Sometimes we should put a little more thought in the gifts you buy for your friends then the money you spend on it. Gift should always be well thought of then well paid for to show love.

Selecting the right gift in Pakistan for your friends is difficult because there are many factors to consider to avoid awkwardness. You should avoid risk in Pakistan, and communicate openly about exchanging gifts. In Pakistan sometimes it can be difficult to buy presents for your friends as you don’t find many things.

Here are some guidelines for shopping in Pakistan for your significant other during the holidays even if you can’t find the right thing:

Do not use “controversial” packaging for gifts. An example of controversial packaging is putting something notably cheaper, or something other than jewelry in a recycled Tiffany box.

Do take a friend along for shopping in Pakistan to keep you sane. When we are left alone to our own devices, we talk ourselves out of fine judgment.

Don’t go too big, or too small when buying a gift in Pakistan. The easiest way to avoid too big or small is to talk about it beforehand and maybe set budget limits.

Do discuss whether you’re exchanging gifts or not that year. If you started dating any time after September, you’re in that weird abyss of not knowing if you’re doing gifts for the holidays in Pakistan

Don’t give “get-a-clue” gifts in Pakistan. A “get-a-clue” gift is a gym membership, diet materials, etc to people you love.

Do triple check sizes on dresses in Pakistan. Women in Pakistan feel humiliated if you get them a size smaller as they think you are hinting on their size. Just do your homework and make sure you’re at least close.

Do communicate with their family members and friends for ideas for gifts. Not only will your friends appreciate that you took the time to research, you can do a little bonding with their family in the procedure.

Don’t give PG 13 gifts to friends in Pakistan.

Comments Off on Dos and Don’ts of giving gifts to your friends in Pakistan Posted by saher on Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Now, is the time to decorate the Christmas tree and enjoy the festivity of the Christmas celebrations, which brings the message of peace, prosperity and happiness for everyone. So friends, gather around the Christmas tree, and join the singing choir! Merry Christmas to all!

It is time to light up your evergreen Christmas tree. The Christmas tree is often brought into a home, but can also be used in the open, and can be decorated with Christmas lights (originally candles), ornaments, garlands and tinsel during the days around Christmas. An angel or star is often placed at the top of the tree, which represents the host of angels.

In the ancient times, pagans, Druids, Egyptians, Chinese, and Hebrews celebrated the Winter Solstice, (Dec. 21st), the day of the year that the Sun begins its ascent in the sky, thereby ushering a fertile time of planting and bountiful harvests. Hence, the evergreen tree on Christmas represented eternal life.

Later in history, Germans hung wafers on the tree along with the apples to represent the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross on Christmas. After the beginning of the New Year, the Pagans would take the chopped decorated Christmas tree down and burn the “Yule” log in remembrance of the past year. The custom of erecting a Christmas tree on Christmas can be historically traced to 16thcentury Northern Germany and the Baltic region.

The first documented use of an evergreen tree in a Christmas celebration was in Riga, Latvia, in the year 1510. In the early 19th century, the custom on Christmas became popular among the nobility and spread to royal courts as far as Russia. During most of the 1970s and 1980s, the largest Christmas tree in the world was put up every year on the property of The National Enquirer in Lantana, Florida.

The United States’ National Christmas tree is lit each year on the South Lawn of the White House. Christmas tree is, lit by candles in Denmark. Modern commercialisation of Christmas has resulted in trees being put up much earlier; in shops. In Australia, the Christmas tree is usually put up on the 1st of December, which occurs about a week before the school summer holidays; except for South Australia, where most people put up their tree after the Adelaide Credit Union. Types of trees used for Christmas celebrations are fir (Abies), which have the benefit of not shedding their needles when they dry out, as well as retaining good foliage colour and scent; but species in other genera are also used. The first artificial Christmas trees were developed in Germany during the 19th century.

Natural Christmas trees on the other hand are entirely biodegradable and are often reused by tree farms or local governments as woodchips or mulch.
The Christmas trees are decorated with candles or electric lights (fairy lights), toy bear following a particular theme. It is mostly done in departmental stores. Many people on Christmas decorate outdoor trees with food that birds and other wildlife enjoys.

