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Prologue  It all started with the onset of the Hornby Vellard Project in 1784. The low-lying marshy areas opened up to habitation and the kamathis, or labourers took up place to make a living and thriving in the area. No one clearly remembers the date or year when Lal Bazaar, as the area was formerly [...]
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 Onek din aage, which simply means ‘a long time ago’ in my mother tongue but then I like the flow of words in Bengali so I would like to start the story with it. Papia Shundori Sen had been my neighbour for over three days and four nights when she took a fancy to my [...]
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Reviewer analysis Next to the Chawri Bazaar Metro station stands an old, dilapidated building which once served as the house of a certain Gulbarg Begum. Known as a prominent nautch girl of her time, over the years and with the end of the nautch era, the two storeyed, lattice-balconied structure now housed two separate families.  [...]
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Situated right outside the Badshahi Mosque is Lahore’s oldest red light district. Hira Mandi has seen many go in as novices and remain there till the end with unsatisfied lives and compelling stories. So many of them. I have been running my small grocery store at the turn to Hira Mandi for over three decades [...]
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