Despite the usual discord, Pakistan and India continued to have civilized cultural exchanges during the 1950s. Every time the Pakistani poets would return from an Indo-Pak Mushaira in Delhi, my father the late Hasan Jafri would go to Lahore from our home in Gujranwala and drive the poets back for a mushaira at Hasan Manzil, our abode. Between 1955 to 1961 there were three such sittings.
Zareef Jabalpuri, Shaukat Thanvi, Himayat Ali Shayr, Adeeb Saharanpuri, Zehra Nigah, Syed Mohammad Jafri, Sehaab Qizilbash, Arshad Mir and other local poets would recite their work. During the mushaira, Paans were served in a city of Pehelwans and the local populace would wait eagerly for these literary gatherings.