Impact of Sports Anthems

With sports season in full swing, Pakistani musicians recount some of the greatest sports anthems in history and what makes them timeless.

A stadium full of hundreds and thousands of fans. Sports teams play. Painted faces, screaming chants, teary eyes, deafening noise and overwhelming emotions. If there’s anything that enhances the already electric atmosphere in any sports event, it’s music.
Stadium or sports anthems bring out that raw emotion out of people and are played to motivate the teams and rally the fans. Imagine the immortality of Queen’s 1977 song ‘We are the Champions’. More than 40 years later, it still riles up a crowd of any magnitude, thanks to its catchy hook and melody, and inspiring lyrics.
Go to any American baseball game and you will hear ‘Take me out to the ball game’ (1908), a classic that has lived on for over a century.
The Final Countdown by Europe has the melody to lift spirits instantly, whereas Gerry and the Pacemakers immortalized composer Richard Rodgers’ 1945 hit ‘You will never walk alone’ when Liverpool F.C started the tradition of playing it at football clubs.
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Similarly, The Cup of life by Ricky Martin and Waka Waka by Shakira are other such examples that did well on the charts and gripped the world’s pulse.
Essentially, sports anthems become iconic because they connect to the people’s one emotion that unifies everyone from communities to cities to entire nations. For example, recent domestic league matches have shown how each participating Pakistani city has its own theme song. An even better example would be Jazba Junoon by the great rock band Junoon.
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According to filmmaker and Chand Tara Orchestra guitarist Babar sheikh, “A sports song should be such that it gets the adrenaline rush going inside you when you hear it! To make that impact on the audience it has to have the right hook and melody”.
He recounts that his earliest memory of sports songs is a recollection of songs by an 80s rock band called Survivor. “They did songs for the film Rocky. Rocky 4 was the absolute epitome of everything American. Songs like Burning Heart and Eye of the Tiger were so strong. Burning Heart is one of the first songs that I associate with sport, that is boxing.” Since Sheikh is also a football fan, he associates heavy metal and rock n’ roll music with the sport.
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He recalls the 1992 World Cup anthem ‘Who rules the world’ as a memorable stadium song. “That was a great song and that world cup is unforgettable in the eyes and minds of Pakistanis because we won it.”
He further shared that songs like ‘We are the Champions’ by Queen, nationalistic songs by the famous Vital Signs, Call and Junoon have a raw mix of emotions, hence they resonated with the crowds and became a major reason for their success.
“Nowadays campaigns take over music and the lyrics are based on a creative brief rather than sentiments. These tailor-made songs lack the essence of what real sports music should be like. That’s what waters down the emotionality and accentuation of a song,” he says, adding how the recent domestic cricket league songs haven’t matched up to the bar.
While recent local cricket league songs may not have been etched into our memories yet, there is one that has remained popular for over 20 years: Jazba Junoon.
The song has the tune to get you moving and lyrics to lift spirits in time of need. Not only that but it is also close to the hearts of many Pakistanis, owing to the country’s loss in the 1996 world cup, and how the song subsequently helped them keep their never-give-up attitude alive.
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Junoon’s front man Ali Azmat, who crooned the song and took it to a whole other level, says, “There hasn’t been much after Jazba Junoon. It obviously brought the nation to the point that after losing the match, the idea was to tell them it’s not the end. The message resonated with the masses.’ Hence, the song was a hit and decades later, is still the Pakistani anthem for cricket.
Azmat also echoes Sheikh’s sentiments, saying, “The main thing is the melody. No matter what you do, if the melody isn’t good, it doesn’t work. The rest, including the lyrics, is secondary.”
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No doubt music is an imperative part of Pakistani culture and cricket the most popular sport. Hence anything pertaining to it is made with a lot of thought process and hard work by the musicians especially when it is for something as serious as the World Cup.
Asad Ahmed from rock band Karavan stresses on the fact that lyrics and rhythm are essential for any kind of music to make it a timeless classic.
He also remembered Jazba Junoon as one of the songs that bring out the patriotism. “Songs like Hum Hain Pakistani by Vital Signs and Jazba Junoon by Junoon will forever be associated with Pakistani Cricket and August 14 as a reminder of our allegiance to this land we call home… Pakistan!”
While most musicians are fans of the old classics, Ali Hamza from the band Noori feels that the one track in all Pakistani music that has always helped him stay calm and going during the game season is “Saya-e-Khuda-e-Zuljalal” by Noori and the evergreen “We will Rock you” by Queen.
He explains, “Anthems are about easy-to-remember melody and lyrics. It is when they really drive the body and emotions that is when they shine in the sporting arena”.

