_Photograph by Aun
In the walled city of Lahore, Sheranwala is one of the twelve gates. It is also known as ‘Khizri Gate’, and in olden times the Ravi River followed by the city walls and the ferry was near this part. The gate was, therefore, named as Khizri after the name of Khizzr Elias, the patron saint according to the Mohammaden belief, of running waters and streams, and the discoverer of the water of immortality. Ranjit Singh kept, here two domesticated lions in a cage, and the gate came to be called as ‘Sheranwala gate’ or ‘Lion’s gate’. It is an old crowded area with all the needful facilities including markets and schools. There are two major schools, Government Islamia High School Sheranwala Gate for boys, which is the oldest school and the best training centre for the youth of the vicinity. Then there is the Government School for the Deaf and Dumb Khizri Mohala (Society), which is a mannequin school and also and a banquet hall. There is a Madrassa (an institution for religious studies) established by Moulana Ahmed Ali Lahori, and the Anjumen Khudamu-ud-Din (a great name in the Islamic religious revolution in the sub-continent). There are also many higher secondary private schools in the area to educate the coming generation of this historical soil.
The following pictures were taken by Shahid Mirza.
Maciej Dakowicz is a UK based freelance photographer who spent 4 weeks in April 2006 in Pakistan and instantly fell in love with its people and places. He writes about Lahore and Pakistan in general:“What a great country to travel, it is a bit like India, but without all the hassle. People are extremely friendly and hospitable and I have never met such people before. They like to talk to you – I had to answer “What’s your name?” and “What is your country?” questions hundreds of times – it is tiring after some time. I was invited for a cup of tea and offered a cold drink lots of time. Once in a restaurant a man I have never seen paid for my meal..”
For readers interest, I am posting four selected photos taken by Maciej Dakowicz. Each one of them tells a story and all you have to do is tell us what is the first thing or thought that comes in your mind when you see the photograph. Should be interesting 🙂
Note: Click on each image for enlarged view. A version of this post also appeared on All Things Pakistan in March 2008 and Lahore Metblog in December 2006.