SEDUCERS OF FOREIGN WOMEN
Story of love
I was standing on the roof top of a house of a friend in Mochi Darwaza and across the roofs, we saw an English women washing clothes. ‘Yar, maim lagti hai’. Yes, my friend said, this man married her in London and brought her here, and she is working so hard all the time. Not a big house, not a financial giant, a common down to earth man who went to England to make money and came back with a bride. Such cases are many in Lahore. Brides from England are most common but so are from other countries. We could add Lebanon for some of our religious leaders, perhaps an Irani or two, even French, Central Asian, Germans yes, but mostly English. M.A. Rahman Chughtai used to explain it simply and in simple terms. He used to say that most of the Pakistanis going to England would accost the washer women or the cleaner lady or the worker for the land lady, and early in the morning, the romance would start, with no knowledge, as to who seduced whom? The World War left England with plenty of women and few men. That is why England encouraged people from other lands to settle in England and provide relief to their women. But the story is older than that.
Mahrajah Dallip Singh (touted as the son of Mahrajah Ranjit sIngh when it is famous in Lahore to this day that he was illegitimate son of Mai Jindan from her paramour Gulu Mashqi) at hands of John Logins embraced Christianity in the Lahore Fort impressed with the Christianity package of Reverend Abdul Masih Salih. Dallip Singh went to England and was the personal guest of Queen Victoria. Love was at first sight, and Queen Victoria was having the time of her life with this Lahori boy. The young boy dreamt of becoming the King of the English Empire or Prince at least. But when she had enough of those rendezvous with him, she rejected him out right. He became riled as being an emotional Punjabi, and after being rebuked, decided to go back to Punjab, India. He renounced Christianity after all. He could not make it to Marseilles, where the reputation is that he was assassinated by the British Secret Service. Not possible. Who knows? But this kind of story is there even today. We hear again and again that Princess Diana was carrying the child of Harrod’s Dodee, and that the British Secret Service dealt with her. After the High Court in England decided the case, presumably forever, fresh evidence has come from Paris itself, that it was actually the case. Let us see if the truth ever comes out.
Queen Victoria must be having a passion for men of this region. Munshi Abdul Kareem was another confidante of her and novels have been written of their affair. No one will know the actual truth, but imagination plays riot, and one ends up thinking even worse than the truth itself. We are just relating stories, as we were not there.
But back to another Lahori boy, Dr Hasnat, the original shy lover of Princess Diana. A movie has been made on them. Dr Hasnat denies it as being the truth. Surely the truth would be even more bitter for the British. A Brownie Paki from here romancing the Princess of England. Does not look good, but these boys from Lahore are men of another order. Princess Diana begged Dr Hasnat’s mother in Model Town, for permission to marry his son. She refused the Princess. What a lady? She made Lahore proud of her.
Lahoris are great lovers. We have a living example in our own local Cary Grant, Najum Latif. He did the impossible. He romanced with the daughter of an American Senator. And married her happily. The American family sings his song to this day. And not to forget our own Imran Khan who married Jemima, the doting daughter of a Jewish millionaire Mr Goldsmith. Good luck to Imran too! The great dramatist Mr Pirzada married a German lady, who remained with him till the end. Nur Jahan’s son Akbar married a French lady. And the Qazilbaschs, in the tradition of the great Agha Khans, spring from one English mother to another. Surely English girls have a passion for Lahori Nawabs. The Principal of a Beaconhouse School had a doting Americabn wife. And so many others.
Cases after cases, few seduced the women at the top, but it happened. And Lahore left its mark on the world as well as the world of romance. Yes, something special in Lahori boys, after all.