2 Minute Interview With
Armeena Rana Khan
by AYSHA MANAHIL
Armeena Rana Khan is one of the top fashion models in Pakistan. She has been voted as the 5th Most Beautiful South Asian Female Model for 2010 and 2011 consecutively. This hazel-eyed beauty will shortly feature in Pakistani dramas and also on the Bollywood silver screen. Recently MAG caught up with her for a candid chat.
AM: How would you describe yourself?
ARK: I am a bit normal, bit crazy, fun loving, caring and a lot more. I like to revolve my life around as many fun activities as possible.
What made you choose the field of modeling?
I think we chose each other. I have always felt that the media has been my calling. The cameras have followed me from a very young age. A very good friend of mine wanted me to model as a favour for a local TV channel in UK. I was scouted from there and the rest as they say is history. I could not pursue it earlier because my parents made it a condition that I had to finish my degree first.
What do you do when you are not working?
I'll sleep till late and then will most likely head outdoors for something physically challenging like trekking or climbing. I think it is very important to stay in touch with nature and for me it is the best way to cleanse my lungs off the 'city'. I also am known to catch flights spontaneously to sunny destinations if the urge is strong enough.
Best thing about your work is...
Travelling. Through my work I get to travel to exotic places. I get to meet different people from around the world and finally the experiences are priceless. All of this makes for an unparalleled job satisfaction.
Who is your inspiration/role model?
That is a tough question as I admire different qualities in different people. I think one can learn something from everyone. To be more specific, I admire Jacqueline Kennedy's style, Jinnah's integrity, Thatcher's political astuteness, Warren Buffet's charity, Roberta Bondar for her achievements and all the social work the Edhi family has managed to do in Pakistan. So, I find it very difficult to pick just one.
Favourite holiday destination?
I love anywhere sunny but specifically it has to be 'Serifos' – One of the Greek islands, its beaches are blue and secluded. Also, the gleaming white buildings add the 'wow' factor, making the whole thing look something like out of paradise.
I love anything that is sweet.
What genre of music, movies and books do your like?
My taste in music is eclectic; I love a good tune irrespective of the genre. I tend to frequent the alternative for movies instead of just commercial ones. When it comes to books, I love old English classics.
I have quite a few in pipeline. To be specific, two Bollywood films alongside some major national campaigns and you will also see me in Pakistani dramas. So, this year is going to be a very busy one with more film signings on the horizon.
Some words of wisdom for your fans?
I just have one thing to say again as I feel it appropriate and that is to follow your heart, have fun, achieve and you won't go far wrong.
GT-ing Out Of Hand
The 2011 GT-R was already powerful enough to embarrass a Ferrari 458 and out-handle everything this side of a race car. Now Nissan's boffins have been at the protein shakes again, unveiling an improved 2012 model.
Unlike its competitors, the GT-R has been upgraded every year since its 2007 launch and the latest version has more technological brilliance, including a bizarre asymmetrical suspension set-up.
In the words of Kazutoshi Mizuno, the father of the GT-R project: "Well, you wouldn't accept it if Formula 1 cars had the exact same look and performance from one year to the next, would you?"
The last big advance came in October 2010, when the 2011 car arrived with an extra 45bhp. That made a total of 53bhp and 612Nm of torque from its twin-turbo V6.
Just when we thought the engine had reached its full potential, it has performed a similar leap forward. Official figures release recently added an extra 30bhp, taking the grand total to more than 550bhp.
Up to 5,000rpm, its a familiar experience but, above that, the way it charges for the rev limiter is all new. The engine is full of sound and fury, and the way it piles on speed is astonishing. It's the suspension changes that sum up the GT-R's genius, through. To compensate for driver's weight, springs on the driver's side are stiffer than on the other.
Driving the car on a slippery Silverstone track, forces you to tip-toe around the corners and still you wouldn't feel the chassis changes. That the 1.8-tonne car refused to understeer is testament to the GT-R's brilliant natural balance and mind-boggling electronics. For those who feel a 550bhp coupe, capable of 0-62mph in under three seconds, is lacking in poke, a factory-fit track pack can be ordered. This adds adjustable suspension, throws away the back seats and glues on a carbon-fibre front apron for channelling more air towards the brakes.
However, it's hard to see how a standard car could be improved, not that Nissan agrees the GT-R still has four more annual updates due before it bows out.
Significant Words From 2011
A process in which natural gas or oil is extracted from below the earth's surface by injecting chemicals and liquids at high pressure into existing fractures.
Martyrdom (used by Muammar Gaddafi)
The condition of suffering on behalf of any belief, principle or cause.
Insanely great (used by Steve Jobs)
Something so technically superior that only hackers of the highest caliber could concieve of it.
Uppity (used by Rush Limbaugh)
Affecting an attitude of inflated self-esteem; haughty; snobbish.
Coddled (used by Warren Buffett)
To treat tenderly; nurse or tend indulgently; pamper.
A city in and the capital of North Korea, in the SW part.
A country in North Africa, on the Mediterranean; arguably the launching place for the Arab Spring.
An unusually large sea wave produced by a seaquake or undersea volcanic eruption.
The carrying of a person to another place or sphere of existence.
Geronimo (in reference to Bin Laden)
A battle cry used by paratroopers, especially during World War II, on jumping from a plane.
Vitriol (used by President Obama)
Something highly caustic or severe in effect, as criticism.
The denial of rights or resources to a group or class of people.
Hallow (Harry Potter)
To honor as holy; consider sacred; venerate
A fierce carnivore also known as the ratel, of Africa and India.
Warlock (used by Charlie Sheen)
One who practices the black arts; a male witch; sorcerer.
Lewd (Anthony Weiner)
Obscene or indecent, as language or songs; salacious.
Smear (used by Herman Cain)
To sully, vilify, or soil (a reputation, good name, etc.).
Insinuation (Dominique Strauss-Kahn)
An indirect or covert suggestion or hint, especially of a derogatory nature
Nuptial (Kate Middleton)
Of or pertaining to marriage or the marriage ceremony.