FORGOTTEN HEROES!

May 11, 2020

(photo credit- http://www.adventuretravelpakistan.com/

A friend from France wrote to me about the story of late Shiraz Nasir, a young entrepreneur in Pakistan, who set up one of the first tourism companies here- “Adventure Travel Pakistan”.

He proved that no matter where you live, you must follow your dreams. He made so many foreigners fall in love with Pakistan and he was proof that his message went through.  Shiraz was even invited in May 2019 to Paris by UNESCO and the Pakistan embassy in Paris to give conferences on the tourism potential in Pakistan.

Tragically, in August 2019, while paragliding in Chitral, turbulence caused Shiraz’s fatal accident!

https://acenews.pk/ceo-of-adventure-travel-pakistan-falls-to-death-in-chitral/

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2019/08/22/paraglider-passes-away-in-chitral-accident/

However, how many people actually know his story? It must be passed on to generations to inspire them.  

Hence, my friend’s request that Shiraz deserves to be honored, to make known Shiraz’s heroic journey.  It would bring so much pride to his family…and to Pakistan!

Shiraz deserves a civil national honor for what he has done to develop the tourist potential of Pakistan and to build bridges between people and cultures.  This is something which would give such a positive light to Pakistan and honor the memory of this person. 

Is there no one here to recognize Shiraz’s achievements and accolades towards Pakistan?

‘Tis the Season to … have FUSION

November 26, 2019

Karachiites witnessed three great socials over the last few weekends-

The Royal Embassy of #Denmark in Islamabad brought in the “Rocqawali

The Goethe Institute of Karachi brought in “Cyminology”.

The Italian Consul in Karachi brought in Chef Vittorio Castellani (aka Chef Kumalé)

Rocqawali blends “traditional Sufi music in a 21st Century version of guitars & drums”.

In 2004, Jonas (Rocqawali’s guitarist) traveled to Pakistan to seek out his roots.  Here he met lead singer, Ejaz, who hails from Mehr Ali & Sher Ali Khan, Pakistan’s Qawal family.  Drummer Stephan joined the band in 2012, followed with Tin (their guitarist), himself from a Persian-Sufi background.  The best part- all are Danish citizens!

Cyminology, a “Berlin based quartet, combines Persian poetry” with, essentially, Jazz. 

“This subtle yet dynamic, softly-pulsating music takes its cue from the sound of the Persian-language poets- Rumi, Hafiz & Khayyam”.  As an extra, they performed a poem by Faiz Ahmed Faiz, and that too in Urdu!  Cymin Samawatie is the lead vocalist, Benedikt Jahnel on the piano, Ralf Schwarz played a beautiful Double Bass and Ketan Bhatti topped off the performance on the drums.  The best part- all are German citizens!

As an added extra to this music-cultural fusion, is Chef Kumalé, a “Gastro-Nomad”. 

A career spanning over 27 years has differentiated Chef Kumalé from many other “chefs” in the world- he’s a traveling-journalist-food blogger extraordinaire!  His visit to Karachi was primarily to learn Pakistani food – while he gave a few Italian training sessions, Chef Kumalé immersed himself into Pakistani culture and food to add to his vast gastronomic & traveling repertoire and blog.

Chef Kumale trying out the Sev Puri, Dahi Puri & other delights at #Gazebo, Karachi

The ICING –

All three events have fused MULTIPLE cultures into a common platform people enjoy … MUSIC & FOOD, regardless of language, race, ethnicity, religion or nationality; and they have done it with respect and dignity to the original chefs/authors/performers/ music.

Our Country, along with India & Iran, has one of the oldest & richest cultures in the world – with poets, mysticism, love, myriad romantic languages & food havens – a cultural dream for any artist; and for that matter, for any nation.  What better for peace & cohesion than a fusion of these CULTURES with each other and with contemporary western thinking – just what we, and the world, needs, eh!