The Scent of a Cityby Naeem Safi
|Façades above Sarafa Bazaar|
The current image of Peshawar, battered and dangerous, owes much to the mediated knowledge spread mainly through media—and endorsed by events that have killed hundreds of its inhabitants. The consistent collisions of interests in the region have left the residents of Peshawar with little else but to romanticise the city’s past, recollecting bits from the chapters that deal with all that was glorious. Understandable, when much at present appears to be dust and smoke.
But look closely and with love and you will find a lot still to appreciate. Follow the footsteps of world-renowned travellers and conquerors and arrive at the highest point in Peshawar, Gor Khatri. The archaeological findings here date back 2,500 years, in one of the deepest archaeological trenches of South Asia, and make experts claim that Peshawar has been alive for eons. Civilizations here, among several layers of earth, have left occasional terracotta pieces, jewellery, coins, weapon fragments and bones—samples from which are at display in a shabby little museum at the corner of the compound. The Goraknath temple was reopened for worshippers last year and located parallel to a mosque sharing the same compound.
|A Door at Masjid Mohabbat Khan|
|Spicing Up, a Spice Merchant at Bazaar-i-Dalgaran|
|Lapis at Shinwari Market.|
|Hakeem's Laboratory at chowk Pipal Mandi|
|Teatime: At a balakhana of an old inn in Qissa Khawani|
|Remains of a Heritage at Bazaar-i-Misgaran|
|The Replacement at Bazaar-i-Misgaran|