From Lahore to Toronto: Meesha Shafi's immigration experience and upcoming album

11:42 PM | 21 Sep, 2023
From Lahore to Toronto: Meesha Shafi's immigration experience and upcoming album
Source: Meesha Shafi (Instagram)

The multi-talented artist Meesha Shafi, recently engaged in a cultural exchange in Toronto. Collaborating with Indian-Canadian singer Rupinder “Rup” Singh Magon on an episode of "Out in the Open," they embarked on a culinary adventure, preparing fish biryani while discussing the latest developments in Shafi's life.

During the cooking session, Rup ventured outdoors for an in-depth conversation with Shafi, delving into her transition from Lahore to Toronto. Shafi opened up about the multifaceted experience of immigration, emphasizing Toronto's unique status as a cultural melting pot, distinguishing it from other Western cities. She noted that while it may not be mainstream, Toronto holds a special place in her heart.

Although Shafi had established herself as a renowned figure in Pakistan, she candidly shared the challenges of rediscovering her identity in a new and foreign environment. She reflected on the process of re-contextualizing her identity and immersing herself in this fresh milieu. Despite the initial adjustments, she expressed no regrets and fondly recounted the immediate affection she developed for Toronto.

However, it appears that Shafi, like many other Pakistanis, remains deeply connected to her cultural roots. She humorously confessed to having a "foodie mentality" and admitted that she craves desi (traditional Pakistani) cuisine if she goes without it for more than a few days.

She also teased her fans with the imminent release of her first album. When probed about the album's title, she disclosed that it would be named "Mein," signifying "I" in English. She emphasized the significance of this title, hinting at a deeper exploration of the self through her music, aligning with her earlier reflections on personal rediscovery in her new Canadian home.

On the work front, Shafi's recent songs include Saranjaam, Aya Lariye, and Muaziz Saarif.


Pakistani rupee inches up against US dollar, Euro, Pound and other currencies - Check forex rates here

Pakistani rupee advanced its winning momentum against US dollar, and other currencies in the open market amid strong economic cues.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Saturday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.15 for buying and 287.95 for selling.

Euro moves down to 309.9 for buying and 310.5 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 359.4 for buying, and 360.05 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED also moved down to 77.45 whereas the Saudi Riyal drops to 75.82.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan – 2 December 2023

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 285.15  287.95 
Euro EUR 309.9  310.5 
UK Pound Sterling GBP 359.4  360.05 
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.45  77.6
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.82 75.97
Australian Dollar AUD 187.72 188.22
Bahrain Dinar BHD 759.94 767.94
Canadian Dollar CAD 209.99 210.49
China Yuan CNY 39.78 39.88
Danish Krone DKK 41.95 42.05
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.38 36.48
Indian Rupee INR 3.39 3.5
Japanese Yen JPY 1.49 1.56
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 926.39 935.39
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.38 60.98
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.44 175.44
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.25 26.55
Omani Riyal OMR 742.16 750.18
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.5 79.2
Singapore Dollar SGD 212.45 212.95
Swedish Korona SEK 27.09 27.19
Swiss Franc CHF 325.38 325.88
Thai Bhat THB 8.05 8.09

Gold registers big fall in Pakistan; check today gold rates in Pakatan - 2 December 2023

The price of gold fell by thousands of rupees as precious metal lost shine despite an upward trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 2 December 2023

On Saturday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,300 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,300.

Meanwhile, single tola of 22 Karat gold costs Rs199,190, 21 karat rate costs Rs190,138 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,975.

Globally, gold prices hover at around $2072, gaining $32 on Saturday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Karachi PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Islamabad PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Peshawar PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Quetta PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Sialkot PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Attock PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Gujranwala PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Jehlum PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Multan PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Bahawalpur PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Gujrat PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Nawabshah PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Chakwal PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Hyderabad PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Nowshehra PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Sargodha PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Faisalabad PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Mirpur PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705


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