Essay My Native Town Pakistan
Peshawar is one of the oldest cities in Asia and is the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with Pashto being spoken in and around the city so if you happen to visit you might have quite an edge if you know a little Pashto. Peshawar is the administrative center for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Pushkalavati (now known by the name of Charsadda) was the previous capital of NWFP and the Kushan King Kanishka changed the capital from it to Purushapura (now know as Peshawar) in the 2nd century. The name Peshawar has been derived from the Sanskrit word meaning “City of Men”. The area basically belonged to the Gandhara and eastern Iranian tribes. For a brief period of time it also saw Greek dominance after which the Arab conquest took place and Islam came to the rise. .It has moderate climate and its production of silks, handicrafts; cotton textile, footwear etc provide a stable economy. Not only does it serve as a link between Pakistan and Afghanistan benefiting trade but it is rich in history and culture which makes it a favorite hometown for most of its people.
Peshawar is one of the most former cities on earth. It is deemed as a conservative Islamic city with a great history. It has all kinds of professionals and manufacturers. From goldsmiths to silversmiths, traditional carpets (which is one of the biggest exports of the country currently), pottery, clothing and artwork on the wood, stones or brass. Peshawar was known for its massive 16 gates known as Rampura Gate, Reti, Kachehri, Asamai, Kabuli, Bajouri, Dabgari, Ramdas, Beriskian, Sard Chah, Sirki, Kohati, Yakka Thoot, Ganj, Lahori, Hashtnagri.
The people of Peshawar are well known for being extremely hospitable and making others feel at home which makes you want to visit it again and again. It is famous for its “bara” markets and the huge variety of goods one finds at surprising prices one can’t even imagine otherwise. But one trait that is very significant that a shopper must have is the skill of “bargaining”. Even though the prices may be low they can even go lower if you know how to negotiate with the Pathans. This can be witnessed when the ladies go shopping to Rashakai, a place well known for cloth market. And after all the shopping you can satisfy your taste buds with the amazing “chappal kababs” from just around the corner. Not to forget the “charsi tikka” and the “namkeen gosht” that makes Peshawari food unforgettable for the visitors. Other than its conventional foods Peshawar now also has well known fast food outlets like KFC, Pizza hut, Chief burger etc.
People in Peshawar are certainly conservative in terms of clothing or socializing which is why we see a lot of shuttlecock burkas or chaddars or abayas around the town however this does not necessarily mean the majority is like that, with more and more cafes and places where teenagers get to hangout you will see the trends are slightly changing. But if you are a woman outsider and do not want to catch unusual attention then it is advisable to follow the locals for a change when it comes to dressing. Also, if you happen to look like a tourist then it is likely that you would be charged a higher price so as a trick to blend in you might want to cover the face and enjoy the perks.
Another old custom that has now changed is the hujra which people used to have, a separate place where the men would gather, sort of a drawing room just for men where the sitting arrangement would be on the floor with lots of cushions. But this was more common earlier when the areas people were living in were a lot more spacious and when the females of the house would not step in front of the male guests. Nowadays it is pretty much similar to the rest of the cities where every house has a drawing room and not a separate distant huge room for guests.
On the contrary Peshawar is not very secure like many other cities of our country now, due to kidnappings and ransom cases and the bombings. People are advised to come home early and the markets also shut down early and the roads less crowded. Which is why it is common to have guns handy in the house but then again it depends on the area.
You may have also heard that the Pathans of Peshawar celebrate the festival of Eid one day before the rest of the cities in Pakistan. Not everyone but certain people do so there is not a lot of unity as some people follow the government and some don’t so the people are divided into two even within the city.
Peshawar is a colorful city and if you are coming from a city like Lahore you might even find the roads emptier and the surroundings cleaner. It is a place that gives a feeling of warmth and nostalgia even to a new visitor. There are historical places like Qisa khuwani bazaar, Fort Bala Hisar, Gor Khatri, Namak Mandi which must not be missed as well as some modern buildings.
Everyone has different views about the people of Peshawar but you might be surprised to see that they are not only intellectual and well educated but also very up to date with the latest fashion trends when it comes to girls and also fun loving and not at all conservative which makes you want to visit the city more. There are also the opposite kind which forces people into stereotyping however that is not just about Peshawar anyone with lack of education or awareness can be categorized in a similar group.
