20 October, 2020

Real Men Play At Night

A peek into Team India's exploits in Lahore's bustling scene

Pradeep Mandhani
Real Men Play At Night
As a Pakistani woman, I’m wary of Peshawar. I remember the nightmarish experience of shooting a television show in Peshawar’s Kisa Khani bazaar. My gay stylist got as much attention as I did; at times it got scary. On one occasion, we had a peeping tom hanging from the bathroom window of our hotel. But the Indian team decided to brave Peshawar: they were spotted shopping for Peshawari chappals and were understandably mobbed.

Their next stop was Lahore, the town about which old-timers say, "He who hasn’t seen Lahore, hasn’t lived." Its old quarters, similar to Delhi’s walled city, bustle with life. Here you have the infamous Heera Mandi, home to courtesans. Here lives Yusuf Salauddin, grandson of the poet Allama Iqbal, who has in the past graciously hosted guests like Mick Jagger, Bianca Jagger, Boney M, Rekha, et al. Lahore parties harder than Karachi but is paindoo, or less classy. You ain’t supposed to have arrived if you haven’t been to a party at the haveli of Yusuf Salauddin.

On the night of March 24, after India won the ODI series, Yusuf’s...



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