So Omer Farooq was kind enough to let me cover the Republic S/S'15 collection from backstage. He also let me style it up a bit which is very generous of him since I think I changed a lot of looks. And it was an amazing experience to be backstage. Here are a few shots of the clothes up close in the edits that i like. Photography by myself.
Have Beens (Pros/Good Aspects)
1. FUN FUN FUN! Not a single moment (except a few) were idle. It was a four day doze of fun!
2. Events for Everyone! Nerds (gaming), Jocks (footsal) and what not. Seems like every stereotypes personality had something to keep themselves busy with!
3. The food was great! Yes, it was delicious. The dinner was well catered and tasty!
4. The socials! They were fun and engaging and gossip worthy. Whether it was about who looked hot or not (I'm sure the fire breather was!) or the play's replays (you know what I mean), all the social events were engaging and fun.
5. Last, but not the least, the speeches at the opening and closing ceremony were really short and to the point, thus making them a lot lot less time consuming and that is how it should be.
Noteworthy mentions should go to the videographers and the creative team for making awesome videos about the event and the logo design was simply alaa!
Should Have Beens (Cons/Can Improve On)
1. The time management was extremely pathetic. Events started late. And not just an hour late. But two or three hours late! That's unbearable.
2. The social media team was extremely pathetic. They know nothing about hash tags and how to be active on twitter. Though their pics might say follow them on twitter, but let me assure you, it wasn't good. The updates were slow and their was no distribution of events. It was all just haphazard and ill managed. And can someone please realize that instagram is now a must have social app. And they're not even on that!
3. the accommodation could have been better. Trust me. Stacking everyone in a common room gives no time to bond with people of other universities as they just make groups and leave others out. At least otherwise, no one will feel left out like I did (I was the only one from my uni to stay back at NUST).
Rest, it was amazing!
Hope to see a better event next year!
I'll be honest, the night was tiring and exhausting. I couldn't sleep well (not the fault on the part of organizers, though). The morning began with an amazing breakfast of aloo wale parathe in the dining hall of the Al-razi 1 hostel. The staff was very helpful because I had asked one of them to tell me how to get my clothes ironed as the laundry is closed on Saturdays, so the guy got me my clothes ironed on a short notice! After changing into something suitable and non trendy (i don't like wearing the same clothes as everyone) I got to my friend's room where I saw how cool the NUST hostels are. The toilets are clean and they have hot water dispensers, which my friend tells me are useful in making noodles at midnight.
Anyhow, the events I attended this day were just the graffiti, during the day. I was too tired to walk so much, and by the time I reached for bait bazi, it had ended. The graffiti was really good. The people were talented and the artwork was very eye catching. Meanwhile, paintball competition was going on off campus at the Lake View Park (envious me!). I realized when I woke up that I hadn't missed much. Third day was not that much fun while the sun was up. But the excitement could be felt in the air as the sun went down. It was almost time for the theme dinner. And the theme was Gothic. Sorry to say (I had no other choice) but I had sneaked into one of the abandoned girls' rest room to get my make up done by my girl team mates as I know nothing about eye liner and what all the powder stuff is. So I showed them a pic I had taken off Google and they morphed me into a Gothic monster. I looked so scary. And that was good. So while I waited in the boys' line (it was reallyyyyyy long as compared to the girls' one) to get to the dinner, my friends got in. I got in just in time of the start of the awards ceremony. The ploitical skit was a shocker as everyone had assumed the real Imran Khan was there, but it was just a sketch that was well performed (though IK was a tad bit skinny). The musical performance was awesome as I have always been a fan of Kashif Chishti. Then at the awards ceremony, I won! It felt so good to win! Then there was a mind blowing Mime performance. But I was disappointed when I saw how people behaved when dinner was served. We are not animals, and all of the participants failed to show that they belonged to an educational institutuion. I hardly got food. But whatever I got was good. And thus ended a tiring third day of the NUST Olympiad 2013.
I had assumed the closing ceremony would come quick. Which it didn't. It was the last day and it felt really sad to know I would be leaving behind all the fun times. But one has to get back to life. The day began with me waiting for the speed filming competition to begin. And when it did, I wasn't diappointed. Some of the films were really good. Though some were just.....I'd better not speak. It was a good experience overall. But the photography competition screening was really really good. I'm pretty sure the judges had a hard time choosing who to let win. The fashion event, as far as it had gone when I went in, seemed pretty interesting. It was a nice change to see the boys in it as well (The winning team had a boy too!) ; something positive.
So after lunch somewhere late in the afternoon, I took some rest and finally packed my bags and went off to the closing ceremony. And just like the opening ceremony, I liked the fact that it was short and to the point and the credits were well distributed. The overall winners of the Olympiad were Iqra University boys from Peshawar. And after finally receiving my cash prize. I took off towards home!