Education and job opportunities in Peshawar still need some work as a lot of students after college level go to other cities like Islamabad, Lahore or Karachi for better education. Same goes for job opportunities that a lot of parents prefer that their children should look for jobs elsewhere given the current situation of the city not only in terms of employment but also security.
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HYDERABAD PROFILE By: Jawed Akhter, Toronto Canada.
BACKGROUND & HISTORY:
Hyderabad Sindh , Former Capital of Sindh, the 3rd largest city of Pakistan and 2nd largest city of Sindh home to almost 2 million people is one of the oldest cities of South Asia. Hyderabad is a very unique city in so many ways and not so different from many other historic cities of the world in terms of fate and destiny.
Hyderabad Sindh has been on the crossroads of various warriors, rulers, and travelers and has benefited and suffered from time to time. Like Athens, Rome, Paris, Istanbul, Baghdad, Damascus, Delhi, Cairo, London; Hyderabad Sindh also stands tall and proud with full force of modern day hustle and bustle to tell you the story of its past, present, and future to every visitor. It is also Cultural Capital and Literary Capital of Sindh ; A city of Artists, Artisans, Writers ,Poets, Politicians and Activists. Nerve center of every mass movement in Sindh
Hyderabad has a Glorious past and once it was known as PARIS of Sindh when its streets were washed with Perfumes and city lamps were lit by pure butter. But sadly it all ended when British took control of the city on March 24th in 1843 in a fierce and bloody battle of Miani under the leadership of Sir Charles Napier of East India Company.
The Great son of Hyderabad Sindh; the General of the Sindhi Army HOSH MUHAMMED SHEEDI SHAHEED fought fiercely with British till his last breath. British Army was shocked and very much impressed by his bravery the way he fought by carrying a cannon on his shoulders on the towers of Hyderabad fort. He was given official salute by British army after his martyrdom.
Hyderabad Sindh is a city of Three Hillocks (GANJO TAKKAR, Being the tallest one and famous one as a place of worship; Ganjo Takkar Sindhi words meaning Barren Hill) on the banks of Sindhu river (Sindhu is a Sindhi word for Indus) and the great Kalhoro ruler Mian Ghulam Shah Kalhoro founded the city in year 1768 AD. He named it after Hazrat Ali Haider the fourth caliph of Islam. He loved the city so much that he declared the city the Capital of Sindh and ordered to build a magnificent fort “ PAKKO QILO” (Sindhi words for a Strong Fort) to defend the people and kingdom from all the outside invasions. The fort covered 36 acres of land surrounded by man made creeks and DHANDS (Sindhi word for Depressions) which were fed from the Phulleli Canal. Boats used to sail in these creeks. Modern day Khai Road, Tank # 1,2,and 3 and DomanWah are the relics of those creeks. All the cannons from Hyderabad Fort were shifted to Lahore when one unit was imposed on Pakistan in 1955 and Lahore was declared as Capital of West Pakistan. Till this day Cannons of Hyderabad Sindh are kept in Lahore.
Previously in pre-Islamic times Hyderabad was called as Neroon Kot. Sindhi words meaning Place of Neroon ruler of that time.
In earlier history of South Asia; Subcontinent was divided in two separate great kingdoms of HIND ( meaning India) and SINDH.
SINDH had greater and closer contacts with Arabian Peninsula, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Greece, Turkey, and Europe than with India. Since then Hyderabad has seen various travelers from Persia to Arabia, faced Greek, Turk, and Mongolian armies, and finally British. Being on the crossroads Hyderabad Sindh has become an Archeological Oasis.
Sindhu river or river Indus in English has ruled and regulated Sindh and Hyderabad socially, culturally, economically and politically. It has decided the fate of Sindh and Hyderabad in war and in peace times. Hyderabad and Sindh are so intertwined to each other that Hyderabad is called the CULTURAL CAPITAL of SINDH and it has always been the major transportation hub due to its central location in Sindh.
Hyderabad is city of Saints and Sufis as hundreds of shrines are scattered all over the city. Hyderabad has been influenced by all the great faiths from Zoroastrians to Buddhists, Hinduism to Jainism, and from Christianity to Islam between different periods of time thus becoming a very religiously tolerant city by nature.
