Udta Punjab

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Udta Punjab

Illustration: Saachi Mehta/ Arré


egulars on National Highway 1 will often boastfully tell noob roadsters that they don’t need signs to know their whereabouts. If they peer out and see multiple hoardings claiming the best paronthe in town, they know they are definitely near Haryana’s dhaba town Murthal. And if they happen to see aeroplanes seemingly stranded on rooftops, they know that they’ve entered Punjab.

Two hours out of Patiala, you will find yourself in a town that may convince you that the aeroplane is its own invention. It isn’t.