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ALTAAF KAZI IN PAKISTAN

MULTAN MOCKERY

Try finding Multan in the cities I’ve visited section on Facebook, well you’ll have to try very hard because I for one wanted to add it…
But after spending a few days in this dreary and uneventful city it became obvious just why Multan does not seem to find a place on the maps of Facebook…
There’s absolutely nothing one can do to keep yourself occupied and if boredom was a cause of death, well then Multan is the place you’d want to breathe your last dose of oxygen……

Now my further searches on Multan revealed that Alexander the Great in his travels around the world visited Multan back in the day…I’m sure like myself he couldn’t wait to make an exit…

The only reason why I’m here is because of cricket…it took me five hours by road, sharing it with donkey’s, goats, sheep, bicycles, motorbikes, trucks, busses, human beings all fighting for a coveted spot of tar and at some points gravel…I know I’m used to the luxuries of comfortable traveling but I don’t mind roughing it up…this though goes beyond roughing it…

Anyway, the city itself is cramped…only one decent hotel that looks more fortress than a hotel with all the security around it…and you guessed no place for myself or the crew traveling with me…

We get booked into a hotel called the Fiesta Inn…a 22 roomed block that smells of paint and unfinished building…My worst nightmare…no broadband, no wi-fi…nothing…This renders me useless as I depend on modern technology to get my work back to South Africa…Modern Technology has not made it’s way to Multan yet…After seeing my irritation without even checking in yet, the manager arranged dial-up for me, taking someone’s home phone line, and threading it through my window…I almost forgot dial-up still existed and it takes some getting used to…

Don’t even mention breakfast at our hotel…the waiters don’t know what sausages are and toast for them is bread warmed up in the microwave…I kid you not, I thought if I can’t get an omlette with sausages the least I could eat was toast and jam…yeah right, when my ‘toast’ arrived it was glorified hot bread!!!

Altaaf, enough complaining, you’ll be in Lahore in 16 hours from now….

Altaaf Kazi for Swoosh0018.com in Multan

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