Chronicle’s of a resident’s life

I love working as a resident physician, but I truly detest taking exams. However, life seems to only give you more of what you fear, so I recently found myself responsible for my residency program’s weekly clinical grand rounds — an exercise in which I would present a real live patient and be judged by my faculty and colleagues on my clinical acumen and physical exam skills. Passing would be a quiet victory; failing, on the other hand, would be a public humiliation.

My anxiety kicked in hard as the time for the presentation drew closer. As I rehearsed and revised just before the moment of truth, I was stricken with a revelation — I hadn’t cut my fingernails.

Alas, my personal grooming had become another casualty of my daily workload and brewing burnout. Ordinarily, this wouldn’t have been a concern, but here, my long fingernails would make percussion during the physical exam almost impossible. I would end up scratching, scarring, and bruising the patient’s poor abdomen with my taps earning a brutal shaming from my attendings in the process.

“Damn, I need a nail cutter, or I’ll fail,” I muttered under my breath, perhaps a little too loud. Cold beads of panicked sweat sprouted on my brow. At that moment, a general surgeon named Dr. S. who was seated in front of me in the lecture hall, turned to face me.

“Give me your nails — I will bite them down,” she deadpanned.

My reverie of impending doom broke. “Uh, what?!”

Placidly, she repeated. “We don’t have a nail cutter. Let me bite them off for you.”

A pregnant pause of consideration ended with an eruption of laughter, as the absurdity of the situation hit me. And just like that, my fear and anxiety dissipated, thanks to a well-timed dose of humor. I calmed down, and the presentation went smoothly — a testament to the power of a minor positive affirmation and the collegiality that so many of us residents depend on daily. I think back on this minor episode often when it feels like I’m just trying to keep my head above water.

And now, I keep my nails nice and trimmed.

Big Nails on examination Day

I love working as a resident physician, but I truly detest taking exams. However, life seems to only give you more of what you fear, so I recently found myself responsible for my residency program’s weekly clinical grand rounds — an exercise in which I would present a real live patient and be judged by my faculty and colleagues on my clinical acumen and physical exam skills. Passing would be a quiet victory; failing, on the other hand, would be a public humiliation.

My anxiety kicked in hard as the time for the presentation drew closer. As I rehearsed and revised just before the moment of truth, I was stricken with a revelation — I hadn’t cut my fingernails.

Alas, my personal grooming had become another casualty of my daily workload and brewing burnout. Ordinarily, this wouldn’t have been a concern, but here, my long fingernails would make percussion during the physical exam almost impossible. I would end up scratching, scarring, and bruising the patient’s poor abdomen with my taps earning a brutal shaming from my attendings in the process.

“Damn, I need a nail cutter, or I’ll fail,” I muttered under my breath, perhaps a little too loud. Cold beads of panicked sweat sprouted on my brow. At that moment, a general surgeon named Dr. S. who was seated in front of me in the lecture hall, turned to face me.

“Give me your nails — I will bite them down,” she deadpanned.

My reverie of impending doom broke. “Uh, what?!”

Placidly, she repeated. “We don’t have a nail cutter. Let me bite them off for you.”

A pregnant pause of consideration ended with an eruption of laughter, as the absurdity of the situation hit me. And just like that, my fear and anxiety dissipated, thanks to a well-timed dose of humor. I calmed down, and the presentation went smoothly — a testament to the power of a minor positive affirmation and the collegiality that so many of us residents depend on daily. I think back on this minor episode often when it feels like I’m just trying to keep my head above water.

And now, I keep my nails nice and trimmed.

What I learned from ” The Five People You Meet In Heaven “

Five people you will meet in heaven by Mitch Albom is an engaging story that includes fictional characters , magical realism . life lessons and perspective.  I won’t give away details of the story or summary . You can read it or watch it . Whatever suits you . But here are a few  thought-provoking lessons  that I  would love to share :

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1.In heaven, it becomes clear that the monsters of childhood aren’t the real villains. People who seem powerful are often victims themselves, and roles of victim-perpetrator can be reversed, even without malice. Even the innocent actions of children can have unintended consequences.

