Monday, September 22, 2014

Bhati Gate - The Walled City

Bhati gate is one of the thirteen gates of the old walled city of Lahore. It is located on the western side of the old city and it is one of the two oldest entrances. Many of the literary legends of the land have their roots in this area. The architecture itself is unique and representative of the rich history they hold. One of the features that highlights this gate from the rest is that to date this can be called a residential block, unlike the rest of the gates which have scummed to commercialization for the most part.


This is the spot where Allama Iqbal, the poet, philosopher & politician is known to spend time with his friends at this spot while he was a student. The current owners of this house plan to turn it into a historical marking after the renovation.

                                                
A view from the balcony of the house in the previous shot


'Purana Fakir Khana' - The Fakir family is one of the most popular families of this place who owned a lot of property in the area. They currently run the Fakir Khana museum located in the same place.


Random shot of a house in the area


An entrance to a residential unit 



Friday, September 19, 2014

Radical by Maajid Nawaz – Book Review

In his own words ‘Ideas are like water, they take a while to reach a boiling point, but as soon as they do, they erupt’.



I reviewed Radical for the magazine 'Laaltain'. For the complete write up http://www.laaltain.com/radical-maajid-nawaz-book-review/