Employee Medical Insurance
Annual General Meeting
Health Club Gym and Wellness Centre
Library & Newsletter
Women & Youth
Food & Beverage
It’s a pleasure to connect with Gymkhana Members after
every three months. I extend my heartfelt greetings to the
readers on the first issue of the quarterly Gymkhana Newsletter
for the year 2018. This newsletter covers the activities, events
and various initiatives taken in the last few months.
The present elected Committee has completed one year on
March 7th 2018. During this time, we have tried to live up to our
slogan of ‘Qualitative Change’ by upgrading the overall
environment of the Club.
Starting from cleanliness to landscaping, and then
improving facilities through required physical changes in areas
like the banquet hall, gym and washrooms, as well as moving a
step further with our online presence, continuous efforts are
being made to ensure quality and progress in each discipline.
Likewise, the general mood and environment that’s come to life
is visible; through the quality and quantity of members
frequenting Gymkhana. Women and Youth who had previously
shied away are now seen enjoying places like Caffe 9, Open Air
Cinema, and Barbeque Terrace. Their active participation in
Walled City Tours, Sub-Clubs and events like the Family
Carnival and Gymkhana Eat has once again made Lahore
Gymkhana a Family Club.
Lots of members felt that there was no character or
architectural form of Gymkhana, so we have taken a major
initiative by giving the club its identity through a facade. A
classic design put on display has been widely appreciated and
active work has begun. During works, there is always some
disruption and disturbance, but I am grateful to members, who
for their much loved and treasured Gymkhana have been
extremely patient during aggressive works. I assure you that
results will prove to be worth the wait.
Together, with the continued commitment and support of all
staff and members of the club, we can strengthen the
foundation of Lahore Gymkhana, while building a better today
Chairman Lahore Gymkhana
Let’s welcome the spring!
Good many events of national and international magnitude have marked the flow of
life during the period. The Club wears a new look with a number of renovations and
activities being carried out by different committees.
The Library and Newsletter Committee under my supervision has tried to bring about
members’ welfare-oriented improvements in the profiles of the Library, Reading Room,
Computer Section and Newsletter.
The Library & Newsletter team this time held over 20 events including talks and
lectures on topics as diverse as art, economics, travel, film, philosophy and others along
with a range of activity sessions at the Sub-Clubs. From the adventures of mountain
climbing with Vanessa O’ Brien, to an insight into the bigger picture of Pakistan’s
economics by studying past through a fictional window of future with Mr. Nadeem Ul
Haque; from thousands of members revisiting the city’s origins via the exclusively
arranged Walled City Tours, to the Gardening Club members touring and exploring the
floral illustrations of the 1960s at the Wazir Khan Mosque; from the visual delight of
stomping feet and fiery passion of Flamenco dancers, to the pleasures of poetry and
prose with one of the most consequential orators of our time, Zia Mohyeddin; the
plethora of events was everything from enlightening to entertaining.
It was also the first time that the members were encouraged to help the Committee in
selecting books for the Library. A great number of books on diverse topics were selected
by the members that were purchased thereon.
Herein I would like to thank Honourable members of the Lahore Gymkhana Club for
extending their earnest and heartfelt support and encouragement as a result of which I
was able to serve the cause by working diligently as Convenor of both the Committees,
Library as well as of Women and Children. We are grateful and thankful to the members
for graciously appreciating the previous issues of the Newsletter and promise to improve
We have strengthened our Library & Newsletter team with the appointment of a
content specialist. Ms. Anum J. Khan, besides supporting the vision of the Newsletter
team as a communication professional, will also be looking after the Club’s creative
initiatives as the ‘Creative Manager’ along with the ‘Creative Consultant’ Mr. Hasan
I am grateful to Mr. Khawaja Pervaiz Saeed, Mr. Nasim Niaz and my Manager, Ms.
Fouzia Ahmed in extending help and cooperation regarding the publication of the
Prof. Dr. Syed Atif Hasnain Kazmi
Convenor – Dr. Jawad Sajid
Lahore Gymkhana’s Annual General Meeting for year 2017 held on Thursday,
December 7th 2017 with an aggregate attendance of 489 Permanent
Members was the first AGM of the newly elected body that covered the
accounts for both, outgoing and incoming committees. Adhering to the
Articles of Association, Mr. Kamran Lashari, Chairman Lahore Gymkhana took
All agenda points were covered in a congenial atmosphere that reflected
synergy through joint efforts. After the confirmation of minutes of the
previous AGM, and approval of Annual Accounts, the event proceeded with
constructive arguments from both sides. Motions to be put to the
Extra-Ordinary General Meeting (EOGM), like the tenure of the elected
Committee of Management and expansion of Hostel facility through
additional 40 rooms were then declared. It was announced that the EOGM will
be held in 90 days of the date of this AGM for special approval of the House in
deciding the future course of action for the new projects.
Held on November 13th 2017, the Participant Awareness Program
was aimed at recognizing employees’ efforts through issuing
them health insurance cards. Chairman Lahore Gymkhana, Mr.
Kamran Lashari acknowledged progress that’s afoot in all
departments and said that a productive and progressive mindset
is what it takes to deliver to maximum potential. Training, he said,
Is the key and appreciated efforts made by Convenor Admin, Dr.
Jawad Sajid and Convenor Finance, Khawaja Imran Zubair in
bringing about changes that have not only uplifted employees
spirits but also resulted in better performance levels.
In an effort to provide members
with 24 hours banking services, a
new ATM has been installed in
the Club right next to the
Discipline and Conduct
Members felt that there was a need to
strengthen discipline and conduct in the
Club, therefore the Management of
Lahore Gymkhana, after thoughtful
consideration has started taking
disciplinary actions. Around 11 cases have
been dealt so far. The Management
believes it will help halt irregularities in
discipline which in turn will reduced the
number of similar incidents in future.
LET’S MAKE THE CLUB
LET’S KEEP THE CLUB
LET’S FOLLOW THE
HOUSEKEEPING AND HORTICULTURE
The Magical Spring
Infusing its own mojo
into the endless opera
of the seasons!
Using flowers and plants as paints and sky and soil as
canvas, Nazeer Masih has been planting Gymkhana gardens
for the last 31 years. Hands in dirt, head in the sun, and heart
and soul in the gardens, the man has great contribution in
bringing to life what has taken the shape of lush, verdant,
unblemished lawns of the Club we all take pleasure viewing,
relishing and admiring.
Looking forward to spring blooming, the groundsman
shared the new Committee’s vision in making Lahore
Gymkhana a place that reflects Nature in every corner by
adorning the gardens of the Club with lots of trees, greenery
and a dazzling array of flowers that blossoms to radiate
freshness, positivity and color. ‘Such an important aspect of
the Club has finally been given its due prominence’
I am a
of infinite time
- Uniform has been introduced for the
- Training sessions are being conducted
regularly to ensure a clean, safe and
welcoming environment in the club.
- New housekeeping equipment such
as mopping trolleys has been introduced.
- Old cleaning products have been
replaced with better quality cleaners and
Celebrations at the Club
May the joys of
warm our hearts,
fill our homes and,
last a life time.
Dec 22 nd 2017
An enchanted tree decked out with flickering fairy lights, golden bells,
a myriad of tiny luminous stars and countless hanging Santas, the Main
Hall echoed Christmas cheers for the first time with Christmas Carols
filling the air and tears of joy streaming down faces.
“An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor does a non-Arab have
it over an Arab; a white has no superiority over black nor does a black
have it over white except, by piety (taqwa) and good action”, Mr.
Kamran Lashari quoted the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) while
greeting the 200 plus Christian employees and endorsing the spirit of
communal harmony and profound cohesion of faiths at the Lahore
Christmas celebrations at the club reflected love, tolerance,
compassion, and togetherness adhering to the spirit of the message
the occasion brings. Participation of all Convenors, and Management
affirmed everyone as part of one proud Gymkhana family.
Retaining an aura of equity, diversity and inclusivity, the day brought
back a sense of long awaited recognition where everyone was seen
engulfed in sheer ecstasy, overwhelmed with emotion. “Today’s
celebrations signify how each one of us is valued and we are truly
honored…..we all promise to deliver to our maximum potential” , said
Mr. Majeed – Supervisor Housekeeping
The cake cutting ceremony in the end witnessed a beautiful
connection beyond ranks, beyond creed, and beyond man made
patterns of identity. Rare moments of valuing human dignity and
acceptance as whole heartedly as the combined ingredients of the rich
plum cake everyone nibbled together. Rare moments of believing in
the essence of selflessness while enjoying Christmas presents from the
most generous Santa. Rare moments of cherishing happiness and
looking forward to a future much brighter when strung just like the
gorgeous balloon garland dominating with all its colors.
Convenor – Ahsan Saeed Mian
Rizwan & Moazaam
Rizwan and Moazzam, nephews of the supreme exponent
of Qawwali, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan took the Gymkhana
stage on Friday Dec 15th 2017 to leave fans entranced. The
event attracted a huge turnout of women and youth after long
marking the revival of the club as a Family Club.