2.Sometimes, things aren’t as bad as they seem, as the unknown alternatives would have been worse.

3.Perception of reality is often misleading.

4.Everyone is capable of falling short, and everyone deserves forgiveness. Pain causes people to hurt others.

5.Redemption is not granted by others, but found through sorrow, regret, and attempts to make things right.

6.Memory is not a sad thing, as memory is another kind of continuation of life

7 . All Human lives are interconnected, and there is often a positive meaning even in seemingly random or negative events .

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9 Popular Outdoor Fitness Sports

Karachi in the past couple of years has given birth to an industry related to health and fitness. People have become very conscious about what they eat and how the look. However, staying fit does not denote that you need to spend thousands to keep in shape, rather it means to just do some activity that makes you sweat.
Here are a few outdoor fitness spots in Karachi:
1. AUNTY PARK: Located in Block-2 Clifton, it is one such place that caters to women jogging, doing yoga while men do both along with some exercises.
2. HILL PARK: This place is known for many recreational outdoor activities with beautiful mornings and evenings. People come to walk, jog or just enjoy the beauty of sunsets and sunrises the hill has to offer. Sports like cycling, skating, & cricket are also practiced since Hill Park has different grounds for these respective sports.
3. SEA VIEW: One can always find people practicing all sorts of sports on the streets of sea view. Let it be cycling, running, jogging or walk. People come here from all parts of the city and indulge in whatever sport they fancy.
4. BEACHES: Let it be the French beach or sand spit, yoga on the beaches of Karachi is the new detox and many people love it.
Dhanak Aijaz practices acro-yoga on the beach
Dhanak Aijaz practices acro-yoga on the beach
5. FRERE HALL: The park outside the building is flooded with people from various parts of the city for not just sports but also art classes, yoga or photography. After all, this place is considered as the crown jewels of Karachi for a reason that it caters to everyone for almost everything.
6. THE NATIONAL COACHING CENTER (PAKISTAN SPORTS BOARD) : Located opposite National stadium, this place is famed for all sorts of sports people can practice like cricket, basketball, volleyball and etc. Early morning and late evening the ground is full of people walking, jogging, exercising or just hanging out.
7. SAFARI PARK: This place requires a minimally priced ticket for entry and offers good scenery and walking track that goes up the hill. Mornings and evenings are occupied with people from all walks of life indulging in outdoor activities such as; jogging, walking, sprinting, cycling and other exercises.
8. AKU SPORTS REHABILITATION CENTER: Aga Khan University Hospital has a huge sports ground and a sports center next to it. The ground is used by many people to walk, jog and also hosts various outdoor fitness boot camps for members and non-members as well.
9. THE STREETS: The fear of getting mugged is always high while walking down the streets of Karachi. However there are a few places that are fairly safe for a morning workout. Few famous spots consists of streets phase 8 DHA which well-known marathon runner Adnan Gandhi used for his marathon training. The roads of KDA officers society , a beautiful stretch with a terrific view which people living there and adjoining areas come to walk, jog , cycle or just exercise and this has been happening since the early ‘90s. The stretch from sea view to burns road is the latest cyclists’ haven.
Nouman, Adnan & Usman running on the streets of Karachi
Nouman, Adnan & Usman running on the streets of Karachi
These are a couple of places that are open to all and prove the fact that to stay fit one does not require money but rather the muscles to get going and practice what suits them. Hence, fitness is for everyone and can be done anywhere.
However, if you feel that your mornings are way too busy for a fitness regime and post work you are drained then having a can of Red Bull can help you beat that post work laziness.

Yoga on the beaches of Karachi

Karachi being famous for its seashore, houses many yogis who are taking their practice, occasionally, to the beach which make it way more amazing of an experience than an indoor setting.

