Posted on February 21, 2009
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100 responses to “Growing up in Old Lahore: Chasing Used Books”

  1. Waseem says:

    i was ‘actually’ trying to find some clues on how to find old books in this article. it’s really nicely written though..

  2. Taimur Shahab says:

    awesome piece!!

  3. Mariam says:

    This is so rich and lively. Thank you for sharing your memories.

  4. Iftikhar Chaudhry says:

    If things continue they way they have been, Lahore won’t be the same city we grew up in in 10-15 years. It will be most dirty, ugly, polluted and populous city in Asia, if not world.

    Very nicely written memoir btw. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Aditya Choudhary says:

    i must say this was a great article which summed up the overall ambience of one of the most eventful decade of pakistan as well as india.I am an indian and it is my utmost desire to roam and explore the streets of lahore,because i firmly believe that lahore
    was the greatest city in indian civilisation till partition robbed it of its multicultural cosmopoliton identity.I would love to see what this city is like and reading this article almost made me feel like i am roaming there.I must say,lahore is like any other common indian city,with an old city,the unique identity of that old city,unique places within the old city,its unique culture and fragrance and the most important part,clustered streets…;).I look to any big indian city and think this is almost common every where in the subcontinent…and yes the reading culture for sure is dying.i remember in the early 90’s i used to go to the govt library in the old city(the old libraries are predominantly in the older parts in every city in india) and i used to see loads of people fill that small space.The collection of govt library was overwhelmingly british….they were the old classics of the imperial united kingdom.You could almost feel the beautiful smell of old books as govt libraries had an amazing collection.I remember i first read a book by R.K.NARAYAN and loved it which ignited my passion towards reading books,then when i was 10 i read a great book..THE LORD OF THE FLIES by william golding which till now is one of my best.Those old days surely were some days to cherish,today every city in india is going transformation and there is a unique war of identity going on in every indian city where the magestic old is being torn apart to make concrete jungles.this article beautifully sums it up…and now i dont see libraries full,leave aside govt libraries….people dont even go to it.The aesthetic beauty of language is being replaced by colloquial english and slangs has become the parameter to define “coolness”…all this is indeed happening in lahore as well.I like this article very much and it has prompted me to write a similar article about my city as well.