moving on…

Less than two weeks to go before Eid and Lahore is usually one happy city, full of life during this time of the year. But this time around there is a strange kind of sadness all around my beloved city. Fifteen days after the devastating earthquake, after all that enthusiasm and jazba for help and everything we did (some of us are still doing), we are trying to move on with our lives. Yes, we are human beings and moving on is probably the best thing we do no matter what happens. Perhaps it’s one of the reasons we survive.

I was driving around the city last night and yes, people are shopping for Eid. But there is something missing. The cheerful atmosphere in shopping malls & bazaars, eid cards, special eid sales, mehandi and churiyon ke stall and everyone out on the roads till late night. Things are happening but I couldn’t feel the typical ronaq and zinda dili (?) associated with Lahore. Somehow everything is so pheeky pheeky (sad). One of the rare occasions when I turned down an Iftar dinner invitation from a friend because I just didn’t feel like going and having fun when millions of people are struggling to survive in harsh winter. It doesn

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