Government Higher Secondary School, Mansehra (2020). Photo by the author.

Our high school in Mansehra had a British-sounding name: Bolton High School. It was named after Horatio Norman Bolton, twice Chief Commissioner of the then Northwest Frontier Province, between 1923 and 1930. (Chief Commissioner was then the chief executive of the province; the office was later replaced by that of Governor.)

As I have mentioned elsewhere, there was nothing British about the school except, perhaps, the architecture that the British employed in the hilly areas: Sloping roofs of galvanized, corrugated metal sheets, painted red or green; wide verandas; dressed-stone walls; and large glass-pane windows.

Located next to the school building…

Aziz Ahmad

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