Each year, 33 to 36 million Christmas trees are produced in America, and 50 to 60 million are produced in Europe.

Comments Off on Time to light up the Christmas Tree! Posted by saher on Friday, December 25th, 2009

Christmas day is celebrated on the day, when Jesus Christ was born and one hopes that in Pakistan, the celebrations would, be marked with lights, music, songs, colour and festivity followed by special prayers for the peace and prosperity of the country.

For, Christians everywhere and in Pakistan particularly, is a wonderful time of the year when you feel so special, spiritually and socially. The best part about Christmas is that it knows no bounds, in every country people from all walks of life, whoever they may be, enjoy a slice of the celebration; and in Pakistan too, with the growing number of Christians here and government’s recognition of the festivals of the minorities, Christmas is becoming a great feast for everyone. For Christian community, a special function was arranged at (PNCA) which was graced by Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani and a special dinner for Christian community was also held at President House to mark the Christmas celebrations.

Christian community in Pakistan is giving final touches to the preparations. The Christian community in Pakistan is decorating their homes with colourful lights; even the churches are illuminated with golden twilights to celebrate the joy and spirit of Christmas. The aim of Christmas is to spread the message of peace, harmony and unity among the world communities. According to Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti, “This time, Christmas will be celebrated in the same old spirit, which kindles love and hope.”

Christian employees working for government and private firms would be getting bonus on their salaries and Christmas perks also, according to the Punjab government notifications. On these celebrations, youth buy cards and gifts and children decorate Christmas trees with their parents. Little boys and girls participate in Christmas plays in schools. Shops are opened till midnight and cakes are being decorated with reference to Christmas celebrations. To add more colour to Christmas, college and university students give donations, help out charities or other activities that calls on people to give their time and share with those who do not have anything.

Newspapers, television and radio print and broadcast special programmes and articles on the importance of Christmas day. Because of wide media activities in Pakistan; channels telecast plays, carol singing and visits to Christian churches and homes are recorded.

Comments Off on Christmas celebrations in Pakistan come to life… Posted by saher on Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Beauty is not how you look with lots of make up on your face and putting gin an hour of your time trying to get that look. Beauty comes from within and enhances the outer beauty with it.

In Pakistan nobody wants to grow old. Nobody wants line or wrinkly neck in Pakistan. So, how do we fight the aging process living in Pakistan? Well, the quickest answer is—the way your skin and body ages depends on how you look after your body, inside and out!

Here’s what most people in Pakistan don’t get: your aesthetic beauty depends more on the strength of your digestion and metabolism, the quality of your sleep, how often you have a bowel movement, the foods you eat and the cleanliness of your liver than on scrubs, cleansers and anti-wrinkle creams that cost you your entire paycheck but don’t give you results. When you proactively take care of your internal health, your external appearance will automatically look truly radiate with that envied youthful glow.

We’ll discuss the absolute-hands-down-best-ever foods to eat to prevent aging and boost collagen production which will help in creating lasting beauty into your 50’s, 60’s and 70’s!

  1. Eat fresh, whole and natural occurring foods that are freshly prepared. For the sake of your health and your external appearance, avoid packaged, frozen and processed foods as they offer zero nutritional value and do nothing for your aging skins collagen layers.
  2. Eat food loaded with leafy green vegetables like kale, any kind of seaweed, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and spinach nourish the skin and protect it from premature aging. These veggies are overloaded with antioxidants, help regulate your hormones and contain many essential vitamins and minerals like iron and calcium.
  3. Consume juicy foods like grapes, melons, pears, plums, grapefruit, oranges, pomegranates, pineapple, figs, dates and apples. These foods are packed with antioxidants, promote efficient digestion, help remove impurities from your body and are splendid for your skin.
  4. Keep away from processed white flour in your food! Instead eat a wide variety of whole grains, like whole wheat, quinoa, millet and barley. Not only are these grains loaded with antioxidants, they are great for promoting healthy bowel movements that relieve your body of toxins.
  5. Use oil and eat butter in your food. These types of fats are remarkable for your skin. The best oils are: organic extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil and organic sesame oil. Butters and ghees that are organic and all natural should also be included in your diet as they lubricate, nourish and create lustrous skin, hair and nails. And, to keep your skin extra lush, put coconut oil on a clean face each night before bed.
Comments Off on Enhance your beauty inside and outside Posted by saher on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

