full moon at cuckoos.jpg

continuing excursions into the touristy places here, viola – cucoos. it’s a restaurant and an eerie museum of things old and eclectic. it’s a fishy, weird, somewhat expensive place – and it has a very weird, tiny winding staircase that you climb to get to the rooftop.

…from where you can see the Badshahi Masjid in such a way that it takes your breath quite quite away.


The red-light area’s very very closeby too, and can apparently be seen from the rooftop. I was never much for vouyerism, so i never did quite investigate that rumourfact.


I never did like desi food much, but even those who do don’t usually come here for just the food. The last time I ended up there though, the two karachiites who were with me didn’t think the 45minute-long rickshaw ride it took from liberty to this place was anywhere near worth it :/

weird thing – we saw a wedding-type thing taking place in the gardens of Badshahi Masjid! what on earth’s that all about? weirdness.

5 Comments so far

  1. Darwaish (unregistered) on July 29th, 2005 @ 12:50 am

    hmm… it should not be called red-light area .. its a forgotten world.. something different from what we call normal :) …there is an excellent leather ki hand made chapal market in that street..u can get some really good stuff in very lil money .. like in 200..anyways so me n a friend have had a chance to visit that place a few times n i just can’t explain what is it all about… its like a large number of ppl are just stuck in their misery.. thats what i think

    also its amazing contrast… how did that place was developed just badshahi masjid ke bilkul saath…that is something interesting i want to know

  2. huma (unregistered) on July 29th, 2005 @ 11:44 am

    they didnt like the food!? blasphemy, blasphemy..

  3. Khurram Farooq (unregistered) on July 29th, 2005 @ 3:29 pm

    Come on! Karachi food is better than Lahore food anytime! Just don’t get me up for blasphemy. Though you’re wrong Nausheen, I did like the place. Just didn’t like the 45-minute rickshaw ride. You have no idea how uncomfortable a 200 pound guy feels in a tiny Lahori rickshaw :P

  4. Leftistoe (unregistered) on July 30th, 2005 @ 6:11 am

    45 minutes in a rickshaw – that too on old lahore’s battered roads – my sympathies …

    i find the red light area very fascinating – its like as if it is in a time capsule from someother time. we went there once late night just to walk through and to see the place but it was “closed” due to muharram.

    Ive been curious too about it being next door to Badshahi mosque. Which came first?

  5. Leftistoe (unregistered) on July 30th, 2005 @ 6:15 am

    the guy who owns cucoos, iqbal hassan, is a fine artist. his models are mostly women of the said area. there is one exhibition i saw of his work and ive never forgotten it. there is this certain something he catches in the eyes and poses of his models – sad – stays with you.

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