July 16-31 2018


By Mahlia Lone

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Girlish Appeal

Mahlia S. Lon

I often wondered why Sufi poets retold the tragic tales of Muslim lovers  who rebelled against their families, met in stealth, eloped and were punished, given that goes against our society’s strictures and constraints. During my research, I discovered that one of the main reasons is because the heroines from our part of the world have historically not been passive, whimpering Misses like the quintessential western “damsel in distress,” but played a dynamic, central role in the story. They bravely spoke up and acted against their forced marriages, and reclaimed their Islamic right to have a say in their choice of husband. Some girls are still denied that here, as are some women denied their right of divorce, but self-determination is culturally and religiously ingrained in us as opposed to what certain segments of society would have you believe. Read the Memorable Romance of Mirza Sahiban for further elucidation.

This issue of GT is chock-a-block with fashion features ranging from Summer Trends to Resort Wear to Fall/Winter Wedding Wear. In addition, Islamabad based artist, Raja Changez Sultan believes that we most easily express our emotions through Art. He should know he started his career working in a psychiatric hospital in the U.S. and went on to make a name for himself producing atmospheric paintings accompanied by corresponding poems, the process known as Ekphrasis.

Telling you stories no one else is telling, we bring you this issue of GT.

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Who? Kamiyar Rokni & Sanam Taseer

Why? The besties make for a sophisticated pair

Who? Bushra

Why? A lady-like look

Who? Maya Ali

Why? The starlet is on trend in polka dots

Who? Hajra Ahmad

Why? The Londoner is in top to toe designerwear, but the ensemble is stylishly put together so doesn’t overwhelm

Who? Waleed

Why? The model has documented his weight loss and fitness journey and the results clearly show

Morning Show host, Sahir Lodhi is foremost a humanitarian, contributing through the Sahir Lodhi Foundation, which has been providing quality education and health care for those in need for three and a half years now. Sahir reveals his true self to Sana Zehra

Sets the record straight:Advertorial

You are probably one of the most misunderstood celebrities. People have called you “an over the top narcissist” and your Morning Show “one of the worst shows that has ever happened to television.” What’s your reply?

You yourself are admitting that I’m the most misunderstood person. It’s a misunderstanding that has been created by people’s own insecurities. I only praise people. I’m a down to earth person who meets and greets new people on a daily basis; I don’t think of myself as a big personality. Honestly, I’m a nobody! I live a really simple life; I work all day, go home and sleep.

Everyone can think what they want to think of me, I can’t change their thinking. If they envy and blame me for my success that’s their own problem, not mine and I can’t fix it. If somebody is successful that doesn’t mean they are narcissistic or self-obsessed. I have earned my success. That’s why I am where I am today. It has not been gifted to me by people. I have worked hard for it. I’m working even when people are fast asleep; I work 22 hours a day!

As far as my Morning Show is concerned, it’s one of the best Morning Shows and it’s been proven. No matter which channel it’s on, the ratings prove its popularity. Morning Shows are a vital part of our daily dose of infotainment

Whether you like it or not, I’m going to be there. People should not judge, but should learn to be more accepting.

Though your debut movie Raasta was considered a flop, you were adamant that it was a success. What is your definition of success?

I never said Raasta was a success at any point. I never even said I wanted it to be a success. I just wanted to make a good film, which I believe we did. As far as Raasta being successful or not is concerned, there was a lot of conspiracy attached to it and a lot of harm was done to the film before it was even released. I won’t go into the details.

I’m doing another movie. I’m not producing it, but I’m acting in it and I hope people like it.

The makers of Morning Shows are known for doing absolutely anything to increase their show’s TRP (Television Rating Points). What are your views on that?

What about in journalism and social media? Why single out Morning Shows? Isn’t everything about ratings? It is, in television, journalism or on any other platform!

Morning Shows raise awareness about various issues. We have helped people in need whether it has been related to financial issues, education or saving someone’s life. Then, how come we are always the ones to be blamed?!

