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By: Jaipur City Reporter | May 01, 2016

The heart of splendour and generosityAsif Noorani The fame of smaller cities almost always rests on one or two places of historical importance. Think of Agra and your mind at once races to the Taj Mahal. Likewise if someone mentions Amritsar, you invariably recall the Golden Temple. In 2014 and 2015 when I crossed the border to participate in literary festivals in Kasauli (Himachal Pradesh) and Kumaon (Uttarakhand), I couldn’t stop in Amritsar, a city which is barely 48 km from Lahore. However, earlier this year, I took a 24-hour trip to Amritsar mainly to feast my eyes on the magnificent structure, and to soak myself in the holy ambience inside what is actually named Harmandir Sahib. The nickname, Golden Temple, was coined and populari...

By: Jaipur City Reporter | February 21, 2016

By Sonia I. Farooq Published: February 21, 2016 There was an aura of peace and serenity. I took my time to absorb the atmosphere, wanting to absorb with both mind and heart, while I remained there struck with awe and amazement. PHOTO: SONIA FAROOQ Sometimes the best things are unplanned. I had almost stopped waiting for my visa for India to arrive and then, just two days before the conference, I had it in my hands. Being my usual, spontaneous self, I immediately rushed to the travel agency to book my flight only to be informed that I was too late to get a hold of any direct flight to Delhi that week. Adding to my disappointment, other flights were costly and booked as well. After hours of sheer persistence, my friend and I managed to...

By: Jaipur City Reporter | September 10, 2014

My Delhi routine
The charm of the city lies not in its historical monuments or famous shopping areas but rather in its culture
By Naila Inayat
On my right, a girl types away rather intensely and time-and-again she looks at the door of the café, while on my left a young couple can’t decide on their weekend plans: movie, dinner, shopping, or all. This is a typical Café Coffee Day (CCD) scene at the Rajiv Chowk Metro Station, a place that is always abuzz with youngsters regardless of whether they are travelling by Metro or not.
Three days into my first ever trip to Delhi and I too have also become a regular CCD guest. It was a three-day ‘South Asian media briefing on climate...

By: Jaipur City Reporter | October 15, 2013

The city of djinns

By: Jaipur City Reporter | October 14, 2013

This Independence Day I long for peace with India 


Published: August 15, 2013
I have hope that the common bonds of love, culture and mutual interests will win out and the dark stories of rejected visas and border disputes will be washed away. PHOTO: AFP
“Panchee, nadiya, pawan kay jhokay,
Koi sarhad na inhay rokay,
Sarhad insaanon kay liye hai,
Socho tum nay aur mainay kya paya insan hokay  - Javed Akhtar
(Birds, streams, the flowing breeze
No border can stop them
Borders were made for mankind
Just think,  what did you and I get for being human?)
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By: Jaipur City Reporter | October 14, 2013

Khushal KhanThursday, March 07, 2013

It was in June 2007 that I joined Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi, India, as a student. I had appeared in a three-hour subjective entrance exam held at a local government school while visiting Delhi a couple of months before. There were many other prospective students but I must have been the only Pakistani. I returned to Pakistan soon afterwards, and was thrilled to learn some time later that I had passed, and had gained admission to the Social Sciences Department at JNU to pursue my Masters in Sociology.
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By: Jaipur City Reporter | October 14, 2013

My visit to the Taj Mahal 

Published: October 12, 2013
After returning from an action-packed trip to India – with a wedding, a family reunion and a tour of a country rich in culture and tradition – there is so much I want to share! This trip was truly incredible and we are still in a state of wonder and awe.
Our trip began in Delhi and, believe me, landing in Delhi was like arriving in Lahore. The similarities were unbelievable – the people, the roads, the buildings, the architecture and the food all reminded us of things back home. I would not be exaggerating if I said that Delhi and Lahore could be twin cities.
Initially we w...

By: Jaipur City Reporter | October 14, 2013

A Pakistani in Delhi

Farooq Sulehria

On January 6, I nervously landed at the Delhi airport. I say nervously because I wasn’t there as a tourist. I had gone to India as a researcher – to spend six months conducting research on the Indian media. As a Pakistani, I was uncertain if I’d be able to get my work done without being suspected of any other activities.
On reaching India, however, it did not take long to for my nervousness to dissipate. My Pakistani origin, I soon discovered, was not a disadvantage. On the contrary, my Pakistaniat was not only helping me achieve desired research goals, it also began to pose gastronomic challeng...