The City of Lahore is extremely rich in history. To understand the culture one must know about the two types of Lahores that exist today. The Old and New Lahore. In this blog I will touch upon the Old Lahore. Although the city has expanded beyond proportions and many new localities have come up since the independence, but the indigenous people or the “Lahories” NOT “Lahorites” still abode the narrow gullies of Walled City (Old Lahore) which is surrounded by a wall, now in a dilapidated condition, with 12 entrances, namely Akbari, Bhaati, Dehli, Kashmiri, Lohari, Masti, Mochi, Mori, Shah-almi, Shairan-wala, Taxali and Yakki Gates. Here people know each other with their faces and ancestors. Some well to do live in old but very well maintained “Havelis”. If an on looker really wants to meet the true Lahories, the walled city is the place to visit. Smiling, hospitable, warm hearted and always willing to serve the guests with traditional foods, though heavily oily and peppered, and local beverages like “Lassi and Neembo-Pani (made of fresh lemons, water, sugar and a pinch of salt).
Lahorites love sports, but of their own kind. Pigeon flying and fight of quails and roosters are also very common sites in Old Lahore. One can see pigeon cages high up on the roof tops on most of the houses of the walled city and elsewhere as well. Rare varieties of pigeons are reared by those who can afford and have the love of them for holding competitions.
Kite flying is their favorite in spring, especially during “Basant”, when the entire walled city is on roof tops, day and night. However, due to some irresponsible kite flyers, who used metal strings which caused many a death, the kit flying has been banned in the entire province. Thus a good, cheap and lively sport succumbed to the interest of the few.