living the hours

A friend pointed out that this blog doesn’t really reflect what it’s like to live in Lahore, instead mostly it shifts towards a touristy view of things. Not good, admittedly, and I’ll try to set things right…

billboards at liberty.jpg

There was a time when I commuted to this place and back every single day – I had it down to 17 minutes flat from defence to liberty. Liberty was really just a circular tariq road (karachi), and the nicest thing about it is how, in desperate times when you just cannot find a parking space for free, it has a HUGE paid parking village below. And has peshawari (deliciously creamy, homemade?) icecream places that’re open deep into the night.

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Nights in Lahore are never really as quiet as people think they are. Sure, a lot of people go to bed by 10, a lot of shops close by 11, but driving at night in this city – something that I’ve been forced to do because of choking full my days with LUMS and everything else – is just FUN. You come across quiet stores that’re open 24-hours and watch a few other people wandering late into the night with abandon.

Once, on the way back from a party at about 3 am, we realised we were being followed by an innocent looking white car.

To have some fun, we drove around for a while, leading them on a chase of sorts, and finally got tired and went back to LUMS to lose them. They followed us all the way into LUMS, almost terrifying us, not quite.

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Nights spent around y-block are nice though – the ‘gol’ market’s open till about midnight I think, and hot fuzon, edit: arguably the wonderful extention of masoom’s, even later. We often just walk around the entire circle just window shopping, and then usually end up at the mcdonald’s right opposite it.

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Car races are another very cute thing here…unfortunately I haven’t been part of many, so can’t comment. Driving every day to work or school is a car race in itself though, specially fighting to stay in the fast lane. I have to dodge angry corollas and race fast toyotas (my knowledge of models runs thin) every day, they mistaking my little car for not being capable of the speed which i push it to everytime :/ Not sure if that’s the best of ideas, but hey, someone did once tell me that the only way to drive in Lahore is with a good, working, shrill horn. Everyone listens, sooner or later.

5 Comments so far

  1. huma (unregistered) on July 13th, 2005 @ 5:43 pm

    Hot Fuzon isnt an extension of Masoom’s, its by an entirely different management! Don’t insult my Masoom’s :(


  2. Muhammad Atif (unregistered) on July 13th, 2005 @ 11:07 pm

    Here’s the Phone no of Masoom’s,if anyone wants to clear out this Hot Fuzon issue:O42-5710581.Talk to Mr or Mrs Zaidi(whoever is available)….lol


  3. bilal (unregistered) on July 14th, 2005 @ 1:32 pm

    heh. true true.

    everyone listens – sooner or later.

    i remember my friend’s dad used to shout at him for not blowing the horn: tumm horn bajanay mein kanjoosi kyooon kartay ho?

    talk about training :D

    -bilal


  4. bilal (unregistered) on July 14th, 2005 @ 1:34 pm

    and yes, i like the picture of moon and everything below it :D


  5. Yasir (unregistered) on July 15th, 2005 @ 2:48 am

    haha, it’s funny. and someone gave me a tip that the best way to drive in lahore is ‘never listen to the horn’. I blindly follow the instruction! and all my driving woes are non-existent now. I think there’s always a remedy available.

    Golden rule: use horn as much as possible and never listen to others’! :P



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