The Mysterious Tomb Outside Rohtas
An Ode to Rivers
a childhood taste from Punjab
penned in Shahmukhi and Gurmukhi
A trip down the past lane in the ancient town of Bhera, where time in its passing froze to a halt.
Outside of Rohtas Fort are places lost by history but alive in stories. ‘Stories you enjoy listening to, over a cup of tea and a cigarette, under the setting rays of sun.’
Eminabad, both in fact and fiction. A trip to explore the past glory when Eminabad was a busy junction on Uttarpatha, the route up north.
mapping the Royal Mughal Highway, from Shahu di Garhi to Manhala of Khan-i-Khanan to the home edge of ‘no man’s land’ on India-Pakistan border. meeting the Jahangiri Kos Minars of Lahore
That morning, I had returned to those familiar fields, to explore that bridge on the old alignment of Grand Trunk Road; a bridge frequented by Muhgal Kings, and other Kings who were not Mughal, their royal entourages and battle expeditions; a bridge that had witnessed a Mughal Coronation.
… from the beloved waters of Ravi to Khizri Gate, exploring the bits and pieces of the city wall, and thence to the remaining gates of ‘walled city’
Gates of Lahore, both surviving and detroyed, countless dwellings – doorways – window sills, and equally countless stories. An afternoon drift to explore city’s topophilia.
There was a place that, in meditation and spiritual seeking, outdid even the grand significance of Balkh and Bukhara, and it existed right here, in the city of hearts, the City of Lahore.
Tracing the original surviving original patches of a historic route. Uttarpatha: the (ab)original footprint…