Transfixing rhythmic patterns of the harmonium, stimulating
tabla beats, powerful and poignant lyrics and a complex
undercurrent of synchronized handclapping in support of the
mellifluous voices facilitating a mystic connection between
Mehfil-e-Samaa and the Divine, the night radiated spirituality
overlaid with musical precision.
Opening the show with a mellow rendition of “Allah Hu" followed
by a diverse lineup of the most popular tracks, the duo, with each
new rendition and powerhouse performance drew in the crowds
who were seen singing along, swaying and lauding one hit after
From the smooth melodic overtures in ‘Suroor’ and heavy
rhythmic grooves of ‘Mast Nazron say’ to the fierce leaps of vocal
passion through glottal groans and perfect glissando in ‘Dam
Mast Qalandar’, the audience were treated to heights of musical
ecstasy endorsed by a world of Sufi mystics.
Totally unaware of the power of the genre, the evening in no time
turned into tranquil hours of midnight where Rizwan and
Moazzam keeping up to the legacy of the musical genius
articulated the message of peace, love and happiness while
earning the same in return from the listeners.
JANUARY 12 TH 2018
Lahore Gymkhana provided an opportunity for members to take time out and
make the special ones feel extra special at the Black-Tie Ball held on Friday
January 12th 2018. Setting new benchmarks in terms of aesthetics, sophistication
and finesse, the event turned out to be a perfectly planned, immaculately
organized and brilliantly executed affair attracting a huge turnout. A black and
white palette lent an idyllic mood to the occasion. From decorated tabletops with
clusters of floral orbs of roses, lilies and tulips to the checkerboard dancefloor
with a ceiling heaving with white blossoms replicating an illusion of a sky of
flowers cascading over the ones moving across the blocks, and illuminating art
installations, the monochrome theme enveloped guests in a warm embrace of a
lucid dream before waking them up to a surreal reality.
The elegant and debonair gentlemen in the classic and timeless tuxedos and
modern dinner jackets with their ladies in the most exquisite black and white
silhouettes relished moments of absolute delight. An ambiance of Jazz Blues
merged with Eastern Classical ensembles by the Blue Sax Band soaring through
the air hijacked the tedium of everyday providing the wonderful couples a chance
to trip the light fantastic while transcending the limits of orchestral exuberance.
Dancing the night away with great conversations, great food and great company,
members and guests basked in hours of spectacular entertainment celebrating
love, commitment, relationships and life. The sold-out event with an
overwhelming response might make a comeback on popular demand very soon.
Await another invite, for another ball; bigger and better.
A NIGHT OF
USTAD RAFAQAT ALI KHAN
The son and nephew of legendry musical duo, Ustad
Nazakat Ali khan and Salamat Ali khan, Ustad
Rafaqat Ali Khan graced the Gymkhana stage on
Saturday, February 24th 2018. The ambassador of
the Sham Chaurasia gharana amazed the packed
audience with performances that seemed nothing
short of a feast of musical notes descended upon
Ustad Rafaqat Ali Khan’s impressive set contained a
rich balance of classical, semi-classical, ghazal and
Bollywood hits. The maestro regaled music
aficionados with his versatility and impressive range.
Performing to songs like ‘Tere Bin Nahin Lagda’,
‘Mere Rashke Qamar’ and ‘Dama Dam Mast
Qalandar’, Khan with his extraordinary vocals,
intricate notes, and incomparable zeal created an
environment of musical reverie, making it a night to
remember for everyone in attendance.
O P E N A I R
in the lush green setting with high definition projection on a big screen with
Dolby Digital Surround Sound System
Magnetic characters, splendid views, wondrous sets, and epic storytelling was
experienced at the inaugural screening of Gymkhana’s Open-Air Cinema on
Friday November 10th 2017 in Russel Crowe starrer historical epic ‘Gladiator’.
The rear lawn transformed into a cozy cinematic setting with a massive screen
and Dolby Surround Sound for around 200 movie lovers to immerse in the
grandeur of 2nd Century Rome while enjoying their picks from a variety of
snacks and drinks on a balmy night filled with fun and excitement.
From timeless classics like ‘Gladiator and Sholay’, to the spectacular romantic
fantasies ‘Cleopatra’ and ‘Devdas’, to the ultimate historical epic like Troy, and
comedy drama ‘3 idiots’, each movie ensured audiences were beguiled with
all the drama, action, and emotion each character displayed on screen, while
feasting on warm popcorn, palatable finger food, and hot and cold drinks
under the stars to mark priceless moments with their loved ones.
Great people in the world have gone to great heights by challenging usual practices,
thinking differently, breaking conventional notions, and unlocking new value for
themselves and for the system at large. ‘If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will
have to settle for the ordinary’ – Jim Rohn. The purpose is to keep exploring, and
continue trying till the extraordinary is achieved.
Lahore Gymkhana is home to the best of talents in the Country. With the distinct vision of
the Chairman Mr. Kamran Lashari, and considerable support of Convenor Finance/
Coordinator New Plans and Developments Khawaja Imran Zubair and Convenor Library
and Newsletter Dr. Atif Kazmi, ‘Gymkhana Creative’ has been set up to bring to the
forefront members’ who have ideas worth sharing, talents worth revealing, and opinions
worth making a difference for the better. The department aims to promote social
cohesion while uncovering members hidden bents by bringing into play and executing
their creative vision.
Currently the department has helped initiate the flourishing Gardening Club, the vibrant
Music Club, the promising Kids Club, and the intellectually stimulating Book Club. The
imminent Cooking Club will be the newest addition to the growing number of Sub Clubs.
Gymkhana Talent Hunt 2018, to be conducted annually is also a project of Gymkhana
Creative. The purpose is to provide the members with a platform to perform, and a
chance to earn a place in the Gymkhana Hall of Fame, that could pave the way to
Most conspicuous, the quarterly Gymkhana Newsletter has been developed into an
insightful and visually indulging summation of all the Club’s happenings and progress.
We are open to feedback, suggestions, and proposals from members in order to
perpetuate the creative spirit within the Club that helps us CREATE.
GARDENING MUSIC KIDS
TALENT HUNT NEWSLETTER BOOK
Hasan Shahzad Qureshi
Anum J. Khan
lahoregymkhana.pk was launched in style to celebrate a
major step Club has taken towards digitization of Club
services. Chairman LGC, Mr. Kamran Lashari launched
the new Club website on Thursday Jan 18th 2018 amidst
loud applause from excited members. The website also
allows the members to book rooms at the Guest room
facility online. A LIVE demo was held to highlight key
features of the website for member suggestions and
feedback. Chairman also lauded the efforts of the team
members especially, Hasnain Iqbal and Moeen Sarwar
for their untiring efforts in overseeing the launch of the
The effort is one major leap towards the ultimate goal of
‘Lahore Gymkhana’s Digital Transformation’. It aims to
be the online face of the Club with all the key
information, latest news and updates, contacting
procedures, timings, monthly bills and online
By landing at ‘lahoregymkhana.pk’ and logging in to ‘My
Gymkhana’, members will now be able to check room
availability, access rates and make bookings with a
secured two-factor authentication via email and
registered phone numbers. The new feature aims to
save time, remove bottlenecks of manual booking,
increase revenue and most of all make it convenient for
members to reserve rooms without having to worry
about repeated requests and/or follow-ups.
The reliance of the world today on digital technologies is
unprecedented. And in order to match the pace, it’s
imperative for the Club to stay relevant to the changing
demands and adopt a more competitive and productive
way of work, minimizing costs whilst ensuring maximum
performance and minimal human errors. Adhering to
that, all possible efforts are being made to automate
processes where required, and the new website seems
to be the beginning of a ‘Digitalized Lahore Gymkhana’.
NEWS & UPDATES
Contact the MIS department
to update your contact
details (email, and phone)
and stay updated of latest
news and events
facade to be
Structures define identities!
“Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn
for timelessness” – Frank Gehry
Structures and buildings define identities and reveal eras
by unifying physical and emotional experiences through an
architectural ‘inside’ and ‘outside’, allowing us to orient
ourselves in a world with various dimensions.
Lahore Gymkhana serves an excellent example by holding
a century’s old history of owning structures that have not
just been an expression of identity to each of its members,
but also salient landmarks revealing cultural character of
the historical city from time to time. Keeping in view the role
the edifice had played over the years, the current
Committee of Management after thoughtful consideration
and careful evaluation of traditional, practical and modern
elements has approved Riaz-Ur-Rehman’s version of the
long-awaited façade finally envisioned as the proud face of
A balanced and symmetrical exterior of colonial red brick
will be incorporated for a delicate play of shadow and
texture with bold white columns to compliment and
support the color and surface of the main entrance assuring
a simple, yet functional and certainly picturesque front view
keeping up to the Club’s grandeur and exclusivity of history,
values and membership. Construction of the 6-month
project has commenced in February 2018 under the
supervision of Convenor Finance/Coordinator New Plans,
Mr. Khawaja Imran Zubair and Chairman Lahore Gymkhana,
Mr. Kamran Lashari. Sincerely wishing for an in-time
completion, the COM looks forward to members embracing
an old identity with a new face.
