Pakistani citizens have been invited by this blogger to share their fondest thinking about the fabled canal in Lahore - the country’s cultural capital.
The BRB Canal
Originally built by the Mughals in 1861, later revived by the British, the 82 kilometer (37 miles) tree-lined Banba-wali Ravi-Bedian (BRB) Canal slices through the heart of Lahore: meandering past posh residences, famous colleges, and cheery cricket grounds.
Here are the musings, observations and thoughts of some people nice enough to share their “canal moments” with us.
By Irfan ‘Mazdak’ Husain
I have been lucky enough to have traveled to many countries over the years, and have driven across some spectacular landscapes that included mountains, sea sides, valleys and lakes. But I can never forget driving along the Lahore canal, with its canopy of trees overhead, as the full moon's reflection followed me on the surface of the water.
Back in the 70s, there was little traffic, and one caught glimpses of couples sitting on the canal's grassy verge. On hot summer evenings, we would park and sip a beer or two while watching leaves glide by. Now, alas, traffic is heavy and the moral police would swiftly pounce on couples and drinkers. I suppose I'm lucky to have the memories of a more relaxed period in Pakistan's brief but turbulent history.
By Mian Naeem
A painter, Mr. Naeem is also an art critic. He lives in Lahore, along with his vintage car.
It starts from BRB canal, few yards away from the Khaira Village, dividing the poor neighborhood of Lahore from the trendy addresses of the privileged rich. After crossing the Thokar Niaz Baig it turns left and moves parallel to the Raiwind road. Flowing between the main highways, the canal also serves as the chief artery of the city. Despite receiving sewerage from (some) localities it flows by, the water looks and feels clean.