I hate the old Lahore



U know wat i hate.. I hate purana Lahore.. So this is a magical place where both red and green lights mean go.. Where u don’t find trees.. Just flimsy branches sticking out of the ground.. Where noise cancelling headphones are a necessity not a luxury.. Where every tom dick and harry thinks they own the whole road.. Buses driving like motorbikes.. Weaving in and out of traffic.. With one hand constantly on the horn.. No one has any respect for traffic rules, one way streets or roundabouts.. As u may have guessed.. I just got back from Lahore and it was NOT pleasant! We Islamabadis are a gentle folk.. Like a herd of gazelles.. The slightest hint of trouble and we are outta there.. But not these guys.. It’s like they are looking for a fight all the time!
Oh and the smell.. The smell here is awful.. I imagine its like horse manure garnished with rotten eggs and bad cheese stuck in a microwave.. Yeah.. It’s pungent but not immediately.. At first its a faint odour.. Then it hits u like a locomotive! For all those who think i'm lying.. Go look for yourselves! And lahories thinking about sending me hate mail.. I’m not talking bout defence, gulberg, model town or cantt.. Its just the rest of it.. the walled city.. yucki gate.. anarkali.. bund road.. No offence to the people living there.. I actually commend u on being there day in day out..
And who in their right mind thot of starting a dental school RIGHT NEXT TO THE RED LIGHT DISTRICT!!! Ok so it is probably a hundred years old.. but there are millions of better places for a well-reputed school.. Oh and they shifted a couple of years ago.. u know where? 500yards down the road.. and it still sucks!!
All im trying to say is.. the ministers, commissioners, mayors or whoever is in control.. is it so hard for them to leave their comfy six-bedroom houses in Defense and sit in an air conditioned foreign car with a chauffer cross the canal and go see how the other half lives! See the roads and the drains.. and do something about them! I heard this song the other day.. u'll think its lame.. but it was pretty close to the truth.. I think its called Bullshit.. by shehzad roy.. that’s how ive been feeling ever since I got back from Lahore..
I’ve had that writer’s block thing again.. just cant shake it!
Any advice?

17 Response to "I hate the old Lahore"

Anonymous said...

Blog churay abbhi ke liye bhaij, concentrate on other things, ps, chuck, AWESOME!!!!! this song is a copy of shehzad roy's laga reh and qisma hai aapnay haath mein!

Pasha said...

Jinnay lahore nahin waikhya jummaya nahin!!
Lahore aye lahore aye!!
khita aye lahore tairay jaan nisaroan ko salam!!

Anonymous said...

Although I have spent my golden childhood time in this historical city with wonderful memories in the back of my mind yet I 100% agree with your feelings.Its true that in olden days, this ancient city was thought to be the beautiful place and remained the main cross road for many civilizations.I think we are forgetting our history, our past and our origin...... this is a down fall isn't it...

mama

Brian E. Roach said...

Hey A-
(I cannot speak on the city or it's odiferous nature...for I've never been, so will take your word for it!)
However, writer's block..

This is my suggestion. Write. Anything. everything. Sit down and write what you did today...just WRITE. I make the same mistake..you don't need a big idea to start with...sometimes you just need momentum. WRITE. If you do, the ideas will follow...:)

Now...go find a candle and smell something nice..I suggest..apple spice rum!

Ammar said...

Haa haa.. thanx PD :) been away from this so long.. gonna start again soon :)

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N Apdhal said...

keenly waiting to know what else you hate...

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