The Sahir Lodhi Foundation has been a saviour for many. Please tell us more about it.

A lot of details have already been given out about SLF. SLF was my dream and we started this about three and a half years ago. Alhamdulillah we are running the Roshan Clinic successfully, which caters to approximately 150 patients everyday with zero money charged, everything is funded. I pay for it from my own pocket. We’ve catered to 176,000 patients so far in total, out of which 56,000 are registered patients.

My dream now is to build a 25 bed hospital. All the medical facilities are going to be provided free of cost. First, we’ll start from Karachi and InshAllah later on we will spread our branches in other cities. I’m not sure if this is going to be possible during my life or not but it’s my dream to build at least 15 hospitals.

As far as SLF is considered to be a saviour, I don’t think so because Almighty Allah is the only saviour and He has gifted me this wisdom to cater those in need.

What’s the real Sahir Lodhi like?

The real Sahir is a different person than Sahir Lodhi, the celebrity. Sahir Lodhi can do wrong, but Sahir can never be wrong. The day Sahir Lodhi takes over is going to be a really sad day. Sahir should always be in charge of Sahir Lodhi, as the former makes the right decisions in difficult circumstances.


Tell us about your wife. How did you guys meet and how has married life been treating you?

My marriage has been a blessing for me, Alhamdulillah. My wife’s a much better person than I am. We were best friends and I had never thought I would get married to her. It’s been 11 wonderful years. I’m blessed to have her and I don’t think anyone else could have borne me for this long. She’s someone I can always count on.

We have a daughter, Zara. The way I feel for her, I’ve never felt for anyone in my life. Ever since she came in our life, everything has changed. The love and peace I feel in my heart is something I can’t express in words. I’ve always adored my mother but after Zara was born I started worshipping her for raising me and my other three siblings. Now I see my wife do the same for my daughter. Being a mother is not an easy job.

Any message for your fans?

I never call anyone a fan. I’ve always thought my viewers are my friends. I say to them, keep working hard. People will say what they want, you can’t change the world but don’t let the world change you. Whatever you’re doing is for your own satisfaction and you’re only answerable to yourself. If you think you’re doing right, then keep doing it.

The women from this part of the world have, since time immemorial, been strong, out spoken and courageous; they have defied social norms and restrictions to become heroic figures in their own right whose tales have been retold by each generation. Amongst these tragic heroines is the story of Sahiban who openly and intrepidly defied convention and her family in her love for Mirza

By Mahlia Lone

The Bigger Picture

The romance of Mirza Sahiban was first written by the Punjabi Sufi Jat poet Hafiz Barkhudar Ranjha from Tahat Hazara, Sargodha in the latter half of the seventeenth century. Becoming a student in the household of a Hakeem family, he moved to Chitti Sheikhan, Sialkot where his shrine is now located. A few decades after him, the Sindhi poet Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai included the romance in his tragic Seven Queens of Sindh. Hence, the story is shared by Punjabis and Sindhis equally.                  It’s interesting to note that none of these love stories portray the heroine passively pining or quietly accepting her fate while secretly clutching her forbidden love to her bosom as would be accepted culturally of Muslim women. The heroines play a central dynamic role within the story. Their mortal love gained the stature of worship of God as per Sufi tradition. They didn’t die meekly at the altar of love, but rebelled against the conventional norms of society, and sacrificed not only their body but also their soul for love.

The Punjabi Sufi poet Waris Shah wrote:

“Be thankful to God

For making love the root of the world

First he himself loved

Then he made the prophets

His beloved ones.”

Waris Shah, like other Sufi poets, started his poems with an invocation to Allah. Social and moral conventions seem trivial when viewed from the larger perspective of God and creation. The heroines rebelled against society’s double standards and may have been condemned by their friends and families but in the larger context, they were revered in folklore and by Sufi fakirs alike for taking a stand for what they believed in and for holding out for their right given to them by Islam to marry of their own choice.