(Lahore: 15 December 2009) Following the successful release of his third studio album ‘Beetaye Pal’, Ali Sher introduces his work as a composer on a collaborative single with Rafaqat Ali Khan entitled ‘Ishq’.

Originally written by Ghulam Farid Khan, Ali’s composition is inspired by the Sindhi Bharwain Rag and is a fusion of both Eastern and Western instruments such as Ethnic Percussions, Muted Guitar, ‘Tabla’, ‘Dholak’ and ‘Duff’. He has also incorporated African instruments such as the ‘D.Jembe’ and ‘Congo’.

Rafaqat Ali Khan, who hails from the illustrious Sham Chaurasia Gharana is renowned for his work in various Bollywood productions including the Hrithik Raushan hit ‘Krrish’. In harmony with his family generational legacy, Rafaqat Ali Khan brings the classical ‘Khayal Gayeki’ inspiration and tradition to Ali Sher’s composition.

Speaking about this collaboration, Ali Sher has said, “I’ve always wanted to collaborate with Rafaqat Sahab, but never got a chance. I’ve seen him perform numerous times, and have been mesmerized by the depth and passion with which he sings. I believe Rafaqat Sahab’s ‘Gayeki’ is deeply rooted in our heritage and I am thrilled to be a part of ‘Ishq’.

“This ‘Kafi’ style of singing has been around for over 100 years and belongs to my Gharana. Ali Sher has composed and arranged this song beautifully. He is an intelligent and passionate musician and we are currently planning on doing a whole album together.” says Rafaqat Ali Khan on his collaboration with Ali Sher for ‘Ishq’.

Recorded at Ali Sher’s studio, Ishq has been roughly arranged based on the free form vocals of Rafaqat Ali Khan. With the release of this song, Ali Sher plans to collaborate with various classical and Sufi artists in the future to develop his work as a composer.

Ali Sher Profile:

Ali Sher began his music career in the early nineties, when the Pop music industry in Pakistan was still in its early experimental stages. Over the decade Ali has professionally streamlined and broadening his music and genre with three albums, musical scores for sitcoms and serials along with diverse collaborations with the likes of Ustad Tanveer Hussain, Ustad Ballu, Mekaal Hassan and most recently with Rafaqat Ali Khan.

His first Album, ‘Yadoon Main’ was released in 2001 accompanied with the successful music video ‘Shaam’. This was followed by his second album, ‘Mann Marzi’ released in 2003, which included hit singles like ‘Chan Sajna’, ‘Mein Tay Mann Lae Haar’ and ‘Hijr’. His third and most recent album ‘Beetay Pal’ was released earlier this year and is a blend of live music and electronic beat. Live music on the album is played by Mekaal Hassan, Ustaad Ballu khan, Ustaad Wajid Ali and Rana Hassan.

With more than 14 years of experience; Ali’s music has come to represent a creative blend of genres ranging from compositions to synthesized sensibilities. His music portrays a passion for culture and language and he diversifies his music by expressing his creativity through both Urdu and Punjabi vocals.

As a songwriter and composer, he has also composed music for several artists and organizations including a collaboration with Hadiqa Kiyani for her second album ‘Roshni’, the title song for ‘Dr aur Billa’ by Jawad Bashir and a musical composition entitled “Save the Nation” for the All Pakistan Endocrine & Diabetes Association (APEDA), for which he received a special award in 2008.