After the death of Great king Kalhoro started the Talpur rule and Mir Fateh Ali Khan Talpur became the new ruler in 1789. It was a Golden time in the history of Hyderabad. Talpur rule lasted more than 50 years and ended in 1843 after British attack. Year 1843 is a dark period in history of Hyderabad Sindh when people lost their independence; Sindh became a British Colony and People of Hyderabad became slaves.
British destroyed the Hyderabad fort, Looted the royal treasures and burned down most famous and glorious Mir’s Court and Palace inside the fort. Demolished most of the buildings around the fort to accommodate British troops and constructed military stores.
Royal family members and male princes were paraded naked on the streets of Hyderabad and were used as horses in carriages controlled by British Viceroy Charles Napier by using hunters. The crown of being a Capital of the emirate of Sindh was then transferred to Karachi. Hyderabad Sindh lost its glory, and people went into deep depression. No longer were the roads covered with perfume but they were covered with blood. It is important to note that the British held most of their Regiments and Ammunition in Hyderabad Sindh during the first war of independence of 1857 due to its central and very important strategic location.
Prior to 1947 Hyderabad Sindh was a combination of both Muslims and Hindus communities speaking the same Sindhi language and sharing the same Sindhi Culture.
Hyderabad was a great trading and commercial city and a big export centre for products made in Sindh. The city was flourishing with Parks, Water fountains, and Illuminating Lamps. The population of the city was based upon 25% Sindhi Hindus and 25% Sindhi Muslims. When partition of subcontinent and creation of Pakistan occurred in 1947 Sindhi Hindus expected to remain in Hyderabad Sindh because there was a very good relationship between Hindu Sindhis and Muslim Sindhis. When large waves of Muslim refugees from India started to pour into Hyderabad Sindh, Violence erupted again on the streets of Hyderabad. First massacre of Sindhi Hindus took place in very famous LONG BHAGHAT STREET. After 1843 Hyderabad went again into darkness & deep depression and local residents were shocked and confused. Sindhi Hindus were forced to flee leaving everything behind and Sindhi Muslims and Local Police were merely onlookers. Newly arrived refugees from various parts of India settled in the homes and lands which belonged to Sindhi Hindus.
After 1947 with the influx of people from across the borders Hyderabad Sindh saw its numbers increasing in population and even became the largest city of Sindh province of Pakistan for a while according to population stats of that time. Hyderabad all of a sudden found a new glory and regained its title of being a capital of Sindh again for a short while. Government of Sindh proposed the creation of two more suburbs named as Latifabad( in the honour of most famous and great poet-saint of Sindh Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai) and Qasimabad of considering the future growth and population explosion in Hyderabad Sindh. It really healed the wounds of Hyderabad Sindh big time.
It all happened so fast like seeing a dream and then it was all over. Karachi was declared the Capital of Sindh. Hyderabad fell victim to mean and dirty politics and became the most neglected city of Pakistan and was hit so hard that every day was a nightmare.
In early 1970’s Hyderabad witnessed the first ever Language riots between Sindhi speaking and Urdu speaking residents of this city. City was drenched in blood and suffered a huge loss as its landmarks such as Mukhi House, Sindh University, Sindhology Museum, Sindh Museum and Sindh Text Book Board were looted and then burnt down into ashes. Laying a first foundation of ethnic divide in the city.
Then came the dark era of Late 1980’s and early 1990’s when Hyderabad Sindh was soaked in blood bath, ethnic riots, and civil war between native Sindhis and Urdu Speaking settlers.
Hyderabad Sindh became the Beruit of Pakistan and the city had never been the same again. Forever divided by ethnicity, deeply scarred by racial hatred like a modern day city of Beruit in Lebanon. It was 4rd time in a row that streets of Hyderabad were covered in blood after 1843, 1947 & 1972. Again there was a mass exodus of population. Native Sindhis have to flee from City and Latifabad leaving everything behind and settle in Qasimabad. It is the dark chapter in the history of Hyderabad Sindh and a black spot on the city.
UNIQUENESS OF HYDERABAD SINDH:
Hyderabad Sindh has many unique things but most of all it is surrounded by tall beautifully hand painted permanent flag poles in the honors of martyrs of Karbala the family & companions of Holy Prophet (May Peace Be Upon Him) keeping the tradition of early rulers of Hyderabad and that’s why Observance of holy month of Muharrem is very unique in Hyderabad. Various areas of old city are named behind the term(PIR) a Sindhi word for a locality. Following are some more unique features of the city.
