Down Fall Of Our Heritage!

the down fall of dhabas in islamabad is growing.we are loosing our heritage and our culture especially the places which show our culture.

In Islamabad you might have got the chance to visit a Dhaba.They depict our culture especially Punjabi truck culture. These small dhaba’s owners are not rich. They belong to poor families. And to fulfill their basic needs they open such Dhabas for their survival. Mostly labor class visits such places. In Islamabad, where technology is growing fast, side-by-side we come across these places, which cherish our memories of village life.

Dhaba specialty is dodh Patti. Few days back I got a chance to visit a Dhaba beside Beacon House School in H-8 sector. My family and me went there early in the morning at about 5 am. The weather was pleasant and the fragrance of wet soil was amazing. We enjoyed a typical village atmosphere while sitting on charpaise under green trees. The crispy parathas were delicious and tea was superb.

While sitting there I realized how we are loosing our heritage and our culture. CDA is very active in changing the look of Islamabad now a day. It is a good sign and improvement is giving people more and better options to enjoy beautiful Islamabad. On the other hand it is becoming too modern and elaborated.
CDA is removing Dhabas and renovating them with artificial way. Now these dhabas are mostly changed in to tuck-shops. Where instead of crispy parathas we get sandwiches, mud bowls for tea are changed in to specious cups. Charpaise are changed with benches and chairs. But this all is not for free CDA is charging the owners who once run their own Dhabas. In return the tuck shop owners are charging high price for food and tea.

These Dhabas are fun place to be at, with less expensive, original and more down to earth experience of a lifetime.

In my suggestion CDA should promote these places, which on one hand benefit the poor owners and on the other hand will help keep the originality in less expensive way.

What I can do as an individual to promote Dhabas is I can visit it once in a week to have a tea help them financially with a little tip.

3 Comments so far

  1. momers (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 6:18 am

    Aymen, its DOWNFALL and not DOWN-FALL.

    Downfall is one word. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/dict.asp?Word=downfall


  2. Asma (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 11:19 am

    Very nice one Ghalia, yup you are right. The dhabas are now left to the makeshift hotels being prepared to aide the labour class working to build up some building … so a dhaba is built just adjacent to it …. the parathas and dhooodh pattti .. kiya kahnay … now i feel like a craving for a paratah :)

    there’sa very famous dhaba cum khokha like thing under a bridge some place in f-6 …never been to there but its quite famous ….! it can be seen from the road ttooo..!


  3. redsnapper (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 5:43 pm

    Oh, you’ve brought back old memories. There was one in the woods next to the French Embassy I used to visit in college days. Of course, sadly, we paid the price of development and security and the dhaba was taken away.

    We used to call these tea shops “khokhas” then. I guess dhaba is a borrowed term from Karachi.

    Is anybody doing anything to protect these tea shops ? Maybe you could go again and check with the owners what their fears and hopes are.



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