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The Redeeming Whore

Nostalgia, even for its Hira Mandi, doesn't recapture the vitality Partition robbed this city of

The Redeeming Whore
Sanjoy Ghosh
The Redeeming Whore
outlookindia.com
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‘La Whore’ is a characteristic that gave this city its vitality, its ability to overcome whatever the circumstances and above all to resurrect itself. It may have also infused in its inhabitants an unusual obsession to seek solace and rejuvenation in its red light district. In fact, no eulogy of Lahore is considered complete without Hira Mandi, its glorified brothel zone. This book is no exception. Incidentally, Hira Mandi is named not after a diamond market as it is popularly assumed but after Raja Hira Singh, a favourite of Ranjit Singh, who had built his haveli in this locality.

The main aim of this book seems to be to quench the insatiable thirst of its inhabitants to know everything about this city, especially those who like me were surgically plucked away from it in 1947.

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