Some signage from Lahore. The translations are on the flickr site. (Also additional shots).
Lahore, should you be curious, is a food-lover’s paradise. The traditional North Indian cuisines (your biryanis and your karahis and whatnot) get augmented with Sindhi and Pashtun varieties of preparation and serving. Various streets and muhallahs (neighborhoods) are famous for various types of foods. I didn’t sample anything, this trip. The most daring I got was an order of Halwa Puri for breakfast which did not agree with me. At all.
The streets of Lahore teem with vendors. There is always the corn guy in front of the school, the kulfi guy at the corner, the channa/dal guy, the sugarcane guy, the milk-with-almonds guy, and the fruit guy.
I have been having these vivid dreams. Places and conversations continued from Lahore. Waking up every morning is quite a disorienting experience. The landscapes are stuck, the tape paused. I guess it can all be ascribed to jet lag or to this rather unmoored feeling that envelopes me. Whatever the case may be, I find myself existing, still, in Lahore.
Lahore is an imperial city and often, an impersonal city. It is aloof to most visitors and residents. It breathes around you, moving at a hectic pace here and just somnambulant there. But it has never seemed distant to me or impersonal. I have memories imprinted on almost every nook and cranny of that city of rooftops and minarets. This is Lahore.
The Center for Place, Culture & Politics Presents
Demystifying Pakistan: Understanding the Current Crisis
A panel discussion on the military in Pakistani politics, society and economy; emergency, martial law, and the rule of law in India and Pakistan; the rise and subsequent fall of electronic media under President Musharraf; and the politics of democratic protest
Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa, Visiting Professor, South Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania and author of Military, Inc. : Inside Pakistan’s Military Economy (Pluto Press, 2007).
Anil Kalhan, Visiting Assistant Professor, Fordham Law School.
Kiran Khalid, documentary film maker and producer, Good Morning America and director, “We Are Not Free,” a documentary short to be screened at the panel.
Dr. Sahar Shafqat, Associate Professor, St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Member of the anti-Musharraf/pro-democracy movement in Pakistan.
Moderated by Saadia Toor, Assistant Professor of Sociology, College of Staten Island.
Friday, March 28, 2008, 6 pm
Baisley Powell Elebash Recital Hall
The Graduate Center
City University of New York,
365 Fifth Avenue,
New York, NY