An Indian Writer’s “Romance of Lahore…”

Rasheeda Bhagat is an Indian writer who once visited Lahore and made an affiliation which the writer termed it as Romance! I came across an article in which the writer explained the tour in detail.

I would like to quote a few of the interesting lines that are more related to Pakistan and how some indians take the Pakistani creation at this point in time. Here goes:

… Then there is the famous Minar-e-Pakistan, where the Muslim League first passed a resolution for a separate Muslim nation. This is considered to be the one historic building in Pakistan that reinforces the reality of the Partition when an independent nation was carved out of India. It was not without political significance that Vajpayee made it a point to visit it in 1999. By such a visit he was assuring the Pakistanis that India accepted their country as an independent, sovereign nation.

Dair aye durust aye, but its true that among many Indians, Pakistan has always been part of India and the partition was a game of politicians. People never wanted it. But as the writer admits that Vajpayee’s visit and paying homage to Minar-e-Pakistan was a first milestone in accepting Pakistan’s existance in all its forms and menifestations.

Speaking of some sights and sounds of Lahore, the writer further explains:

… But more than its buildings and architecture, it is the warm, friendly and hospitable people of Lahore and the hustle and bustle of the city, which spin a magic web around any visitor. Shopping in the Anarkali bazaar — half-a-dozen cotton salwar suits, including the finely embroidered ones from Lahore’s shops are a must-buy here — and finding it increasingly difficult to turn down irresistible offers from the glib-tongued salesman…

Lahori people hospitality further elaborated in the article and I quote:

“Lahore mey yeh bada problem hei ki kisiko kuch na kuch khilana zaroor hota hei”.
(It is Lahore’s tradition to make the guest eat something or the other.)

Read the details here: The Hindu Business Line

The article seems old, written in around 2003, but I can say it with certainty, that now Lahore is 10 times more hospitable than it ever was! I hereby invite more people to come here and enjoy your stay!

5 Comments so far

  1. regha (unregistered) on August 10th, 2007 @ 2:46 pm
  2. regha (unregistered) on August 10th, 2007 @ 2:50 pm
  3. BuzzVines (unregistered) on August 10th, 2007 @ 4:16 pm

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  4. hira khan (unregistered) on August 10th, 2007 @ 7:10 pm

    beautiful….and ya lahoris are popular for that…i love lahoris, myself but karachi walas are better…


  5. Opee (unregistered) on August 10th, 2007 @ 7:26 pm

    @Hira: Yup, look alikes. Afterall, we are brothers :) Bara bhai and chota bhai! :)



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