By Capt Hasan Jawaid (1st SSC), USA
Editor’s Note: Capt Hasan Jawaid is from a Baluch Regt. He has settled in USA since 1992.
Reading Nostalgic Articles about Rawalpindi have triggered some very pleasant memories about Rawalpindi that I cherish till this day. During early 1970s, my visits to Pindi were from Karachi and Lahore when I represented Divisional Hockey Teams and participated in Army and National Hockey Championships. Those were the days when Maj Najmi (Baluchi) had just retired from hockey and Maj Mudassar (Baluchi), Capt Shahid Jaffery (FF), Capt Saeed Khan (FF), Capt Khalid Khokhar (FF), Capt Musarrat Ullah (Baluchi) and Capt Munir (FF) were at their best. Khalid Khokhar and Munir were from the same unit. Shahid Jaffery passed away a few years back and I’ve heard that Munir is also no more in this temporary abode. May Allah bless the departed friends, Ameen.
Although days and afternoons wore us out with intense practice/matches at Army Hockey Stadium and in the ground of Gordon College, but the evenings and nights would make us forget our injuries and agonizing workouts, particularly when we hung out later in the evening at ‘Inter Continental Hotel’ or Pindi Club. We couldn’t afford eating in ‘Inter Con,’ it was more of window shopping, entertainment and hanging out than anything else, mere browsing was good enough for us. We would then hit some inexpensive restaurants in Saddar.
There were three places, two inexpensive and one expensive, that I visited very fondly in Pindi, I wish they were still around – Super’s at Bank Road for delicious ice cream, Saddar for tikka-kabab and pateesa (I think it was from Good Luck Bakery in Haathi Chowk) and Flashman’s on The Mall for chocolate pastries and club sandwiches. One of the family members of our Army hockey team player was a manager there who would give us huge discounts on food items and we would devour on them like someone who haven’t had food in days.
You can call it a coincidence, a family friend, recently visited us from Pindi and brought us a box of sweets – pateesa – from Saddar. The kids didn’t eat but my wife and I were thrifty in its consumption and made sure it lasted us good over a month.
Other times we visited our Course mates in the Aviation Mess or Signals Mess when we were ‘wailay’ and had nothing better to do.
Those were some good old days spent in Rawalpindi which was then a peaceful and tranquil town.
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