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Pakistan is not just food, plain and mountains rather each city has its own charm. While people in Islamabad enjoy hiking on the mountains, Lahore takes pride in its cultural heritage; Karachi stands tall with its Spectacular seashore.
The fitness culture has taken us all in a stride, people no longer feel the need to restrict themselves to an indoor facility to stay fit and do some exercises. Rather now people prefer outdoor fitness regimes to stay fit like hiking, walking, cycling, jogging, exercising, walking or yoga.
People in Karachi use their sea coast for various recreational activities. Some like the beach for family picnics, fishing, boating, snorkeling, and photography while others like to use it as a retreat to connect with their soul and practice yoga.
Kehkashan Nadeem, pioneer of aerial yoga in Karachi says, “I practice yoga everywhere and love it but practicing in nature gives us better outcome, more positive vibes because nature has a quality of de-stressing and healing hence with the universal energy at our disposal, we get the best results.”
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She further explains that Yoga is a mindful practice, as when the mind, body, and soul have the same intention it creates integration and stress goes away creating peace in your mind, balancing the hormones and energy of the body leaves you energized, healthy and happy. Yoga overall gives me meaning and purpose to live better amidst the chaos of a busy life.
Kehkashan further added that all styles of yoga can be practiced on the beach. However, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, hot yoga in summer, aerial with some arrangements, acro-yoga, surf boat yoga, breathing (Pranayama) practice and meditation are a few popular ones that people love doing on the beaches.
Practicing yoga on the beach is a great way to connect with the environment and gives fitness a whole new meaning. It aids in curing certain ailments especially mental health.
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Acro-yoga involves taking yoga practice from earth to air, playing with gravity, gaining strength, balance, flexibility by trusting and communicating with other individuals.
Dhanak Aijaz, a certified Acrovinyasa teacher, explains the mechanics of practicing acro-yoga on the beach, “It involves lifting a person above you in the practice hence the presence of sand gives you soft texture, which helps you cushion with the surface and not hurt yourself in case you fall.”
She also describes, “At the beach you have the air, wind, sky and beautiful sun with birds, which is way more relaxing and people generally tend to act lively in that environment. Also, since it is no longer stuffy and claustrophobic hence you get better results.”
She narrates an incident where she went to Bhit Khori, mountainous beach on the outskirts of Karachi, with a group of people to teach acro-yoga, “That experience was exhilarating because many people were trying this form of yoga for the first time and the practice itself helped build a connection and trust that the enabled the group of individuals become comfortable with each other. Where this was supposed to be a retreat it resulted in friendship along with mental detox.”
The serendipity at the beach is supreme and most yogis agree that yoga should only be practiced outdoors, especially at the beach since it has the power to heal and the fact that Karachi has a beach that caters to everyone irrespective of any differences.
In case you feel that you are a big procrastinator when it comes to fitness, then having a can of Red Bull before starting your activity is a good way to fight the lazy blues.

The Sooper Junoon Concert Makes History !

On 25th December 2018, Karachi hosted the most awaited concert of the year featuring Pakistan’s biggest Sufi rock band, Junoon. The event – which was organized by leading biscuit brand, Peek Freans Sooper to celebrate Pakistanis’ passion for their country on the birth anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam as well as to commemorate nearly 30 years of Junoon’s music .  SooperJunoon - Ali Azmat on the stage(1)

The Sooper Junoon concert proved to be the impetus needed to jump-start that trend once again. The event was star studded with celebrities like Hira Hussain , Zohaib Hassan , Wasim Akram and many more gathered to enjoy the melodies of this legendary band .

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With a massive stage set for the Sufi-Rock Kings, the host for the evening, Faizan Haque, kick-started the event with Pakistan’s top DJ, Faisal Baig, whose Classic Rock music set helped build the mood for what was to come later. Following him were four brilliant opening acts, namely Lyari Underground, Khumaariyan, Tamasha and Sounds of Kolachi, every band making its own mark with the audience and leaving them yearning for more.

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Junoon began with a tribute to the Father of the Nation before going on to perform iconic hits such as ‘Khudi’, ‘Sayoonee’, ‘Saaien’ and countless others. The band then came full circle with a beautiful tribute to Junaid Jamshed in the form of a heartwarming performance of ‘Dil Dil Pakistan’, thereby filling the atmosphere with great emotion and nostalgia.

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Perhaps the most memorable moment of the concert was when Salman and Ali veered away from the script to sit down on the stairs of the stage and do an impromptu performance of the legendary hit, ‘Wish You Were Here’; their way of paying tribute to global icons, Pink Floyd. From there they entered their classic hit ‘Chalay, Chalay Thhay Saath Saath’. To everyone’s surprise, Ali didn’t sing the last line of the song, a rare display of emotion by the rock star, which pushed many in the audience to tears again. He turned away from the audience and said, “They ask that ‘oooh Ali what does this reunion mean to you…and I go, meh.

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Hoping for more of these events with security in future !