‘Pyaare Afzal’ takes Pakistan by storm

Updated 29 January 2014
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‘Pyaare Afzal’ takes Pakistan by storm

KARACHI: New Pakistani television serial “Pyaare Afzal” is making huge waves these days across the country.
Hamza Ali Abbasi, the protagonist, is a “seedha saadha larka” (a straight forward lad) and is not the regular Pakistani drama mamas boy but a rather different character altogether.
“Pyaray Afzal”, which made up to the top drama ranking recently, offers a love story that takes us all away from the morbidly dark and depressing dramas that surround us.
Later, Afzal and his lover Farah fall head over heels in romance and enjoy their petty little quarrels to the core.
However, like every story has a villain, the Amreshpuri of this love story is Farah’s mother who is not too keen on marrying off her daughter with this “good for nothing lad”.
She offers him money instead but it seems like Afzal has quit gambling and has his heart set on Farah.
The drama raises various complex family issues which the Pakistani society often come across.
Abbasi said, “He is doing quite well with acting all dreamy one moment and snapping out of it the other.”
Drama guru’s say Abbasi may become the second Fawwad Afzal Khan, renowned Pakistani television star, with the women swooning after him and the Bollywood offers piling up!


Yoga teacher found alive after 17 days lost in Hawaii forest

In this image courtesy of Javier Cantellops and obtained at facebook.com/AmandaEllersMissing/, shows missing hiker Amanda Eller (2nd L) with her rescuers, (L-R) Javier Cantellops, Troy Helmer and Chris Berquist, on May 24, 2019, at Makawao Forest Reserve on the Hawaiian Island of Maui. (AFP)
Updated 26 May 2019
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Yoga teacher found alive after 17 days lost in Hawaii forest

  • Volunteers spent days scouring the thick forest around the trailhead where she parked

HAWAII: Rescuers in Hawaii have found a yoga instructor who went missing for 17 days while hiking in a forest reserve and survived by drinking from streams and eating plants.
Amanda Eller, 35, went hiking in Maui’s Makawao Forest Reserve on May 8 but became lost when she walked deeper in the reserve, which covers more than 2,000 acres, instead of heading back to her car as she believed.
Rescuers in a helicopter hired by her family spotted Eller on Friday afternoon in a ravine by a waterfall, miles from her vehicle.
“Sure enough, God willing, she was right there,” Javier Canetellops, a search coordinator who was in the helicopter, told reporters. “Unbelievable.”
Eller, who also works as a physical therapist, was malnourished, shoe-less, and had a broken leg and torn meniscus in her knee, as well as sunburn and scrapes. She was airlifted to a hospital and expected to make a full recovery.
Friends had launched a “Find Amanda” campaign on Facebook, and just an hour before she was rescued they offered a $50,000 reward for information. Volunteers spent days scouring the thick forest around the trailhead where she parked.
“Elated. Excited. Ecstatic,” Eller’s mother, Julia, told NBC News affiliate KHNL in Honolulu. “I can’t even put it into words I’m so incredibly grateful.”