Plaque at the Maryam Zamani

December 16, 2008

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Plaque at the Maryam Zamani or more popularly known Begum Shahi mosque. The year is 1313 Hijri more than a hundred years ago and all the proud protectors of faith the calligraphist, the financier and the Khateeb have left their names for posterity to remember.


City Record – Guru Mangat and Theh Pind

December 12, 2008

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The stamp on the girder of the small railway underpass at ‘Workshop Chowk ‘ crossing in Gulberg gives its date as 1908 and the name of the bridge builders from Howrah. The railway line came much earlier but this opening must have been made later or replaced? in 1908.

Present day Gulberg was laid out in the 1950’s but the earlier settlements the two villages of Guru Mangat and Theh Pind continue to live in the footprint of their narrow winding layout within the grid iron layout of planned Gulberg. Perhaps the underpass was created for express service for movement to the cantonment from the villages or the cremation ground which was across the railway line.

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Villages of Guru Mangat and Theh Pind from 1927 map of Lahore. Rifle range on right is just off the present day Jinnah flyover.


Lahore street scenes

November 8, 2008

The following pictures were taken by Shahid Mirza.

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Pan shop in Anarkali Lahore

Fish shop, Mozang chowngi, Lahore

Tea break at Bashir Fish shop, Mozang chowngi, Lahore


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.


Lahore Canal – World’s Largest Natural Swimming Pool

September 22, 2008

So this is probably the largest natural swimming pool in the world, eh? I know this doesn’t look very clean but hey, its absolutely FREE for everyone so who cares. Scenes like these are common in Lahore during extreme heat of summer combined with load-shedding. Canal becomes a place of festivity for Lahori men, women and children in such harsh weather conditions.

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Michael Foley’s Lahore – Scenes from the Cooco’s Den

September 8, 2008

Michael Foley is originally from Dublin, Ireland but currently living in Washington DC. He has travelled a lot to developing countries, concentrating on South Asia at the moment. He likes to take pictures of people and their environs. Michael loves Lahore and is a frequent visitor of his most favorite city in South Asia. He writes about Lahore: What a glorious city, Lahore – vibrant, throbbing with life and so beautiful.

We present three selected photographs of Michael Foley in this post. Enjoy.

Photo Description: Gateway to the Badshahi Mosque, with Lahore Fort opposite

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