Archive for September, 2006

Today is the last working day of our Lahore office manager with the company.

Well the feelings are mixed; we all will be missing him and his wise consents on every topic. I am a bit sad today for we had a very splendid time together, infact I would say it was the best time I could have. S.S has been an inspiration for me all since I started my career as a Software Engineer.

He is no less than a wizard :).

On the other hand I am very happy for him, because he is joining another organization which provides him better opportunities to pursue in his career. Wishing you all the best sir! Today the whole development team went out for dinner to Cuckoo’s Cafe. Alla ray…

The place no doubt has its own majestic appearance and culture rooted deep in the sub-continent’s history; this place has been owned by Muslims, Hindus, Christians and Buddhist families at different points in the life of this property. Go through this interview with Iqbal Hussain to have a little feel as to what he has put into the cafe itself. The ride to cuckoo was an adventure in itself; there was this guy (a mad man) in the middle of the road shouting and abusing at the cars to get a side near the darbar of Syed Abdul Hassan. Okay I missed to opportunity to take his picture which could help you figure out what I wanted to say about this guy here. Finally we reached our destination, with a sign reading out loud “Welcome to Cuckoo’s den”, on the demarcated street separating Badshahi Masjid  from the Shahi Mohalla. As we entered the wooden arches and the aroma of the fresh food caved into our minds. The paintings in the rooms were unique to the culture of the diamond market. The expressions on the faces of the pictures had unique stories of their own to tell. One that touched me most was the portrait of a sex worker commenting; “I am deaf and dumb and have a younger brother and mother to support…”. Marry go round stirs do get you dizzy and that’s not all, you need to work really hard to make it to the top. Finally reaching the apex one is stunned to have a look at the Bashahi Mosque (southern gate view), the Lahore Fort, the Samadhi of Ranjit Singh and a far view of the Minar-e-Pakistan.

Finally, we had ordered something to eat. We kept talking about the history of this place and took pictures while we feasted in Mughlai style. In the end I would say a celestial farewell to a great colleague, an open air dinner with clouds hanging low and a drizzle to conclude the adventure. 

Badshahi Mosque night view from Cuckoo's den 


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