Where the little souls feel as safe
as home and where there are no
boundaries to imagination; where
activities abound and chuckles
and giggles rule the day!
Where the little souls feel as safe as home and where there are no
boundaries to imagination; where activities abound and chuckles
and giggles rule the day!
The newest addition to the Lahore Gymkhana Club is the
state-of-the-art ‘Kids Play Area’ designed for children of and
under 8 years of age. Covered with artificial turf flooring for a safe
and comfortable environment in a lush green setting with no risk of
grass allergies, mud stains, or bug bites, the play yard located right
behind caffé 9 aims to stimulate and encourage all aspects of
physical and sensory development, thought process, social
interaction, and confidence building. An exciting new world of
untethered joy and thrill welcomes kids to romp around and race
down the slide of their choice only to climb again; jump and bounce
back off the corners on the trampoline to discover who soar the
highest; see what was and see what is on the horse-back seesaw;
score a red basket and then tumble their way through the maze of
ladders and obstacle courses in the playhouse before tricycling the
road to happiness and success whilst finding pleasures of growing
up in just ‘Playing’.
CONVENOR – DR. ALI RAZAQUE
The Lahore Gymkhana Guest Rooms are considered a
place of poise, convenience and warmth and the
facilities are amenities loaded and most suitable for
members guests travelling to Lahore frequently. No
doubt each room affords an understated palette of
subtle colors and contemporary design and what
further augments and complements an urge to stay
here are finest fabrics, modern art and latest
IF ONE HAS NOT
Because our first job
is to be hospitable….’
Significant news from the team at Guest Rooms headed
by Dr Ali Razaque is that Online Room Reservations
System are finally in place and Lahore Gymkhana
Rooms can be booked online at lahoregymkhana.pk To
ensure security the process is backed by 2-factor
authentication -e- mail text.
With this system in place, booking suitableness
certainly places the stakeholders at a convenience.
And as for the work done, the details are
• New Linens (bed sheets and towels) at par with
• Reception and Canopy ceiling repainted with
• Coffee making machine and sugar cane machine
installed in the basement (in front of the dining
• New flowers planted in the guest room gardens
• Assorted drinks have been added in mini bar for
• Main door color from dark brown to original wood
• Restaurant menu additions
• Expansion of rooms: 23 rooms and 9
suites approved in the EOGM
• Replacement of old ACs in Guest Rooms
After extensive efforts a new General
Manager, Khurram Hashmi has been hired
for the Guest Rooms. This resource has
been a part of the hospitality industry for
the past 23 years having worked in
departments like Public Relations,
Marketing Communications, Guest
Relations and Front Office. As he goes
along ,the Lahore Gymkhana Guest Rooms
are going to benefit from his all round
experience and he will be forthcoming in
applying traits like integrity, help people
grow and build teams, focus on results,
and gain from feedback of guests and
GYM AND WELLNESS CENTRE
CONVENOR - SAMIRA MAROOF
The Convenor Gym, Mrs. Samira Maroof Khan and her team consisting of
Captains Mr. Ahsan Khan and Mrs. Durdana Saleem, Vice Captains Mr.
Mohsin Moin and Mrs. Zarmina Mumtaz and the subcommittees are
working tirelessly to ensure that members and their families enjoy a
modern, safe and healthy environment.
ANNUAL FITNESS COMPETITION
The Annual Fitness Competition held on Nov 23rd, 24th and 25th 2017
had contestants competing from all age groups. Mian Afzal P-4422 and
Dr. Fakhr-un- Nisa P-2572 were presented Life Time Achievement
TABLE TENNIS TOURNAMENT
The Table Tennis Tournament took place on 21st, 22nd and 23rd
December 2017. Ammnah Mansoor (R-1093) and Nasreen Khawar
(P-6382) secured top positions in ‘Ladies Single’ and ‘Ladies over 50’.
Hamza won ‘Under 14’ and Ali Ahmad (R-1204) was the winner of ‘Open
Singles’. Syed Raza Shah (P-5624) won in the ‘Men over 50’ category
whereas Sameer Tayyab (P-6890) and Ayyan Sameer secured first
position in ‘Doubles’.
A prize distribution ceremony
was held to laud winners of the
Table Tennis Tournament 2017
and Annual Fitness Competition
2017 on Thursday, Jan 18th
2018. Orchestrated by Justice
Shahid Hussain, the event aimed
to recognize achievements and
excellence of fitness enthusiasts.
It highlighted the necessity of
treasuring fitness as it is the
cornerstone of our most
valuable possession, health.
Chairman Lahore Gymkhana,
Mr. Kamran Lashari was the
Chief Guest of the evening who
stressed on the importance of
staying fit to reach the optimal
state of well-being.
New equipment has been inducted
Convenor Gym Mrs. Samira Maroof Khan
addressing on prize distribution ceremony
- One Hip Roller in Ladies Gym
- Two Spinning Bikes in Ladies Gym
- Two Treadmills in Ladies Gym
Justice Shahid Hussain - Master of the ceremony
SAEED UL HASEEB
SAIF A GOHAR
MOST REGULAR GYM MEMBER
SYED IFTIKHAR ALI BOKHARI
Mr. Saeed Ul Haseeb P-10166 Gym Champion – 2017
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Beenish Shaukat Gym Champion (ladies) – 2017
Mr. Saif. A. Gohar P-8681 WINNER IN AGE CATEGORY 41-45
YEARS AND OVERALL RUNNERUP AS GYM CHAMPION
MOST REGULAR GYM MEMBER
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
DR. SARA LIU
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Some people in the world are born to inspire, very few live to! Mr. Mian Afzal, Membership # P-4422 clearly
belongs to the latter. As fit as a fiddle, the man in his 83rd year of life continues to prove to everyone that
fitness isn’t just a hobby but a lifestyle. This is a sneak peek into his life and his fitness routine.
How long has it been since you’ve been a part of Gymkhana Family?
I don’t remember the exact date but it’s been nearly 30 years.
How do you see the difference in health and fitness routines through generations
since you have seen it all?
I remember, before partition, outdoor sports after 4 P.M. were a norm. People relied on a
healthy diet and spent a great amount of time participating in outdoor activities. Compared to
that, my grandson today is all taken over by the digital age, spending so much time on his
phone and internet.
I, on the other hand do not skip a day. Even on Eid, I am either at the Race Course Park or at the
Model Town Park burning calories away with none on the track but myself.
I certainly believe that there is nothing more important than your health. I have never consulted
a doctor as a result of my fitness regime. I’ve never suffered from blood pressure, or diabetes
and alike which is quite rare in the times we are living.
How long have you been using the gym facilities?
It’s been 25 years. We used to have the gym in the basement where we now have the Billiards
What’s your workout routine?
Around 3 hours daily at the gym. Chest twice a week. Back and Shoulders once a week. Biceps
and Triceps once a week. Legs once a week. Forearms with back and triceps. Cardio an hour
every day. For abs I do leg raises and crunches almost daily. Cycling half an hour at the highest
resistance level almost every day as well.
Which exercise is a must?
I motivate people for weight training because I feel it helps with detoxification of the human
body as well as cardio, which I believe is equally important. If I had to give a percentage to both
I would say 50/50.
What are your favourite exercises?
All four angles for chest; incline, decline, and flat bench presses along with flys. I prefer to do
them with free weights instead of machines. I used to do heavy squatting as well up until 3-4
years ago. Due to back pain though, I have significantly cut it down to once or twice a month.
I must also mention that for 60 years now I walk for around 2 miles, 1 or 1 and a half hours post
dinner. I find it hard to sleep unless I have done so. In Lahore I prefer to walk inside the house
and if I’m abroad I go outside because of the houses being much smaller.
The maximum weight that you can bench press nowadays?
Any significant achievements of yours?
I once randomly participated in a national level weight lifting competition where we had people
from all over Pakistan most of who represented army and police clubs. I never thought I stood a
chance but astonishingly I ended up lifting more than twice the weight the runner up lifted, and
winning the championship for Lahore Gymkhana.
What is the most favourite part of your diet?
I like to have Fish 5 days a week.
Who was your inspiration?
My teacher at Islamia High School (located on Lower Mall, Khazana Gate), Baba Mustafa who’d
always choose walking over travelling via any other means.
I think replacements are always better than repairs. We don’t have the appropriate
technological resources for repairs, and faulty equipment leads to an increased chance of
Any significant contributions by you for Gymkhana?
I was the one who suggested putting in place a biometric verification system at the gym. Since
I’ve travelled the world I’ve seen these implemented everywhere else. Non-members were
effectively filtered out because of it and a significant increase in revenue was achieved.
