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In discussions with Arif Sahab during the time I was interning with him, his view point regarding the change in the cities came into discussion. His conclusion has been simply, “PEOPLE WANT TO BE MODERN”. According to him, people are sick of those chains of traditions that are holding them back.
This discussion came about from a thesis proposal that I had been running by him, it was in its initial phase, and it was more of an idea than anything concrete.My idea was that people of different ethnic backgrounds lose out on their cultural identity in cities, where the lack of diversified housing lacks in tending to their needs.
Arif Sahab – whose opinion is worth more mine any second of any day – disagreed with this thought process of mine, for his experience said that people move to the cities because they want to be modern, and embrace a new and fast-paced life. Continue reading
So Day 4 was all about traveling and seeing Lahore! We had been given 3 options for our city tour that was organized by the THAAP organizers – Walled City, Mughul Buildings, Colonial Buildings – I chose for myself Walled City, simply because I had never ever seen it in my life. Before leaving for Lahore, I had made myself a long list of places I wanted to see again, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to see much of them. I satisfied myself with the idea that I have already seen half of them! But the walled city was an experience I wasn’t going to miss. My tour guide was to be Taimur again, and Mansoor – another wonderful guy who I had the privilege to meet during the conference (Best of luck for your masters)! Anyways I was picked up at around 10 am by Mr. Taimur, and then we set off for the Vandal’s house, from where we were to leave for the tour. I was the only one who had opted for the walled city! From there we went off straight for the Delhi Darwaza!
Inside the Darwaza
Here we were also joined by Mansoor, and then we started the walk… note to newbies : Don’t ever even think of taking your car inside the walled city! That would be a disaster that you would recall for decades ! Anyways so we start our walk! And the first thing that we do is to visit the Shahi Hamam. You can find on the left side as soon as you cross the doors. Once inside, you would be taken away by the intricate details and mosaic work. The original structure has been damaged immensely with the original shape of the Hamam hardly recognizable.
The Map showing the walled City