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‘Lahore in Chandigarh!’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

Since the last one and a half years or so, there have been three “Made in Pakistan” fairs in Chandigarh. I went and visited the current fair two days back. It is being held in the Himachal Bhawan premises. The atmosphere inside the halls, where a number of Pakistani’s have set up stalls selling handicrafts, ready made clothes, juttis, Onyx decoration pieces etc., gives one the impression of being in Lahore. Outside the building, the food stalls too are serving typical Pakistani fare. So let us go and visit the Fair through these photos.

When I was a kid my parents used to talk about Two-horses brand Boski (silk) from China.  I asked the shop owner if this boski being sold was made in China or in Pakistan. Sir, the thread comes from China but the weaving is done in Pakistan, was his honest reply.


A stall selling boski

A group of musicians was resting in the verandah after having given a vigorous performance of their musical talents on dhol and vanjhli. Vanjhli is the instrument with two pipes which the musician in turban is holding in the picture below.


 A group of Pakistani musicians



 The very popular Pakistani food stalls



 Ah…look at these chicken tikkas!



Vegetarians need not feel left out, here is the papri chaat.


Thats me posing in front of the banner.  I was born in Sialkot which was then in the undivided India and is now in Pakistan.

 Photographs  and text by K.J.S.Chatrath.

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5 Responses to “‘Lahore in Chandigarh!’ by K.J.S.Chatrath”

  1. Puneet Sidhu says:

    Can’t speak for all Pakistani products, but the last one is sterling.

  2. Supreet says:

    absolutely agree with you Puneet.. last one is THE BEST 😉

  3. Jatin Kapoor says:

    simply awesome

  4. chat says:

    @ jatin & Zubin….thanks

    @ Puneet & Supreet: ….you do embarass me… but thanks for your kindness

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