As pleasant fall days give way to the blustery cold of the approaching winter, we gear up to celebrate the season in typical Pakistani style – with a flurry of activities marking the social calendar, be it weddings, social events, launches and premieres.
Our cover story, titled A Tale of Two Cities, celebrates the release of Dobara Phir Se, award-winning director Mehreen Jabbar’s eagerly-anticipated romantic drama set in Karachi and New York. Separated by thousands of miles, both share a vibe that is distinctly similar and through a series of personal reflections, interviews and travel stories, we juxtapose the two coastal cities to uncover their unique characters. Renowned filmmaker Hasan Zaidi writes a deeply personal account of why he considers Karachi and New York to be soul sisters.
Journalist Yusra Askari takes us on a tour of Kharadar, the heart of Karachi and a true reflection of the city’s multicultural fabric. In the similarly diverse area of Manhattan, banker-turned-baker Umber Ahmed shows us around her popular bakery Mah-Ze-Dahr where the recipes are the perfect blend of the east and west. Leading ladies Sanam Saeed and Hareem Farooq star in our fashion editorial showcasing the latest trends for the upcoming festive season by some of the country’s top designers.
Karachi’s stunning architectural wonders and vibrant streets form the backdrop, from the Sindh High Court to the Merewether Clock Tower. For those wanting a better view of these iconic monuments, a ride on the Super Savari Express is in order. Lifestyle journalist Salima Feerasta interviews Atif Ahmed, the brains behind Karachi’s super-fun bus ride, to discover his passion for travel and his love for his hometown. Stories of travel and discovery from other parts of the world also find their way into the magazine.
Travel enthusiast Zehra Wamiq journeys across parts of Europe that have either been influenced or associated with the Islamic civilization in one way or another; while architect Shahed Saleem sheds light on how immigrant populations are using architecture to find their place in Britain. Fifi Haroon attends the Lahore Literary Festival in London and falls in love with the Punjab capital as she gathers insights about the city from an eclectic array of commentators.
For all this and much more, let DESTINATIONS take you on a journey across Pakistan and around the globe.