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Imagining Lahore: The city that is, the city that was

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An anecdotal travelogue about Lahore - which begins in the present and travels through time to the mythological origins of the city attributed to Ram's son, Lav. Through the city's present - its people, communities, monuments, parks and institutions - the author paints a vivid picture of the city's past. From its emergence under Mahmud Ghaznavi to the Mughal centuries wher ...more
Kindle Edition, 291 pages
Published August 17th 2018 by Viking
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Apratim Mukherjee
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Haroon Khalid has his own way to tell his tale.The timeline of history is reversed and the reader slowly time travels in the past.In this book,the author makes the reader see Lahore with his eyes and its amazing.A lack of photographs of Lahore is made up by the unbiased story telling.I recommend this book to everyone who wants to read about Lahore.
Marwa Shafique
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Histories, like traumatic memories, cannot be easily cast away. They come back to haunt us. Surviving as tiny repositories of traditions are some of those names, preserving within them histories and stories not otherwise fully acknowledged. Despite the imposition of narratives and propaganda, these names endure, highlighting how, at the level of lived experience, Lahore carries along its past, which the state would rather have it forget."

I don't know when my fascination with Lahore quite began;
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Pallav Mishra
May 17, 2019 rated it liked it
A very good book on an ambitious topic that goes deep into the medieval to modern history of Lahore. The construct still seems very stream of consciousness, and at specific points, becomes confusing as it goes back and forth between Lahore in Ranjit Singh’s reign and that of his successors. Wish this had some “method to the madness”..but generally a very insightful book that is very easy reading too.
Karanvir Singh
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Haroon Khalid has a unique way to share his experience amalgamating it with lores, legends and myths which keeps the reader hooked on. I, as an Indian, who never visited Pakistan let alone Lahore, was made to wonder about the city intrigues, its deep rooted history, its minarets, its culture and traditions. The book's contents are as colourful as its cover which keeps one hooked on till the last page.
Raza
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Imagine a city state with Ranjit Singh as the king, Nur Jahan as the queen, Aurangzeb as the crown prince, Manto/Habib Jalib as the poet of the people, Henry Lawrence as the Resident and Bhagat Singh as the revolutionary among the masses.
If this story does not fill one with awe, then maybe nothing will. Loved the book, its history and its characters.
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