LIBRARY & NEWSLETTER
Convenor – Prof. Dr. Atif Hasnain Kazmi
THE ECONOMIST’S VIEW
HOW PAKISTAN BECAME AN ASIAN TIGER BY
saturday december 16th 2017
A Talk By nadeem ul haque
“I was frustrated for years. Our newspapers have loads of gossip, foreign policy, and analysis. Nothing on economics. I will
give a very different analysis”. The former Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission of Pakistan, Mr. Nadeem Ul Haque
graced the Gymkhana stage to share his perspective on our country’s economics through an insight into his book,
‘Looking Back: How Pakistan Became an Asian Tiger by 2050’, that takes us on a fictional journey from a turbulent 2015 to
The book aims to revolutionize the conventional ongoing thought process that supports cherry picked data based policies
followed by a failed foreign aid based economic agenda. It talks about the country’s reliability on donor agency reports
that blame the local socio-economic conditions like corruption and rent seeking for major fallouts, and very articulately
sketches a way out of the economic turmoil through sound policy and reform governance.
Highlighting failures of the past through a fascinating thought of travelling into the future and determining how crisis
leads to austerity which in turn leads to state fragility and how a bottom up approach of social transformation where
understanding social mobility and land distribution helps build an inclusive society, Mr. Haque presented the macro view
of microeconomics in a very interesting yet convincing style.
The audience asked questions about power politics, pressures faced by Haque during his tenure in the Planning
Commission of Pakistan, factors contributing to performance halts, role of democracy, education and youth, and
accountability mechanism for governing bodies.
The economist affirmed that it’s the intellectual capabilities that shape and nurture economies, and not just the
conundrum of complex numerical trends presented through incomprehensible graphs. He suggested that a thorough
understanding of the influence of incentives, comprehensive research and training, markets and government, and
financial and human resources is what will eventually play its part to bring to life what we call ‘Economic Prosperity’.
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THE FINAL CONQUEST
A TALK BY
“...just the bare bones of a name, all rock and ice and storm and
abyss. It makes no attempt to sound human. It is atoms and stars. It
has the nakedness of the world before the first man – or of the
cindered planet after the last” - Fosco Maraini
Thursday December 14th 2017
The evening was dedicated to Vanessa O’Brien, the first American-British woman to
summit K2. It’s believed that passion moves men beyond themselves, beyond their
shortcomings, and beyond failures. The mood of the evening reflected nothing short of
that when the 52-year old held the microphone to stun everyone in the audience as
she narrated the story of her journey, recapitulating events that led her to the ultimate
goal and to the stage where she stood.
The former Banking Executive turned Mountaineer, after failing two times in 2015 and
2016 made a successful third attempt to summit the 28,251-foot deadliest peak on
July 28th 2017. After a 16 hour climb from a final high camp, the undaunted Vanessa
finally became one of the 20 women in history to scale the world’s second tallest
Sitting on the Pak-China border, in the majestic Karakoram Range, K2 due to its
geography, incredible steep and extreme weather conditions is considered to be the
"Holy Grail of Mountaineering" and though just 800 feet shorter than Mount Everest, is
considered a far more dangerous climb. ‘When you climb Everest, you are
mountaineering in the eyes of the world. But when you climb K2, you are
mountaineering in the eyes of a mountaineer’, commented Vanessa, signifying the
treacherous ascend and its importance for a high-altitude climber.
Speaking of her experience in Pakistan, she disapproved the image of the country
projected by Western Media, and told how her expectations of the land were poles
apart to its beautiful reality. “The more and more I see Pakistan, the more and more I
love it” graciously remarked the mountain climber.
Fascinated by the highs and lows of the grueling expedition, members asked questions
about the maneuver, the role of spiritual and emotional forces, and the winning
moment “After the initial feeling of accomplishment, it starts to sink in that you are
only half way through……and that it only takes a second to fall” - Vanessa confounded
attendees with her reply to one of the questions about how she felt atop the K2.
The talk enlightened audiences of a world alien to many; of avalanches, ice, rocks and
crevasse; of steep inclines, vertical cliffs, high altitudes and extreme temperatures; of
risk and discomfort; a life extremely rough yet immensely fulfilling as expressed in the
concluding remarks of Chairman Lahore Gymkhana –
“there are very few people in the wilderness; beyond the lure of income, status, ranks;
it’s something within them, and they take the journey to self-actualization, they risk
everything, they risk lives – they are the ‘Mountaineers’”
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through the years
Revisiting the Golden Era
SHABNAM, SHAHID &
It began with audiences experiencing cinematic delight with the oomph queen Shabnam
and debonair Shahid Hameed elevating the multimedia screen with songs from their
reigning times, awakening memories of Pakistan’s golden film era. Songs like ‘Rafta
Rafta’, ‘Bari Mushkil Mei Mera Yeh Dil’, and ‘Humari Saanson Mei Aaj Tak Woh’ reminded
guests of the good old days; of timeless melodies, meaningful lyrics, inspirational stories
and riveting performances. The evening was hosted by the renowned playwright Asghar
Nadeem Syed who brought to the fore achievements and honors conferred on the
yesteryear superstars and their extraordinary graphs.
All exultant honoring the venue, Shahid with his undying grace, and Shabnam in
her signature winged eyeliner got attendees raptured in conversational indulgence
speaking about their respective journeys, highs and lows of the film industry, and
changing trends of cinematic presence over the years. Both with a flourishing career of
well over 150 films, the Bengali belle and the flamboyant heartthrob of the 60’s, 70’s and
80’s amused the audience sharing incidents of their landing in movies, affinity with
contemporaries, and barriers on the way. Members immensely enjoyed Shabnam
unveiling her on and off-screen relationship with Shahid. “Shahid had timing issues and I
used to bear it because replacements were hard to find then”, she commented nailing her
dry sense of humor sending all present into fits of laughter.
The evening ended with movie buffs and fans asking questions about the two and
their successful pursuits, while heaping praises on their body of work. “My elder sisters
were all head over heels for you back then and I am totally enamored of your son now”
remarked a lady expressing admiration for Shahid Hameed and Kamran Shahid to which
the film icon playfully responded, “I wish you were equally enamored of me”. Members
finally snapped selfies to mark their very own ‘With the Stars’ special moments before
making their way out of the reel to real.
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A Sneak Peek
The World of
A veteran of the Pakistani film industry with around 600 films under his belt,
Shaan Shahid was the distinguished guest to honour the Gymkhana stage on
Friday December 29th 2017. The ageless superstar and a proud father of four
has been a part of Pakistani cinema for over 27 years with contributions in
acting, writing, hosting, modelling and direction.
From a gandhasa-bearing loud and violent village man to a suave and
swoon-worthy valiant army man, the powerhouse of talent has pulled off
countless characters for countless segments of the Pakistani audience.
Flamboyant personality, super attractive masculine looks and superbly sharp
acting skills, the star was welcomed with much warmth and appreciation by the
members who were eager to learn about the actor’s world inside and out of
Accompanying him was Syed Noor, the man behind some of Shaan’s best
performances and the renowned actor and host Noor Ul Hasan, who acted as
the moderator of the evening. Questions about background, changing times in
cinema, co-stars and prospects outside Pakistan were put to the celebrated
artist. He was particularly asked about the giant neighbor film industry –
Bollywood and the reason for him not heading there despite owning an
illustrious career and being a world-class actor. The actor retorted that the
country he lives in has great talent and potential that is unheard of, unseen and
unattended to and that he’d rather work to explore the unexplored before
contributing to industries that are already flourishing.
He also touched upon the dire need of bridging gaps and allowing cultural trade
across borders while mentioning his latest release ‘Arth’, the first Indo-Pak
collaborative project. The evening ended with a promise between the audience
and the ambassador of Pakistani Cinema to support Pakistan and its economy,
be it through the medium of art or any other. Members in the end had their ‘fan
moments’, lending the actor praises and taking photographs before wishing him
luck for his future ventures.
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The Musical Genes
from Multan, the City of Saints
AN EVENING WITH
Suraiya & Rahat Multanikar
“How sweet the
moonlight sleeps upon
this bank! Here will we
sit and let the sounds
of music creep in our
ears: soft stillness and
the night become the
touches of sweet
So rightly put by William Shakespeare befits an evening that was a beautiful confluence of the
much-celebrated folk legend Suraiya Multanikar, and her daughter Rahat Multanikar hosted by the very
accomplished Dr. Omer Adil.
The evening provided the audience with an opportunity to listen to Suraiya and gain insight to her journey
from the beginning of herthat includes classical, smiclassical, folk, and film songs. career. The Sitara e
Imtiaz winner is eminent for her body of work,
While the lilting voice of 1960’s recalled how she gained popularity at a very young age and crooned ‘Bare
Bemurawat Hain Yeh Husan Waley’ to begin with, the song that earned her widespread recognition; Rahat
Multanikar, taking her mother’s craft forward captivated the audience with ‘Meri Dastan e Hasrat’,‘Dil he
tou hai na sang-o-Khisht’ and a few other. The grand musical extravaganza ended with Suraiya switching
to faster tracks and changing the overall ambience before being swarmed by fans for pictures who had
come out in great numbers to fill the two halls to near capacity.