The Story

Mirza Khan was the son of Chaudhry Wanjhal Khan, the leader of the Kharral tribe in Dhanbad, a village of Jaranwala, near Faisalabad. They belonged to the Jat community, the land owning but non-elitist farmers that originally hailed from the lower Indus valley of Sindh during Mohammed Bin Qasim’s conquest of Sindh in the 8th century and gradually migrated to the Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, etc.

“As Sahiban stepped out with a lungi tied

around her waist,

The nine angels died on

seeing her beauty

And God started counting

his last breath”

—Translated from

Shayer Pillo

Sahiban was the daughter of Sardar Mahni of Khewa, a village in Sial, near Jhang. As it happened, in the village of Khewa, Mahni’s mother had died at the time of his birth. A sympathetic and kindly neighbouring woman, who had recently given birth to a girl, took it upon herself to care for the motherless baby boy and breastfed him along with her daughter. The two children thus grew up as “milk” siblings, as was the custom of the day to call this special relationship.

In time, the girl, named Fateh Bibi, got married to Sardar Wanjal Kharral and moved a day’s journey on horseback away to the village of Dhanbad. The couple had a strong, healthy boy that they named Mirza. Fateh Bibi’s milk brother, Mahni Khan, Sardar of the Sial Jats, also got married and had a lovely daughter named Sahiban.

Mirza was sent as a boy to Khewa to study at his “milk uncle” Mahni’s house who made his daughter and her “cousin” study the Quran together. At first, Mirza didn’t notice how lovely Sahiban was since he was just a regular boy not into girls. But once puberty hit, the two teenagers began to feel attracted to each other.

One day, Mirza took a different path home walking back from school through a bazaar to while away the time.  Sahiban was at the vegetable seller’s stall buying squash. Mirza saw the vegetable seller absent mindedly weigh out extra squash transfixed by the teenage girl’s beauty. Mirza saw his playmate with new eyes and too was struck by her blossoming good looks.

Shayer Pillo described Sahiban’s beauty as such:

“As Sahiban stepped out with a lungi tied around her waist,

The nine angels died on seeing her beauty

And God started counting his last breath…”

Meanwhile, Mirza too was growing up to become a strong and athletic young man, an excellent horseman and highly skilled archer who never missed his target. He rode about the countryside on a powerful steed named Bakki, hunting deer and other animals with his bow and arrow. Sahiban, growing more beautiful each day, became aware of the dashing young man’s physical prime. Love sowed its seeds, which began to sprout and blossom. The two became inseparable, lost in their own world.

Sahiban was no meek miss but had a strong personality and knew how to stand up for herself. Once, upon mispronouncing Arabic, the maulvi (religious cleric) beat her with a chimmak (thin branch used for thrashing that stings). Instead of crying, the young girl admonished the maulvi for his unduly severe chastisement.

The youngsters idyllic days of blissful love were sadly not to last. When Sahiban’s parents found out about the love affair, they promptly sent Mirza back home to his parents, confined their willful, errant daughter to her room and arranged her marriage to Tahir Khan Chadhar who belonged to the same village.

The resourceful heroine sent a taunting message to her lover through Kammu, a Brahmin fakir who was travelling to Dhanbad: “You must come and decorate Sahiban’s hand with the marriage henna. This is the time you have to protect your self-respect and love, keep your promises, and sacrifice your life for truth.”

Her sarcastic words bit and worked their power on the hot blooded youth. Mirza’s sister pleaded with him not to leave for Khewa, as it was her marriage day and she wanted her brother to be present. His entire family beseeched him that the Sial brothers were very violent and he shouldn’t interfere where their family honour was concerned. But Mirza heeded no one. He was determined to rescue Sahiban from the forced marriage.

Before he left, his father told him that if he went, then he must be sure to return with Sahiban or else family “ki naak kat jai gee” (he would bring great dishonor to their family).  It had become a do or die mission. Left with no choice in the matter, Chaudhery Wanjhal grudgingly gave his beloved son his blessings to pursue his love.

