Whenever I go out of India, a usual question that I am asked out of courtesy is which country I am from. My immediate reply naturally is India, but I cannot control myself and in the same breath mention that I am Lahore-born. Lahore is now in Pakistan, but such is the sentimental attachment to what is not only my place of birth but where I spent the first 25 years of my life, that, for myself and my generation (of course the number is dwindling), the suggestion that Pakistan is a foreign country, like the USA, is unimaginable. Of course, Pakistan is now an independent and sovereign country and every one in India wishes it well. And therein is the real hope and optimism. But it has taken both the countries a ...