A Café of Urdu Literature The Pak Tea House
During the British era, in 1939 and 1940, a tea house was set up in Lahore, situated at the bank of Mall Road towards Neela Gumbad, Anarkali. The tea house was named "India Tea House", and individuals from distinctive strolls of life and schools of thought began staying there. Who realized that the spot would turn into a place of progressive journalists, writers and scholarly identities in future?
Having tea in a little cafe on Mall Road Lahore, the photos holding tight the dividers took me into a concealed time which I wish I could be a part of. The photos of the artistic identities around me lifted the history and hugeness of the spot. The little corner library spoke to the scholars of those books who were previously a piece of this bistro. I pictured enormous names lounging around me getting a charge out of tea containers while imparting their exposition and verses to one another, telling fictions, books and commending or condemning the work.
The revolutionists smoking and talking about thoughts, ghazals, uproars, developments, and what not on little wooden tables with pens and papers, some without a doubt blazed with slag. In this spell of time I considered numerous such things till a gigantic gathering of Halqa Arbab-e-Zauq entered the tea house and went upstairs for some meeting.
In 1939 an association, "Bazm-e-Daastaan Goyian" was established and after six months the name was changed to "Halqa-e-Arbab-e-Zauq", this is the same Halqa-e-Arbab-e-Zauq I saw coming in the cafe. The sessions and meeting of Halqa-e-Arbab-e-Zauq occurred on the upper story of India Tea House. Numerous abstract associations joined Halqa-e-Arbab-e-Zauq around then and began working in a joint effort with it.
Some place in 1943 another association "Halqa-e-Arbab-e-Ilm" rose whose central individual was Baidar Bakht. Amongst his mates were Agha Shorish Kashmiri, Malik Aslam Hayat and Syed Nasir Zaidi. Later with the backing of Maulana Hamid Ali Khan another association "Urdu Sabha" was established having huge names like Professor Patras Bokhari, Dr Mohan Singh Diwana, Khwaja Dil Muhammad, and Dr Shanti Roop Bhatnagar. Around then training and writing was grinding away's top. Numerous unbelievable and abstract identities from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and numerous different urban communities of Punjab moved to Lahore. Among these Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Professor Patras Bokhari, Sufi Tabassum, A-Hameed, Muhammad Husain Azad, Tajwar Najeebabadi, Mahmood Tehrani, Mufti Abdullah Tonki, Muhammad Hassan Jalandhari, Muhammad Shafi Kasuri, Mir Manzar Hussain Nazim Lakhnavi, Sheik Abdul Qadir, Dakit Abdullah, are eminent identities. The workmanship and writing of Lahore accomplished its definitive point and this Tea House turned into the spot of authors and writers.
These were the years when the Pakistan Movement was going full-bore and revolutionists and journalists were composing on the same points. At that point came Pakistan in 1947 however it was an end to the India Tea House as the Hindu and Sikh people left Lahore and moved to India. The India Tea House was shut down.
The next year, some artistic identities like Aleem Siraaj, Sadiq, A-Hameed and Mr Siraaj moved from India and assumed a part in resuscitating the Tea House. With the redoing of the India Tea House, the name likewise changed to Pak Tea House. With its reviving the authors and writers began returning and this spot again turned into a focal point of training and writing.
Pak Tea House rose by and by as a place of artistic individuals and writers and essayists like Mubarak Ahmed, Munir Niazi, Nasir Kazmi, Mukhtar Siddique, Munoo Bhai, Mira Ji, Ibn-e-Insha, Noon Meem Rashid, Qateel Shifai, Imtiaz Ali Taj, Anwar Sjjad, Yousaf Zafar , Ijaz Batalwi, Jillani Kamran, Mustansar Hussain Tarar, Asgar Nadeem Syed, Intezar Hussain, Hussain Majrooh, Atta Ul Haq Qasmi, Nazir Naji, Abdul Majid Salik and numerous more turned into a piece of Pak Tea House.
Pak Tea House rose at the end of the day as a place of artistic individuals and artists and scholars like Mubarak Ahmed, Munir Niazi, Nasir Kazmi, Mukhtar Siddique, Munoo Bhai, Mira Ji, Ibn-e-Insha, Noon Meem Rashid, Qateel Shifai, Imtiaz Ali Taj, Anwar Sjjad, Yousaf Zafar , Ijaz Batalwi, Jillani Kamran, Mustansar Hussain Tarar, Asgar Nadeem Syed, Intezar Hussain, Hussain Majrooh, Atta Ul Haq Qasmi, Nazir Naji, Abdul Majid Salik and numerous more turned into a piece of Pak Tea House.
Pak Tea House was shut for quite a while till it was restored and redid in 2012 by the administration of Punjab. It was an allure of light and trust in artistic circles. Perhaps the times can't be taken back to reproduce the lost magnificence as the state of mind and circumstances have changed. The patterns of verse, perusing, and written work and considering disorders have likewise got faint with the progression of time. It was the Pak Tea House where the scholarly left met a good fit for significant discussions and the same spot conceived intense artistic development like the Progressive Writers Association.
Pak Tea House is one of its sorts ever, which has its own particular essentialness and was a prevailing spot for the conception and prospering of craftsmanship and writing. The good thing is that Halqa Arbab-e-Zauq is still there, carrying on the custom. Numerous different affiliations have additionally developed and I am confident that these associations will likewise impact the world forever.