By Fareeha Qayoom
April 8, 2014, Tuesday – I commute for an hour and ten minutes every day for work morning and evening, rain or shine five days a week. I cross DHA, Cantonment, Cavalry Grounds, Gulberg, Garden Town, Canal Bank Road, Johar Town, Nazaria e Pakistan Road to Khayaban e Jinnah to land on the Raiwind Road.
The route becomes picturesque as soon as you cross Canal Bank Road to arrive on the Nazaria e Pakistan Road and then cross over to Khayban e Jinnah. I am told these two roads are popularly known as the “VIP” roads of Lahore. Apparently, our political elite loves’ to tread these paths and for this reason Lahore’s Parks and Horticulture Authority is pretty active in these parts…
I saw a couple of their trucks parked while I was running off to work this morning for example. I couldn’t resist taking a few photos even though I am no professional photographer and I was in a hurry! I even saw two gardeners working on the green belt – unfortunately, couldn’t stop and take their photo – it was a high traffic point.
The contrast between the ordinary and special is blinding –only in Pakistan. Why can’t all our roads be as green and picturesque as these two???