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Men Don’t Ask for Directions!

A friend of mine came back from the US last year and we decided to meet up for dinner at Cafe Aylanto on M.M. Alam Road Lahore. My friend had been living in the US for several years and had not kept abreast with all the recent developments on M.M. Alam.  His first instinct was to look for a decent online map that showed the location of restaurant and also directions to get there from his place. At the time some of the high-resolution Google MapMaker maps had not been deployed for Pakistan, so there weren’t a whole lot of options available.

Finding your way around town!

Finding your way around town!

Starz comes to the rescue! Using the excellent maps of Pakistan provided by Google MapMaker, coupled with the large database of business listings and location data on Starz, it is now a matter of seconds to find the exact location of any place in your city on a map, and also get directions to it from your neighborhood.

These maps provide a detailed marked view of all major roads for the big cities of Pakistan. The other day, I had to go to a party at the Sukh Chan Wellness Club. All I knew was that it was in Gulberg-II, Lahore. Just a quick search for Sukh Chan on Starz gave me all the information I needed about the club, but also pin-pointed the location on the map, and even gave me turn-by-turn directions on how to get there.

Similarly on a business trip to Islamabad, I needed to lookup directions to an office in I-8 Markaz, starting from a guest house located in F-8. The whole exercise was a breeze! A quick search on Starz and I had all the information I needed to get to the office on my fingertips.

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