“Chal, my Bakki,” (Let’s go) Mirza clicked his trusty steed and thundered towards his lady love in Khewa. He reached her house just as the mehndi ceremony was in full swing and, knowing the lay of the land, managed to steal her away. Pulling her on his horse beside himself, the two lovers galloped off.

When they had left her village far behind, and seeing no one in hot pursuit, Mirza stopped to rest, water and feed his spent horse. Having been riding for over a day now, he too lay down under the shade of a tree to rest for a few moments with his head in Sahiban’s lap and promptly fell asleep in exhaustion with Sahiban watching over him.

Sahiban just knew that her brothers would follow them.  Not wanting her hands to be dyed red with blood instead of henna, she desperately wanted to avoid a bloodbath. Knowing how skillful her lover was with his bow and arrow, she decided that she would be able to convince her brothers not to attack a defenseless Mirza. Thinking she would appeal to their love for her, she hastily broke Mirza’s arrow heads as he slept.

Back at the wedding party, Sahiban’s family couldn’t find her anywhere on the wedding day. Realizing she must have eloped with Mirza, her furious brothers and male cousins, accompanied by her jilted bridegroom, rode off on horseback brandishing swords in their hands. When they finally reached the lovers resting under the tree, they disregarded Sahiban who hadn’t given a jot for their izzat (honour).

Mirza awoke to an arrow whizzing past his throat shot by one of her brothers; he reached for his bow, but then spied all the broken arrows strewn about. Looking up at her in perplexity for an answer to what had transpired, he narrowly ducked as an arrow grazed his chest.

Sahiban threw herself on top of him, protectively covering his body with hers. Pushing her aside, her brothers reached them and ganged up on Mirza.

Though he valiantly tried his best to defend himself and Sahiban, Mirza was easily outnumbered. A blow from a sword on the back of his head ended his fragile life. Seeing her lover drop down dead, Sahiban in anguish picked up the same sword and pierced her body, ending her own life.

“When the sheet tears,

It can be mended with a patch

How can you darn the torn sky?

If the husband dies,

Another one can be found,

But how can one live if one’s lover dies?”

—From a folk song

Saeeda Imtiaz grew up in Long Island, New York where she got a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Stony Brook University. Though a confident, outgoing girl, never imagined she’d get a chance in the Pakistani film industry. Saeeda got her break portraying no less than Jemima Khan in Kaptaan (2012), the yet to be released film based on Imran Khan’s life. Mostly recently, she stars in the Jawed Sheikh directed and produced revenge thriller Wajood. Saeeda’s latest ambition is to start an NGO and join politics, which she divulges to Sana Zehra

For the movie Kaptaan you spent some time with Imran Khan. What did you learn about him?

He is very health conscious. When we went to Bani Gala, I still remember we had been sitting, conversing for a while; he suddenly stood up and started exercising. That’s great because he is aged 65+. It’s good to stay active.

What is that one thing that you think will fail social media?

I think for it to really fail, it needs to be banned. Just like how it happened with YouTube when it got banned and no one could use it. Unless that happens, social media will stay powerful and nothing will fail it.

Which charity is very close to your heart and why?

I admire two personalities in my life Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and Mother Teresa.

Recently I did a social campaign with a political party that I plan to join. I feel like there is no empathy left in us. I’m a very sensitive soul and it’s hard for me to see someone struggle. If we all start caring, we will be a very successful nation.

Celebrities nowadays are openly discussing serious issues. Stars like yourself are a role model for their younger fans who look up to them. What real change do you plan on making in people’s lives?

I hope that my work can give people courage. I’ve been doing social work lately and plan on joining politics. My hope is to hear people out and help them as much as I can.

Saeeda said at Bani Gala during their conversation, Imran Khan suddenly stood up and started exercising

Who have you taken the most retakes with?

