Pak Tea House

Pak Tea House —Every Zenith Has A Fall

by Ali Asad

Lahore being the center of educational, cultural, and literary activities holds significant importance. Whoever comes to Lahore, couldn’t resist its clout. In various time spans, numerous prominent characters added to education, writing, and poems. Inferable from these exercises one name comes to the mind without thinking is the “Pak Tea House” is at the first spot on the list. It has its own set of experiences and was a prevailing spot for the glooming of craftsmanship, writing, art, and culture.

Pak Tea House, Image source: The Express Tribune

Pak Tea House is a little corner in the blogosphere that tries to resuscitate the way of life of discussion, pluralism, and resilience. It has no assumptions nor deceptions except for the inspiration of a couple of individuals who need to see Pakistan as a superior spot.

Here thoughts need to counter the powers of corporate greed, unfavorable impacts of globalization, and fanaticism. What’s more, thoughts should convert right into it that drives us to an impartial, just, and solid society. These expectations from a “chai” café are not too demanding courtesy of its history, where poets like Habib Jalib, Chiragh Hasan Hasrat, Professor Pitras Bukhari, Dr. Muhan Singh Dewana, Dr. Shanti Roop Bhtnagar, and many more.

A Gathering of Poets at Pak Tea House, Image source: DAWN

Lahore accomplished its delegated point and this Tea House of Lahore turned into the spot of journalists and artists and thinkers. At that point at the hour of formation of Pakistan in 1947, this artistic advancement was unfavorably influenced. All the Hindu and Sikh artists, educators, and poets left Lahore and moved to India and this the-then “India Tea House” was fixed by a lock. After the partition, the word India was crushed, and “Pak” was composed over yonder. Along these lines, “India Tea House” was changed into “Pak Tea House”.

With its returning, the artists began returning and this spot again turned into a focal point of thinkers and writing. It was then not only a Tea House but rather turned into a piece of the way of life and ethos; where other than a couple of every single popular author, artists, and fiction journalists used to come and sit. They were getting a charge out of teacups, were telling fiction and censuring books, doing verse meetings and praising ghazals, talking about mobs, and significantly more.

Pak Tea House during early days of Pakistan, Image source: DAWN

Pak Tea House put Habib Jalib in lime light from the downtown darkness of Lahore. He was the solitary genuinely extreme writer of his time. He was more authentic and valid than the Progressive Movement writers, similar to Ali Sardar Jafri. His life was a campaign against all assortments of restraint, shamefulness, political trickery, abuse and misuse. He was the solitary Leftist author who saw through Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s radicalism and communism.

Habib Jalib being arrested by the Police, Image Source: The Express Tribune

Habib Jalib read his poem “mei nahi manta” for the first time in “Pak Tea House”. Jalib rang the sound of a constitution made by an appointed judge, Justice Shahabuddin, and an attorney Manzur Qadir and proclaimed by General Ayub Khan.

‘Aise dastur ko, subhi be nur ko, main nahin manta, main nahin janta’ (I neither accept nor know this constitution, this morn without light).

 A-Hameed while revisiting the golden days of Tea House wrote in “Lahore ke Yadain” that it isn’t just an eatery yet was meant as a writing center point and social focus. Wherefrom daybreak till nightfall is trailed by the exercises of authors. The entire day social affairs proceeded. Tea celebrations have persevered. The climate was open and agreeable. Nobody intrudes on some other. My first gathering with Ashfaq Ahmed, Nasir Kazmi, Shauhrat Bukhari, Munir Niazi, Anjum Romani, Qayyum Nazar, and Sajjad Rizvi additionally occurred here.

Pak Tea House Archives, Image Source: artvirsa

However, every zenith has a fall. The early stages of Pak Tea House likewise passed. Creators and artists scattered. In any case, Pak Tea House is still there at its place. Infrequently more seasoned journalists and artists come and sit, yet the appeal is not any more equivalent to previously.

Pak Tea House holds greater value than just a café. Previous government helped renovate the place and re-open it. But where we as a generation went wrong? From sitting in café for intellectual talks, discussing social injustice, political theories, revolutions and ideologies to nothing. Though education giants lay next to Pak Tea House but it still await for the intellectuals.

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