I went to a city last week, for three days, and it changed a lot of things.
Lahore, a city so popular for the rich cultural roots it possesses, has always been called a competition for Karachi. I was born and raised in Karachi and it was quite natural for me to feel this city vs city war in my head. I had never been there before. So when it was decided that we'd be in Lahore for 3 days, I had no idea what to expect. Along with my twin sister Areeba and grandmother, I left for Lahore.
As the car weaved through the city traffic and dropped us at the hotel, I was trying to take it all in. The city looked beautiful. The trees were gleaming in the foggy air. The whole city radiated an aura of red color. I had always wondered whether cities had a soul but seeing Lahore at that moment, I realized that it probably had a soul and it was of a beautiful beautiful red color. Whereas if I thought of Karachi's soul, it was so blue. Perhaps it's because Karachi is always busy decorating building after building on its chest, the smoke has become a part of its aura almost in the same quantity as oxygen. Or it seems so - my scientific configurations have always been lousy.
The hotel we stayed at was a piece of art. It looked like Tumblr signed a deal with Pinterest and thus the building that came into existence was that hotel. It was mystic yet bright and absolutely stunning.
Lahore is divided into two parts: old city and the new. The new part is the classic urban sight BUT the old city is the real deal. It's so full of monuments and memories of a time long gone that it actually hurts to think about all the glorious times they have seen yet they stand now, a wonder to some and a ruin to many. Yet they look as beautiful as ever.
For dinner, we went to a restaurant called Haveli that was set in the old part of the city; at a house that was hundreds of years old.
I wrote a piece of poetry before the dinner. It was solely for Lahore: a city of history and its secrets. Also, a city that was love at first sight.
'cities aren't all that different,
you need to look closely what they hold,
they've kept secrets of so many generations,
that could bring disasters if they were told'
If I could sum it all up in one word, it would be 'tremendous'. Absolutely tremendous.
Have you recently traveled to a new city? Tell me about it