Independence Day Celebrations: Saddar To CTC

I was around and about the city today and captured some moments from blissful life at our streets before Independence Day celebrations on 14th August.
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Saddar Bazaar, Lahore Cantt.
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Oneeb, the kid in the picture, is helping his father out by taking care of this stall. When I asked him about the prices, he told me that range for flags is from 5 Rs to 85 Rs. At my request, he smiled for the camera while his father got worried and came to see what I was talking about. He said that tomorrow he is going to have more sales because of holiday.

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Oneeb, all prepared and dealing with customers
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Flags on display
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Check out the variety of badges
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On this stall, prices are from 5 Rs. to 1000 Rs. Badges are of 5 Rs to 10 Rs. I got this one :)
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@Coffee, Tea and Company, Gulberg
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So, Lahorees are getting ready to rejoice, though everyone has his/her own style *we agreed upon that*.

19 Comments so far

  1. Bilal Rashid (unregistered) on August 12th, 2007 @ 5:25 pm

    I love 14th August .. i think its the coolest day off in the entire year ..


  2. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on August 12th, 2007 @ 6:04 pm

    Oh wow, PS what a nice nice post :-)


  3. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on August 12th, 2007 @ 7:19 pm

    hay thanx, Aisee Zameen, aur aaasmaaa ;)


  4. hareem sahar (unregistered) on August 12th, 2007 @ 8:38 pm

    i dunno y..but on this day kahan say koi enthusiasm ikathi ho jati hai apnay watan k liye..i dunno even if we r doing something for it??…:S


  5. Opee (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 1:47 am

    Thanks a lot for posting. Something that reminded of my childhood enthusiasm.


  6. Faraz (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 2:07 am

    flags and badges are all fine, but why does he have so many khofnak khofnak face masks on the same table (first photo)… confusing 14 aug with halloween?

    HS & OP: This enthusiasm comes from the feeling that we have a country of our own. I used to tell everyone when i was a kid that enthusiasm was the name of younger brother of quaid-e-azam :)… this and many other stories of independence that i came up with… but overall i believe its a blessing to be born in Pakistan in these times… the country is in a state of uncertainity and things sometimes look gloomy, but thats where the opportunity lies… pakistan is certainly the more happening and dynamic place on earth than most, these days… lets just hope we are able to do what is good for us as well as for everyone around us. Peace and prosperity for everyone.


  7. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 2:19 am

    Khofnak masks are for kids, who want to play with them. A child’s play.
    Also, there were other items for kids.


  8. Faraz (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 2:30 am

    Thanks pretty simple… did u buy any of those khofnak masks as well?… :)


  9. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 2:33 am

    Omg, how can i?
    I just got the badge, i mentioned it too in the pic 4 :)


  10. Faraz (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 2:46 am

    :) i would have bought a khofnak mask as well… afterall we can celebrate 14 aug our own style right? “we agreed upon that” :)…


  11. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 2:49 am

    Then buying a khofnak mask, when u r not a kid, for celebration like 14th, is maybe your style..not mine. we agreed upon that ;)


  12. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 2:55 am

    Whatever the situation be; Azadi ki spirit lives on!


  13. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 2:58 am

    Yeah Hasan, u r right.

    But here, it seems like Faraz ko koi mask zaror pasand agaya hai :D


  14. Faraz (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 3:09 am

    thats absolutely right…:) …but i wont tell which mask!!! btw not only mask, i would also wanna buy a paani wala pistol :)… and celebrate 14 aug full pirates of the carribean style… i hope no one minds :)


  15. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 3:14 am

    lol@pani wala pistol

    I guess, its Shair Wala mask, for a Lion King style of celebration. Yeah, I guess, no one wud mind that :)


  16. Jus (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 10:13 am

    My husband sold these too when he was young. and i gave him this link and he looked at the photo and cried. missing his hometown and childhood, i guess.

    Tmrw, will be just another day for him in singapore. what special thing can i do for him? (Dont say cooking cos i cant cook)


  17. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 2:13 pm

    @Jus: :) Other than cooking, i guess, you can add some green color in your attire or take him out for shopping and buy some “kurta shalwar” from any pakistani or indian market and dine at a Pakistani/Indian Restrurant. Or u need some unique idea? :)


  18. Opee (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 3:21 pm

    JUS: See if there is any celebration going on in your city or around there somewhere. Any Pakistani community is gather somewhere to celebrate it. There won’t be anything alternate to it. I had visited a parade/gathering yesterday here in Toronto Downtown. Terming it “AWESOME” is just too less to describe! :)

    People were there with flags, with painted face. With gree clothing. Girls with Green shirt, white dupatta and white shalwar along with green and white combination Chappals. With gree hairbands.. People came and really enjoyed the celebration TOGETHER! I found it so attractive. No matter how far these girls and guys were from their country but I didn’t feel an inch. They were more enthusiastic about 14th august than I see in Pakistan. Get up guys, its your country. Love it!


  19. Jus (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 12:33 pm

    o oh! i checked the comments too late. Note to self: i need to get some more greens in my wardrobe.

    Hmm.. will just take him out on a date. a movie or something.

    Thanks PS and OP!



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