Posted on April 2, 2007
Filed Under >Pervaiz Munir Alvi, Architecture, Culture & Heritage, History, Society
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38 responses to “Naming Names: Abads, Purs, Nagars, Pinds and More”

  1. Watan Aziz says:

    Oh, I forgot, Chuthi Market and Bari Market.

    Hey, folks from Samanabad, Lahore are very practical.

    I was born and raised there.

    No wonder.

  2. Watan Aziz says:

    PMA, this was a good read on a slow day.

    But what about Chuburgi? Duo Moria Pul, Aik Moria Pul.

    And how about Dungi Ground, Phela Goal-chakar, Dusra Goal-Chakar, Tesra-Goal Chakar. These are all in Samanabad, Lahore. These are very reflective names and make total sense. And the order of the goal chakar was by the bus route. It was the bus conductors who named these places.

    People name what they know and what makes sense.

    Naya Kabaristan and Purana Kabaristan. Convenient and clear.

    And then the simpler names cannot get lost. Hall Road.

    Anarkali. is another good one.

    Sure, sometimes there is over reach in making things complicated. I think the name should have been Jinnah Road instead of Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam. Never caught on. Had it been Jinnah Road, people would still not be using the easy alternative Mall Road.

    Similarly Gujranwala and Gujrat make sense too.

    And then the names are by times too. Model Town. Federal B Area. Different era. Different ring.

    Sure no one is going to name a new neighborhood has Ramnagar, but that is because it will not be reflective of the people who live there.

    So there is not need to read more into the tea leaves. I admire the wisdom of the collective. People generally do not make a mistake.

    This is why democracies make sense. Even when the 49.9% seem to think that the world has come apart.

    Though Chak Chumran has a movement in the name, my favorite remains Toba Tek Singh. Got to admit, has a ring to it.

  3. Raheel says:

    Interesting read!

    Btw, traveling revealed that there are three “Hattar“s in Pakistan. Similarly, there is a “Chhota Lahore” too.