Ali Sher has diversified his artistic sphere over the years through his acting in sitcoms such as ‘Saath’, and ‘Yeh Tau Hona Hi Tha’; both of which were aired on Hum TV. He was recently also involved in the composition of music for acclaimed international film ‘Kashf’ which previewed in Cannes and Berlin and for the documentary ‘Made in Pakistan’, slated for international release in 2010 and aired locally in 2009.

Ali is currently working on his fourth album along with the release of his latest collaborative venture titled “Ishq” featuring Rafaqat Ali Khan of the illustrious Shaam Chaurasi Gharana. With ‘Ishq’ Ali Sher has experimented with eastern classical fusion. Composed, structured, mixed and produced by him, “Ishq” is sung in the famous ‘Kafi’ style in which Ali has incorporated instruments including ethnic percussions, muted guitar, ‘tabla’, ‘dholak’, ‘duff’ and the African ‘D.Jembe’.

Comments Off on Ali Sher releases his latest collaborative venture ‘Ishq’ Posted by saher on Monday, December 21st, 2009

In Pakistan winter is definitely upon us. Goodbye to harsh summer of Pakistan, it’s time to whip out the winter coat and start planning your winter wardrobe. In Pakistan shalwar kameez is easy to wear and feminine, but separates allow you to stretch your wardrobe much further. In fashion of Pakistan jeans, skirts and trousers can take on so many differently new looks with a change of the shirt or top you wear with it.

Wear a top under your coat, so when the coat goes off, you can show off your gorgeous new look. In fashion of Pakistan black lace top is really big this season. In Pakistan tops with a big bow are also in fashion not tops with small ribbons but one giant bow around the collar of a buttoned up top. In

Comments Off on The tops to have this winter in Pakistan Posted by saher on Thursday, December 17th, 2009

it can be very easy to save money once you know how to and when you have your credit cards safely hidden away. While shopping you should never loose yourself as that can lead to over purchasing.

  1. Ask and you might be given. It won’t always work, but every now and then all you have to do is ask nicely for a discount to get one in Pakistan. As they’re ringing you up, ask if it’s possible to get a discount on your purchase and save money.
  2. Look after of your clothes to save money. Dry-clean when the tag says to dry-clean, hand-wash nice lingerie, and don’t let your floor double as a cabinet. Your favorite items will last a lot longer if you take care of them, and you won’t have to replace them often.
  3. After an item lingers in stores in Pakistan a month or more, retailers start dropping its price to get it out the door, grab the item.
  4. There’s no worse feeling than finding out that your latest overindulgence went on sale days after you bought it. Before you hand over your credit card on a big purchase and to save money, ask if the object of your fashion envy is going on sale soon in Pakistan.
  5. Take advantage of buy-one-get-one-half-off sales and similar discounts — not by buying all that you can, but by clueing in your fashion-forward friends in Pakistan. If you’re both craving a new pair of winter boots, hit the sales together and take advantage of the special deals it will help save money.
  6. Befriend the salesgirl at your favorite shopping hot spots in Pakistan. Make an effort to say hello to her when you’re shopping, ask for her opinion on something you’re trying on, and make sure you jump on her line when she’s at the register. Be a familiar and friendly face, and she might give you a heads-up on sales or ring up a discount code for you.
  7. In Pakistan hit the stores on a weekday to make sure you get a good selection. Thursdays are ideal — you’ll likely be able to take benefit of weekend sales while still having a big selection to choose from. If you go later in the weekend, your favorite stores in Pakistan are more likely to be empty.
  8. In Pakistan get the best deals by stocking up on seasonal clothing right as the season is finishing. Scour sale racks for short sleeves in November and sweaters in April.
  9. In Pakistan we all have that one store that spoils our shopping judgment. Force yourself to stick to your budget and prevent spontaneous shopping sprees.
  10. Thrift shops can be just as pricey as expensive boutiques, if not more so. But your friends’ wardrobe can be free. Manage a clothing swap with your chicest pals in Pakistan. If your clothes and shoes don’t fit swap accessories — new scarves, headbands, bags, and costume jewelry are great ways to refresh your style.
Comments Off on 10 ways to save money when buying clothes Posted by saher on Tuesday, December 15th, 2009