Winning the Oscar Award

Winning the Oscar Award

Talent and hard work are a winning combination that will not go unnoticed. The Oscar award given to Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, in the best short subject documentary category is indeed proof of this fact. Other than being a personal achievement it has also injected positivism and confidence in a country which is generally negatively portrayed in the media. For those aspiring to enter the film industry it is inspirational and a message to the youth to look forward and not think about the obstacles in the way to success internationally. The media is rife with negative news about Pakistan, but an achievement such as this shows the world that the people of this country are resilient and have other merits attached to them than just being labelled terrorists.

One of the most prominent award ceremonies, being televised in over a hundred countries, it has also been able to show the world that the Pakistani woman is strong, intelligent and bold and not the stereotypical woman who has no voice. The documentary has been able to make a positive change in the lives of women. It has acknowledged the fact that heinous crimes like this do exist in society but there are also people who can expose them and thereby play a role in trying to eradicate them.

It has also come into the limelight of those celebrities who have a wide influence on the media and their audience and the ripple effect of this will hopefully make itself apparent.

An achievement such as this is an inspiration to the youth of this country who are enveloped by inflation, politicians who only seem to serve their self interest and are becoming less proud of being Pakistani. It proves that even in spite of these circumstances, people can still make a difference and steer the thinking of people towards a more positive way of thinking. Yes, we have crime, we have problems but we all have the ability to help solve them. Its time we started taking things in our own hands and moulding our own paths instead of waiting for someone else to do it for us.

 

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Marketing Association of Pakistan, Lahore Chapter – Newsletter

Marketing Association of Pakistan, Lahore Chapter – Newsletter

 

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Belief and Betrayal: Where do we stand today?

Belief and Betrayal: Where do we stand today?

Today, there are a number of negative and violent associations that can be made with Pakistan. It is not just the world which sees Pakistan through a tainted lens, we Pakistanis do the same. What is the image Pakistan now portrays? A terrorist harboring state…a country being slowly destroyed by corrupt rulers… a country where daily life is marred by power cuts and price hikes…

All these images are a far cry from what Pakistan was meant to stand for – the Land of the Pure. A separate identity in which we kept on believing until someone stepped forward and gave that dream a reality. A Superman – a Superman we called Quaid-e-Azam. With his team of superheroes, he gave reality to the dream of a separate identity.

And today, we honor their efforts with betrayal. A group of people became a team of superheroes for our sake and today we answer their achievements by the carelessness of our actions or rather non-actions. The separate identity for which Pakistan was created does not exist anymore. Because we didn’t create it, we feel no need to take responsibility for it.

Since we didn’t bother to brand ourselves, everybody else did…

While Newsweek recently headlined us as the “Most Dangerous Nation in the World”, other newspapers were printing headlines about the latest political crisis and economic problems. News channels, on the other hand, conveyed breaking news about another bomb blast. At the time when the whole world watched the devastation wreaked by the floods, our mass communication was saying something else entirely. They were describing a carefree Utopia of songs and dance and discussing political non-issues with no solution on the horizon. None of our advertisements, dramas or movies reflect the reality of our country. Instead, our media messages have been shallow promoting a ‘live by the moment’ philosophy. It is high time that we stop being indifferent to our situation and break out of our vicious cycle.

In all the messages we have been putting out there for the world, not once have we tried to understand how those messages are being interpreted and misused against us. While the world has been watching the crisis and turmoil in Pakistan, we have stayed quiet and let them develop their own conclusions. Is it any wonder then that the conclusions they have drawn are so unfavorable? I don’t think the world has made a mistake when it has tried and judged us as shallow people given to the ignorance of our own best interests. We ourselves have promoted this view. Not only to the world but we have also somehow managed to convince ourselves that this is what Pakistan is. We have led ourselves into oblivion to the extent that we have stopped caring for what becomes

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of us as a nation. Now when we hear of a bomb blast we are thankful to Allah because it could have been worse. The death toll could have been higher. We live for ourselves now! In the worst possible way, we have betrayed our own belief and in the process our own existence. We have no separate identity now but anonymity. We have nothing but conflicting messages to show for ourselves. We’re back to square one. Once again, we need a superman to save us. Once again we need a superman to bring to us our ‘separate identity’.
Two choices lie in front of us today – we could wait for a messiah or we could take our destiny into our own hands as we once did before 1947. It would have to be one of us. It would have to be me or you. I believed in Pakistan. I betrayed Pakistan with my silence. And now I will be superman for Pakistan. I will stop complaining and start doing because after all, heroism begins with one person.

Great brands have great stories to tell and Pakistan is a great country. We need to start believing in our country and ourselves and narrate our story ourselves instead giving others the right to do that for us. Other countries have been proactive in branding themselves. Through tourism campaigns, through rehabilitation efforts, they have a voice that we associate with positivity. We didn’t know this voice, they told us about it.

Now we need to find our voice. We may not be able to speak against the negative voices, but we can be louder with the positive ones. There is much goodness in Pakistan to be shared with the rest of the world. We are a nation of amazing people who have turned their personal stories into brands that have been acclaimed by the world. The names Abdul Sattar Edhi, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Imran Khan are synonymous with success and achievement.

We can’t change the way our cinema works but we can create better cinema like Khuda Kay Liye…cinema that is talked about because it has a message to give; something different and heart touching that has truth in it. Brands, leaders, intelligentsia, marketers, thinkers, journalists and all those who have the power to make a positive difference need to come together and think of a common message that needs to be sent out of Pakistan. The kind of message our advertisements, our dramas and our cinemas need to carry about the good side of us and our country.

