Lahore’s Seven Gifts to the World

In the spirit of all the holiday gift giving that will be taking place over the next couple of months, all the Metroblogging cities are giving 7 gifts to the world throughout this week. Ranging from Seattle’s jet planes to Karachi’s Nihari, these gifts are as diverse as interesting. We are a bit late in the club, however, will definitely try to catch up!

Lahore, as one of the most dynamic cities in Asia, has a lot to offer. Some of these ‘gifts’ are unique and have a particular Lahori touch to them. We’ll be wrapping them up and then present to the world. So, hang on to see what Lahore gifts the world.

Your suggestions regarding Lahore’s Gifts to the World are most welcome. Just drop a ‘Story Suggestion’ or email me your point.

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8 Comments so far

  1. Yahya (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 7:31 pm

    1. Historical monuments & buildings

    2. National college of arts

    3. Jamaat e Islami/Mansoora :)

    4. Me :) :)

    5. Government College – Produced a few Nobel laureates (check their site).

    5. Anar Kali Bazaar

    6. Ibn e Insha, Patrus Bukhari et al.

    7. Leave this for you.


  2. Faraz (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 9:36 pm

    well my list would go like this:

    7. Food Street (Gawalmandi)
    6. Lahore Fort
    5. Centers of Excellence (Aitchison, GC, NCA & LUMS)
    4. Noor Jahan
    3. Fog in the winter
    2. Badshahi Mosque
    1. Allama Iqbal

    I was tempted to put my name too, but.. what the heck :)


  3. Bilal (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 11:15 pm

    1. The world’s first computer virus of BRAIN fame circa mid 1980s thanks to the Alavi brothers of Allama Iqbal Town.
    2. Bhayyay ke kabab of Model Town Fame.
    3. It’s greenery – Tree-lined boulevards, the drive along the canal, luscious green and well kept parks (even though the powers that be are hell bent on denuding the city of its green identity)- A real feast for the eyes.
    4. Phajjay ke paaye.
    5. Hospitable and always-ready-to-party Lahoris (even though they do cross the line more often than one would like).
    6. Chaman ki ice cream.
    7. Unique-to-Lahore flowery language/vernacular – Lahore’s contribution to the further development of highest orders of expression in the Punjabi language.
    8. It’s ability to sprout an educational institute of every level in every nook, cranny, garage, neighborhood and street.
    9. Its harmonious traffic on roads – i.e. exemplary display of equality and brotherhood on the road – all sorts of animal drawn traffic from donkey/horse/bullock/camel carts (driven by sub-animals at times) to 1,2,3 & 4 wheelers (also driven by sub-animals more often than not) sharing the same lanes on the road in any direction they please at the moment.
    10. Fried fish at Bashir dar al Mahi.


  4. Sa'ad (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 11:15 pm

    Food Street (Gawalmandi) = Nr.1

    My list:
    Lahore has given us Anarkali, Lahore itself is a gift, Bor wala darakht, Phajjay de paey, Diamond Market (i mean the cultural aspects of it), Abrar-ul-haq, Alhamra i.e. Punjabi Stage Shows (before they went down the drain).

    Allama Iqbal is from Sialkot so he doesnt count. But something about him is Lahore and i cant pin it. Yeh its his final resting place but its not a gift.


  5. Yahya (unregistered) on December 1st, 2006 @ 7:56 pm

    I would hate the GC to be missed as a gift to the world. It has produced quite a few people of international repute. Here is a list of some famous ravians; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Ravians.

    Of course take off nawas sharif from the list if you want. :)


  6. Yahya (unregistered) on December 1st, 2006 @ 8:03 pm

    Sorry, here is the correct link; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ravians


  7. iceCube (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2006 @ 3:51 pm

    You’re not going to forget about Chugtai… I just read that he’s from Lahore.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdul_Rehman_Chughtai


  8. Yahya (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2006 @ 4:19 pm

    I think there are more gifts from Lahore than seven. Alas most from the past and difficult to find someone/something new.

    Lahore has been (and still is) in the grip of Molvis on one hand and chaudharis on the other. There is hardly anyone who cares or feels the need to develop Lahore intellectually.



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