Shahi paan at Daman-i-Koh

Posted on February 5, 2009
Filed Under >Adil Saleem, Photo of the Day
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Adil Saleem

This is the photo of a ‘paan farosh’ at Daman-i-Koh, Islamabad. A few days ago I went there and was quite amused to see this classical getup. In the background a song was playing with the wordings: “hameN tou loot liya hai husn waloN nay …” .

Note the amazing variety of things on display in this paan shop. Despite all the entertainment, the poor guy had to endure the Islamabad’s cold evening due to his kurta-pajama outfit.

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12 responses to “Shahi paan at Daman-i-Koh”

  1. Great post and a superb photograph. I’m so glad to see it. I recall legendary Urdu poet Akhtar Sheerani’s friendly panwala.

    Gone are those days but still, this sort of culture and his style, even if its cultivated and just for the sake of publicity, its marvellous.

    Adil Saleem sahab mubaarakbaad ke mustahaq haiN.

  2. Abdul Qudoos says:

    lolz
    ????? ??? ??? ????? ???? ?? ?? ???? ????? ??? :P

  3. YLH says:

    This shahi paan dude used to be in Anarkali Lahore….a few years ago. He then moved to Daman-e-koh. He is business minded and knows how to generate traffic to his paan shop.

  4. MQ says:

    Adnan Ahmad:

    That’s a great line: “teri khabar…”. Whose is it?

    Yes, it seems that the ” birds ” have not flown away permanently. They still hover around the ATP “birdbath” to see if there is any inviting feed they could pick on.

  5. PMA says:

    The man, his ridiculous and cartoonish costume, and the idea of selling ‘Paan’ at the beautiful setting of Daman-e-Koh, Margala Hills is out of place and indeed incongruous. He belongs to ‘Chandni Chowk’ in an other capital in an other country and not in Islamabad. Only thing less disgusting than chewing ‘Paan’ and spitting in public is the habit of chewing ‘Tobacco’ and ‘Naswar’. Good to see MQ and Andan Ahmad once again at ATP.

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