“Hit it with a stick and it won’t die” – An article by Christopher Lee.
The Urdu English relationship in Pakistan – an article by Harris Khalique
Both articles are in the Annual of Urdu Studies. All articles in the internet edition are available for viewing online.
From a 2005 trip tracing my footsteps there from a decade ago.
From a road trip in autumn last year.
A beautiful evocative piece by Asad Raza.
“Lahore is the conservatory of a lost world whose traces have been largely erased from more touristic destinations, like Delhi and Agra – I will come to the reasons for this below. The world in general has few cities that interweave so seamlessly a great vitality today (the city is about the twenty-fifth largest on the globe) with an unbroken and luxurious history (spanning the last two millennia). …
“In Lahore, by contrast, you can see what tourists can only imagine at the Red Fort or the Taj Mahal: the dense, complex, and still vital operations of an inner city bursting with markets, shrines, mosques, food, dancing girls, riotous children. That’s what makes Lahore different: its history is sometimes worn on its sleeve and sometimes hidden within, but never is it advertised or reified. It’s lived.”
Tonight the 15th of Sha’ban starts, a night of worship and prayer. Two weeks remain for the start of Ramadan. Here are some 15th of Sha’ban recommended observances.
September 13 will be the 1st of Ramadan this year. (hat-tip: Mona)