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Iqbal & Imperialism
A TALK BY
Professor Waheed Uz Zaman
An outspoken critic of imperialism, Iqbal was very clear in advocating the
message that served no other agenda except his own vision of a free society
comprised of morally and intellectually strong individuals. Professor Brig (retd)
Waheed Uz Zaman Tariq, a renowned scholar, researcher, journalist and author
took the stage this time to shed light on the subject still pertinent.
Explaining how Iqbal’s entire literary and political output is based on the
resistance to the hegemony of imperial power, and how history serves the great
poet with a character who is an advocate of equality, Mr. Zaman tried to
emphasize on the relevance of the same in so called democracies.
Zaman further highlighted how Aristocracy and Vassal States, Church and
Clergy, Generals and Armies, and Banking being the key elements of
imperialism fight for individual supremacy in turn leading to consequences
that ruin nations.
Speaking about the solution to this, Mr. Zaman expressed how Iqbal saw
religion as necessary, and urgently so, as the way of withstanding the pervasive
materialism of western culture. He alluded to Imam Hussain’s sacrifice that
proved to be an archetype representing an eternal struggle of truth against
falsehood, justice against injustice and tyranny, human dignity against
dehumanization, the revolt of the oppressed against oppressors and
overpowering of the strong by society's weak.
The session concluded with questions in the end from some distinguished
members like Mujeeb Ur Rehman Shami seeking explication on
institutionalizing Iqbaliat in our way of life. Mr. Zaman affirmed that we need to
toss out hypocritical attributes we share as a society to understand Iqbal’s
message and reinforce Iqbal’s vision.
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An Evening with the
A human and animal right’s activist, writer, actor and film maker, Ms. Feryal
Gauhar was invited to deliver a talk for Gymkhana members on Saturday
Jan 6th 2018. After a brief introduction of her background and early
education, Ms. Feryal took the podium to tell the audience about her past
and current body of work, including projects in cultural conservation and
heritage, film making and writing.
Feryal’s best known for highlighting issues prevalent in Pakistan that are
neglected due to cultural inhibitions. Speaking about how she had
developed a flair for penning down what she felt, observed and analyzed
while she was abroad, and how her first script ‘Pezwaan’ – meaning The
Nose Ring, based on ‘Honor Killing’ was put in writing in London, got aired
after a struggle of 2 years, the film-maker threw light on the role of
external pressures that halt a true portrayal of any society. She continued
by telling how ‘Tibbi Gali’, another of her films, that later took the shape of
a novel ‘The Scent of Wet Earth in August’, got banned countrywide due to
its loud and clear message.
Having written two books and produced well over 40 documentaries, Ms.
Faryal emphasized on the choice of her subjects that are based on
‘marginalization’, whether predicated on gender, ethnicity, race, class,
mental or physical ability or any other.
The audience asked her questions about the decadence of the film
industry where she stressed on the need of making cinema an experience
everyone can afford and enjoy, not just the privileged few. ‘You can only be
creative when the large masses of people are part of the process’ retorted
the bold, dynamic and very accomplished Feryal.
Looking forward to times where everyone respects cultural identities and
natural environments, Feryal urged all present to play their role in bridging
gaps of inequity, injustice, and discrimination at workplaces, societies and
the world at large.
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EXPLORING THE UNEXPLORED
is to live”
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and an author of nine
travel books as well as the only Pakistani to have seen the
North Face of K-2 and trekked in the shadow of the great mountain,
Salman Rashid acclaimed as ‘the most erudite travel
writer of the country’ was the Chief Guest of the evening who was
here to share his experiences from the wonderful
journeys and explorations in and out of the beautiful land of Pakistan.
Mr. Rashid started the talk by telling the packed audience how
squatting on 'Boundary Pillar 186, the seal of border posts
according to Pakistan Military maps of the owned territory, as well
as the tripoint where Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan
converge, was something he always wished after reading G. P Tate’s
‘The Frontiers of Baluchistan’ and spotting a picture
taken at the time, that had ultimately gotten him to this area of the
He further spoke about his time at Makran, a semi desert coastal
strip in Pakistan and Iran, along the coast of the Persian
Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, the region that acquired a notorious
reputation due to Alexander the Great disastrously
marching back to Babylon after his Indian campaign through its
deserts, and finding it an inhospitable and pitiless
landscape of rock, dust, sand and baking heat. Audiences were
particularly interested to learn about the newly built
‘Makran Coastal Highway’ with 63 bridges, 1,433 culverts and 4
causeways as part of the CPEC project and that has
economic, social and strategic links for both Pakistan and China.
Mr. Rashid also shared stories from his interaction with the locals
who never run short of quoting mythical and historical
references attached to each place, adding numerous true and
untrue versions of an incident and making the whole
experience of researching and exploring all the more convoluted.
Disapproving what he thinks was never but known to be
the Silk Route, as we now term the Karakoram Highway, Mr. Rashid
told the enraptured audience there is no record of a
bolt of silk, neither here, nor anywhere else in the entire length of
the road and is merely titled as such to add glamour to
this already great Pak-China overland connection that in itself is a
wonder. Mr. Rashid concluded the evening by answering questions
about his favourite place, safety and security concerns while traveling
to a place like Balochistan and the future of disputed territories
like Kashmir and Aksai Chin. Internationally
recognized art-historian and author, Fakir Aijazuddin, who was also
present made the final comment of the day mention
ing “Salman is the last of the intrepid entrepreneurial explorers we
all must value”.
WOMEN & YOUTH
Hundreds of families got together once again for the most awaited
‘Lahore Gymkhana Family Carnival’ on Sunday, Feb 11th 2018, to
spend a day full of fun, zeal and excitement in the most colorful
settings of the lovely stalls owned by very fine entrepreneurial
minds of the Gymkhana family. From handicrafts to furniture, from
paintings to jewelry, and food that none resisted queueing for,
each outlet added its unique charm and craft to the extraordinary
ambiance the Club reflected on the day.
Members of the Lahore Gymkhana Music Club captivated audiences
with their exceptional vocals and brilliant show of instrumentals.
The Carnival also featured a bunch of fun activities for the
little members; ‘Face Painting’, ‘Ring a Duck’, ‘Photo Booth’,
‘Bouncy Castle’ and ‘The Magic & The Puppet Show’ remained the
prominent features. A staged play by characters from ‘Ainak Wala
Jin’ was a light and jolly confection that the kids loved and
Welcoming Spring, the event imparted a festive feeling with
everyone swirling in happiness, hoping the entire year is as bright
and vibrant as the mood
“The Earth Laughs in flowers”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
And the rear lawn laughed in the blossoming perennials; Amaryllis,
Gerbera and Daylilies on Saturday November 25th 2017 in the much
insightful second session of the gardening club.
The event started off with the Chairman greeting all members and
appreciating their keen participation. He also thanked Mr. Hasan
Qureshi for his efforts and support forming new clubs and most of all
Mrs. Nosheen Sarfraz for spearheading the Gardening Club.
Enlightening were the visual demonstrations on the grand SMD screen
while the heart of a garden, ‘Amaryllis’, and its bloom was discussed
along with aspects like planting, fertilization, propagation, and
grooming. Audiences were delighted to know about the varieties that
can be grown here including Aphrodite, Apple Blossom, Benfica,
Dancing Queen, Double Record, Lady Jane, and Mont Blanc.
The next session will be held on Dec 17th in Masjid Wazir Khan where the
renowned architect Mr Kamil Khan Mumtaz will discuss the floral
paintings of year 1634 and its significance today.
“Do thou smile like the rose at loss and gain; For the rose, though its
petals be torn asunder, Still smiles on, and it is never cast down.” –
Rumi, The Masnavi
‘Ideas mean a great deal, but still nothing unless translated into a
reality…the presence of members in the Gardening Club has made it
what it is today’ – said Chairman Lahore Gymkhana while appreciating
the club that now has over 150 members, on Thursday Jan 4th 2018 in
the fourth session. Mr. Abdul Ghafoor from Patoki was invited by Mrs.
Nosheen Sarfaraz, to help members with the tips and tricks to grow a
garden adorned with the ‘Queen’ of flowers ‘Rose’.
After a brief background of the unparalleled ‘Rose’ and how it came to
the region at the time of the British rule, Mr. Ghafoor explained about
its countless hybrid varieties that exist in the country today. He also
mentioned that the best time to prune and root the flower is either the
mid of Feb after which it may begin putting out new growth or Oct for
there is no fertilization until next spring.
Calendars were presented to the members to facilitate them with the
rose care steps divided into months along with gifts of ‘Rose Bajazzo’
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Members of the Gardening Club
The Past & Present
of Floral Concepts
A place that acted as a canvas of imagination for
creative minds like Rudyard Kipling and Jorge
Borges, Wazir Khan Mosque this time was the venue
chosen for the third session of the Gardening Club.
