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F prostitution coupled with music and dance performances had ancient roots in South Asia Regardless of the stigma attached to prostitution it has given birth for centuries to many well know. Taboo is one of a kind for me in that it s the only book that I have read on this topic so far Fouzia Saeed has managed to reproduce her interaction with the people living in the Shahi Mohalla without bias or judgement indeed at times it seems morally bland This however is a reason to celebrate this book The book comprises of the author s interactions with the people in the Shahi Mohalla and it does lead to a better understanding of the sub culture that once prevailed in that place That music and dancing were intricately linked with this business in that community had entered my consciousness but I had never paid serious attention to it There are a few heart wrenching stories within these pages Cruelty that man is only too happy to visit upon another being figures Our political masters and the Police that promote prostitution on the hand and condemn it on the other are discussed However most of the book tells the stories of the people from the Shahi Mohalla the author formed a relationship with Perhaps than anything else I have found this book interesting for it lays bare the double standards that Pakistanis are prone to apply when it comes to the two sexes We use different rulers different weights to judge the gravity of an action It seems as if women are usually the extension of a male s social portfolio belonging to him in some sense One can accuse me of exaggeration on this account but there is a degree of truth in that statement but it confirms what I have observed and found absurd in the past Must I lament the needless misery that is to be fate of so many in this sick society I must

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Taboo The Hidden Culture of Red Light Area

N performing artists The book paints a realistic picture of the phenomenon through the stories of the people living there the musicians the prostitutes and their pimps managers and customer. A good and thorough research into a topic avoided by the civilised people of the society because perhaps it would expose them and their hypocrisy Music dance and sex is and will always be part of our culture trying to pretend otherwise is hypocrisy Lahore s red light area has produced some phenomenal artists and it deserves respect and protection Brave study by a brave intellectual Thank you

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The book is a journey of discovery into the infamous red light district of Lahore Pakistan known as the Shahi Mohalla the Royal Bazaar of Heera Mandi the market of diamonds The phenomenon o. This an intriguing book detailing a woman s view of the Red Light District of Lahore It is literally like look into a test tube from the outside as the many secrets and cultures of the notorious neighbourhood in LahoreWe are taken on a journey through a real life distopia where women rule and men obey women are the sellers and men are the buyers but still it is sad to see that even here it comes out too clear for our liking that women are being oppressed It is a haunting account of the lives of the women who live in the Shahi Mohala and how their culture is still part of ours


10 thoughts on “Taboo The Hidden Culture of Red Light Area

  1. says:

    This an intriguing book detailing a woman's view of the Red Light District of Lahore It is literally like look into a test tube from the outside as the many secrets and cultures of the notorious neighbourhood in LahoreWe are taken on a journey through a real life distopia where women rule and men obey women are the seller

  2. says:

    decent bookdancing girls of lahore was bettergood researchwritten from a completely feminist perspectiveso don't completely agree w the author's theorieseasy read but redundant at partshaha having gone through a women n gender studies programi think i need to revise my reviewas now i'm comfortable w the term femi

  3. says:

    Saeed’s book is really a study of the Red Light District of Lahore Pakistan It is a story about a group of people who should not exist under

  4. says:

    Taboo is one of a kind for me in that it's the only book that I have read on this topic so far Fouzia Saeed has managed to reproduce her interaction with the people living in the Shahi Mohalla without bias or judgement; indeed at times it seems morally bland This however is a reason to celebrate this book The boo

  5. says:

    The subject matter is rich and fascinating but I found the author's handling of her material a little disappointing While I understand that she was trying for an informal tone I would have appreciated a bit exposition upfront about the social structure of the Mohalla Also there were several passages where polemic is disguised as a long conversation in which everyone agrees with one another

  6. says:

    I liked Taboo The Hidden Culture of Red Light Area because the author spent several hours talking interviewing and researching in the red light area of Lahore for this bookThis book gave me an idea about how tough ugly and unpredictable life wa

  7. says:

    Taboo is thorough well researched and backed by facts and history In addition it not only provides insights to the lifestyle of residents of Shahi Muhalla but also narrates the stories of several prostitutes their dreams aspirations and the bonds Fouzia develops with the residents along with time thus keeping you engaged

  8. says:

    A good and thorough research into a topic avoided by the “civilised” people of the society because perhaps it would expose them and their

  9. says:

    A book based on a Socioligists time spent in the Red Light District in Pakistan The culture the tradition and the cruelties imposed on women who are prostitutes The societies that look the other way from such atrocities being committed being the same that freuent the area and make it profitable A real look at prostitution

  10. says:

    There are some books which break the stereotypes you have ingrained and provide you an insight that changes the way you see yourself