Number 4, Nazimabad, Karachi

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NazimabadOverview: Established in the early 1960s, Number 4, Nazimabad is a well-known residential area in Karachi. It is completely built-up and vacant plots are not available. Residential property options include apartments and houses. Prices increase by 10 to 15% and rentals by seven to 10% annually. 

What is nearby: Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and Nazimabad Eid Gah Ground are a five-minute drive away.  

Boundaries: Block B, North Nazimabad (north), FC Area (east), Sir Shah Muhammad Suleman Road (south) and Nawab Siddiq Ali Khan Road (west).  Continue reading

Watercress Wonders

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Last month, research at William Paterson University in New Jersey ranked 41 powerhouse fruits and vegetables based on their nutritional composition. Guess the name of the vegetable that topped the list? No, it wasn’t kale or carrots which were hailed super foods recently –  it was watercress. 

Here are five reasons why you should make watercress part of your diet: 

1. Brain, circulation and skin. Watercress is an excellent source of vitamin K, which limits neuronal damage in the brain, and is believed to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. The vitamin also performs the vital function of blood clotting and consequently prevents haemorrhaging. Recent research suggests that vitamin K helps improve insulin resistance and protects the cells that line blood vessels. It also helps keep your skin smooth and wrinkle-free. Continue reading

The Taj Falaknuma

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HBIn March 2011, the Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, India reopened its doors – as a high-end hotel – after nearly a century of being sealed. Renamed the Taj Falaknuma (after the Taj Hotel Group) the hotel provides visitors a chance to experience the lavish lifestyle of the Nizams of Hyderabad who used the Palace as a guesthouse.

The Falaknuma (meaning ‘mirror of the sky’) was commissioned in 1884 by Nawab Viqar ul Omra, the Nizam’s prime minister, as a residence for himself. Set on a scorpion shaped hillock, the Palace cost a fortune and took a decade to complete.

The Nizam, who had a weakness for opulent palaces, eventually bought it and the Falaknuma was said to be his favourite palace.

Royal house guests included King George V and Queen Mary, the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia.

The Palace has 60 rooms, every one enormous in size, exquisitely decorated and literally fit for a king. The ballroom, for example, has walls that are covered in hundreds of yards of silk and the gilt ceiling is adorned with Venetian chandeliers, while the library houses 6,000 rare books and is inspired by the one in Windsor Castle.

The massive dining room has one of the longest dining tables in the world, measuring 33 metres; it is made from teak and rosewood, seats 101 guests, and at the height of the Nizam’s power, was laid with gold plates and cutlery.

The vestibule is adorned with frescoes, Greek urns, alabaster nymphs and Louis XIV furniture; the landing has portraits of the Nizams hanging in Rococo frames, illuminated by Carerra marble lamps and the famous chinoserie style Jade Room is full of objets d’art.

— Marylou Andrew

First published in the Adbuzzzzz section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on March 13, 2011.

Carrots Are The New Kale

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We have all been brought up to believe that carrots are good for the eyesight due to the fact that carrots contain beta-carotene. While this is true, several research studies conducted around the world recently have concluded that carrots have a host of other health benefits. This has led to carrots being hailed as ‘the new kale’ – which was considered a super food in 2013.  Continue reading

Amin Jaffer Picks Le Printemps By Edouard Manet

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Le Printemps (1881)
By Edouard Manet (1832-1883)
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 74 x 51.5 centimetres (29.125 x  20.25 inches)
Estimated price: $25-35 million

Next week in New York, Christie’s will offer a beautiful portrait entitled Le Printemps by Edouard Manet. This masterwork comes completely fresh to the market, having remained in the same collection for over a century and has been on loan for the last two decades at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. Continue reading

Grandma Always Knew Best

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Recent medical studies published in The New England Journal of Medicine confirm that contrary to what has been viewed as nothing more than traditional hocus-pocus, grandma really does know best!

Subcontinental grandmothers have, on the medical home front, been right all along. Age-old desi todkas (remedies) passed on through generations indeed do offer a host of health benefits.  Continue reading

A Buzzing Neighbourhood

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High-end residential and commercial projects in Phase VIII

The last five to seven years have witnessed the rapid development of several residential and commercial projects in Phase VIII, DHA. As a result, it is a popular and coveted residential neighbourhood.

Projects in the pipeline… Several development projects are underway in Phase VIII, including shopping malls, commercial buildings, restaurants, as well as high-end apartment complexes, some of which afford views of the Arabian Sea. Several well-reputed educational institutions have a presence and include Bay View Academy, DHA School and College and The Centre for Advance Studies, offering residents easy access to quality education for their children.DSCF0856

Bargain shopping at the Sunday Bazaar

Fun, shopping and food… If you are a bowling enthusiast, then Area 51 is a Continue reading

Preventing Employee Burnout

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Preventing Employee burnout

According to research conducted by organisational psychologists Dr Michael P. Leiter and Dr Christina Maslach earlier this year, if you constantly feel mentally, physically and emotionally exhausted because of on the job stress, you are experiencing ‘occupational burnout’ – a common phenomenon globally and in Pakistan – which saps your energy and passion for working. 

If you are a manager, factor in the following to prevent your employees from burning out:    

1 Lack of control. When people feel that they lack autonomy in the workplace, it leaves them feeling helpless. To prevent this, avoid micro managing and ensure that your employees have the resources and the independence to complete their assignments. Remember, your responsibility is not to monitor your subordinates’ actions, but rather to hire competent individuals who can be empowered to make decisions, resolve problems and deliver results.  Continue reading

Amazing Avocados

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Avocados – often called Alligator Pears – due to their bumpy green skin, have long been hailed as super fruits by health practitioners and nutritionists, and now, research conducted earlier this year has revealed new health benefits, putting them in the same league of super foods such as watercress and kale. Since they are available all year round in Pakistan, you can add them to soups and salads, pair them with crackers and cottage cheese or enjoy avocado paste in sandwiches, for a delicious and healthy snack.

Here are four reasons why you should add avocados to your diet:

1. Avocados are rich in beta-carotene (vitamin A) and lutein, which improve eyesight, reduce the risk of contracting chronic eye diseases and prevent age related macular degeneration by maintaining healthy ocular tissues. They are also believed to delay the onset of cataracts. Continue reading

Go Movember!

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MensObserved in November, the ‘Movember Movement’ aims to raise awareness about prostate and testicular cancer. The Movement calls for men of all ages to grow their ‘mo’ (slang for moustaches) during November. The online ‘mo’ community has recently been more active than ever and men (including many celebrities) the world over have been growing their moustaches and posting their photos on social media to raise awareness about the cancers that affect them. Continue reading

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