27 September, 2020

Wah Janab, Couplets Again?

Pakistanis wish India well. Only the official-level vibes irk them.

Wah Janab, Couplets Again?
What do Pakistanis dislike about India? Actually, not much. Given the chance, most Pakistanis would love to visit India for a bit of shopping and sightseeing even if their idea of an itinerary is likely to be rather limited: Delhi, Agra and the holy city of Ajmer.

An Indian in the flesh is still something of a novelty for most Pakistanis. Which is why when they come across one, the odds are they would go out of their way to be friendly and helpful—a weakness Pakistanis tend not to encounter during their visits to India (somewhat to their surprise, I daresay, because they judge Indians according to their own notions of exaggerated sentimentality).

Taxi drivers have been known not to charge fares from Indian passengers. Shopkeepers in Lahore have been known to offer them discounts, although how long this philanthropy lasts when the novelty wears off remains to be seen. Similar behaviour in Delhi towards the odd Pakistani traveller has yet to...


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