Maj (R) Farooq Rana (2nd SSC)
Editor’s Note: Maj Farooq Rana is from Air Defence. He is an old Ravian and has settled in Lahore after retirement.
A wave of nostalgia swept over me when I read a few articles in Rawalpindi Blog about what the life used to be in Rawalpindi Cantt during 60s and 70s. I still vividly remember that Rawalpindi Cantonment was a nice captivating and serene location till early 70s. There was very little traffic on the roads. The roads were spotless, walkways were clean and one could see well maintained green patches on the sides of some roads. It was a fun to have a stroll in the evening in Saddar, Rawalpindi, particularly on the Bank Road.
I regularly visited Pindi every now and then in 70s, especially between 1974 to 1977 when I had to visit Pindi for my foreign mountaineering expeditions and we used to do our purchases in Saddar area.
Even the foreigners with me were lured into the spellbound serenity and romantic charm of the Cantt. I remember that most of the trees in the Cantonment area had a trash basket at a reasonable height which we used quite often during our evening and late night promenades. The tranquil cantonment of those days would cast a spell so nostalgic on every visitor, that the more you think of it the more you long for it. One can not bring those silvery mornings and pollution free tranquil evenings of winter and summer both, but one can cherish the treasure of nostalgic memories of Rawalpindi Cantt.
The foreigners after returning to their countries named this phenomena as ‘PINDI NOSTALGIA’.
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