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In Lahore, history falls apart

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Lahore- a short film by Nashmia Khan

Posted by Raza Rumi:

I was completely dazzled by this rather off-beat short film on Lahore by Nushmia Khan. She tries to defy the conventional way of capturing a city and succeeds in capturing some fine moments of this gorgeous city. The  music has been composed by Basheer & The Pied Pipers

The lost son of Lahore

By Shreya Ray:

It is an uncanny coincidence that Nawab Muhammad Ahmad Khan Kasuri, the magistrate who signed the death warrant of Bhagat Singh, was killed, more than 40 years later, at the same spot as the 23-year-old freedom fighter. The roundabout in Shadman Colony, Lahore—where the execution chambers of the Lahore Central jail used to be—is where the magistrate was shot in 1974. Not that many Pakistani youngsters know these details about Singh’s death, or even that he was from Lahore; to them he’s the guy Ajay Devgn played in a Bollywood movie.

Resurrecting Singh—and reclaiming him—as a son of Lahore is Pakistan’s Ajoka theatre group, in the first-ever Pakistani production on the freedom fighter, Mera Rang De Basanti Chola. The play, to be staged today at the National School of Drama’s (NSD’s) Bharat Rang Mahotsav, is third in a series of Ajoka’s plays that question the Arabised Pakistani identity, and emphasize its roots with the Indian subcontinent. Drawing constant parallels with contemporary society, peppered with traditional folk song and dance (including a Tangewala ki ghodi, a type of Punjabi folk song on the verge of extinction), this is a typical Ajoka play.Click here to read complete article.

Introducing Artesia Photography

Lahore is proud to have Artesia Photography that offers services for portraiture and casual outdoor photo shoot in Lahore. They also do commercial photography, for promotion purposes, and have worked with non-governmental organization for awareness campaign photography, along with journalistic projects for news organizations. For more detailed portfolio, visit

An old folk song on Lahore

Singer: Narinder Biba

Old Punjabi Folk Song ‘Daal Dass Shehar Lahore Ander Kinne Boohe Te Kinnian Baarian Ne’

Documentary on Hazrat Ali Hajveri Part1

Black Sheep in Black Coats

By Kashif Chaudhry:

Lawyers are considered an educated community. However, recent events by upholders of this legal profession have mesmerized civil society and left our heads hang low in shame.

The lawyers, instead of following the law they have taken oath to safeguard, decorated the murderer Mumtaz Qadri with flowers on more than one occasion. Elsewhere, the black coats have been a regular part of pro-Qadri processions. They can be seen chanting slogans such as, “Qadri tere Jan Nisaar Beshumar, Beshumaar” and “Hurmat-e-Rasool par Jan bhi Qurban hai.” They were also one of the first to offer funeral prayers of Osama bin Laden, even though he was not a Pakistani and had done nothing except give the country bad name. Continue reading

Pakistan tops Google search for SEX – Lahore among top 10 cities.

With over 20 million internet users and growing fast, Pakistan has managed to secure the number one slot for searching the term ‘sex’ globally for all years.

According to a 2010 Fox News report, Pakistan had outranked all countries in Google searches for pornographic terms last year. Narrowing the analytics for the search term to just 2011, Pakistan maintained the number one position, followed by India and Vietnam.

Islamabad featured in the top 10 cities worldwide to search the word ‘sex’ in September and December 2011.

Provincial capital Lahore also featured in the top 10 cities for the months of January, March, April, May, June, July, September, October, November and December 2011.Click here to read complete article.

People and their Professions in Lahore – 1946


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Lahore: From the perfect stew to confectionary heaven

Many of my fellow diners have had to patiently listen—often in mid-morsel—while I belabored the fact that I love the spicy dish but couldn’t handle how it set my mouth on fire. On a week I spent in the ancient city of Lahore in Pakistan, I had many occasions to explain this point—in between hasty gulps of water.

Lahore, the capital of the province of Punjab, was once among the great cities of the Mughal Empire. With Kabul, Delhi and Agra, it was the site of many grand edifices erected by the Mughal emperors.

As venue of an imperial court, it is expected that Lahore would develop a cuisine of elaborate concoctions as demanded by a regal palette. Continue reading

Dev Anand and Lahore

By Ishtiaq Ahmad

Dev Anand remained devoted to Lahore all his life. He was also an ardent supporter of India-Pakistan peace and reconciliation. Therefore, he was one of the most prominent passengers in the bus that brought Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to Lahore

The news that matinee hero Dev Anand died in London on December 3 as a result of cardiac arrest saddened fans all over the world. A very large number among them are Pakistanis. Dev Anand was born on September 26, 1923, not in Lahore, but less than 50 miles from. His ancestral village, Gharota, was in tehsil (now district) Pathankot, district Gurdaspur, but he grew up in Gurdaspur where his father maintained a successful practice at the district courts.Click here to read complete article.

