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Pak Tea House is a little corner in the blogosphere that will endeavour to revive the culture of debate, pluralism and tolerance. It has no pretensions nor illusions but the motivation of a few people who want to see Pakistan a better place – where ideas need to counter the forces of commercialism, adverse effects of globalisation and extremism. And, ideas must translate into action that leads us to an equitable, just and healthy society.

Please join us – through writings, contributions, discussions, and spreading the word…

Raza Rumi – Chief editor/founder Pak Tea House

Faisal Kapadia - Co Editor

On Pak Tea House

“It was a different world when coffeehouses and teahouses flourished. They flourished in the background of a rich restaurant culture, which distinguished the Mall from other cultural spots of the city. Those sitting there were never seen in a hurry. They could afford to sit for long hours discussing ideas and ideologies over a cup of tea. Each literary theory had its protagonists, who when engaged in a discussion gave the impression of being the defender of a noble cause most dear to them. And it was not simply an intellectual exercise with them. What they discovered as truth in the process of their literary or intellectual thinking stayed as an article of faith with them.

Such were the devoted souls for whom ideas and ideologies meant more than worldly benefits. It was because of them that certain restaurants gained a cultural status. Now we are living in a different world. This world cannot afford to have such souls and such haunts within its fold. The age of coffeehouses and teahouses is gone. Food streets are now the hallmark of life in Lahore.”

From Intizar Hussain’s essay Revisiting the Past.


“It is said that both the Coffee House and the Pak Tea House, which was across the road, belonged to two Sikh brothers. The two places used to be known before partition as the India Coffee House and the India Tea House. The two brothers replicated their two Lahore restaurants in Delhi where they were forced to migrate as the 1947 bloodbath took hold of Punjab.

Sirajuddin, who turned India Tea House into Pak Tea House (now dead like its owner and only a memory), once told me – or was it his son who did – that one day, he noticed a Sikh standing across the road, just staring. When he asked the stranger to come in, he told him that he had come from India and this place and the Coffee House across the road used to belong to him and his brother. The Coffee House has long been gone and in its place there now stands a bank. Nila Gumbad, where these restaurants and intellectual hangouts were once located, is now a bustling auto parts and car tyre market. Although there is no shortage of hotels and restaurants in Lahore today, there is not a single place that could claim to be a true successor to any of those wonderful establishments.”

A Hameed translated by Khalid Hasan

62 Responses to "About"

  1. virendra India Google Chrome Windows says:

    Its a chance discovery and I must say a great discovery. Its a whiff of fresh air from Pakistan. We are sick of hearing only negative stories from Pakistan, about the terror and related issues. Thank God, You are also there.May God bless You.Thanks

  2. sidra Pakistan Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    how one can become blogger here?
    i didnot find any option for new contributors

  3. Muqeet Tahir Malik Pakistan Safari iPad says:

    I am really happy to hear that Pak Tea house has reopened, I hooe that we revive the spirit with which our elders participated in discussions with a nice cup of tea at Pak Tea House

  4. Bin Zia Pakistan Mozilla Firefox Mac OS says:

    Why nothing on Egypt? What’s Pak Tea House’s perspective?

  5. mian Pakistan Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Underworld Don of Pakistan
    Tehseen awan

  6. Javaid Bashir Pakistan Google Chrome Windows says:

    I just wrote an exhaustive note on Pak Tea House. and I had almost finished it , when the computer gliche washed it out before I could send it.
    Since I had earlier promised to send the articles and contributions to Pak Tea House, I am writing it again.

    I recently wrote an article entitled , ‘ My memories of Pak Tea House, published in the Spokesman, Islamabad newspaper. I have fond memories of the place dating back early 70′s when we werestudents of Government College ,Lahore. We regularly visited the place. Actually it became our hangout.

    We spent countless hours and days there. The enchanting atmosohere attracted us to the place like a magnetic pull. Defying all gravity and resisting temptations elsewhere we preferred to come to this place. It was sanctuary of great literary figures of that time. We used to get to see and know them from close quarters.

    It used to be great treat for us. The tea only used to cot one ropee and it was qyite affordable for students like us. .We could hob nob with the big names of literary world.

    We have fond memories of the place. When it was closed , part of us died with it. And now it has been revived after renovations. Our spirits have also been revived, and it feels we have born again.

    We have planned to visit the place with our close friends , Dr A Sattar Akhtar.Dr, Tariq Saeed, M. Awais, and Tasneem Bari. to spend an entore evening at Pak Tea House to Ressurect the past.


  7. Mahin Naeem Pakistan Google Chrome Windows says:

    I was visited here yesterday and it was really avery joyfull and beatiful experience. This is the best place to spend your time i seen ever. I reccomend u to visit here at once.

  8. Rabiya Asif Pakistan Safari  Android 4.1.2 GT-I9300 Build/JZO54K says:

    I have visited the place for the first time a few weeks back and i must say that it still stands at par with the wonderful things I have heard about it. The place has an aura of intellect and all the wonderful pictures of all the wonderful people that hang in there add to the sophistication. The Mall Road has literally a history attached to it and one with a lahori spirit could clearly feel it in the air.

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