I paid 50bucks just to see what the fuss is it all about – the legendary dancing girls of heera mandi. As prostitution is illegal in muslim society, the girls metamorphosed into dancers and pimps into musicians; mamasans, singers. i guess lahoris beat singapore to skills upgrading by many hundreds of years.
turned out to be just a plump punjabi girl gyrating herself to the tabla beats. i get the feeling that she knows i’m only interested in taking pictures, so she made it a point not to keep still. there was one thing that very closely resembles the oldest profession in the world though – no freebies, everything performed as to be agreed upon lest you fish out more money.
"three songs left, you want urdu or punjabi?"
"two songs left, urdu or punjabi?"
"last song sir"
not like it made a difference, since i dont understand either. i picked urdu as it supposedly sounds more poetic.
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