Archive for March, 2016

Once , I was a beautiful flower ,
But now I am just a stem
It’s really uncanny thing
That I am passing by
My surrounding just seem to pester me now
My colors are ugly
I wanna throw them away,
Didn’t like my shades of grey.

I wanted to be chosen by someone special
But , that was my imbecility..

No , I don’t wanted to look like other flowers
Just me but good looking Me
Was all I really wanted

Yes , one day I will fly away
Wind will blow
Till then you come too
And pluck me away !!

Divya Malhotra For Beyond Sanity Publishing

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Karachi – March 26th, 2016: Karachi witnessed creativity and film enthusiasts come together this Saturday, March 26th, for the annual screening of the 60 Second Intl. Film Festival. The festival was held at the Pakistan American Cultural Centre (PACC). Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, the event featured a workshop on filmmaking and photography, enlightening discussions and film screenings.

60 Second Intl. Film Festival is an initiative that provides a platform for young filmmakers from around the world to present their ideas and perceptions visually in front of diverse audiences. The initiative believes in empowering the youth to raise their voice, and create awareness regarding social issues that matter.

Children’s creativity was honed during the workshop on filmmaking and photography, followed by a screening of films created by children from previous workshops held in collaboration with US Embassy and WWF respectively. To conclude the screening for kids, an episode of the animated series, Burka Avengers was also shown.

The evening session entailed workshops, enlightening discussions and the screening of the best 60 Second Intl. Film Festival films. The third place for best film went to “Toofani Kiddo” by Ramaisa Shahid from Pakistan, second place to “Shaitan” by Sourabh Bali from India, and “Vision” by Farzad Samimi and Vahid Omidi from Afghanistan bagged the first place.

The guests present at the event appreciated the unique program and said such events should take place more often. Abrar ul Hassan, the Festival Director, stated that “60 Second Intl. Film Festival is more than a festival; it is a union of art and media from all around the globe with the purpose of inspiring many.”

Lahore – March 24th, 2016: Lahore witnessed creativity and film enthusiasts come together this Thursday for the annual screening of the 60 Second Intl. Film Festival. The festival was held at the School of Creative Arts, in collaboration with the University of Lahore. Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, the event featured a workshop on filmmaking and photography, enlightening discussions and film screenings.

60 Second Intl. Film Festival is an initiative that provides a platform for young filmmakers from around the world to present their ideas and perceptions visually in front of diverse audiences. The initiative believes in empowering the youth to raise their voice, and create awareness regarding social issues that matter.

Children’s creativity was honed during the workshop on filmmaking and photography, followed by a screening of films created by children from previous workshops held in collaboration with US Embassy and WWF respectively. To conclude the screening for kids, an episode of the animated series, Burka Avengers was also shown.

The evening session entailed a panel discussion, an open house session and the screening of the best 60 Second Intl. Film Festival films. The third place for best film went to “Toofani Kiddo” by Ramaisa Shahid from Pakistan, second place to “Shaitan” by Sourabh Bali from India, and “Vision” by Farzad Samimi and Vahid Omidi from Afghanistan bagged the first place.

The guests present at the event appreciated the unique program and said such events should take place more often. Abrar ul Hassan, the Festival Director, stated that “60 Second Intl. Film Festival is more than a festival; it is a union of art and media from all around the globe with the purpose of inspiring many.”  Rachael Chen, Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Consulate General in Lahore praised the festival, saying that “the festival provides young filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their talents, and initiate discussions about key issues facing youth today.”

The festival will travel to more cities in coming weeks.

Walking under the starry night

I behold the heavens twinkling above me

A full moon shines, and yet

I think of you.

You. Yes you.

Did you think it was someone else?

That I didn’t hold you dear?

Or did you think I could,

In all my years

Desire another besides you?

That I could dare?

(2)

I look up, a cloudy sky

Dark purple and black

Thunder rolls.

A flash, bright blue

And I am besides you

You. Yes you

Both of us are soaking wet

But what do we care?

I brush aside your dripping locks,

As you wipe away my tears.

I smile and blink,

And I stand alone, hands outstretched

Empty.

(3)

Trees sway in the tempest wild

Boughs creaking

Leaves scattered about

And I see you.

You. Yes you.

Standing with the wind in your hair,

Whipping those locks of lovely brown,

About and around.

You stand there like a deity of a culture lost,

Shrouded in leaves and floating dust.

And then

I see you for what you really are,

A figment of my imagination,

A cooked up dream.

