These ancient places of worship offer an alternative and more syncretic view of history.
This raised rock platform in Punjab was Babur’s throne – befitting of a pauper prince in search of an empire.
Gurudwara Patti Sahib was where Guru Nanak composed poetry, elevating Punjabi to a language of literature and learning.
While the written word was the preserve of the elite, the ordinary folk preserved their history in other ways.
While the Islamabad High Court banned Valentine's Day celebrations, terror attacks continued in the country.
It was in Lahore that the Congress asked for 'purna swaraj', fixing the last Sunday of January 1930 as Independence Day.
Today, the narrative of the guru's assassination on the emperor's order is stripped of all its political realities.
Punjab once recognised 12 seasons. It is now left with only four.
Many of these places of worship have developed a unique relationship with their geographical surroundings.
While some in India see him as a plunderer, those across the border hail him as a symbol of Islamic pride.
One of the two functional Hindu places of worship in Lahore is a rare example of religious syncretism in the country.
Every now and then, you can spot a lone temple that has been kept preserved by residents of the area.
What India's Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar referred to as hell is home to several shrines of major religions.
The Badshahi Mosque, built by Emperor Aurangzeb, has a bloody past that not many know about.
Dacoits have been so romanticised, songs are sung about their bravery.
'We may be more successful than regional writers, but does our writing truly represent our people?'
Isn't Heer Ranjha the most celebrated folk story in Pakistan? We not only celebrate love, we worship it.
Both India and Pakistan are the offspring of British-India and both are inheritors of the 'Indian civilisation'.
Any mention of Lahore's culture is incomplete without these hamlets, whose histories predate the city itself.
It's easy to accidentally step into Indian territory while travelling through the border towns near Lahore.