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More than a heartbeat of Doaba
E are proud to be Jalandhari,” feel a galaxy of achievers from the city. And indeed they have reason to feel so for Jalandhar is a colourful, vibrant and a progressive city that lies in the heartland of the Doaba region of Punjab. The people are full of life and enthusiasm and their undying spirit to win at any cost has not only exalted their status in their respective and different fields, but has also made Jalandhar known all over the world.

‘Jalandharis are enterprising’
“TO be a Jalandhari is to be bold, adventurous and enterprising; to be deeply religious as well as keenly rational, to be guided by tradition and yet value modern trends and outlook; to love the land of one’s birth and yet to try to move out for greener pastures. The inhabitants of Jalandhar Doab were the first to migrate to Canada, the UK and the USA and continue their exodus despite constraints and risks to their lives.

Satish K. Kapoor
Satish K. Kapoor

Killer roads snake their way through city
Traffic violations rampant, no earmarked parking space as administration indifferent to traffic woes

THE statistics are shocking: more than 95 persons were killed and as many as 117 injured in accidents on Jalandhar roads in the past six months. Even more shocking is the fact that the administration is yet to wake up to it.

Glassful of clean water is a luxury, say residents
HORTAGE of drinking water has hit residents of more than a dozen residential colonies here. They rue that they cannot get even a glass of clean water. Clean drinking water has become more or less a luxury for them, they say. Though the problem has its genesis in the water table here having gone down from 30 feet in 1994 to 99 feet in 2004, lack of proper planning on the part of the Municipal Corporation authorities has made things worse.

Official apathy builds a bridge to nowhere
BRIDGES are the lifeline of a city. Nothing could be worse for city residents than a long-drawn-out wrangle swallowing up a bridge. Unfortunately, this has been the case with residents of Phagwara, thanks to a lingering dispute between the contractor and the state government. The Rs 16-crore project to construct a railway over bridge has been hanging fire for the past two years
The Rs 16-crore project to construct a railway over bridge has been hanging fire for the past two years

I.K. Gujral“Jalandhar is my ‘emotional home’ and my emotional attachment with it is perennial. I am proud to be a Jalandhari.”
— I.K. Gujral, 
Former Prime Minister

Hans Raj Hans“In Jalandhar, every hue of life is visible like a rainbow in the sky. I admit that I am extremely attached to the city.”
— Hans Raj Hans,
Folk singer

Gautam Kapoor“People here are achievers in life. They are hardworking, more aware as also careful about their surrounding. It is a clean city.”
— Gautam Kapoor, 

Ashok MittalThe beauty of the city is that it is not very congested. The new part of the town is very beautiful. You can find everything of a big city here.”
 — Ashok Mittal, Industrialist

Yash Chopra“I was a student of Doaba College and have been a regular visitor to the city. My relatives live here. All I can say is that I love Jalandhar.” 
— Yash Chopra, 

Pargat Singh“The city has acquired a classy touch, which is visible everywhere. It retains its oriental touch yet has grown modern as well.” 
— Pargat Singh, 
Former Olympian

Poornima Berry“The city is 
cosmopolitan. Besides enjoying comforts of life here, you can also maintain your identity.”
— Poornima Berry,

Jugraj Singh“What attracts me the most is that the city has all facilities for a good life. Jalandharis are good people. I love the city.”
— Jugraj Singh, 
Hockey player


‘Beneath-the-water’ city rises to new heights
ALANDHAR has a dipolar past. It has been both the holy seat of deities like Vishvamukhi (vide Matsya Purana) and the stronghold of asuri shaktis represented by the demon king, Jalandhar (son of ocean), whose name is mythically associated with the birth of the city.

Of idealism, education and Lyallpur
HE air is redolent with idealism. Cynicism has not yet sneaked in. Education is not about pocketing degrees: it is about getting to know the ins and outs of life itself. The year is 1908; no Partition trauma to desecrate the dreams, no withering of hope to spike idealism.

An evening out... juicy gossip... and hot yummy pizza
N evening sans a bite of yummy pizza, a bit of juicy gossip and a package of cool fun is wearisome for youngsters who love to flaunt their cosmopolitan stance. “You need something hot and hip to rev you up. It could be hot sizzling Chinese cuisine or a hot cup of cappuccino savoured at a ritzy restaurant. It’s not so much about having your grub per se as having it at the right place in the right style,” sallies Ms Manisha, a college student who frequents Model Town Market here.

Vajra Corps’ landscaping plans in full bloom
canopy of trees, flowers in bloom, fountains cascading to the rhythm of light breeze, and all this within the precincts of Jalandhar Cantonment. A tall order? Not if we go by the plans of the Vajra Corps to beautify the cantonment. The corps is all set to expand the green cover at the cantonment.


Teeing off with a regal flourish
PORTING white caps and pushing their golf-kit trolleys, the high-profile officers look forward to playing the game every morning. As they tee the ball through a series of holes, they discuss the game and enjoy gossip with their pals.

Harbhajan Singh“I am not the one to rest on my laurels”
E'S simple, down-to-earth and he talks about the city without batting an eyelid. He’s Harbhajan Singh, better known as “Bhajji”. Unlike other celebrities, he won’t go ga ga over the inanities of his town. His terra firma is solid. “It’s a nice city — small and yes, beautiful,” he says spontaneously.                                    Cricketer Harbhajan Singh: "Success is fickle"


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