Tuesday, January 24, 2006
indian blogger in lahore
An Indian blogger managed to do what I could not, living in Pakistan - photographing Lahore - he visited the historic city as part of a TV news team and wrote about meeting the drum beating dervishes and cringing at the sight of stripped chickens
It's funny at times - if you are Lahore fan or just someone who would like to know how an Indian sees Pakistan, do read it... the article and pics on Cooco's cafe are particularly nice
Every Thursday afternoon, qawwali singers from around Pakistan gather at the shrine of Data Ganj Bakhsh Hajveri to perform. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan has performed here, and it is said to be quite an experience...... The dynamics within each group were fascinating: if one guy had energy and fire in his singing, another had a soothing voice – they would harmonise, play off each other, and move into impassioned choruses.
It's a wonder that the men in Pakistan are so big and the autos[rickshaws] are so small," remarked my friend and colleague Dileep Premachandran as we walked the streets of Lahore.
The roads are conducive to this speed. Everywhere in Lahore we have seen wide, smooth roads -- with no garbage anywhere to be seen, unless we are in a self-deprecatory mood. Last night, when we got in, we were stunned by the lights of Lahore