Prelude to the Ashura festival in Lahore, Pakistan

Shi’ite Muslims congregate around a white horse and touch it for good luck on December 5, 2011, in a prelude to the Ashura festival in Lahore, Pakistan which began today. via Hungeree.

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Commanding Success – 125 Years of Aitchison College

Wow Documentary on World City LAHORE

Delhi (1938)

Classic addition

By Waqar Gillani

These days, if you enter ‘Classic Books’, one of the old book shops and a publishing house at Regal Chowk on The Mall you will find a smiling Rashid Hussain Agha, one of the proprietors of the bookstore, welcoming you with all kinds of bakery stuff ‑ cookies and ready to eat food items

Yes, the history has taken another turn. Agha family, known because of its printing of progressive writings and literature, has now added a bakery in the basement and ground floor of their four-storey book house, shifting the books to the third floor.

“We started the bakery after long deliberations and a survey of the area. We had been thinking of starting some other business along with the bookshop for the last couple of years,” fifty-one-year-old Rashid tells The News on Sunday, adding, “The reason is simple. There is decline in book business and severe decline in book selling.” He further says, “We have been facing depressing times in the last couple of years that forced us to think anew so we decided to rename Classic as bakery and books.” Click here to read complete article.

A short, myopic and utterly biased guide to bookstores in Lahore

By Bilal Tanweer

But first let me qualify: by ‘books’ I almost exclusively mean books of fiction and poetry—and my judgment of bookstores rests entirely on the said collections. So, go read some other column if you’re into politics. Just go away. (Also, I don’t discuss Urdu books here either; there will be another piece for that.)

Now let’s begin with the usual suspects, Ferozsons and Sang-e-Meel, which have traditionally provided shadier grounds for fiction lovers. Over the past few years, however, these two have fallen on hard times—and it seems to me, they have fallen quite deliberately and even happily. Most of their stock was imported from the UK two decades ago, or earlier. This particularly applies to Sang-e-Meel which seems to be engaged in some sort of hoarding game. The only real addition it has made to its stock in the last two decades is the plastic covers that now seal the books to protect against dust and must. Not that that’s an entirely bad thing, mind you, because in all that plastic I found Lawrence Durrell’s Antrobus Stories—a book that has been out of print for many years now. But here’s the catch: you must buy these plastic-wrapped books at jaw-dropping, eye-popping, soul-smarting prices of more than what they would cost you brand new in the UK itself. (Sang-e-Meel and Ferozsons convert the pounds into rupees at outrageous rates.) Therefore, the only comfort I usually draw from shopping at the said stores is the knowledge that even though I earn in Pakistani Rupees, I can still read in Pounds Sterling.

But no, seriously, if you’re interested in buying fiction in English, there are two bookstores to recommend. One is The Last Word, which is located on the top floor of the Hot Spot, Qaddafi Stadium. It houses a small, smart and remarkably current selection of books, and if there’s a new book to be had, you can trust it shall be served here. TLW specializes in contemporary fiction and nonfiction, and mostly makes up for its tiny size with the big intelligence of its selection. It is also the only place I know in Pakistan where you can find the latest issue of literary magazines, including the terrific The Paris Review. It gets my heart for that.

But the bookstore that gets my love and rocks my world and inspires all these clichés and more is Readings. It has a wonderful collection of both contemporary and classic fiction (although, shockingly, no books by David Foster Wallace!?), its prices are better than other bookstores, and above all, it has the culture of a real bookstore where you have baskets and cushions to collect and browse through your books at leisure, and where the shop boys do not hover about, eyeing you like you’re a book criminal. It is also probably the only bookstore in the country that has entire shelves dedicated to poetry in English, which include contemporary poets. That, ladies and gents, is enough to warrant it as the best bookstore in the country. I owe the discovery of many delightful poets to this bookstore.


Lawrence and Montgomery Halls in Lahore

he Lawrence and Montgomery Halls in Lahore as photographed by James Craddock in the 1860s. The caption states “Two large Halls for public meetings built by subscription in honour of Sir John (now Lord) Lawrence and Sir Robert Montgomery. The latter is almost the finest room in India & is used for all the state durbars and Senate meetings, etc. The great ball to the Duke of Edinburgh was in this Hall.” Sir John Lawrence was first Chief Commissioner and Lt. Governor of the Punjab (1853-59) and went on to become Viceroy of India. Robert Montgomery was second Lt. Governor of the Punjab (1859-65). Sir Lawrence played a crucial role during the First War of Independence in 1857 by assuring the supply of troops from Punjab to Delhi. The neoclassical look of the halls was meant to inspire awe in the locals and reaffirm colonial authority after the war. The halls are now being used as the Quaid e Azam Library.
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