a caravan carrying exotic imported perfumes that would tempt a fine lady to acquire. As the caravan of the perfume sellers reached Bhambhor, the whole city was bathed in the fragrance of its wares. Even Sassi heard that a handsome trader called Punnu had arrived from Kech Makran hawking special perfumes.

All the Bhambhor residents and merchants from neighbouring areas flocked to where Punnu’s caravan had set up shop. Leaving the business of selling to the rest of the traders, Punnu kept his eyes peeled towards the entrance of the camp throughout the day waiting for a glimpse of the fair Sassi.

A Company School Watercolour Depicting Dhobis Washing At A River C.1820’s

Finally, in the afternoon, accompanied by her friends, Sassi visited the site on a shopping expedition. As soon as Punnu spotted Sassi amidst her friends, he knew she was The One. She was far more beautiful than his imagination had pictured. In her turn, Sassi as she dealt with the trader, the Prince in disguise also fell in love with him at first sight. “Sassi ran back to home, without having perfumes. Yet perfumed! Her lips dry as desert, her chest thumping as trumpet. She returned without herself and he was left without himself.”

“Back home, Sassi discovered that Punnu was now in her veins. He was everywhere: in the air, on flowers, in the mirror, on her tongue. She could not like anything, experienced a strange restlessness in sitting, discomfort in sleeping, unease in walking. She didn’t know how to describe this self, this no self. Had no idea of how to cure herself, not sure if she really wanted to cure herself of the sweetness of pain. Finally, she sought her best friend’s council. ‘I love the young musk trader. Think of some way that he is mine—mine forever.’”

The Ruin Of Sassi Da Kallara, Kech Makran
Makran, An Arid Desert Of Sand And Rock With A Vast Wilderness Consisting Of Green Areas
Thar Desert

A guileless female always confides tales of her love to her best friend who tries to help her win in the game of love. Likewise Sassi confided to her best friend who went to Punnu to guage his intentions. He readily admitted that that the sole aim of his life was to attain Sassi. Then, she went to convince Sassi’s parents to marry her to the young man. “Sassi is unable to live without him. And I must tell you, Punnu isn’t an ordinary man. He is the prince of his tribe in Kech Makran, and is the handsomest of men,” argued the girl earnestly.

But Atta would have none of it. He replied, “Punnu is a traveler. We know nothing about his caste and family. How can we give our beautiful daughter’s hand to a stranger? She will marry someone from our own fraternity, a dhobi,”

Sassi’s friend thought on her feet, “Actually, I have heard that Punnu too belongs to a tribe of dhobis, they only trade in perfumes. You can ask him to wash some clothes as a test.”

So Atta agreed to invite him to their house. Punnu, a prince in reality, went over pretending to be a laundryman. Atta bid him to wash a sack full of clothes to test his veracity.

At the time, clothes in the Subcontinent were washed by beating them on a stone at the edge of a water body. Prince Punnu beat the clothes against rocks besides the mighty gushing Indus River, hurting his hands and tearing the clothes. When Sassi got to know that he had torn most of the clothes were torn, she told her friend to carry a message:

“Tell Punnu to fold the clothes and place a coin of gold in every torn piece. The people of my town will be happy to see gold and won’t complain to my father.”

Punnu folded gold coins in the folds of the clothes. The townspeople demurred and Atta gave his permission reluctantly. He made Punnu promise that he would not take away his only daughter but would take up residence with them in Bhambhor after his wedding to Sassi. Punnu readily agreed.

Punnu’s brothers and friends came from Kech Makran for the wedding. Atta threw an extravagant and magnificent celebration in honour of his only daughter’s wedding.

Punnu’s Fort, Turbat, Balochistan

While they were enjoying Atta’s gracious hospitality, Punnu’s brothers urged him to return to Kech Makran where their father was waiting for him, but Punnu refused to leave his ladylove’s side. When he wouldn’t budge, they returned home without him.

Upon reaching Kech Makran, brother Chunru told this to their father Aari Jam. Punnu, being his youngest son, was the baby of the family. Their handsome prince abandoning his life in the palace for the life of a dhobi, it was unthinkable! His parents wanted their bewitched son back at all costs.

Aari sent a messenger to tell him to immediately return. The messenger tracked down Punnu washing clothes sitting at the dhobi ghaat with other dhobis. “My Lord, this job is beneath your dignity. You are our prince. Come back to home and lead a life that suits your stature,” he said.

