The Mysterious Tomb Outside Rohtas
A Ballad from History
Shah Rukn e Alam of Multan
a childhood taste from Punjab
penned in Shahmukhi and Gurmukhi
A Gurdwara, a Smadh, a bit of history
and the traditional Rs.20 offering (ਭੇਟ)
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
Catching the trail from a seasoned patwari from Gujar Khan, following the remote routes into the rural heart of Potohar, refueling our car from an unorthodox gas station with quite an unorthodox filling mechanism, we eventually knocked at the doorsteps of Sawar Muhammad Hussain Shaheed, Nishan e Haider.
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’