This issue is an ode au printemps. Spring is beautiful in its possibilities and opportunities. When winter breathes its last sigh, the doors open up for new beginnings and fresh air. It is the best time to step out and explore what is in the city and around you. In the same vein, our cover story embodies this spirit and features Mira Sethi as a modern day Renaissance woman, treading her way across her hometown, Lahore as she visits some of her favorite places. She takes us to the Quaid e Azam Library on the Mall, to the historical Lawrence Gardens and finally her home library.
As this month marks the 77th anniversary of Pakistan’s Resolution Day, our mission statement, ‘Travel Across Pakistan’ reigns supreme over all else. Hence we proudly present a brand that carries an open declaration of its love for Pakistan on all shop fronts both- nationwide and internationally, Khaadi. This month also marks the opening of Khaadi’s latest flagship store at Emporium Mall, Lahore. An enchanted space, it pays homage to the brand’s essential ethos of art, design and culture where elements of nature are complimented by modern features to create a truly wondrous experience.
Talking of the newness of things brings us to Omar Shahid Hamid’s most recent offering, The Party Worker. Yusra Askari profiles the man who in addition to being perhaps the only writer in Pakistan penning crime thrillers in English is also SSP Intelligence, Counter Terrorism in one of the world’s most volatile metropolis- Karachi.
Clean air is to spring what sunshine is to summer- fundamental. It is thus that after having read a scathing review in the Guardian, Fifi Haroon decides to clear the air with Gurinder Chadha about her latest release, Viceroy’s House and talks to lead actor, Huma Qureshi about her role in the film, her Pakistani connections and her take on the events of 1947.
While on the topic of Resolution Day, the symbolic Minar-e-Pakistan warrants a special mention. Journalist Sonya Rehman uncovers the story of Nasreddin Murat-Khan, the man responsible for one of Pakistan’s most iconic monuments that goes far beyond this legacy.
Good weather is a great excuse to travel to places that are blessed with it. Journalist and travel enthusiast, Madeeha Syed makes a trip to the Balkan states and narrates an account of her visit to Sarajevo, a city she spontaneously and helplessly falls in love with. A town with a rich and vibrant multi-ethnic multi-cultural past, she learns that it is a place that two decades after the war is rebuilding on its ruins and is ready to move on.
Adding a fresh name to our roster of writers is the very impressive food writer and cookery teacher, Sumayya Usmani. She begins her journey with us by reminiscing about the flavors marking her childhood in Pakistan and connects it with food from her chosen home, Scotland. She identifies tastes that blend the two nations, using the Scottish “stovies” as an adaptation of the primary Pakistani dish “aloo gosht” and shares a bespoke recipe for this original meal.
What is better than the time when possibilities become opportunities and then experiences! London based Masume Hidayatallah, acting on impulse, finds herself in the heart of Sindh visiting the cradle of civilization – Moenjodaro. But a well meditated decision leads Ahmad Altaf, a trekker from the LUMS Adventure Society with his small group to successfully attempt the Kilik Pass (4820 m) trek in winter.
Also scaling new heights is Arshad Khan. An in-depth story behind the man popularly known as ‘Chai Wala’ who took the world of social media by storm, reveals why he is more than a mere flash in the pan.
This and a whole set of other exciting tales have been curated to bring to you the best of and from Pakistan- locally and globally. Happy reading!