The Fault In Our Stars – Trailer Released

There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.- Hazel Grace Lancaster

The Fault In Our Stars’ first official trailer has been released and its nothing short of perfection. Granted, that people like me who have read the book, would be needing a support group after watching the movie so that we could hold hands and cry, the trailer was still the best thing to happen to us.

The 2 minutes 25 seconds long tragically beautiful  trailer is just how I imagined it to be. The happy parts that make you smile amidst your tears, and then the parts that you’d rather not think about, and then coming full circle to the happy parts again. It was brilliant. Except, well some parts that were tampered with,like  Hazel and Gus met in the support group for the very first time, NOT near the stairway.

I love Shailene’s voice, it’s just so Hazel. And Ansel is the perfect Augustus, they couldn’t have gotten someone better. The trailer also features a glimpse of the dinner at Ornajee’s and the bit from Anne Frank’s house, ending with “Okay Hazel Grace” “Okay”!

To celebrate the release of the trailer, I decided to re-read the book (before watching the trailer) and let me tell you, it doesn’t get any easier. I think it actually got more devastating for me, as I knew what was to come in the way of these star crossed lovers, but still, it was worth it.

I know I’m kinda late to the party, but here’s the trailer. Enjoy!

The Fault In Our Stars Official Trailer(Daily Motion)

The movie is set to be released on 20th June 2014, and is based on the best-seller written by John Green.

A Trip To Lahore

Lahore's Badshahi Mosque

Lahore’s Badshahi Mosque

A couple months ago, on my friend’s insistence, I registered for a Journalism Convention at Lahore University of Management Sciences, named “LUMS Carma V”. As I live in Karachi, I had to ask for their accommodation as well. Long story short, my team got selected for the convention and we all got a common room booked at LUMS where we were supposed to live during the four-day long program.

Fast forward to December 30th, when I left for Lahore from Karachi, my other teammates were supposed to arrive the same day as well. Since LUMS only gave us accommodation from 1st to 3rd of January, one of my classmates generously invited me to live with her. Point to be noted is that I wasn’t friends with that girl before, neither was I friends with other people who were staying at her place.

Wahga Border

At Wahga Border, Lahore

Anyways, despite my initial awkwardness and hesitation, this trip turned out to be one of the most memorable trips of my life.  It being my first out-of-the-city experience without any adult supervision with a bunch of other twenty year olds, was definitely more fun then I would’ve ever imagined.

The first two days were spent exploring Lahore. We went to Wahga border and watched the famous parade, we went to the new food street near Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, and we even visited the Shahi Fort and the Badshahi Mosque itself.  Even my new year’s eve was spent with these very people, watching some old comedy movie at home.

The first day of the convention arrived, and against my expectations, turned out to be the most mismanaged event I had ever had misfortune to attend. School, colleges and universities from all over the country were invited, which meant little, know-it all teenagers were swarming the grounds, thinking they are better than people like us who have been studying journalism for past three years.

Needless to say, I didn’t take LUMS’ accommodation and stayed with the friends I was staying with for the past two days. One of my team members went back to Karachi just after the first day ended, while the other two decided to stay and do God knows what.

Apart from the CARMA experience, which also included an alright concert and an African themed dinner party where no one followed the dress code. Not even the host team. We also attended the closing ceremony, although we certainly didn’t win any awards or such. Surprise surprise.

However, each and every one of us had an amazing time there, with all the shopping, dining, roaming around in markets, travelling in rickshaws which only seat 3 people (though usually 5 of us used to cram up in one), uploading hundreds of facebook statuses and taking at least

The LUMS Concert

The LUMS Concert

thousand pictures, this memorable trip came to an end. We even once got ‘attacked’ by a huge flying photo frame that had fallen out of a truck and nearly killed my friend by landing on her head. No real damage was done by the way.

Most of my fellow students decided to travel further along the northern areas, while others came back to Karachi, from where I’m writing this right now. All in all, this trip made some changes in me. I learned that everything is not what is seems (literally), that people aren’t necessarily good or bad, it’s the way we perceive them. I also learned that I’m perfectly capable of doing almost everything by myself. I even learned how to manipulate rickshaw fares, but that’s a story for another time.

So, if anyone of you is planning a trip to Lahore anytime soon, make sure to check out these places below:

Wahga Border

Royal Fort

Badshahi Mosque

Daata Darbaar

Lahore Museum

Lahore Zoo and Lahore Zoo Safari

Anarkali Market

Liberty Market

Shahi Mohalla’s Food Street

Fortress and Joyland

The Gaddafi Stadium

and last but not the least, Meenar-e-Pakistan!

Have great holidays. Or what’s left of it.

We’ll Never Be Rested: What if Parents Rewrote the Lyrics to Lorde’s ‘Royals’?

Originally posted on Groundswell:

Lorde’s song “Royals” was everywhere in 2013. But my wife and I wondered, what if instead of a 17 year-old superstar, it was overtired parents of young kids who had written this song. The lyrics below are the result. My friend, singer/songwriter Lisa Hillary  recorded our lyrics and it is amazing. Listen to the track and go check out Lisa’s music.

UPDATE: Thanks to fans of the song we now have a video! Check it out.

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One Direction movie This Is Us fetches biggest first day sales total ever for a music DVD in the UK

Originally posted on Metro:

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24:  Singers (L-R) Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Zayn Malik of One Direction, winners of the Favorite Pop/Rock Album for 'Take Me Home,' pose in the press room during the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

One Direction’s DVD of This Is Us has sold record amounts (Picture: Getty Images)

One Direction have smashed the record for biggest first day sales of a music DVD.

The DVD of One Direction’s first film This Is Us sold 170,000 DVD and Blu-Ray copies in its first day on sale, breaking the UK record for biggest-selling music DVD of all time.

In comparison, Michael Jackson’s This Is It sold 109,000 copies across the first two days of release in February 2010; and Take That’s DVD of their Circus tour the previous year shifted 95,000 copies.

Sales of This Is Us within its first three days on release could challenge This Is It’s first week sales total of 260,000, the Official Charts Company reports.

Zayn, Niall, Louis, Liam and Harry have already broken a UK chart record this year with their third album Midnight Memories.

Midnight Memories is the boys' third album Midnight Memories is the boys’…

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Sherlock series three confirmed for New Year’s Day debut on BBC One

Originally posted on Metro:

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Sherlock will be back on screens on New Year’s Day – with the news broken in offbeat style by the BBC (Picture: BBC)

For fans of Sherlock, the wait for an official broadcast date for the third series is over, after it was confirmed that the show will return to screens on New Year’s Day.

Series opener The Empty Hearse will be followed by The Sign Of Three on Sunday January 5, with concluding instalment His Last Vow following on Sunday January 12.

The news was broken in typically quirky fashion, by means of a hearse driven around the Baker Street area of London in which the legend ‘Sherlock 01 01 14′ was spelt out in wreath form in the back.

The flowers appeared to be covering a floral-draped coffin – in reference to Holmes’ apparent death at the end of series two finale The Reichenbach Fall – while the…

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