“Go back and tell my father and brothers to forget me. I will never be able to go away from here. My home is where my Sassi lives,” the erstwhile prince replied.

The messenger explained how worried his father was, and how the Prince had lowered himself to the level of an ordinary worker by washing clothes. But when Punnu paid no heed.

A Painting ByTrilok Singh, An Artistof Chitralok Patiala, Illustrating Sassi Running Into The Dessert In Her Wedding Finery

Aari Jam was so upset when he heard his messenger’s account that he felt dizzy and fell unconscious with worry. Seeing their father sicken, Punnu’s brothers, Chunru, Hoti and Noti put their heads together.

“We must do something to save our father from this agony,” said Hoti, the eldest. “I can’t see him suffer anymore.”

“Yes, we must bring Punnu back to Kech Makran, no matter what price we have to pay,” said Noti.

The brothers strode swift camels and rode toward Bhambhor to bring their brother back in any way possible.

Not being aware of their true design, Punnu and Sassi were thrilled that his brothers had finely accepted his marriage and were visiting them.

Nightly they laid out grand feasts and entertainment for them with mehfil (gathering) of singing, dancing and drinking. Hoti, Noti and Chunru bided their time. First they tried to convince  Punnu to return by telling him how their father suffered, how sick he had become pining for him, “If you don’t come back soon, our father will no longer be alive.”

Punnu said categorically that he would never return.

One night, Chunru, Hoti and Noti did not get drunk but let Punnu have his fill and pass out. As Sassi kept waiting for Punnu in their bedroom, she applied henna to her left hand. She eventually fell asleep with the henna stick in her hand. The stick was to be planted in soil in the morning according to the custom in those days.

As soon as Punnu passed out, his brothers picked him up and flung him across a camel’s back. They quickly and quietly left for Kech Makran without disturbing the sleeping household.

In the morning, Sassi woke up to find herself alone in bed. Punnu was nowhere to be found. “My Punnu has been abducted by his brothers. They have deceived me,” she shrieked.

Devastated at her loss, she dashed out without even putting on her shoes, wailing his name. Her parents and the servants ran after her.

“Where is my Punnu?” She kept repeating inconsolably. “I’ll find him. I will find him.”

Threatening to kill herself if they stopped her, Sassi ran towards the jungle outside Bhambhor. Her parents and servants followed her but they lost track of her when twilight fell in the thick jungle. Sassi ran madly crossing the jungle, over the barren land, sandy dessert and craggy mountains. Her feet got cut over the thorns, branches, rocks and hot sand, but she didn’t even notice.

“Punnuuu, Punnuuu!” Her plaintive cry was heard.

Under the beating sun, Sassi’s throat became parched. Hungry, thirsty, wounded in body and spirit, she kept running till she reached the hills of Pub. Her extreme thirst could be denied no longer. She croaked “Punnu, paani, Punnu!” And collapsed on a big hot boulder. Suddenly, as if in answer to her prayer, a spring erupted right next to her. She cupped her hennaed hands and drank her fill. As a tribute, she planted the henna stick she had been carrying absentmindedly in her hand since the night before. In time, the stick flourished into a tall henna tree next to the flowing sweet water spring in Pub, in remembrance of True Love.

After a brief respite, Sassi walked another few miles before her blistered and bleeding feet became too sore and painful to walk on. She had reached the Harho mountain range where she was spotted by a shepherd from a distance. “Where is my Punnu? Have you seen my Punnu?” Sassi asked the uncivilized goatherd.

The lascivious man sought to take advantage. “You are searching for one Punnu? In this world everyone is a Punnu for you. I am Punnu for you. My father, my grandfather, my seven generations are Punnu for you. My sheep, my donkey, all the animals are Punnu for you.” He flung himself on her, desirous of raping her and fulfilling his baser animal urges.

“O merciless man, I am dying of thirst and you assault me. Fear Allah and get me something to drink,” Sassi begged him.

As the shepherd relented enough to get her some milk from his goats, Sassi beseeched Allah to order the ground to open and swallow her up. “O Almighty, the One who listens to the helpless, help me out in this moment of trouble. I am Punnu’s trust. Protect my honor from the wickedness of this shepherd. You and only You can hear me in this barren land!”She moaned with tears streaming down her face.

Her prayer was heard.

