Huma and Ayesha sent this article through email. They say that the final term of University is often the best and unfortunately the shortest. After revising a decent time over summer holidays by the time they returned they were in the full swing of revision before you can even unpack. It is such a busy time of year and there is no busier or cooler scene. With everyone around you working hard and pulling ‘all nighters’ it is not hard to get in the working mood.
So with little going on working just as hard as everyone else seems the best idea, particularly as the exams count. This is Ramdan, Ayesha and Huma are studying all night long, while most of the time during day they sleep or take classes in University.
After the stress of exams being lifted off the shoulders of almost every student in their University, the Ramdan is at its best. With warm weather and too many Aftaar parties even comprehend attending, the year is at its most enjoyable point. Having a good two weeks to do nothing but Aftaar parties and sleep is absolute bliss.
Ayesha and Huma are students of Economics in a Lahore University. This photo is taken in their college in Mailaad and Aftaar Party. They are in final terms of their studies.
Punjabi Girls in their cultural colors are worth looking. Girls in both Indian and Pakistani Punjabi are very beautiful and energetic. Their Culture is the culture of the Punjab region. It is one of the oldest and richest cultures in world history, dating from ancient antiquity to the modern era. The Punjabi Culture is the culture of the Punjabi people who are now distributed throughout the world. The scope, history, sophistication and complexity of the culture are vast. Some of the main areas include, Punjabi Philosophy, poetry, spirituality, education, artistry, music, cuisine, science, technology, military warfare, architecture, traditions, values and history.
The Punjabi people are an Indo-Aryan ethnic group from South Asia. They originate from the Punjab region, which has been host to some of the oldest civilizations in the world including one of the world’s first and oldest civilizations, the Indus Valley Civilization. The Punjabi identity is primarily cultural and linguistic, with Punjabis being those whose first language is Punjabi, an Indo-European tongue. In recent times, however, the definition has been broadened to include also emigrants of Punjabi descent who maintain Punjabi cultural traditions, even when they no longer speak the language.
Naila (on left) is one of our regular readers. She basically belongs to Wazir Abad and these days studying in Lahore. She has emailed us this article to share her views about the Punjabi culture.
Iram and Mehwish are our readers from Lahore. They love Punjabi music and spicy foods. Both are working in reputable comapnies, after their jobs they can be often found in Food Street. Lahore is Pakistan’s true food centre. Lahorites have access not only to a large number of Pakistani dishes and Punjabi specialities, it has fast food restaurants, Western dishes, steak houses, pizzas, Japanese, Chinese, Lebanese, Afghani, Thai cooking and even Indian Thali and Dossas.
They say we are food experts. They love Mughal-style Pakistani curries and Punjabi Barbecue and Karahis. In the curry category, the best choice is available at Village, Shezan Oriental, Bellpepper, Kabana, Paradise, Ziafat etc., where you can get reasonably good quality Curries, Biryanis, Nans etc.
Dum Pukht (PC) serves some Westernised curries. Most dishes are very expensive and lack the true Mughal curry taste. It seems the dishes are made for foreign customers. For the real Delhi-style taste, turn to wayside shops like Paradise Canteen (near GPO) which serves the tastiest curries, Payas, Batairs and Biryani in town. I also visit Nanbai shops like Abdul Rehman’s in Old Anarkali, Mian Restaurant (off Canal Bank, Gulberg), Baghdadi (Shadman Market), Labha (Davis Road) and one or two outlets in Sadar, Main Market Gulberg, Liberty etc. Khan Baba (Chauburji) is popular for its Pakistani dishes well-cooked in Desi Ghee.
Chandigarh is a union territory of India, that serves as the capital of two states, Punjab and Haryana. The name Chandigarh translates as “The Fort of Chandi”. The name was coined from an ancient temple called Chandi Mandir, devoted to the Hindu Goddess Chandi, present in the city’s vicinity. Chandigarh is known internationally for its architecture and urban planning, It is the first planned city of India. Chandigarh has many stadiums and it can be said as city of gardens. Famous Rose garden is located in Chandigarh. It is a botanical garden and spread over 30 acres of land, with 50,000 rose-bushes of 1600 different species. The garden has the distinction of being Asia’s largest. also trees of medicinal value. Some of the medicinal plants that can be spotted here are bel, bahera, harar, camphor and yellow gulmohar. The rose plants have been planted in carved-out lawns and flower beds.
This article sent by Shano Singh through our contact forum. She is a student of Panjab University Chandigarh. Shano loves gardening too much. She also loves cooking very much.
Demographically, Pakistan is divided in rural hinterland and urban areas. Common among marriages in rural and urban areas are Mangnee, Mayoon, Mehndi, Nikah, Valima and living happily ever after. But the way these colourful rituals are performed greatly vary.
Rural areas of Pakistan still remain a largely conservative society, where many young people shy away when it comes to marriages. Exceptions apart, arranged marriages are a cornerstone of rural society. It remains the responsibility of parents and marriages are mostly among people within the same tribe, caste, community, family or locality.
This is what happens in rural areas with some minor changes from place to place: After initial understanding and covert messages between families of prospective spouses, the boy’s relatives visit the girl’s family and offer the proposal, on formal acceptance the mangni (engagement) takes place, marriage date is fixed, groom, with friends and relatives goes to the house of the bride in the form of barat (marriage procession) where the nikah (social contact) is performed. The consent of the bride and the groom to the marriage (ijab and qubool) in the presence of at least two witnesses is obtained to solemnize the contract as per the commandment of divine Islam. Guests are served with sumptuous food (notwithstanding what the law of the land says about the feast). Groom brings home his the bride. This is followed by Valima. Life goes on . . .
The sender and writer of this article is Najma Gul who belongs from a village of Sialkot. Najma is doing MBA from universtiy of Punjab.