SALIMA FEERASTA AKA KARACHISTA PLAYS A ROUND OF RAPID FIRE WITH THE CELEBRITY HAIRDRESSER TO SEE WHAT MAKES HIM A QUINTESSENTIAL ISLAMABADI.
Native or visitor?
Native. I was born here.
What is the quintessential IslooÂ experience?
Who do you call when you want to let your hair down?
Itâ€™s been years since I let my hair down !
Ultimate desi food joint:
Zeenos Melody, near Melody cinema. Itâ€™s not part of food street, but it is one of oldest Isloo institutions.Â They have the best Karahi in town.
Iâ€™m a real desi at heart and am not a fan of those cafÃ©â€™s where the pseudo crowd goes to see and beÂ seen. My favourite is Kabul Afghan Tikka in Jinnah Super Market. It has fabulous authentic food: reallyÂ yummy tikkas, proper Afghani roti and fantastic pullao!
Tariq Aminâ€™s at Beverly Center, of course!
One place I couldnâ€™t do without is Illusion, which is where I get all my DVDs and Blu-Ray discs. Iâ€™m quiteÂ old school and have amassed quite a movie collection; no streaming or Netflix for me. I enjoy going toÂ the movies but love my TV series too, and Illusion is my go-to because they only sell authentic Blu-Ray. IÂ always wait for the full series of a show and then binge watch, as I have no patience.
Best dessert in town: Shahidaâ€™s Peach Pavlova. OMG!
Which building do you wish had more character?
The Parliament building
Diya, my daughter, who was born here in Islamabad.
Pakistan Handicrafts. They have the most amazing handloom fabric like Khaddar and many variants ofÂ cotton. I wear a lot of shalwar kameez and this is one place I head to season after season. They stock aÂ fabulous selection of quality natural fabrics.
Pedicures and GucciÂ chappals.
Best piece of advice youâ€™ve ever been given:
Give more advice than you take.
What are you up to these days?
Iâ€™m busy with opening the first Tariq Amin Academy.