Sitting in the courtyard of the Mosque under the
brilliant noon sunlight of mid-December, and
admiring its grandeur, Mr. Kamil Khan Mumtaz, the renowned Pakistani architect enlightened members
about the importance of conservation of monuments as treasured as this especially in times as
environmentally critical as these. The secret to the edifice lies in the balance he mentioned; seamless
proportion, harmony, symmetry and rhythm. There is perfect angular and numerical balance in every detail
of the structure as well as in geometrical conversion from outside of the Mosque to inside that symbolizes
the transition of earthly life to the next.
Mr. Mumtaz’s talk also covered the well-defined chronological pattern followed throughout, with the
Quranic verses at the top, Ahadis following that, and the factual information regarding the establishment
in the end. Frescoes and paintings on the domes, walls and ceilings reflect incidents mentioned in The Holy
Quran and each illustration signifies a meaning conforming to the theme.
Mrs. Nosheen Sarfraz added by stating how frescoes and paintings of the year 1634 adorned by the Mosque
are part of courses taught in the best universities these days and how it serves as a worldwide guide for
students and others trying to grip the concepts. Concepts like ‘the unified whole’, ‘analogous color
schemes’, ‘clustering’ and ‘layering’ with the use of flowers like Fritillarias, Tulips, Dianthus, Hydrangeas,
Daisy, Bearded Iris, Marigolds, Clarkia, Narcissus, Lilium and ‘The Rose Bush’ as recent as they may sound
have been on the walls of the imposing structure for almost 4 centuries but continue to stun each visitor
As much as the members found the structure to be enormously captivating, the whole experience of
examining the facts with the experts of the field turned out to be extremely informative. Members loved
every bit of the tour; from the amazing weather and the lovely surroundings of the Walled City to the grand
Mosque and its intricate details to the perfect Lahori Brunch and the fond memories to cherish for life.
Designs & Patterns in Symmetrical
and Harmonious Waves
KIDS CLUB SESSION 1
Bright colors, gorgeous balloons and lots of
interesting book reviews!
The first session of the Kids Club held on Sunday November 19th
2017 supervised by Mrs. Ammara Zafar and Mrs. Falahat Imran
along with Mr. Hasan Qureshi and Mr. Hassan Imran, was an
opportunity for kids to explore the pleasures of reading in the most
creative and fun filled setting at the ‘Veranda’. The idea was to
encourage reading while helping little geniuses develop and
practice time management, goal setting and confidence building.
Kids were given prizes and goodie bags for book reviews. Games
like ‘Pin the Tail, and ‘Musical Chairs’ added whoops of joy, bringing
smiles to faces. Parents and kids appreciated the initiative and
were looking forward to the next session.
KIDS CLUB SESSION 2
More kids, more activities and more fun!
Sheer joy and emotion in the first session got the next one under its strong
wave of verve with kids, parents and families taking the initiative forward
with much better participation. This session aimed at broadening
horizons, encouraging creativity & power of imagination, enhancing
verbal proficiency, and improving listening skills.
Where storytelling and book reviewing helped kids explore the world of
fiction and non-fiction in their own ingenious ways while strengthening self-expression, creating
bookmarks and playing darts encouraged task focus, persistence and completion. Besides, there was
food, gifts and music adding to the liveliness of the ambiance.
Connections made at Gymkhana Club usually last for a lifetime, and the wonderful friendships we all
cherish in adult life evolve through the developmental stages of childhood. Observing little strangers
initiating conversations trying to know each other to form those special bonds the Gymkhana family
proudly owns reflect a legacy still alive. Don’t miss out on the next sessions and register at
“Where words fail, Music speaks”
Hans Christian Andersen
The universal power of music speaks across boundaries and
borders, color and age. The first session of the Music Club
observed the same with a musical line up of performers of all
ages, professions and interests. Led by the young and buzzing
Saad Ibrahim and Mustafa Faran, the club proudly presented
three generations of avid music lovers embracing the flair of
different genres while putting their artistic abilities on show.
From the 12-year-old Sheheryar Feroze who stunned everyone
with perfect control of his fingers floating over the keys of the
piano to Mustafa’s idiosyncratic style and precision on the strings
of classical guitar; Rafay’s impeccable articulation and soul
stirring vocals in ‘Aaj Janay Ki Zid Na Kero’ to Mr. Syed Raza Shah’s
effervescent recital of Jagjit Singh’s ‘Janay Woh Kaisay Log Thay’,
each member of the club appeared to be a superstar of his own
The Gymkhana Music Club aims to bring together musicians from
the Gymkhana family and celebrate Music by playing great
creations and creating great music of their own.
The talented musicians will be given platforms to showcase their
talent such as performing at Gymkhana concerts and having Gig
nights of their own. Lessons on the use of equipment, perfecting
the technique and refining vocals can be further fused into the
Club sessions and make it productive in terms of learning and
Great Readers, Great Writers,
Reading is a magical adventure where imagination
has permission to fill in the blanks in sketching
characters, delineating contexts and drafting plots.
The newly formed Book Club aims to take these
private adventures and turn them into shared
experiences for members to enjoy different genres,
cultures and societies while expanding their
Members of Gymkhana Book Club got together at
the first session held on Wednesday, January 31st
2018 for an in-depth discussion and assimilation of
different viewpoints on ‘The Remains of the Day’ by
Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro with Mrs. Ambreen
The book was thoroughly discussed right from its
title, which alludes to the waning of the British
Empire forming its backdrop, and unveiling how
events that had reshaped the empire also reshaped
the fortunes of the setting at Darlington Hall, a
Manor house in England. It alludes to a way of life
that produced butlers like Stevens, the lead
character of the novel, and memories of that time,
which is all that remains. It also alludes to what
remains of Stevens's life and what he will make of it.
Members shared their perspective on the story, its
characters and their journey, and the overall
message and intention of the author while relaxing,
reflecting, listening and appreciating others. The
next session will be announced soon.
Gymkhana Book Club is a social forum that gives
you a chance of meeting like-minded individuals for
stimulating conversations while dissecting a book.
Chairman : Mr. Kamran Lashari
Convenor : Prof. Dr. Syed Atif Hasnain Kazmi
Manager : Fouzia Ahmed
Bearing the marks Bearing of age, the marks of age,
the past of the the city past continues of the city to contin
dominate, reinforce dominate, and validate reinforce its present and validate its
FOOD & BEVERAGE
CONVENOR– MIAN JAVED ZAHUR
Nearest and dearest got together once again
in the panoramic views of the golf course and
rear lawn to eat, relish and live the moment!
Culinary delights, live cooking stations,
refreshing drinks and soothing music with the
finest dining display of ‘a bit of English
breakfast and a little more of Pakistani lunch’,
the ever so popular ‘Sunday Brunch’ finally
made a comeback to please avid food lovers of
the Lahore Gymkhana Club giving them
another reason to love their Sundays.
With an overwhelming turnout of near 600
members at the opening Brunch, the club
witnessed a sight long awaited; men, women
and children, and their children’s children, and
a generation beyond that, all attired gaily,
absolutely loving the family day out at their
very own ‘Family Club’.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
From a run-off-the-mill snack bar, to a spot that now merits a must-visit for its warm and bustling
ambience and a new face, which many say mirrors the English Countryside because of its arresting
and dominantly scenic location, offering breathtaking view of nature all enveloped in the vivid
tones of green with a dash of spring’s divine bloom.
As much a hangout hub as a café, Caffe 9 is scoring high on the lists of members for adding its
magical touch in the idyllic space where young and old, men and women, members and guests; all
love to lounge and reflect. Buzzing with life, the place is the talk among members and their families
as the ‘head-to’ spot for escaping boring afternoons, meeting long lost friends, having great
conversations and unwinding after arduous daily routines. Moreover, the assortment of sweets and
savories on the menu leaves you spoilt for choice; where iced coffees and hot cappuccinos can be
as tempting to the palates as fried prawn and sandwich platters.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Finest quality lamb, mutton,
chicken, beef and fish meats,
seasoned with time tested rubs,
slathered in piquant sauces and
oriental spices, grilled to result in
dribbles laden with proteins and oil
falling into the hot coals and
bursting into smoke and flame, in
the surroundings of the lush green
landscape of the golf course and
rear lawn JUST TURNED TRUE for the
Members of Lahore Gymkhana.
