Found this comment on my piece on the Lawrence Gardens Lahore.
Surfing the net, I stumbled upon this write-up on the beautiful Lawrence Gardens of Lahore, and bitter-sweet memories came flooding back…
I was born in Lahore in 1936. We lived not far away from the Gardens, at No. 10 Egerton Road. Some of my earliest memories are of going to the gardens in a tonga, down Lawrence Road, next to the unending wall around Governor’s house, the main entrance guarded by white British soldiers. I remember a large plantation of tall pine trees at the beginning of the gardens, near the Gymkhana Club. I remember the Cosmopolitan Club, where my father was a member, the big lawns outside where we often played. Also, as an avid cricket fan, I remember watching Abdul Hafeez Kardar score 176 runs against the visiting Australian cricket team in the ground which was located inside the gardens.
After 1947, I have never been able to return to Lawrence Gardens or see my beloved Lahore again.
Sometimes, when meeting Lahorians abroad, I have enquired about our old house at 10 Egerton Road. It was a large red kothi with a ‘nehar’ flowing outside down Egerton Road. I was told once that it had been broken down and replaced by a 5 star hotel.
Anyway, many thanks for making me remember the wonderful days of my childhood at Lahore!