February 21, 2017
By Erum Noor Muzaffar

This week You! exclusively talks to Sabyn Javeri, a promising writer, about her debut novel - ‘Nobody Killed Her’... the only book by a Pakistani author in the fiction category to make it to Huffington Post’s most anticipated list of the year 2017... Sabyn Javeri is an acclaimed short story writer and has won the Oxonian Review Short Story award in the past. Sabyn moved back to Pakistan about two years ago after living 16 years abroad. She currently teaches at Habib University and lives in Karachi with her two children, husband, mother and a cat. Sabyn holds a Masters degree from the University of Oxford and has a PhD...


By you desk

women The arc of women’s working lives is changing - reaching higher levels when they’re younger and stretching out much longer - according to two new analyses of census, earnings and retirement data that provide the most comprehensive look yet at women’s career paths. Over all, the paths look much more like men’s careers than they used to. Women are more likely than in previous generations to work at almost every point in their lives, including in their 20s and 30s when they often used to be home with children. Now, if mothers take breaks at all, it’s often not until their late 30s or early 40s - and those...


By Rubia Moghees

beauty From time to time in our ‘beauty talk’ section, we feature different designers who share their experiences, achievements and beauty secrets with us. This month You! talks to Lahore-based designer Raazia Shoukat... While she was ‘bitten by the design bug’ long before she got married; Raazia Shoukat completed her master’s degree from Beaconhouse National University (BNU) before doing a short stint of fashion designing from USA. “There were 101 dresses in my dowry and I designed all of them,” says Raazia. From bold designs to artful silhouettes, she’s providing the style inspiration your...


By M. Shirazi

wardrobe In the words of Coco Chanel, “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” Well, this statement surely holds true. Let’s face it girls, fashion is an essential part of our lives and we try our best to keep up with the latest trends. However, the trick to being successfully fashionable is to follow up on trends that change season by season. And it is about time that we started reorganizing our wardrobes and look out for fashion statements that the spring season has in store for us. Yes spring is just round the corner and the good news is that one of our favourite...


By Iqra Sarfaraz

chatter matter Countries with increased women’s participation and leadership in social and economic space tend to be more inclusive, responsive, egalitarian and practical. When women meaningfully participate in different life processes like these, they can help expand the scope of nurturing a society and improving the prospects for durable livelihood. Despite representing half the global population, women comprise less than 20 per cent when it comes to giving them prominence and equal share in the development of society. Every year, one witnesses a number of initiatives take centre stage to make a difference in the lives of women...


By Iqra Sarfaraz

awards Entrepreneurship is regarded as the key factor of economic prosperity of any country. It is defined as the capacity and willingness to start a new business venture and the hallmark of entrepreneurial spirit is innovation and risk taking. Few countries such as USA, Japan, Denmark, Germany and Taiwan are quintessential of the role that entrepreneurship can play in the economic development of a country and, therefore, are role models for other nations aspiring to achieve self-sustained growth in the ever increasing competitive global market. To promote entrepreneurship, it is important that the people with innovative ideas and skills...


By M. Shirazi

 food Even though, Japanese food culture has been influenced by the customs of other nations, the cuisine has been refined over a period of time to create unique style of cooking. Were you aware of the fact that around 300 B.C.  China was the first foreign influence on Japan? It was then that the Japanese learned to cultivate rice. It was due to the rise of Buddhism in the A.D. 700s, which led to a ban on eating meat. And the popular dish, sushi (raw fish with rice) came as a result of this ban. In the 1800s, cooking styles became simpler. Western foods, such as bread, coffee, and ice cream, became popular during the late...


By Sumeha Khalid

interior This week You! uncovers the magnificent art of stone inlay - pietradura ... It was in the early 1980s that Farhana Asad found herself mesmerised by a small box that she found in the antique bazaar in the city of Peshawar. It was this box that led her to a master artisan, from whom she learnt the skill of pietradura or stone inlay, and developed her passion for its preservation. She views it as a bridge between the past and the present, both through the exploration of traditional and modern design, as well as through the artisans from Afghanistan and Peshawar that she has subsequently trained. Later, her daughter Meherunnisa Asad...


By Khan Ahsan Imam

health Consuming too much salt in your daily diet can lead to various health problems. You! takes a look... Everyone knows that salt adds flavour to our foods and it is also an age-old food preservative. Salt is a necessary mineral and the most common source of sodium and chloride ions, which cannot be made by the body itself, hence it needs to be consumed through our food intake. While everyone requires a certain amount of salt to stay healthy, it is easy for people to eat far more salt than they actually require. High salt intake has been linked to serious health issues, so it’s important to limit our consumption especially fast...