It’s finally time to enjoy the
pleasures of Barbeque with the
newly set up Barbeque Grilling Zone
situated just off the rear lawn next
to the tennis courts. The gorgeous
deck can accommodate up to 80
persons under the lovely wooden
pergolas to feast on succulent
meaty delights from a menu that
has everything a perfect BBQ
entails, to mark beautiful evenings
with family and friends throughout
MONDAY - 8:00 PM TO
THURSDAY - CLOSED
SUNDAY - 9:00 PM TO
Very rightly put in the words of
Anthony Bourdain “Barbecue
may not be the road to world
peace, but it's a start” – it
might as well be the start of
the qualitative change that’s
promised in redefining a
CONVENOR – SAMI UR RAHMAN
Courts # 3 & 4 have been upgraded
and ASB Front Walls have been
installed. Some infrastructural
changes were also made in the
players’ sitting area with a false
ceiling and new paint job. The Squash
Management is further planning to
upgrade the remaining area for the
benefit of members. Currently all four
courts are operational and up to
The Annual Winter Squash Tournament was held in
December, with the final being played on 22nd December,
2017. Faisal Nisar won the tournament, beating Omer
Salamat in the final. Convener Squash, Mr. Sami Ur
Rehman distributed the certificates of appreciation and
prizes among the players.
Lahore Gymkhana Inter-Club T20 Tournament
The 3rd edition of the Lahore Gymkhana Inter-Club T20 tournament was held in January. The picturesque Lahore
Gymkhana Cricket Ground and clement spring weather encouraged members to participate with great zeal and
enthusiasm. Teams of major sports clubs of Gymkhana: Golf, Tennis, Squash, Snooker, Swimming, Gymnasium,
Cards and Cricket participated. Over 125 members, young and veterans alike took part. A number which is
unprecedented in any single Gymkhana sports event!!
To keep transparency in the tournament, First Class umpires were arranged to officiate the fixtures and draws
were held to divide teams into two groups. Group A comprised of Squash, Cards, Golf and Gymnasium while
Group B had Cricket, Tennis, Snooker and Swimming. The first stage was league based where all teams in a group
had to play against each other once, with the top 2 qualifying for the semi-finals. The tournament kicked off on
6th January, 2018 and matches were played on weekends only. The tournament started off with a bang, a
formidable Squash team, the reigning champions, was pitched against the tournament favorites, the Cards team.
However, against all odds the Squash team ended up defeating the Cards team. In the first semi-final, Golf
defeated Tennis and made it to the Final. Cricket played against Cards in the second semi-final and the Cards won
this match by 7 wickets. A brilliant innings of 87 by Shafay Malik was instrumental in this victory.
The final between Cards and Golf was played on 4th February. Members and their families came in abundance to
witness the match. Batting first, Golf team was unable to put up a fighting total as their ace batsman Hassan Aziz
who they had always banked on lost his wicket in the second over. In one of the league matches Hassan had
scored a devastating 100 runs in 23 balls – an incredible performance! The final was won by the Cards team with
6 wickets to spare.
At the end of the match, the prize distribution ceremony was held and was followed by a sumptuous hi-tea. The
prizes were given away by the Chief Guest, Mr. Sumair Ahmad Syed, Deputy Commissioner Lahore and Mr.
Sami-ur-Rehman, Convener Sports. Individual souvenirs were also presented to the winners and runners-up. The
Best Batsman award was given to Shafay Malik and Best Bowler to Asim Sheikh. Efforts of the young Cricket Club
coordinators, Hashim Islam, Quaid Khan and Asim Bucha who successfully managed the tournament were lauded
and presented souvenirs were also presented to the winners and runners-up. The Best Batsman award was given
to Shafay Malik and Best Bowler to Asim Sheikh. Efforts of the young Cricket Club coordinators, Hashim Islam,
Quaid Khan and Asim Bucha who successfully managed the tournament were lauded and presented souvenirs.
TORONTO POLICE VS LAHORE GYMKHANA
The Toronto Police Cricket Team during its Tour of
Pakistan played a 40 over game against the
Lahore Gymkhana Cricket Team on Sunday, 18th of
February 2018. Toronto Police won the toss a nd
chose to bat first. In their quota of 40 overs they
scored 184 runs, with the main contributions
coming from Mustafa, who scored a remarkable
101 runs, and Godwin’s 45 runs. For Lahore
Gymkhana, the pick of the bowlers were Harris
Ramzan and Hashim, who took 3 wickets each.
Lahore Gymkhana proved to be the far better side
and chased down this total in 19.1 overs with 6
wickets in hand. Shafay Malik’s fiery 81 runs which
included 14 boundaries and Hashim Islam’s 37
runs were instrumental in this victory. For the
visiting team, Abbas chipped in with 2 wickets.
At the end of the match, the Toronto Police Team
was treated with sumptuous tea and was
presented with souvenirs by Arshed Khan -
Captain Cricket Team, Abdullah Khan Sumbal -
Vice Captain and Commissioner Lahore and Syed
Samir Ahmed - Deputy Commissioner Lahore. Dr.
Jawad Sajjid Khan, President Lahore Gymkhana
Cricket Club and member COM, also graced the
occasion with his presence and warmly met the
touring team members. The touring team
members praised the Lahore Gymkhana cricket
facility and thanked the club for hosting them.
Moreover, they also invited the Lahore Gymkhana
Cricket Team to visit Toronto, Canada for a cricket
Veterans, families and the youth of Gymkhana
Swimming Club got together to bid farewell to
year 2017 and welcome year 2018 at the Annual
Dinner held on December 24th, 2017. The event
was a chance for members of the Gymkhana water
world to celebrate the year’s achievements while
enjoying a spectacular meet over a wonderful
The Swimming Committee comprising of Sami Ur
Rehman (Convenor), Aameen Taqi Butt (Captain),
Saleha F. Khan (Ladies Captain) and Qurban Ali
Khan (Honorary Secretary) is keen on encouraging
swimming as a fitness improving activity and sport
while ensuring that the facilities are kept to the
best of safety and hygiene standards.
During the year 2017, several maintenance
and capital works were completed at the
Main and Ladies Pool.
1- Installation of Filtration System
2- Renovation of both kitchens with new
kitchen equipment and deep freezers
3- New music system at both the pools
(Ladies and Main)
4- Renovation and Redesigning of Ladies
Washroom at Ladies Pool
5- Purchase and installation of New Gas
Heater for Baby Pool
CONVENOR – SHAUKAT JAVED
In accordance with the plan and framework laid down by the
Golf Council and endorsed by the Committee of Management,
and proper application of management expertise, a golf
course annual maintenance plan is in place and the technical
team has taken pains to devote their skills and energies to
ensure that the golf course looks great in terms of appearance
and also the golf playing conditions. What has to be assured is
that playing conditions at the golf course are to the absolute
liking of the hundreds of golf playing members.
Through a coherent strategy, all works in process have not
been allowed to stagnate and there are no fall outs due to
delayed decision making or timely allocation of resources. As a
result of timely completion of projects, big and small, the end
result is that the Gymkhana Golf Course now has magnificent
fairways, excellent greens and an overall feel that is
In this regard, in the recently held J. A. Zaman Memorial Open
Golf Championship, the top golf champions and players of the
country who took part in the Championship expressed delight
and contentment over the prevalent playing conditions at the
Gymkhana Golf Course and this was endorsed by the superb
and amazing scores produced by the top performers.
With regard to the work done, the following needs to be
shared with our revered members.
Plants and Trees
Creepers have been grown along the wall of 10th hole and 11th
hole which will add a touch of beauty and also serve as a
safeguard. As for the fairways of holes 15 and 16, fifteen trees
have been added and these are in addition to the 850 trees
already in place.
Hole no 13 has 28 more sprinklers while hole number 14 has 32
more sprinklers. And on the holes 15, 16 and 18, the sprinkler
addition is 47, 39 and 22 respectively. Sprinklers provide
considerable irrigation related facilitation.
Tees,Greens and Fairways
Tees represent the starting point of
each hole. These are regularly being
verti-drained, top dressed and
application of fertilizer is a regular
feature. Similarly the greens which
can be graded as the most
important part of the golf course
are groomed, combed, verticut and
top dressed in accordance with a
laid down schedule.
As for the fairways, they are also
verti drained, top dressed and
sprayed with fertilizer for making
sure that the lie of the ball remains
impeccable and golfers can hit
For the first time in the history of our
golf course, the Management has
inducted a qualified technical
person for golf course maintenance.
The new Golf Course
Superintendent now is M. Arshad
who is M. Phil Agriculture with
specialization in Horticulture.
Besides his academic strength, he
has ten years experience of working
on golf courses and been involved
in development of the University of
Veterinary Sciences campus.
Another addition to the employee
strength is that of Manager Golf, Lt.
Col. Tahir Zaman Khan. He is a good
addition and already visible are his
efforts to organize things in and
around the Golf Course.
The Golf competitions at Gymkhana Golf Course are always
a source of jubilation and joy for our veteran golfers (above
70 years of age), senior golfers (above 55 years of
age),ladies, the young and upcoming amateurs and of
course others who can be categorized as established
Regular golf championships like the Annual Club
Championship, the Quaid e Azam Amateur Golf
Championship and the J. A. Zaman Memorial Open Golf
Championship afforded an opportunity to the golfers to be
a part of elite golfing activity. Highlights of these
championships are spelt out below.