Oh gosh! (Haha)

It was with Danish Taimoor while filming Wajood. And it happened twice that we had to do retakes repeatedly. I was injured at that time and had a muscle pull so I had to do a dance sequence 16-17 times. Danish was extremely patient about it and Jawed Sheikh as well was very calm and understanding.

How can one get your attention?

I’m a very friendly person. If anyone comes up to me, I would like them to talk to me. I like mingling a lot so I’ve never had an issue to converse freely. Most of the time I am in a good mood.

You were a Psychology major at SUNY Stony Brook. What is that one thing you learned studying the subject?

Empathy. Putting yourself in others shoes and thinking before speaking can make a huge difference.

Have you ever felt like you were taken for granted?

Many times. People who are sensitive to others are always taken for granted. I’m a very caring person like I said before and I see innocence in everyone. I actually don’t like that because you see goodness in others and you forget to see who they really are.

Most embarrassing comment ever made?

How my parents have disowned me. I just heard this from someone and it’s not at all even true. It’s more shocking than embarrassing.

What is that one role you feel like you will never ever take?

Actresses that have to do a lot of cheap titillation and overacting. I can never do that.

One actor you’d really like to work with?

Oh, there are lots of actors I would like to work with. I think Salman Khan in Bollywood. In Pakistan, I would love to work with Humayun Saeed and Fahad Mustafa.

Out of these three which role would you like to play?

Reema in Munda Bigra Jaye, Mahira in Raees or Mehwish Hayat in Punjab Nahin Jaungi?

Honestly, I haven’t seen any of these three movies, but if I were to pick one I would like to play Mehwish Hayat’s role. The reason for this is that I love traditional outfits and so far I haven’t done any projects that have a traditional Punjabi touch to them.

The actress is coy about which political party she is joining

Rapid Fire

Your career in one word?

I’m passionate about it.

One word for fillers?

I don’t know; I guess it’s a good thing to get them.

What gives your life meaning?

A smile on my mother’s face

Who do you stalk on social media?

So many people!

Texting or talking?

Calling because I hate texting, I hate Watsapping. I’m not the sort to sit and chitchat.

Fill in the blank

Danish Taimoor is so kind.

Jawed Sheikh is down-to-earth.

Who has it easier men or women?


If you were to give a vote for best actress who’d you give it to?

I like Zeba Bakhtiar. I think she’s a very natural actor so I think her.

Favourite actor?

I recently watched Bilal Ashraf’s movie Janaan and I think he did a really good job. Definitely him!

If you were to give your co-star a piece of advice what would it be?

To Danish Taimoor: How come I’ve never met your children?

Define love in three words?




Most googled questions about Saeeda?

Saeeda Imtiaz’s husband is?

Oh lord, this is the first time I’m actually hearing this! This is the funniest thing I’ve ever heard. I don’t have a husband. I was never married and when I will everyone will know.

Saeeda Imtiaz’s age?

That’s another question that people are very curious and keen to know but you should never ask a girl her age.

Is Saeeda Imtiaz related to Imran Khan?

I’m not related to him, but I’ve done a film based on Jemima Khan so we’ve met. We’re not related, I’m a Kashmiri-Punjabi and he’s a Pathan.

Saeeda really wants to work with Bollywood star Salman Khan

Ms. Imtiaz swears never to do cheap titillation or  overact

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As Salvador Dali famously said, a true artist is not one who is inspired but one who inspires others. This holds true for Raja Changez Sultan, a remarkable artist, writer and author of the book Shakarparian. He has created at least 5,000 paintings throughout his eminent career spanning nearly 50 years. Changez shares insight about his early life, mastered artistry and new painting series with Haider Rifaat

Give us your background.

I started painting 1967. I did my MFA and MSc in Communications and Writing from Columbia University. Before that, I studied in England at a boarding school as well as Lawrence College, Murree. I worked for the United Nations and came back to Pakistan to serve the government, mostly in the tourism sector. I was appointed Director General for Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) in Islamabad.

