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Poetry in motion on roads of Pakistan

Bronwyn Curran, writing for The National

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On Pakistan’s dishevelled motorways, the nation’s under-played poetic soul is on display – on the back of lorries.

The riot of coloured patterns, feathery chains and gaudy portraits adorning the heavy movers have made the popular old Bedfords a national icon.

Miniatures of the six-wheeler frescoes-in-motion sell in souvenir shops. Less famous are the Urdu couplets scrawled above the rear bumper bars. Some are witty, many are lovelorn, most are slightly self-parodying and all bring relief from the headaches of long-distance travel in a troubled land. Continue reading


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