On July 5, a Lahore-based digital media manager who goes by the Twitter handle @izahshaid tweeted a quote by English art critic John Berger.

The declaration about “the sex and the age of cities of the world, unrelated to their demography” instantly got Twitter thinking. Soon, beautifully-worded descriptions of various cities began pouring in.

Shayar is an Urdu word for poet, while ghazal translates to a poem.

However, not everyone had a romantic description of their cities. The ugly sides of many Indian metropolises were also.