Suddenly the ground beneath her shook and split open. The crevice widened to engulf her into its protection and closed over her again, leaving only the border of her duppatta as a trace above ground. The shepherd got so scared to witness this miracle that he fell in a sajda and begged forgiveness:

The Grand Mausoleum Of Bhittai Built By Mian Ghulam Shah Kalhoro In 1762

“O Lord, I’m sinful. I beg your forgiveness. You are the most Merciful. Have mercy on my poor soul.”

To atone for his sin, he became the caretaker of Sassi’s grave. To mark it, he placed stones around where the spot where she had disappeared into the ground and built a small hut for himself nearby.

Meanwhile, the brothers had reached Kech Makran without incident. Punnu didn’t get a chance to escape because they had tied him to the back of a camel.

Punnu kept protesting, “I won’t go to Makran. Leave me here. I have to go back to my wife, my love. Don’t try to separate us, you can’t do that,” but they were adamant.

Though his old sick father Aari Jam felt so happy to finally see him home, Punnu didn’t care and said, “Release me. Let me go to my Sassi. She would be worried. She will die without me. I have to go to Sassi. I have to go to Sassi. Please release me.”

After failing to convince him, Aari Jam, a wise, thoughtful man, feared Punnu might harm himself if they didn’t relent. Eventually, he sent for his elder sons and told them, “Take him back to Bhambhor and bring both Punnu and Sassi here. He can’t live without his woman, and we can’t see him in this condition.”

Lying to Punnu that they were going to leave him to live with Sassi in Bhambhor, the brothers prepared for their journey.

Aari told them, “Bring Sassi to Kech Makran at any cost, and come back at your earliest possible. We’ll live to see the woman, who thieved a beautiful chamber of our heart.”

“Don’t worry, father. We’ll follow your wish and wisdom,” chorused all three in unison.

Punnu was desperate to get back as soon as possible. “Had he got wings, he would have flown to her. Since the time they had separated him from his Sassi, Punnu behaved like a stranger.”

When they reached the spot where Sassi had been “veiled under the earth,” Punnu’s sixth sense averted him. Pulling the reins of his camel, he looked around to detect her by now tattered dupatta border peeping out from the ground surrounded by stones. What was Sassi’s dupatta doing her and why did he feel her presence? He saw the shepherd squatting down on his haunches at the entrance of a nearby hut and asked him politely “Whose grave is this Sir?” He had an ominous feeling in the pit of his stomach that he already knew the answer to his own question.

The shepherd burst out crying and sobbed, “She is the devoted lover of someone called Punnu. She was running about madly, calling out his name. and took refuge here in this rock.”

His worst fears had come true and Punnu let out an anguished yell: “Sassiii!”

He fell down on his knees and folding his hands together in supplication offered Fateha for his beloved Sassi casting his streaming eyes upwards. “O You the Creator of love and of the lovers, O the Greatest Healer of the injured souls, send me to where Sassi is, to where Love is,” he prayed to God.

All afternoon he repeated his prayer. Finally, in answer, the ground shook again, the rock split open and Punnu hurriedly fell in calling out Sassi’s name. The rock closed behind him, reuniting the lovers that no one again could put asunder.

Punnu’s brothers stood stock still terrified. The shepherd dissolved in tears; he was now the custodian of a single grave of the two lovers, and the tale of their miraculous and divine love. The brothers realized how wrong they had been to try to come between a love sanctioned by Allah; how grave a sin they had committed in their shallow, earthly considerations. After pondering over their grave mistake, they recited a Fateha for the lovers and, with a heavy heart, departed for Kech Makran.

Sassi Punnu’s alleged grave is located near Lasbela, 45 miles away in the Pub range to the west of Karachi. Haji Muhammad, an affluent resident of the area, constructed a simple mausoleum in 1980, which is visited by those from near and far. Ruins of Punnu’s fort are likewise located in Turbat.

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In the midst of the convivial, fun and swinging wedding season, we give you GT’s first Bridal Issue. It’s crammed with useful information about the latest trends in fashion and beauty, i.e. makeup, hair styling and skin. For this, we have consulted with popular bridal fashion designers, as well as makeup and styling professionals for their tips to ensure you look like the star you are. Additionally, the top dermatologists in the country are offering special discounts just for you dear readers. According to the makeup artists we interviewed, in order for makeup to sit well, it needs a properly primed canvas. For this, in the twenty first century, a little trip to the dermatologist for a laser facial is not amiss. While waiting in his office, take your copy of GT and read this issue’s Memorable Romance feature: The Eternal Love of Sassi Punnu. Enjoy the festive season!

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