Lahore’s Badshahi Mosque
A couple months ago, on my friend’s insistence, I registered for a Journalism Convention at Lahore University of Management Sciences, named “LUMS Carma V”. As I live in Karachi, I had to ask for their accommodation as well. Long story short, my team got selected for the convention and we all got a common room booked at LUMS where we were supposed to live during the four-day long program.
Fast forward to December 30th, when I left for Lahore from Karachi, my other teammates were supposed to arrive the same day as well. Since LUMS only gave us accommodation from 1st to 3rd of January, one of my classmates generously invited me to live with her. Point to be noted is that I wasn’t friends with that girl before, neither was I friends with other people who were staying at her place.
At Wahga Border, Lahore
Anyways, despite my initial awkwardness and hesitation, this trip turned out to be one of the most memorable trips of my life. It being my first out-of-the-city experience without any adult supervision with a bunch of other twenty year olds, was definitely more fun then I would’ve ever imagined.
The first two days were spent exploring Lahore. We went to Wahga border and watched the famous parade, we went to the new food street near Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, and we even visited the Shahi Fort and the Badshahi Mosque itself. Even my new year’s eve was spent with these very people, watching some old comedy movie at home.
The first day of the convention arrived, and against my expectations, turned out to be the most mismanaged event I had ever had misfortune to attend. School, colleges and universities from all over the country were invited, which meant little, know-it all teenagers were swarming the grounds, thinking they are better than people like us who have been studying journalism for past three years.
Needless to say, I didn’t take LUMS’ accommodation and stayed with the friends I was staying with for the past two days. One of my team members went back to Karachi just after the first day ended, while the other two decided to stay and do God knows what.
Apart from the CARMA experience, which also included an alright concert and an African themed dinner party where no one followed the dress code. Not even the host team. We also attended the closing ceremony, although we certainly didn’t win any awards or such. Surprise surprise.
However, each and every one of us had an amazing time there, with all the shopping, dining, roaming around in markets, travelling in rickshaws which only seat 3 people (though usually 5 of us used to cram up in one), uploading hundreds of facebook statuses and taking at least
The LUMS Concert
thousand pictures, this memorable trip came to an end. We even once got ‘attacked’ by a huge flying photo frame that had fallen out of a truck and nearly killed my friend by landing on her head. No real damage was done by the way.
Most of my fellow students decided to travel further along the northern areas, while others came back to Karachi, from where I’m writing this right now. All in all, this trip made some changes in me. I learned that everything is not what is seems (literally), that people aren’t necessarily good or bad, it’s the way we perceive them. I also learned that I’m perfectly capable of doing almost everything by myself. I even learned how to manipulate rickshaw fares, but that’s a story for another time.
So, if anyone of you is planning a trip to Lahore anytime soon, make sure to check out these places below:
Lahore Zoo and Lahore Zoo Safari
Shahi Mohalla’s Food Street
Fortress and Joyland
The Gaddafi Stadium
and last but not the least, Meenar-e-Pakistan!
Have great holidays. Or what’s left of it.