Tomb and Garden of Princess Zebunnissa in Nawankot

October 30, 2008

The village of Nawankot is now a dense neighborhood of Lahore seamlessly attached to the more well known locality of Samanabad. Resembling the many old dense Lahori neighborhoods its streets are largely free of vehicular trafic due to their narrow width. It is home to the exquisite Mughal gateway to the garden of Princess Zebunnissa and her tomb.

The tomb  of Princess Zebunnissa is a surprising, quiet haven right on the bustling, noisy Multan road. It seems to be getting some attention from the archaeology department but there are dangerous signs that too zealous a repair is underway. The brand new plinth base detail and the new floor marble tiles have nothing to distinguish their status as a new 2008 intervention. This is all in contravention of the now accepted standards for new interventions. The  gateway however is left to the mercy of the mohallah who are not educated or motivated to take care of this valuable architectural relic.


Picture of the Day: Crafting the Tabla

October 25, 2008

One of the very few skilled artists left in Walled City who still earn their living by crafting tabla.

Photograph originally taken by Dream Catcher Forever.


Picture of the Day – Bicycling through Old Lahore

October 20, 2008

This photograph was taken by Ali Khurshid as a part of his Bicycling Through Old Lahore series on flickr. Clicking on image below will take you to Ali’s flickr page.


Only in Lahore :]

October 11, 2008

This amazing photograph has been uploaded on flickr by Ejaz Esi. Scenes like this can only be seen in Lahore. It is unclear who is the original photographer as explained by Ejaz below:

Lahoris are famous all over for their Love of Food to the point over here, in Karachi, they’re mercilessly ridiculed (primarily on the premise that we don’t get such luxury of spending that much time on food etc.) but the saga continues in whatever form Notice the “Atom Bomb” thingy. And Lahoris seem to get it just right – enjoy while it lasts.

Photo by: Mohsin or Fursid (it’s uncertain which one of these two friends of mine took this horribly distracted photo which my able hands had to resize and crop to bring the subject ALIVE and in focus
How’s that for the credit, you shmuck, Fursid 😛

Clicking on photograph will take you to Ejaz’s flickr page.


Scenes from Old City

October 4, 2008

Waheed Khalid is a talented young freelance photographer from Lahore. He runs a studio called StudioQ which not only displays his own work but also provide various services including training and portfolio building etc. Today we present four selected photographs of Walled City of Lahore from Waheed’s brilliant work. Enjoy his unparalleled quality, distinct style, and fresh approach to photography.

Can anyone guess the exact location of old houses and walls shown in these photographs? 🙂

Note: The house in the top-right photograph, like 300 other houses in old Lahore was demolished recently. This one stood magnificently inside Masjid Wazir Khans first entrance on the left when you enter the mosque. Clicking on each image will take you to original photographer’s pages.

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