In The Spotlight: Neha Bhasin

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Neha Bhasin, a middle aged Indian woman and a award winning singer. You are probably think, but I’ve never heard of her? Even I felt the same but she is the amazing voice behind the song Dhunki from Meri brother Ki Dhulhan and as well the Jag Ghoomega from the new movie starring Salman khan, Sultan. Upon listening to these she seems like any other female artist. However Neha has produced a collection of amazing covers of some traditional punjabi folk music which not only makes her unique but also a strong feminist.

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The Hakawati – Rabih Alameddine

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“Listen. Allow me to be your god. Let me take you on a journey beyond imagining. Let me tell you a story.”

Star Rating : 5/5

The Hakawati could be described as a story within a story, or a memoir of someone’s life along side a rich ancient culture of story telling. Either way this book is a masterpiece and entertaining to say the least. From the first chapter my attention was drawn and kept with the intertwining stories between timelines and the magical, mystical element of ancient history

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My Top 5 HUM TV Shows

The evolution of Pakistani cinema as been that of remarkable substance. It has grown over the years to become one of the most viewed genre on TV. The creativity and talent shown through their screen and song writers its no wonder that their popularity has increased through the last few years. The key factor which drew me into Pakistani drama was that they progress with speed and tackle very political subjects. Pakistan is also know for is quality in music which  demonstrated with the amazing title songs of each of the serials below as well as the world famous Coke Studios. Below I have compiled my top 5 TV shows and reasons for them. Spoiler alerts will be posted.

5. Mere Meherban

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Mere Meherban released in 2014. The award winning dram is centred around a family environment drama focusing on 2 brothers Nassir and Basser. Nassir is well off  and the Bassir is a barely making ends meet. The serial focusing on the relationship between the two brothers and their families. Nassirs daughters and wife are portrayed as the high nose society girls looking down on their lower status family treating them like the help. All gets complicated when Nassirs only son has his eyes set on Haya, the daughter of his Thaya. The story then goes to evolve around the trials and tribulations faced by both families. The serial focuses on the importance of family and not taking people for granted because in your difficult time its your own who come to your aid.

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Alif the Unseen by G Willow Wilson

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“When Alif comes into possession of a mysterious book, He discovers a door into another world”

Star Rating: 4/5

At first glance this book sounded like a Middle Eastern version of Harry Potter travelling to Narnia, fighting giant sand snakes and looking for an Indiana Jones sacred relic. To some extents it is exactly that.

It begins by introducing Alif a modern day computer hacker, concealing the identity of his numerous clients. His clientele ranges from pornographers in Saudi Arabia to mere bloggers in Egypt.  Being of a half Indian heritage, which was considered him as a lower class compared to his full Arab blooded inhabitants, Alif gave his protection to anyone who could afford to pay for it.

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