By Mehmud Ahmed (Canada)
I recently read two articles Nostalgic Memories of Rawalpindi and Photos of Rawalpindi which reminded me of my stay in that memorable place.
I am 81 years old former journalist and have settled in Canada since five years. During my years in Pakistan, I worked with various newspapers and news media. I was with the Pakistan Times for 13 years of which 10 were spent at Rawalpindi. Prior to the Pakistan Times I lived in Rawalpindi for 4 years as a student at the Gordon College while my father was at the E-in-C’s Branch, GHQ. In 1952, we shifted to Quetta when my father was transferred there. In those days Pindi was a clean, beautiful and serene city.
Shezan Restaurant, located opposite GPO, on Kashmir Road in Saddar area was a very fine eatery. Its sandwiches and chicken patties were very delicious and we often went there and enjoyed some other delicacies as well.
Some articles (Sweet Memories of Rawalpindi, and Rawalpindi Will Always Remain in Our Hearts) in a website, Native Pakistan, mentioned about Mukhtar, the bald owner of Super’s Restaurant (located on Bank Road). Who doesn’t know this ‘famous’ character? He was known as ‘Gunja Kukkar‘. All of my children knew Super’s and Gunja Kukkar and he too was very affectionate to them as my office, the Pakistan Times, was very close to his Super’s.
Recently my youngest son told me an interesting coincidence. He had taken a visiting friend to a restaurant in Mississauga (Toronto, Canada) and while eating they talked about Rawalpindi. A little later a middle-aged person came to them and introduced himself as the owner of the eatery and said,” I could not resist coming to your table after hearing you talk about my birth place.”
He then told them that his family was in restaurant business in Rawalpindi too.
My son asked him, “Which restaurant is being run by them in Rawalpindi?”
He said,”Super’s Restaurant”.
On hearing this, my son burst out “Oh! that of Gunja Kukkar”.
The man said, “Auh tay mairay mama jee nay“.
At which all of them at the table erupted into laughter.
إن شاء الله I will write more about the Pindi that I saw in 50s, 60s and 70s.
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