I cannot control the content of our marketing but I can create more relevant content – content that has something to tell the world about everything wonderful that is Pakistan, content that needs to be marketed like it is; telling the brand story of Pakistan in a compelling way. We need to know what we stand for and what our country stands for and we need to commit ourselves to promote it.

What mustn’t t be forgotten is the reason I need to be a Superman: Pakistan needs me, but I need Pakistan more. I am an individual but my identity comes from Pakistan. That’s why it is my responsibility as well as the responsibility of 187 million Pakistanis to envision a bright future for our country and take ownership of it. We all need to ensure today that our every action will take us closer to the vision of a better tomorrow. It is time for us all to become Supermen for Pakistan, for ourselves as well as for our next generation.

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AAJ TV interviews with Mr. Ahmed Kapadia

AAJ TV interviews with Mr. Ahmed Kapadia

Mr. Ahmed Kapadia speaks about the inception, facilities and objectives of the Latif Kapadia Welfare Memorial Trust ( LKMWT) on the morning show of AAJ News entitled AAJ Subah.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8qNUdm5iLI

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Marketing Association of Pakistan, Lahore Chapter

Marketing Association of Pakistan, Lahore Chapter

Marketing Association of Pakistan, Lahore chapter, recently organized a seminar in the city and invited Mr. Ahmed Kapadia, Chairman and Managing Director, Synergy Group of Companies to address its members. Mr. Ahmed Kapadia chose a very intriguing yet relevant topic, “Belief & Betrayal: Why Pakistan needs Supermen?” to speak on. The topic was successful in drawing in the crowds and Mr. Kapadia was welcomed by a presence of over 120 marketing professionals in Lahore at Royal Palm. His interactive presentation and commitment to bringing the change that he was talking about was enough to keep the audience hooked throughout the one hour seminar. Mr. Kapadia passionately discussed of the belief that Quaid-e-Azam and other great personalities had in Pakistan as a separate homeland for Muslims. He went on to describe the great betrayal at the hands of Pakistani people that took place in the country after its inception. But unlike others he didn’t stop there, he also gave solutions to the current problems facing Pakistan, not just as a marketer but as a patriotic citizen of a country he believed in. He called for the need of Supermen like Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal who made dreams come true for the common man. He told marketers how branding Pakistan was a natural step to take with their brands and to create relevant campaigns like Pepsi Do Good 2010 or Vodafone Egypt’s “The power of one” 2011. He ended his presentation with a simple yet powerful message for everybody sitting in the audience:

“Pakistan Needs You,

But You Need Pakistan More!”

The presentation ended with a resounding applause from the audience and was followed by one of the longest Q&A session according to the Vice President of MAP, Mr. Khaliq ur Rehman. He said that the feedback from the participants was very positive and they enjoyed not only the presentation but the engaging and eloquent way Mr. Kapadia presented such a novel topic. The event ended with a presentation of shields to the MAP members and the speaker Mr. Kapadia as well.

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CNBC interviews Mr. Ahmed Kapadia

CNBC interviews Mr. Ahmed Kapadia

CNBC interviews Mr Ahmed Kapadia for its show Kamyaab, which highlights the real person behind the business legend or respected achiever. It traces the leader’s personal and professional journey with emphasis on their philosophies, views, mentors, friends and families.

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2000 vs 2010

2000 vs 2010

"An Evolutionary Decade"

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Leadership; The Essentials

Leadership; The Essentials

Leading from the front, understanding the sensitivity of the situation or just spearheading a campaign requires courage, openness of mind and the ability to inspire. A leader is an ordinary person like any other but what distinguishes him from the rest is his vision and mission for the greater cause. Whether it be a battlefield or business arena the winner is he who knows his opponents better than himself and also realizes his weaknesses. He is compassionate to his people, devoted to his duties and open to new challenges. His spirit is not dampened by failures, obstacles does not blur his vision and he just rides to the edge without giving up for fulfilling his aims.

Here are some quote on leadership;

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.
(Lao Tzu)

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
(Steve Jobs quotes)

Leadership is action, not position.
(Donald H. McGannon quotes)
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Joining Hands in the Hour of Need

Joining Hands in the Hour of Need

Latif Kapadia Memorial Welfare Trust is providing food to the displaced people in the affected areas of Sindh and Punjab. We’ll be

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delivering ration boxes to the flood victims which will contain food items of an estimated amount to feed an average sized family for at least 15-20 …days.

The approximated cost for each such box is Rs. 2,500 only. Please remember the people that are awaiting your help and support us in saving them from hunger during this period of turmoil. Please contribute as much as you can and ask others too.

Kindly send your donations to:

Latif Kapadia Memorial Welfare Trust (LKMWT), Account # 0020-01005369, Bank Al Falah Limited, P.E.C.H.S. Branch, Karachi.Or for details, contact:

Shoaib Farooqui
0333-9963999

Please be generous – Our nation needs us.

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Torrential Floods: A Wake up call

Torrential Floods: A Wake up call

I am saddened by the recent floods that have played havoc with the lives of the people, their property and just about everything that they possessed. One feels for the people who are affected left, right and center, and I am no exception. I strongly believe this is a wakeup call from God. He wants us to get our act together and do the good which we have been unable to do, for reasons that I don’t want to delve into.

On the same footing, Synergy has understood that much needs to be done in this regard. We have the required capacity and because of that we have made the resources available by contacting the relevant personnel and organizations. LKMWT, under the aegis of Synergy has started to play its role in the relief and rehabilitating processes for the flood affected individuals and families.

I have seen teenagers studying at expensive colleges collecting donations for flood victims at different places and traffic signals. I see this as an exercise in futility more than anything else.

As a nation we must treat this calamity as an indication informing us about the direction we are headed in. Now is the time to observe, think and act. Now is the time to paint a new future of your nation.

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