Saddam hotel in old Lahore



Saddam hotel in old Lahore, originally uploaded by Jahane Rumi.

A few weeks ago when I took my friend for a tour inside the lanes of old Lahore, we spotted this little streetside ‘hotel’ or a dhaba that has been named after Saddam. The dictator is dead but his memory lives in public imagination as a symbol of resistance. Raza Rumi

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3 responses to “Saddam hotel in old Lahore

  1. Or maybe he didn’t think of it is a ‘symbol of resistance’ and named his dhaba like that just for fun 🙂

  2. Ballay ballay, Ho L’ore L’ore Aye, L’ore Lore Aye
    Jinnay L’ore naee Tak’ya Jam’ya naee
    Ho Jinnay L’ore naee Dekh’ya Jam’ya naee

    Bura Na Manna Bhai

    Hun Ethay Dilwale Nahin Rehnday!
    Hun Ethay Ravi nahin Bagdi, Ethay Ganda Sua (sewage) bagda
    Hun Ethay gandagi, ghata, mitti nale
    Rickshaw, motar-gaddi da dhun aye,
    Pollution he pollution aye.
    Hun Ethay darakht Nahin, hariala key barbadi hai.
    Ballay ballay, L’ore L’ore Aye, L’ore L’ore Aye.
    Hun L’ore Naihr da pani bee ganda hai.
    Ethay ‘Sugar-Waalay’ Gabroo L’ore Javan
    Ethay Laddu PaiRay, O Loki Lassian Peenday
    Ethay mitti Waalay, footpath-Waalay kulchay, machchi wikday
    Chalo Chaliye Food Street, ya MM Alam Road
    Ballay ballay, Ho Khalo Daee Bhallay
    Ethay Gabroo Javan, Khaanday Keemay Waalay Naan
    Tay chini waaley lantter lassi, Gat gat karke pi janday.
    Wah jee ke kahwaoo lahore day
    Ethay day Mall Road Tay Anarkali ban gay Landa bazaar Ek Paasay.
    Wekhay Assi Tamashay
    Ethay Tabla, Sitaar tay Dhol Waalay Rehnday Saaray Funkaar
    Viah, Shadi Day Wich Dhol Wajday, Loki Bhangray Paanday
    karna dhol bajauna, Banduk goli chalauna ; show marni, Tamasha aye.
    Barfian Laddu Tay, kormay, Nan Khaanday,
    Coke Pee Kay Jashan Manaanday, barbadi karday Roti tukkar dee.
    Emir, Garib, Chhota, Wadda sabbhe food waste kar thy
    Ethay Babu Bankay Tamasha Karday
    L’ore L’ore Aye, L’ore L’ore Aye
    Jinnay L’ore naee dekh’ya, Jam’ya naee!
    Ballay Ballay, L’ore Lore Aye.

  3. Khalil Choudhry Ji: Rubb tohanoo khush rakhey. L’ore te nazm likh ke rooh taazi kar diti jay. Amreeke’ch Chaar dhaaNyaaN baa’d vi L’ore naal jurri ho’ee taar ajj vi ostraaN ee qaa’im ae. Khush keetaa jay Choudhry Ji.

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