1. CITY OF WIND CATCHERS, Hyderabad Sindh is known as city of “MANGH” Sindhi word for Wind Catchers.A triangular structure on the rooftop funneling the cool breeze into the homes below. If we look the rare pictures of Hyderabad in 1800 the skyline of city is dotted by unlimited windcatchers. But after 1960 construction patterns changed and Windcatchers has become a symbol of the past. A part of Heritage of Hyderabad. Currently Hyderabad Government headquarters building has windcatchers as a proud symbol of the city in its architectural design.
2. LONGEST BAZAAR OF ASIA, Hyderabad has this honour to have the Longest Bazaar in Asia. This Bazaar is called SHAHI BAZAAR meaning Royal Bazaar founded by Kalhora rulers. It is 4.5 KM long and starts from the Market Chowk (Square) all the way ending at the front of Hyderabad Fort. One can buy from world renowned diamonds and gold jewellery to a stitching needle. This is a bazaar of contrasts where new and old mix and mingle in a very traditional way with all the hustle and bustle. On both sides of the bazaar is the web of hundreds of narrow streets which connect to different parts of old city like arteries. This Bazaar also extends to two very different, Diverse and large Bazaars known as CHOTKI GHITTI, and RESHAM GHITTI. Ghitti is a Sindhi word for a narrow street. Shopping in these bazaars is a lifetime experience.
3. LARGEST BANGLE PRODUCER IN THE WORLD, Hyderabad Sindh has also the honour of being the largest Glass Bangles producer in the world. Glass Bangles made in Hyderabad Sindh are exported to all over Pakistan and in International market. Bangles of Hyderabad are so unique and eye catching and there are thousands of different kinds to choose from.
4. HOME OF AJRAK, Ajrak the world famous Sindhi traditional fabric worn by all men,women and children and a Symbol of Sindhi Culture and Honour. It is always presented to guests, visitors and as a priceless gift of all occasions from festivals to weddings. Ajrak making centers are scattered all around Hyderabad where artists are always busy to create new design and patterns on Ajrak.
5. CAKES OF LEGENDRY BOMBAY BAKERY, Hyderabad is famous in the world for its mouthwatering unique cakes and they just melt in your mouth. These cakes are one of a kind and their unique formula is tightly kept family secret to this day. This bakery is also part of the proud heritage of this city and these cakes have become a sweet symbol of the city and proudly given as sweet gifts. To get the cake one has to visit the bakery very early as cakes are sold in no time.
6. PALLO Fish, Hyderabad is also home of the famous Sindhi fish called “PALLO” only found in River Indus. Hyderabad being on the banks of the river Indus becomes a central point for this fish treat. PALLO fish swims in opposite direction in the river Indus and extremely tasty and cooked in so many ways and is an integral part of Sindhi Cuisine in the city.
7. SIR COWASJI JEHANGIR PSYCHATRIST/SUNATIC ASYLUM, Hyderabad has the prestige to have the largest facility for mental health in Asia. It is covered on 25 acres of land in Hussainabad. Historically the founder of Hyderabad the great ruler Ghulam Shah Kalhoro asked his associate Diwan Giddumal to establish this recreational port on river Indus known as Gidu Bander nowadays called as Hussainabad. British Army before their attack on Hyderabad landed on this port and renamed it as One Tree Bander.
8. AIR UNIVERSITY, Hyderabad has the honour to have the largest Air University in Asia known as Civil Aviation Training Institute where students from different parts from the world learn how to fly commercial planes and study in the fields of Air traffic services and communications operations, Electrical Engineering related to Aircrafts and Aviation Management and Fire fighting services. This facility was founded in 1982 and spread on over 230 acres of land adjacent to Hyderabad Airport. ICAO based in Montreal Canada awarded this facility status of Regional Institute in Asia in 1988
LANDMARKS OF HYDERABAD:
1. “PAKKO QILO” Hyderabad Fort. It is worth to visit the remains of the Mir’s Darbar, Grave of General Hosh Muhammed Shaheed, and the magnificent structure of the fort. It is heartbreaking to see that fort is under siege of encroachment by dwellers. This brutal occupation has destroyed the fort and needs immediate attention to restore its grand past.
2. MARKET CLOCK TOWER. The tall standing structure and the defining skyline of the city is Navalrai Market clock tower constructed in 1914.
