Lahore Memories - LM017: Lahore Ki Yadien
Narated by: Surinder Nath Passey.
Born in Gali Shishe Motian in 1930. Brought up in Kucha Seth Har Parsad. This Kucha was opposite Dai Bholi Gali and could be approached from Mati Da Chowk. Our house could be approached even from Shalmi Gate which was also known as Pappar Mandi and was the largest wholesale market for dals, dry fruits etc. Between our Kucha and the Pappar Mandi was Chaura Kuan. Beyond Pappar Mandi and away from our house was Shahed Mitha which led to the Parade Ground and then to the banks of River Ravi.
Our Kucha was a part of the walled area of Lahore.
Started education from the Vacho Wali Municipality School.
Some features of Lahore that are still etched in my mind are:
* There was a huge expanse of land in front of Lahore railway station. This ground was used for parades, parking, welcoming special guests.
* The muslim dominated area was Bhati Gate. We used to fear going to this area because of scary stories. Near the gate were three cinemas: Crown, Majestic & Minerva.
* Whenever we had to go to the River Ravi we had to pass the Hira Mandi (the red light area of Lahore) and through Baoli Sahib (Gurudwara) which was opposite the Lahore Fort.
* Across the railway lines and more towards the east of Kucha Har Parsad was Sikh National College from where I completed my Intermediate in 1947. We had shifted to our own kothi #5(bought by my grandfather) in Fateh Mohammed Complex (had 13 kothis) that was opposite the Sikh National College, in 1943. Our kothi was on the GT Road. This road went towards Amritsar via Wagah. The landmarks on this road were Sikh National College, McLegan College, Shalimar Bagh, Bhagwan Pura, & Bata Nagar.
* Nisbat Road joined the Railway Road to Macload Road. Nisbat Road was known for the largest Library in Lahore and Dayal Singh College. Macload Road had all film distributors' offices and eight cinemas including Prabhat, Nishat, Ritz, Palace, Jaswant, Regent...
* Gwal Mandi Road joined the Railway Road with the Macload Road end of Nisbat Road. At the start of Gwal Mandi on Railway Road was my Nanaji's (Kanshi Ram Khosla) office (99, Railway Road). He was the owner of the then Daily Herald and of Who's Who in India. I remember that at the of World War II the press printed a lot of little Union Jacks with a prominent V.
* Parallel to Nisbat Road was Anarkali which started from Lahori gate with Mall Road. In this bazaar there were famous shops like Flex Shoe Company, Bhalla Shoe Company, Kesari Sodawater, and Sardar Lassiwala. Anarkali was like Chandni Chowk and Karol Bagh in Delhi. An animated signboard of a cat chasing a mouse was atop Bhalla Shoe Company and was visible from our terrace. Between Anarkali and Nisbat Road on Railway Road was Sitlasthan Mandir (opposite Mati Da Chowk). On the junction of Anarkali and Mall Road had a multistoreyed Shopping Complex owned by Jankidas & Sons.
* Next came Mohini Road which had lots of bookshops even more and bigger than the present Naisarak in Delhi.
* All the roads I have talked of connected Railway Road to the famed Mall Road. Mall Road had the office of The Tribune and famous restraunt Stiffles and Hotel Lorangs. On the one end of the Mall Road was Gole Bagh, Bhangion ki Top, Punjab University, Senate Hall, and on the other end had Lawrence Garden and the Governor's residence. On the Lower Mall Road was Miss Singha & Macdonald High School where I studied in 6th, 7th and 8th. I joined Sanatan Dharm Public High School and passed 9th & Matric from there. I remember a Sikh girl Krishna Grewal who used to sit with me when we were in class 6th and 7th. She lived at Chamberlane Road near Nisbat Road. Miss Pant was our class teacher as well as PT teacher.
* The Lower Mall Road joined our school with Mohini Road. On Lower Mall road were DAV College, Govt. College, Govt. High School, and Governor's Office
- This narative is part of "Lahore Memeries", an initiative of Project Lahore, as online archive of personal visuals from history of Lahore contributed by people. The major aim to preserve visual history of Lahore about people, traditions, social gatherings, development and heritage through pictures found in personal family albums and archives with textual/video/audio narratives. Project Lahore team welcome people contributing their Lahore memories, for detail please check here: http://on.fb.me/ZrbQoX