Author: Pran NevilePublisher: HarperCollinsYear: 1997Language: EnglishPages: 347ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172232055
The portrait of a city, most comprehensive and colorful ... A very accurate piece of social history. Old Lahoris will enjoy these reminiscences.Lahore half a century ago was a much less crowded and much more relaxed city than it is today. Life flowed at even pace like the calm, steady course of the Ravi river. Communal tensions and political turmoil were a far cry, that is, until the eve of partition which shook its social fabric in the wake of the war.These memoirs take the reader on a pilgrimage to Lahore of a bygone era of peace and plenty. The author recalls with a rare sense of realism and nostalgia events and experiences indelibly impressed on his mind: of passionate love on rooftops and tender affection in the households below.There are encounters with some of the most unusual characters living on the periphery of society: pimps and prostitutes, master crooks, dreaded dons, drug addicts gone to seed, mystics lost to the world. A rare treat ... Written in an eminently readable literary style, the book deserves a wide readership.
Preface Preface to the New EditionForeword by Prakash TandonIntroductionShopping in AnarkaliOn Thandi Sarak in a TongaA Time for Fun and GamesBo-Kata (There It is Cut)Romance on the HousetopFazal – The Ace Pimp of LahoreThe Splendours of Hira Mandi or TibbiA Widower’s DilemmaThe Changing World of WomenGoing to the CinemaK L Saigal Visits LahoreZinda Naach Wa Gana (Live Dance and Song)Mafia Dons, Minstrels, Malangs and MendicantsA Miracle Medicine and Sex ManualsFood and DrinkCloths and ClassStudents and TeachersPassengers and DriversPunters, Bookies and JockeysPicnics and OutingsPoliticians, People and the OfficialsWar YearsAnnexure I- Songs of a Bygone EraAnnexure II – Conquerors of Lahore – An OdeAnnexure III – Government College, LahoreSelect BibliographyGlossary