PNCA, being a fantastic institution, deals with artists, thinkers, writers, visual and performing arts and the country needs something like that, possibly in a more invigorated sense. The provinces have their own art councils but they are not quite active and barely contribute to the community of artists.

I believe that arts awareness in our country is not as revered as it is in India or Sri Lanka. If you are an artist or a thinker in such countries, the state machinery gives you a lot of respect and regard. In Pakistan, you are subject to serve their purposes and not contribute to the vision or direction of the country. Thus, there is a huge difference in perception.

“The biggest problem many people have is the inability to communicate and express themselves and it eventually blocks them up in a neurotic or psychotic state of mind”

Which are some of the more significant art shows you have participated in?

Let me be honest here. I am not a member of a group. I do not belong to the Punjab or Karachi lot. I have an independent education and awareness of where my art has taken me. Yes, I have communicated with such individuals as Director General but I did not contribute to their group. My name was up for the Pride of Performance Award a few years ago but I practice my art irrespective of what other people do and what accolades are given. I do not believe in such things.

The Divided Self (1968)

The government of Austria organized my notable exhibition at the Winter Palace (in Vienna). It was not open for exhibitions for the last 100 years but they made an exception for me. I have also had artistic displays in Switzerland, England, Singapore, India and so on. Having worked 16-17 hours a day throughout my life, I have never veered off the track.

You are unique in the country because your paintings are inspired by your poetry. Each poem has a corresponding painting. Describe your creative process.

“A woman subdivides more than a man does because when a woman gives birth to a child, a physical part of her becomes an extension of her”

The definition of aesthetics is how a person walks or talks, and a part of that translates into certain things that you may end up doing, be it painting, writing or any form of creativity. A part of his or her personality becomes an aesthetic, a signature that a person carries throughout his or her life. Being able to refine and define that aspect of yourself is what arts is all about.

Symphony In Yellow (1969)

When I paint, I always think in terms of series, not something that starts today and finishes tomorrow but something that starts today and stays with me for the rest of my life. It is pointless to invest my energy for three days on a one of a kind painting and work on something else the next day.

“The importance given to a man sacrificing himself is one in many centuries but a woman is put on a cross every day”

The first series I started to paint was the Divided Self. It came about because I had been working in mental hospitals in the United States and using creative therapy to help mental patients. The biggest problem many people have is the inability to communicate and express themselves and it eventually blocks them up in a neurotic or psychotic state of mind. There are so many personalities in us; some push us forward while others hold us back.

To find a visual representation of the Divided Self, I had to do a lot of thinking on how to approach the subject. One should know that it is an invariable representation of the same person but different aspects of a person. Even today, many people ask, why it is mostly women? It is because a woman subdivides more than a man does because when a woman gives birth to a child, a physical part of her becomes an extension of her. A man, however, ends up narrowing his perspective. A woman further splits; her subtotal will be herself and all the people she loves, especially her children.

I write on similar themes and paint them. The second series I took on was Himalayan Odyssey, which was about a series of mountains. It is based on my experiences traveling different mountain ranges. A part of them became a part of me. It makes sense when I paint about mountains because I have had a long-term interaction with them.

The themes of your paintings range from such diverse topics as politics to female beauty but your style of course is similar. Describe your painting style. What other themes have you tackled?

The most recent series I have been working on is the Crucifixion of Eve. The philosophy behind it is simple; from Adam and Eve’s time to the present, a woman has had to bear the brunt of responsibility of the world, whether it is childbirth or looking after generations. The importance given to a man sacrificing himself is one in many centuries but a woman is put on a cross every day. We give respect to a woman when we think of our mother or sister but generally, we do not regard woman the way we should. So, I replaced Christ with Eve on the cross in my latest painting as it made more sense. More or less, my painting style is a blend of expressionism and impressionism.


A Greek term meaning a dramatic, verbal description of a visual work of art

The Himalayan Odyssey

In these silent wastes

Only spirits roam

Searching an elusive peace,

The primal union of man and stone!