Lahore Golf Cup
This was an Inter-Club Golf Club Golf
Competition which represents a battle for
supremacy between the Golf teams of three
premier Golf Clubs of Lahore, Defence Raya
Golf Club, Royal Palm Golf Club and Lahore
Gymkhana Golf Club. After a fight of golfing
skills ,Lahore Gymkhana prevailed over the
might of Defence Raya and Royal Palm and
succeeded in picking up the glittering Lahore
Cup. Compliments to the Champion Golfers
of Lahore Gymkhana.
Lahore Gymkhana Club Championship
This was held over two days, 6th and 7th January 2018.Ahsan Khawaja emerged as the
Club Champion for the year.
Ladies 2nd Net Mrs. Nighat Akram 1st Net Mrs. Aisha Moazzam 2nd Gross Dr. Asma Shami 1st Gross
Sameea Javaid Ali Veterans (70 to 80 Years) 2nd Net Dr. Zafar Aziz Khan, 1st Net M. Iqbla Khan 2nd Gross
Mr. Mahmood A. Sheikh 1st Gross Mr. Tariq Rehman Super Veterans (Above 80 Years) 1st Net Prof Dr.
Lateef Ch 2nd Gross Mr. Bashir A. Gill 1st Gross A/Cdr Z I Ahmed Seniors 2nd Net Dr. Jawad Sajjid
Khan 1st Net Mian Javaid Ali 2nd Gross Mr. M. Shafique Bhatti 1st Gross Mr. Imran Ahmed Amateurs 3rd
Net Mr. Daniyal Lashari 2nd Net Mr. Hassan Sami Uddin 1st Net Mr. Ammad Nadeem 3rd Gross Mr.
Qasim Khan 2nd Gross Mr. Wazir Ali 1st Gross Ahsan Hassan Khawaja
Quaid-e-Azam Amateur Golf Championship
The Quaid-e-Azam Amateur Golf Championship concluded
successfully at the par-72, Lahore Gymkhana Golf Course, on
11th February after two rounds of contesting golf. And the
glorious one of the tournament turned out to be Ameer Khawar
Khawaja of Sialkot Golf Club who excelled in all departments of
the game in the final 18 holes to produce a round of net 65 and
with a two days aggregate of 137, seven under par, he emerged
as the ultimate winner in this prestigious championship named
after the Father of the Nation. Ameer Khawaja played an
inspiring game and the whole effort fetched him not only the
glittering trophy but also the consolation of edging past some
very seasoned champions and hot contenders for the title.
Other performers in the net section of handicap category zero to
nine were Ahmed Jibran of Gymkhana (2nd net) with two rounds
scores of 71 and 68 and a total net score of 139,five under par.
Robin Bagh (Millat Tractors) secured the third net position with
a score of 143 net.
In the race for gross honors in the handicap category zero to
nine ,the best one turned out to be Ghazanfar Mehmood of
Garden City Golf Club .He won the first gross position with two
rounds scores of gross 72 and 74 and an aggregate of
146.Muhammed Rehman of Royal Palm secured the second
gross position. His scores were 73 and 74 for two rounds. Salman
Jehangir of Gymkhana came third. His score was 151 gross.
Other results; Ladies; Shahzadi Gulfam (1st
net);Aisha Moazzam(2nd net);Zahida Durrani(3rd
net);Ladies gross;Parkha Ijaz(1st gross);Rimsha
Ijaz(2nd gross);Ghazala Yasmin(3rd gross);Veterans
above 80 years ;A/Cdr Z.I.Ahmed(1st net);Raja
M.Nazir(2nd net);Col Abdul Ghaffar(1st gross);Dr
M.Lateef Chaudry(2nd gross);Veterans 70 to 80
years;Maj U.D.Najmi(1st net);Ejaz Malik(2nd net);Maj
Salahuddin(3rd net);Imtiaz Pervaiz (1st gross);Col
Hamayun Rashid(2nd gross);Col Azam Khan(3rd
gross);Seniors;Hamid Sharif(1st net);Dr Zafar
Nasrullah(2nd net);Wing Cmdr A.Nafay(3rd
net);Imran Ahmed(1st gross);Omer Farooq(2nd
gross);Dr Javed Iqbal(3rd gross);Amateurs handicap
10-18;Raza Abbas(1st net);Hassan Hamid(2nd
net);Rizwan Raees(3rd net);Dr Dildar Hussain(1st
gross);Azmat Lodhi(2nd gross);Ammad Nadeem(3rd gross);. This Championship was adequately
supported by three sponsors, Brighto Paints, Pak Arab Developers and Jubilee Insurance. A hole in one car
was also on offer by Jubilee Insurance for a participant doing a hole in one, but it remained unclaimed.
J. A. Zaman Memorial Open Golf Championship
The prestigious J. A. Zaman Memorial Open Golf Championship is patronized by the Zaman Family and held
in memory of the iconic J. A. Zaman who played golf at Lahore Gymkhana Golf Club for 55 years of his 97
years life. This popular championship was held over four days at the Lahore Gymkhana Golf Course , with
the support of Zaman Family and during the course of the Championship one witnessed a feast of stroke
making from Shabbir Iqbal of Islamabad who is the best professional golfer of Pakistan. Shabbir was again
out in front through excellence in application of golfing skills and ended up triumphant by translating his
potential and ability into a repeat of earlier triumphs. All through the competitive rounds there were no
errant tee shots and hardly any missed putts and on all three days of the tournament Shabbir Iqbal kept an
intimidating presence on his opponents through scores that have previously been unmatched. On the first
day he had a round of 67, an unparalleled 62 in the second round and a steady 72 on the final day to
favorably wrap up the championship with an aggregate score of 201, fifteen under par.
The other competitors used their wealth of experience to negotiate the manifold perils of the Lahore
Gymkhana Golf Course. Yes, they did not win the top prize but played composed golf, hitting fairways and
greens and making putts.Matloob Ahmed(Garrison) , the runner up in this championship had rounds of
67,73 and 68 and a total aggregate of 208, eight under par.
Another new name that sparkled was that of Sunny Masih (Gymkhana) who emerged with a fantastic first round of
68 and thereafter rounds of 71 and 70 and a total of 209, five under par. Others to attain various places are Shafiq
Masih(Gymkhana) 210,Hamza Amin(Islamabad)213,M.Munir(Islamabad)213,Muhammed Ashfaq(Karachi Airmen
Golf Club),214,Jafal Hussain(Gymkhana)215,Waheed Baloch(Karachi)216 and Shahid Javed Khan(Gymkhana)216.
Shabbir was all praise for the golf course and said “The Lahore Gymkhana Golf Course is fantastic and it
brings the best out of you”, and life certainly isn’t easy during the outings. He also stated that prize money
at J.A.Zaman has increased due to the support of Hamid Zaman of Zaman Family.
The senior professionals have quite a few past champions in their ranks and in the 18 holes event held for
them, the winner was Muhammed Iqbal of Gymkhana.Asghar Ali also of Gymkhana came second and
Muhammed Akram of WAPDA came third.
In the amateur category the winner gross is Ghazanfar Mehmood(Garden City Golf Club),Muhammed Saqib
(Garrison)was runner-up and Muhammed Rehman (Royal Palm) third. The winner in the seniors event was
Javed Khan of Lahore Gymkhana.
The ladies gross was won by Zahida Durrani of Garrison Golf Club and the ladies net was won by Ana James
Gill of Lahore Gymkhana.
Details of machinery to be acquired and other developments
1. Acquisition of Fairway Mower TORO Reelmaster 5410-D, (5-GANG MOWER) 5 Unit Men driven
2. Acquisition of 12 x Golf Carts
3. Purchase of 1 x Engine ASM Subaru for TORO Green Master 1000
4. Purchase of 9 x Driving Range Practice Mats.
5. Installation of CCTV Network at Golf Club House
CONVENOR – KHAWAJA IMRAN ZUBAIR
The new finance committee spent the previous year:
• Updating accounting records
• Systematically releasing overdue payments to vendors
• Relieving the Club of unnecessary taxes
• Recognizing the Staff Provident Fund
• Implementing Health Insurance for Employees
Club Assets General Insurance
Insuring the Club’s property and protecting its assets is an
important part of safeguarding the longevity and success of the
Club. Keeping that in view, The Finance Committee, in Feb 2018 has
ensured to insure all assets and properties of Lahore Gymkhana.
Additionally, all employees of the club are also now insured
through renewal of Group Life Insurance
A Bank Booth has been set up by Silk Bank for the convenience of
members and employees.
Online Bill Payment
As our new website is up and running, we will soon launch an online
bill payment feature to it for the convenience of all members.
The newly constructed Front Office facilitates a comfortable
working environment for employees with better space utilization
• Vendor Cheque delivery through one window (A notice board
displays the Vendor Cheques)
• Employees financial query handling
In an effort to provide members with 24 hours banking services, a new ATM has been installed in the
Club right next to the cashier’s office.
P-0889 Agha Arshad Ali (One of the oldest members of the club)