Jugnu (firefly)


I was just wondering if anyone has seen Jugnu (angerezi mein firefly) in Lahore in last 3-4 or even 5 years? Where have they gone? I don’t remember seeing even a single one anywhere in Lahore in a long long time. Has anyone of you?

As a little kid, I spent a part of my childhood in my Nana’s haveli in androon shehr (old city) and there was a huge garden just behind my bedroom where we had like 8 Anar ke darakht (pomegranates trees). That part of haveli used to light up at night because of hundreds of Jugnus and it presented a wonderful view from my bedroom window. I always thought they were performing one of their traditional tribal dances around pomegranates trees (yes, I actually thought they were part of a secret tribe :P).

So Jugnu was the most fascinating insect that I can remember from my childhood. To me, the million dollar question was how da hek the glow? Where that light comes from? I had, somehow, developed this weird theory about glowing part of their body that it was a tiny room where each Jugnu’s little kids study for their exams and it glows because of a huge bulb inside that room (ok I know I was silly little kid so what?:D). It took me a long time to understand and accept the grown ups wala reason which you can read here and here :).

We, the kids, also had a competition that who can catch most Jugnus and we used to run after them during the night. I never caught one though. If you remember, Lawrence garden also had plenty of them. I can’t remember where but that part of the garden where most Jugnus used to be found; had a lot of trees with Salman loves Tina and similar kind of messages written with knives. I haven’t been to Lawrence garden in ages, especially at night, so I can’t comment if Jugnus still exists there.

Like the old book shops of Mall Road and Regal, I think Jugnu has also disappeared, gone, and we haven’t even noticed when and why it happened. I feel bad for the kids of this modern age because if my guess is right and Jugnu is really no more in Lahore then they are really really missing a wonderful experience. At least I can still remember watching their tribal dance from my bedroom window. I could watch them for hours and you have to trust me on that, it was fun :).

4 Comments so far

  1. Yasir (unregistered) on August 20th, 2006 @ 5:17 am

    Yes yes! Me me! Bagh-e-Jinnah. Last saturday!

  2. aliya (unregistered) on August 20th, 2006 @ 5:28 pm

    firefly are not really found in populated areas. i agree that there are not man to be seen in lahore but you find a lot in villages even today.

    @yasir: i go to bagh e jinnah almost everyday and i haven’t seen one. can you tell me where you found them?

  3. aliya (unregistered) on August 20th, 2006 @ 5:29 pm

    *many ;/

  4. Dada (unregistered) on August 21st, 2006 @ 1:04 pm

    Pappu beta you have much time in your life and much space in your head. How does a personal firefly story relate to a Metroblog ? Chalo ..anyway.. cute of you pappu beta.

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