Published On: Sat, Oct 17th, 2015

How Lahore evolved into metropolitan

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How we can comprehend Lahore, the city of energetic people. There are generally two traditions to recognize the metropolis cities like Lahore. One was that to investigate the chronological maps of the metropolis to conclude how it has altered or how the populace of the city has fashioned different narratives to distinguish its numerous flavors.

The book, Qissay Lahore Kay which is written by Abdul Majeed Sheikh categorized into the latter group. It compasses Urdu translation by Waheed Raza Bhatti and has 101 Tales of a delighted City. This book dragged an idiosyncratic technique of storytelling.

The book evaded the methodologies of contemporary history writing techniques which has restricted style. Instead of that it discovers a cultural background of Lahore. Qissay Lahore Kay inspects the glossary of the city by disentanglement its history.

It furthermore unwrap its veiled coating of connotation and traces the genesis of the word ‘Lahore’. According to the biographer, the Hindu goddess, Sita, was expectant when she approached Lahore and lived along the bank of Ravi River. She ultimately gave birth to her son and named him Lahu or Loh. With time, the newborn’s name became the inspiration for the city’s name.

The writer of the book Sheikh highlighted the exciting story which surprises us. It is regarding the shrine of Bibi Pakdaaman — Chaste Woman. There are a lot of descriptions of this fable. Nevertheless, neither of these descriptions has endowed with tangible confirmation to elucidate how this woman arrived in Lahore in the first place.

However, it has been said that Bibi Pakdaaman was one of the women who contributed in illuminating the light of Islam in South Asia. It is also assumed that the renowned Persian Sufi saint, Ali Osman Hujwiri — who is better identified as Data Ganj Baksh — was also an admirer of these women.

The facet of the city pertaining to these tales is still cloaked in ambiguity and the author handles the topic with great conscious and does not endeavor to monopolies some ideas over others.

The writer also sketches consideration to mythologies about chronological statistics — whether real and imagined — from Lahore in an remarkable and fascinating mode. The script speculates about who stimulated Rudyard Kipling’s magical character, Kim. One chapter of the book Qissay Lahore Kay also involves the primary photographer who incarcerated the sights and flavors’ of Lahore with his lens.

Abdul Majeed Sheikh never fails to persuade and maneuver his descriptions by giving the reader with the aptitude to envisage other lives.  Yet, the manuscript is fundamentally a compendium of tales regarding Lahore. No historical accuracy or conviction should be anticipated from it.

About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.