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The story of BAZAAR-E-HUSN

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‘Come evening and they would be out in their balconies in the finest of silks and jewels. Their eyes would be lined with kohl and their lips red with dandasa, bark of the walnut tree and the most fragrant of eastern perfumes or itars would fill the air. They were known as diamonds and such was their glitter that the…

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THE RETURN OF KOH-I-NOOR DIAMOND. SHOULD WE DEMAND ITS RETURN?

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In March 1849, the minor Maharaja Duleep Singh was forced to sign a treaty in which he agreed to give up the throne of Punjab in favor of the queen of england. When the British entered the Lahore toshakhana they encountered treasures beyond their wildest imagination. A study of historical documents reveals the utter greed of British for the treasures…

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THE LAST PRINCESS OF LAHORE. THE SORROWFUL STORY OF PRINCESS BAMBA DULEEP SINGH (1869 – 1957)

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Post partition, every morning a weak old woman would board the Model Town bus service headed to the city. The conductor never asked her for money or he would invite the anger of the last Queen of Punjab. Princess Bamba Sutherland, the eldest daughter of Maharaja Duleep Singh and grand-daughter of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, was born on September 29, 1869,…

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THE LAHORE BOLLYWOOD CONNECTION

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Lahore is the cultural capital of Pakistan. Lahore is the heart of Pakistan. Lahore is torch bearer of arts and literature in Pakistan. How many times have we heard variations of such adages about Lahore. Perhaps so many times that we take such maxims for granted and mindlessly repeat them without really knowing what they mean. Like in other fields,…

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