These four days were fun and exciting and I couldn't ask for more. In fact, I can. There were some improvements that could be made and some mismanagements that could be avoided. I will talk about them in my new post. But regardless of those, it was cool and colorful and a really awesome event!
For me day one meant running away from college in a hurry and getting to the NUST H-12 campus in uniform in public transport with friends (Their first time, they thought of it as an adventure) so that I could reach in time for the opening ceremony. While everyone stood at the reception looking their best in their colorful clothes, I stood in the line wearing a white shirt and steel grey pants in my prescription sunglasses. Looking like a fool and waiting for the bus to take us to the NIT auditorium, I felt excited. Entering the hall in and attending the opening ceremony in sun glasses sounds more weird. But it was fun. Hunger Games themes video for the opening ceremony and seriously professional short words by the important people on the stage meant it was a well planned opening ceremony and not a boring one. And thus the odds were in the favor of the winners.
While the rest of the peoplewent for the Human Flag (A replica of the Pakistan flag with lots and lots of people placing themselves holding green and white boards) I got caught up in a problem with my accommodation. Thanks to the liaison people for helping me out with the issue. Yes, I had paid, and thank you for informing me. It took me three hours, but they were helpful and I had to bother like, ten people to get me a place to stay. Which I totally did not avail because all my clothes (and my toothbrush, dentist in the making here) were at home.
So by the time I got free with the stay issue, it was evening. And that is when the fun began. The lok virsa started. I heard it was fun. 'Cuz I didn't attend it as I had to go home. Living far away in a village has it's perks. And cons too. But I had fun too. Went with a really good friend to have ice cream and window shopping for clothes. And I reached home with a ticket to the lok virsa that I did not attend.
I got to meet old friends and so many new people. Now THAT counts, right? *confused smile*
So i reached the campus at 9 in the morning only to find out what an awesome event the lok virsa was, with all it's fire breathers and cultural dances. AAAH! I missed it. But whatever, I could only focus on what stood ahead. Excited to be participating in the Literary Death Match against a couple of my friends. My best friend was against me. But well, I beat her to get to the final rounds and after writing and delivering my poem, I get to find out I have to wait till the next night to get to know the results. Well, That wasn't bad. Just one and a half more day.
So I spent the rest of the roaming around campus, getting pictures taken and attending no event and eating ice cream all alone as I was just running after my friends whom I couldn't find. I finally found them at the Wall Climbing area. And Man, those contestants were great! It was fun to see people jumping like monkeys (sorry, but that's how some of you looked). Then as the sun set, I made way to the footsal gorund where I had heard that nearly 30 teams participated. That makes about 150 people! Seeing my friends play there was fun and meeting up with them was even funner. While on the sides girls' basketball went on. And one of my friends was off with her charcoal sketching competition.
And after having lots and lots of water (I don't take soft drinks) that every person seemed to get me after finding out I just drink that and won't take anything else, I finally managed to cope up with the dehydration. And when I got a hold of myself, I was in a really good place; The surprise social. And it was really great. The dance performance and the play by the students of FUMC were really really good. Also the duo playing acoutics songs. They were pretty cool. But the limelight was all on the play Akar Bakar which had recently been staged at Al-hamra in Lahore (Review to come soon). Now that was something you would expect to be quality and it was. The only downside was that the play started nearly three hours later than scheduled and a lot of people had to run back home.
So while I went to utilize the accommodation I had payed for, I didn't realize how I would sleep. We all were given mats to sleep on the floor. It rained in the night and I couldn't figure out how to turn the fan slow without hurting anyone's feelings, and while I went to slow down the fan (I couldn't figure out how to so gave up) and turned back, my sheet that was protecting me from the cold had vanished...
At least the day was fun!
Every year shell asks students from around the world to build the most energy efficient vehicle. And the green in us cannot be more happy. Oh, I'm forgetting. There are two greens in me. Don't forget I'm a Pakistani. And this nature loving Pakistani cannot be more proud of the team of students from Pakistan who are taking part in this competition known as "Shell Eco-Marathon." Now these students are from NUST (National University of Science and Technology) and NUST, as always, is competing in this competion. Their third year this time. Awesome!
They've been on their way to the top since the competition started a few years ago. This is a perfect opportunity for all the nature loving Pakis to root for nature and their country. It's time people quit complaining nobody in this country does anything for nature except destroying it. Well, guess what? You're wrong. These talented young people from NUST are showing us how to be modern, educated, travel the world and be green. Truly green.
According to their press release
Team PNEC-NUST is a team of fifteen engineers from Pakistan Navy Engineering College of National University of Sciences and Technology who are undertaking the challenge of designing and constructing a fuel efficient vehicle. This vehicle will compete in the Shell Eco-marathon against teams from all over the Asia to see who has created the most energy efficient vehicle. Team PNEC-NUST will be competing in the Prototype and Urban Concept category of the competition. The rules and regulations of both the categories will guide the vehicles toward becoming a road ready automobile, rather than a conceptual prototype.
