City Landmarks – Lady Dufferin Hospital

“Let’s stop and see Lady Dufferin?” My escort suddenly got excited and insisted that we make a stop. We have been driving for past one hour on and around MA ...


City Life – Discovering City with a Poetess, a Novelist and a Stand up Artist

“So when did you arrive in Karachi” “When did I arrive in Karachi? Let’s see. I arrived here in Karachi in 1968, in a hospital” I turned around and had ...


City Secret – Beatles in Karachi

Thanks to Sami Shah (who recently tweeted link to the attachment) we are able to see this rare piece of the coverage of Beatles short transit time at Karachi airport.

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City Landmarks – Thomas & Thomas

Past Zainab Market and Regal chowk, life runs at a maddening pace. ...

City Walk – Balcony Watch

Balcony Watch. A frivolous activity in a world running at a maddening ...
Broken Wings

City Landmarks – Gora Qabrustan

A blind spot in city’s heart. A placid getaway in midst of ...

City Secert – Meeting Rashid Minhas

Rest in peace in Karachi. A childhood hero of every Pakistani. A ...
Dont disturb

Karachi Life – Buying books at Regal Chowk

Surreal. There is something with this setting which makes it surreal. The ...

City Landmarks – The Mitharam Hostel

The Manifestation of an Idea by an Educationist ending up as barracks. ...

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City Weekend Plans – Gorakh Hill

It was pure foolishness which turned out to be a masterstroke!, said a friend sitting in the guesthouse at top of the hill. Indeed. When we embarked on our journey from Karachi, the weather guy reported 46 degrees Celsius in adjoining areas of Dadu. Surely an ascent of 5,688 feet would have improved our fortunes […]

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City Landmarks – Goolbai Maternity Home

I stopped in Al-Zahra, tearful and meditative, to cry out in the middle of the destroyed ruins “Oh, Zahra -said- come back to be!” But it told me: “May the deceased return?” Al-Sumaysir wrote these lines when he visited abandoned capital of Ummayya Caliphate of Al-Andalus. I felt for him. Requiem for the city! Our […]

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City Landmarks – Sevakunj Hostel (Addendum)

Original post: City Landmarks – Sevakunj Hostel Suggested Reading: Experience of an expat student living in Sevakunj Hostel In one of his works, Intizar Hussain sb compares old buildings to trees which have their roots deep inside people’s hearts. Phir Jeena marna, hasna roona, khana peena, everything revolves around such landmarks. And they remain forever […]

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City Landmarks – Gurdwara Ratan Talao

Ratan Talao. Always found the name fascinating. Phonetically soothing. Always been confused with the directions and forgot about it all until found this brilliant piece on it by Akhtar Balouch. I geared up for Sunday exploration after discussing it with friend who asked his colleague to show me the directions though someone has kindly marked […]

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Overheard in Karachi – Karachi Literature Festival

1) Really? Never knew that buffaloes could swim.   ~ A baffled girl in M. Hanif’ session at KLF 2) Do you plan to write a novel in Urdu  No, Jis tarah mujhe gali sirf Punjabi mein aati hai, waisay novel sirf angrezi mein aata hai 3) I am a Punjabi and a Sunni, I […]

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