(4)

A dawn, crisp and clear

Life anew

A zephyr blows, cool and fresh.

And I feel you.

You. Yes you.

Your presence lingers in the air,

And the slowly filtering light

Your touch is in the morning dew.

Your voice, in the murmuring stream

The birds call out your name,

Soft and sweet, like summertime rain.

You blow around me,

Like a stray gust of wind in sweltering heat.

Standing still,

I look around.

My heart asks

What is lost and cannot be found?

And a whisper,

You..

Muhammad Taqdees Alam For Beyond Sanity Publishing

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Sky Lights by Maham Batool

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You took me and made me an underling

A scent familiar to yours is clung to my soul..

I’m awake in the wilderness of my life

And you don’t…you don’t know at all..

Just to av a beautiful eternity with you..

I av left time in backyard of my mind..

My rib cage burns with this smoke..

But my demons still..still find a hope

I promised my heart to never fall in love

But it was three a.m. of winter night

And We were laughing so hard..

My heart went out of my mind.

I was like a sand Castle

And you were like the wind

I knew I was gonna go down with you..

But my God it was one sweet hit.

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M. Arslan For Beyond Sanity Publishing

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Photo by Maham  Batool

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Ever since I started working, I always pictures Hira Ali, the  CEO of Revelations Event Management and Decorators to be a mentor and inspiration for every young girl wanting to make their place in the world. She is very professional and very friendly at the same time, she motivates and encourages so many people in Pakistan and even around the globe.

Revelations has created so many beautiful events together, exquisite photography, delicious catering, decor that would make you say ‘O Dear God, I want this on my birthday’

So Beauty? Check.

Confidence? Check.

Success? Check.

Be  Inspired.

Define yourself?

I’m a workaholic and I strive for perfection.

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What is it like being a woman who work as an equal to men and pulling off events better than them?

It feels great hahaha. Being able to stand proud and happy at the end of every event makes me feel great.

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Is Pakistan supportive of working women?

At first they weren’t but now the trend s changing and are yes very much supportive.

What was the most exciting event of your career?

Everyday is a new day, with new people, new places so I think that day is its yet to come.

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Where is Revelations headed in the next 5 years?

It started between friends and now, it had become Islamabad’s most sought after event management company. In the next 5 years, I see it very ahead of its game.

What makes Revelation exceptional?

We’re the pioneers in the field of thematic birthdays that makes the magic happen. Till now, we have organized more thematic birthdays and weddings planned than any other event management company in Islamabad.

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Name some of the achievements Rev scored.

Making magic happen and being the reason behind people’s happiness is the biggest achievement anyone can ask for.

What is reason behind women not adjusting in this men’s world?

Who said it’s a men’s world? (Smiles)

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What was the biggest career decision you made other than Revelations?

This is what I wanted all the way. Revelations is who I am.

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What kind of people do you hate to work with?

Over confident, Nosy & Fake. Might sound rude,but trust me, when you are in this line of work, you get to meet all sorts of people.

How do you see event management in Pakistan?

Event management has created a huge industry for itself in the past few years in Pakistan and no doubt that it is one of the most successful businesses in Pakistan.

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What would you like to say to all young girls wanting to follow your footsteps?

I would like them to always be original, and that they should never forget their roots.

Rev

Hira Ali for Beyond Sanity Publishing

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What monstrosity has befallen you that your eyes mourn even as your lips crease into one of the most surreal smiles I have ever set eyes on. You are utterly beautiful, lost so deep in the abyss of your agony that its almost artistic, you and your pain, like a modern piece of art weaved together as one. You see you stay in gloom so oft that it has now become impossible to picture you without its shadow looming over you, like an old friend that sticks by like an uninviting shadow. A fire within your soul, your body is nothing but a shell to the explosive grenade that you are, a time bomb that is ticking away for an undefined number of years but trust me when you go off, you will blow up everyone around you with the shrapnel of your undeniable pain; a pain that dwelt on you for so long that separating you from it will be fatal to you. Life; you see is like a mischievous child, who plays hide and seek with you until we give up and when we do, it comes out, to our surprise, from none other than inside us. Life, never hides, it just seeps into your bones and slips under your skin and pretends to lay dead there as you search about in a frenzy for it, never looking into your own self. Hear me out loud and clear, do not play this deadly game with life for it never goes back defeated. Sadly, its too late isn’t it, you have already lost haven’t you. You know what, you are the perfect ruin,you remind me of me!

Hadiya Rahman For Beyond Sanity Publishing

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Life Decisions: Photo by Maham Batool

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