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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Peshawar to Calcutta

Just off the corner of Namak Mandi, I get chatting with a gentleman named Mohammad Anwar, who makes and duplicates keys. As soon as Mr Anwar learns that I'm from India, he asks , "Have you heard of Sher Shah Suri?"

"Er, yes," I reply.

"Well then, you must know that he built the Grand Trunk Road, which connects Peshawar to Calcutta. Now, that Grand Trunk Road, to me, is more of a truth than India and Pakistan."

He nods wisely here. I nod as well.

(The GT Road actually goes beyond both Peshawar and Calcutta, but you get the point.)
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