Being a frequent visitor to Murree while growing up, I had that nostalgic love for Murree which made many of us long for our own ‘Little England’, even when there were other options on the map. The idea behind this book was to document stories from Murree of yesteryear and make people relive those bygone days. The book tries to tell stories of churches, schools, clubs, villas and colonial era hotels with the help of user friendly maps as well as geocodes to help a reader navigate Murree through back streets and side roads. How many of us have heard or seen Brightlands hotel, Hackthorn house, Nutwood house, Kinturk house or the birthplace of Francis Younghusband, the great British explorer? Do you know why Murree lost to Simla in becoming the summer capital of Punjab? Remember the infamous General Dyer of Jallianwala Bagh or Major Hudson of Hudson Horse who arrested Bahadur Shah Zafar in 1857; they all are connected to Murree. Our own Benazir Bhutto lived here and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was imprisoned here. And I am not even talking about Lawrence College, Convent of Jesus and Mary, Presentation Convent, St Denys, Murree Brewery or Holy Trinity Church for which Murree is most known for. So come, let us explore, relive and celebrate Murree together.
About the author:
Professionally trained as a doctor, Omar joined civil service in year 2000 and worked with Pakistan Customs for some time before doing his Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University. On return, Omar worked with Department for International Development (now Foreign and Commonwealth Development office, UK) as Governance Advisor for eight years. Besides Pakistan, he has undertaken assignments in several countries including United Kingdom, Tanzania, Turkey, Austria, France, Ukraine and Slovenia. Currently he is advising on economic and public sector reforms in Pakistan.
Omar was born in Lahore and has lived in many cities of Pakistan during the course of his life. A proud Abdalian, trekking and exploring Pakistan is a passion for Omar and he has written extensively on sustainable tourism and heritage. Omar lives in Lahore with his family and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Title: Once Upon a Time in Murree
Author: Dr. Omar Mukhtar Khan
Subject: History, Travel
Murree being the most prefered place for a quick getaway is more than just its hilly mountains and The Mall Road. And lets face it Murree has absolutely lost its beauty no thanks to our uneducated developers, unaware tourists and incompetent bureaucracy. But there are so many hidden gems, untouched history that makes you want to visit Murree again and again. Much thanks to Dr Omer, the author for providing us with great detail the places and their histories created left by the colonials. The pictures in the book are really helpful if i get to visit some places the next time i visit Murree.