Archive for January, 2009

Masked Men of the Mall


A man selling pollution masks on The Mall

A man selling pollution masks on The Mall

Once found only in operation theatres of well-sanitized hospitals and medical facilities, masked men can now easily be seen roaming the main roads of Lahore selling an easy but effective solution to the city’s alarming pollution problems.

Our guardians against pollution and related diseases; saving many lives indirectly, they are our heroes too! :)

A Tribute to the Real Heroes

Remembering the Heroes of Ghakkar Plaza tragedy

Remembering the Heroes of Ghakkar Plaza tragedy

This banner was spotted at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport which was put up by the Union of Civil Aviation Employees. Fellow employees at the Civil Aviation Authority paid honor to the memory of late firefighters Abid Ali and Rizwan-ul-Haq; both of them, along with many other firemen, lost their lives while saving civilians from Rawapindi’s burning Ghakkarr Plaza.

They are truly our real heroes!

Lahore in winter jal-thal

Brunch mess-up at Lahore Gymkhana this morning

Brunch mess-up at Lahore Gymkhana this morning

After getting more than its share of bright warm sunlight on Saturday, Lahore received a well-deserved spell of wild rain and ‘aulay’ this Sunday morning. Heavy winter downpour washed the roads, the leaves, the dust and the moods clean while chilly breeze guaranteed an extension in winter spell for a couple of more days.

Happy Winter Rains everyone! :)

Plaaat! – A tribute to the residental architecture of Lahore

Gaudy! I think not. The houses in this series are a manifestation of the aspirations of their inhabitants. Or at least that’s what I tell myself. Here’s one in Defence.

Wapda; only a secondary option

'G' for Generator; 'W' for Wapda

'G' for Generator; 'W' for Wapda


Although the incidence of unannounced loadshedding has been reduced since Mr.Zardari chaired a meeting  in near past over rising public unrest; things are still worse for business and end consumers.

Most of the shop owners, who could afford one, have installed Generators who are now their primary source of power putting the Government utility, WAPDA, only as an occasional, optional way of lighting bulbs…

BAY RANG: A Documentary So Hot, No One Dares to Air

Some time back, around 2 or three years, I remember reading few books on suggestion from a very close friend of mine. we were discussing diversity at that time. That dear friend not only gave me a reading list but was kind enough to share two books with me. One was Taboo by Dr. Fouzia Saeed and the other was Between Chaddor and the Market by Jasmin Mirza. Book Review here

My first reaction was shock. yes, shock is the word that almost defines what i felt for days after reading those books. During my 8 years in corporate sector, I had an opportunity to live and work with people from different parts of the world. I attended training and seminars on issue of workplace diversity and gender issues. Even then this was too big a cultural shock for me to absorb.

Can people living in the same city  be so different and isolated in their values? Can all of this still be happening in modern times? Questions, questions and more questions I was left with. The adventure boy inside me wanted me to check out the Mohalla first hand. And I did. not once but three times but in none of those trips, I was able to verify the detailed descriptions of the sub-culture as defined in the books.

First trip was during day time and second one was in Moharram, so the bazaar was not open and all i saw was just the shops and ordinary people. I was impressed with the architecture of inner city though.  In the last trip, I got a glimpse of reality. It was at perfect time. 1 A.M. and I saw the same visuals as described in the books and as you will see in the documentary below. Since, I went alone, I did not dare to enter any of the so called “Office”.  Only few friends know what happened that night.

This documentary came as a surprise. It verified the contents of the books above and contains real truth about the people who frequent these tawaifs. the interview of the police office in charge is really interesting. This documentary was originally made for TV One but they did not dare to air it. so some one published it on internet. It is a real eye opener. It shows a face of our society, no one even wants mention. Download and save this as PTA might ban these URLs too. as it contains some politically radioactive content. Here is the excerpt from the blog where I originally found the links to these videos.

These book can be bought from here or here, both books were published by Oxford University Press and thus they should be available at FerozSons on The MALL.


Cozy, Crunchy Winter Scene:January ’09

Lahore's Main Market


A dry fruits stall overspilling with crunchy winter goodies in Gulberg’s Main Market.

Eating Out in Lahore

Can anyone point out where in Lahore is this eating out arrangement?

Lahore from the sky, Part III

The third and last installment of photos from an air safari over Lahore. I hope you enjoy them!

LDA in action ;)

Guys, MM Alam Road is cleaned up by LDA, finally. Here is the complete story.

One of the busiest roads in Lahore, MM Alam, is now in a better shape as LDA stepped up and took some action on Monday i.e. demolished different structures, which were constructed illegally. We Laaahooreeeeez know how difficult it is to get parking there due to these encroachments all the way from Hussain Chawk to Mini Market. Different areas in Township have also been cleaned up….so guys, go there without fear of traffic hazard, shop around and enjoy a tension-free parking.

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