Now that sounds cool, no?
Now this is what Shell Eco-Marathon is
Shell hosts the Eco-marathon throughout the world. Teams compete in the Americas, Asia, and Europe; but wherever the Eco-marathon is held, teams are pushed to design a vehicle that will travel the furthest using the least amount of fuel. The Shell Eco-marathon is separated into two categories: Prototype designs and Urban Concept designs. Team PNEC-NUST will be creating both concept, gasoline powered vehicle that will maximize its distance traveled while minimizing the gasoline consumed.Prototype Group: Futuristic streamlined vehicles where the primary design consideration is reducing drag and maximizing efficiency. Vehicles in this category aim to build the most aerodynamic and fuel-efficient vehicle possible.Urban Concept: Vehicles built to more conventional four-wheel roadworthy criteria.Efficiency has always been a very important aspect of modern automobile design. With the current trends in energy cost and ecological awareness, it is especially important to engineer automobiles with efficiency in mind. In this way, the Shell Eco-marathon’s goal is of global importance. By judging vehicles on a rating of kilometers pet kilojoules, the competition represents a level playing field for vehicles independent of their propulsion systems - whether internal combustion, plug-in electric, solar, or hydrogen fuel cell.
So let's wish the guys from PNEC-NUST good luck and pray for their win.
I sit in class right now. And i don’t know what to do. As i listen to an old person tell me how the human body functions and fails, I fear. Fear of dying. But not just any dying; Dying unhealthy.
I have two theories about my death; 1) I’ll die young, 2) I’ll die in an accident. But how I wanna die is; DIE YOUNG. I know it’s just a fear, but it persists. I don’t want to die tired of life. Most people just exhaust. That is when all gets monotonous. And I don’t want my life to be monotonous. It’s tiring and not fun. And that is when life really exhausts. Apart from dying healthy, I wanna die young. I know it’s too much to ask for. It’s practically a sin to want to or wish to die, but I’ve seen too much to wish that. i don’t think I can die the way I want.
Our society claims to be “Islamic.” It’s not. it wants me to work like a robot for them till I die. Die old. Die battered. Die rusted. Dye broken. Die their puppet. But I don’t wanna be a puppet.. i don’t wanna just work, eat, sleep, fart and die of a heart attack. I wanna die having fun. I want death to be fun. I wanna embrace death like one meets an old friend that had to come and you had been waiting for it. I wanna sit down – no, lie down hugging it – with it and tell it how happy I am it’s here. I just want a happy death. And that’s that. Because in the end, all we do is turn to ash and dust.
Only to be gone with the wind.
It was in 2000 or 2001, I'm not sure. But i do know that I was left alone in my village with my brothers to live with my grandparents while my parents were off working abroad for a few months. It was hard. No Cable, no computer and just a VCR and PTV. Manageable, but hard for an 7 year kid addicted to cartoon network and playing computer games all day. I had to go to a madrassa instead of a school, imagine that. But coming from an English medium school and living abroad for over a year, it was hard to adjust to things so different. So "desi." Anyways, apart from skipping classes at madrassa to go eat "gola ganda" and drink 2 rupay ki Pepsi, something good came from actually attending some of the classes. I learned Urdu. Well, Arabic basically, but what's the difference. So no entertainment on my terms.
One day my cousin brought bread from the shops and I saw a small booklet type thing in it. I asked him what it was and he told me it was a novella that came with the bread for free. So i snatched it from him thinking it'd be something cool. And cool it was. I decided to test my urdu skills with what i would like to call "my first Urdu novel(la) reading experience." It was none other than the famous Umru Ayar! Forget spiderman or batman, he was my new hero. With his famous zambeel and his ability to overcome all the fictitious hardships (which you might now find funny, but come on, I was a kid!) and the captivating titles would make me wanna spend my daily two rupee allowance on the books. but then I moved into the city and the city lights stole my heart and I got over it all.
But nearly 12 years later, I got reminded of Umru Ayar by certain famous Paki comic book guys. They're Kachee Goliyan (English:raw bullets) and they have awesome comics and hilarious photos on their facebook page. Anyways, so these truly awesome guys are reviving Umru Ayar and I cannot be more excited about it! And if anyone can revive Umru Ayar in a totally attention grabbing way, it HAD to be them. These guys have already an experience of working in the Paki comic scene with their own comic series sitting on my workstation at my internship, so I'm pretty sure they won't be disappointing age old Umru Ayar fans who might be way way (way way .......) older than me.
So here's a sneak peak of what awesomeness awaits you, in the pictures below. You can pre-order the comic book on this link (Click Here) or like their facebook page (click here) and just reminisce the good old days when you were a kid desperately wanting to be Umru Ayar, not knowing how much you'd miss your childhood superheroes when you'd grow up.
The pictures were taken off their Facebook page.