3. THE KUTCHERY or COURT COMPLEX. A grand architectural landmark of the city and has honour to be the Parliament for a short while while Hyderabad was capital of Sindh after creation of Pakistan. The center piece of the building is DARBAR HALL a must see. This building was destroyed in great fires of 1906 and a new one was constructed keeping the same design intact.
4. NAVA VIDYALA. Now known as Sindh University old campus was built in 1912. It has a very impressive European style look.
5. NAVAL RAI HIRANAND ACADEMY. Now known as Govt High School was built in 1900 as one of the elite schools of the city.
6. CIVIL HOSPITAL. British built this hospital in 1894 and till this day is one of the major hospital of the city.
7. RAILWAY STATION. British built this beautiful and historic building in 1890.
8. SADDAR. British built a huge Cantonement in Hyderabad from 1851 to 1856. This area consisted of large barracks, officers bungalows and historic church of St.Thomas . Now this whole area is known as Hyderabad Canntt: /Saddar.
9. THE HOLMSTEAD HALL. It was also built by British in 1905 in the memory of Dr. Homestead a famous civil surgeon of Hyderabad.
10. MUKHI HOUSE. This beautiful and magnificent building was built in 1900 by a very famous tradesman of Hyderabad.
11. MIAN KAQIR JO PIR AND MAI KHARIEY MASJID. In 1908 Hyderabad Municipality constructed a municipal market to upgrade the area and Mai Kheriey Masjid is one of the oldest mosques in the city.
12. NOOR MUHAMMED HIGH SCHOOL. This historic school was built in 1933 and played a very important role in Pakistan Movement.
13. CIRCUIT HOUSE. This was an official accommodation for british royals and was built in 1912 . Nowadays it is also used to accommodate presidents and Primenministers of Pakistan while visiting Hyderabad.
14. BADSHAHI BUNGALOW. It is the wonderful palace of Prince Mir Hassan Ali Khan Talpur the son of the last ruler of Hyderabad His Highness Mir Naseer khan Talpur. This Palace is located in Tando of Talpur Mirs in Latifabad.
15. THANDI SARAK. ( COOL STREET) As it says from the name this street is really a cool street lined with trees and very beautiful and one of the most important streets of the city. Major expensive hotels, fast food restaurants Airlines offices,& Govt: Main Offices are located on this street. Hyderabad is very famous for its breeze that flows at night making it pleasant and clean.
HYDERABAD - IN MODERN TIMES:
Hyderabad Sindh is a booming metropolis with all the hustle and bustle of a big city. Hyderabad has a hot and humid climate with cool and breezy nights. Very well connected by road,rail and air with all the major cities of Pakistan. Right now city is going through a rapid modernization program. New flyovers, pedestrian bridges, new bus terminal, shopping malls, five star hotels, amusement parks, new hospitals, trauma center, and a new transport system are planned and work has begun on various mega projects. Hyderabad Airport has been reopened after a long time and flights for major cities in Pakistan has resumed. All major foreign banks and foreign fast food chain restaurants have opened up their branches in Hyderabad due to increased industrial, economic, and commercial activity in the city. High rise buildings are rising all over the city in different parts and Hyderabad Sindh is marching fast towards a bright and happy future to become a livable modern, green and clean environmentally friendly city in the new century. Hyderabad has 4 universities and a huge number of schools, and colleges. Hyderabad has 2 radio stations Radio Pakistan and Sachal FM radio station and 5 Television stations based in the city are KTN, KTN NEWS, KASHISH TV, SINDH TV, and DHOOM TV. Huge number of newspapers and magazines are published and printed from the city but the famous ones are Daily KAWISH, Daily IBRAT, and Daily SAFEER. City has also a world class one of a kind state of the art web portal of APNAHYDERABAD.COM
PLACES TO VISIT.
Institute of Sindhology (There are only 2 such kind of museums in the world one in Egypt and the other in Hyderabad Sindh).
Rani Bagh Zoological Gardens
Almanzer Recreational Spot
Tombs of Mirs and Kalhoras
Sindhi Language authority
Handicraft stores selling traditional Sindhi arts and crafts including Sindhi JANDI furniture, embroidery, Sindhi caps and jewellery.
While visiting Hyderabad please do not forget to drink Traditional Sindhi drink “THADAL” a cool combination of local herbs, almonds and pistachios.
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