An art critic wrote that your “work is linked in its various moods by a sense of timelessness, a fantasy that remains to haunt the viewers memory.” What does this sense of timelessness represent? What feelings in the viewer do you seek to evoke?

People have used art for different purposes. Today, if I start painting Nanga Parbat, it is making it as regional as it can be. To me, a mountain is something common and so is a woman. When you paint images that are universal, they never age and may never transcend to an expected level. I will not paint something that makes a woman belong to a specific era. If I do that, it takes the universality away from the image.

If you aim for universality of art, you build bridges to bring people together. You are not looking for differences that separate them. There are different approaches that people assume and people do not wish to think about such things. I do, because it is easy for me to build a bridge than a castle. The timelessness aspect comes in only if you are dealing with permanent thoughts; mountains, rivers and a flower’s body are timeless.

Crucifixion Of Eve (2017), Mr Sultan’s Latest Artistic Venture

“My painting style is a blend of expressionism and impressionism”

The selection of imagery used defines the kind of work you do. Every individual has a set of responses to art. I would never want anyone to feel some way about my art. If I have done justice to my piece, I will be more interested in what I am capable of doing.

Your paintings have an otherworldly element to them, i.e. bathed in mist. How do you achieve this effect? Do you use thin washes of paint? Tell us about your technique.

Yes, I use thin washes of paint. I always look for my own solutions. I do not live with other people’s work. I always find what I am capable of doing, not what others have done or not done. I use cloth to make a brush as opposed to using a conventional thick brush. The control on the canvas is much more freeing and you can create more textural effect with it.

A majority of artists add paint to the canvas and they create their images that way. I, on the other hand, might  put paint on a canvas but I would often remove it to create images out of the same canvas. So, it is almost a reverse application of paint.

The Three Graces
The Three Graces (2017)

“If you aim for universality of art, you build bridges to bring people together. You are not looking for differences that separate them”

Who are some of the more avid and notable collectors of your work?

There are many people but I won’t take names as it draws emphasis to them. What people buy or don’t buy will never define your art. I have been lucky that I never had to compromise my work to suit someone else’s purpose.

Tell us about your latest series?

Mr Raja Changez Sultan With His Recent Work ‘The Wood Nymphs’ (2018)

The latest one is Crucifixion of Eve. I will complete the next three or five paintings in a year or so. I may exhibit them when I have at least forty paintings made. It is a slightly controversial subject so one has to be careful with it; however, it is better to keep doing what you do best.

Photography by Haider Rifaat

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Square Neckline

Puffed Shoulders

High end designers to high street stores have all adopted this silhouette. Don’t worry, it’s not quite 80s dramatic oversized sleeves but it’s been reimagined for the Instagram generation. Perfect for those vintage lovers.

Christian Siriano RTW Spring 2018

Co-ord Sets

Because good things come in twos… Sets look effortless chic. Now a cool top looks great on it’s own but it would look even better with matching bottoms.

Pastel Colors

Ice cream shades have been everywhere this season from VB to Chanel and in different styles too like sheer, which if you style, you can tick off another trend box. Textures are your best friend when it comes to these tonal colours.

  1. Ultra Light Loose Glitter Pigments by Stage Line Spain

The new ultra light loose glitter pigments by Stage Line Spain are iridescent and duo-chrome. The desirably highly pigmented loose glitter with true staying power creates the latest fad of glittery eye looks flawlessly. Available in 6 stunning shades.

  1. Stole my heart

East Breakout has launched a new collection of colourful geometric and floral stoles. These scarves will make you look like the cool fashion diva you always wanted to be. Tie them in a myriad of styles for Parisian chic.

  1. Digital Realm

Calling all Lahoris! Digital Realm, a noveltly gifts and collectibles company has now opened its doors at Vogue Towers. A vide range of customized t-shirts, collectible toys, action figures and gadgets are on offer. So what are you waiting for? Head on over now.

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