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THE CURSE OF KOH-I-NOOR DIAMOND

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The Koh-i-Noor’s history is shrouded in legends and enigma. According to legends, the diamond is 5000 years old and is mentioned in Hindu holy scriptures by the name of Sayamantaka. Interestingly, the scriptures also talk of a curse associated with the diamond. ‘The one who owns it will own the world, but will also know it’s misfortunes; only God or…

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Lahore’s architecture in New York

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Lockwood Forest, an artist from New York came to Lahore and met Lockwood Kipling (father of Rudyard Kipling) and together they surveyed the houses of Lahore and held an exhibition in the Lahore Museum in 1885. The love for local craftsmanship was so much, that Lockwood Forest took many local craftsmen to New York in 1885 and built a house…

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Lahore in Hollywood- The Rains of Ranchipur

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We all know about Bhovani Junction, the Hollywoood film shot in Lahore in the 1950’s. But did you know that before Bhovani Junction another Hollywood film ‘The Rains of Ranchipur’ (1955) was also shot in Lahore. The film starred Richard Burton and Lana Turner and the story revolves around an American/ British woman (Lana Turner) who visits an Indian royal…

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The Story of Badshahi Mosque

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Mughal Emperor Shahjahan had appointed his son Dara Shikoh the price of Lahore and also the heir to the throne. Dara Shikoh was a very godly man and interested in all things spiritual. He was a big devotee of Hazrat Mian Meer. When Hazrat Mian Meer passed away and was buried in what is now Cantonment, D ara Shikoh planned…

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THE MYSTERY OF ANARKALI

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The story of Anarkali that has been mesmerizing people since decades goes something like this: The unruly and rude Prince Salim falls in love with a dancing girl, Anarkali, at a mujra arranged to celebrate his return from years of military training. His father, Emperor Akbar disproves and Salim, in order to get his lady love, fights a war against…

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