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 Walk – 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 Faith – Happy Night at Shri Swami Narayan

Karachi Walla’s happy night out. After an uneventful day at work, I ...
The lone warrior

City Shopping – 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

City Shopping – Buying books at Regal Chowk

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

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City Life – The Car Cleaners at Do Talwar

These guys charge 100-250 for a car wash. Behind Irani Consulate, you could even see them from Do Talwar but it is when you drive from Mohatta Palace to Do Talwar that you see them waving in your face. Draped in Zainab Market clothing with yellow buckets for carrying water, you cant miss them even […]

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City Life – Monsoon Rain

It looked like a typical July Day with lots of clouds but no rain. However the scene changed right before the sunset. There was thunder, there was lightning and there was rain. I was at roadside cafe. All the staff took refuge under the roof except for one waiter who was from Thar Desert. He […]

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City Walk – A Photographer’s Karachi

The article was originally published on Dawn.com She had a name befitting of a Mughal princess. A young photographer, she had arrived in the city on a yearlong assignment. She wrote to me saying that she wanted to see colonial Karachi and was interested in joining me on my trips to the city. I was […]

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Personal Spaces – The Goddess of Wisdom and Maulvi Abdul Haque

The article was originally published on Dawn Blogs The hustle and bustle of Karachi often overshadows its historical significance, but amidst its smog-filled dingy streets and crumbling edifices lies a city full of intriguing stories. The construction of a port and other infrastructure fueled Karachi’s growth, which attracted not only businessmen but scholars, artists and […]

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Personal Spaces – Shahid Sajjad’s

It was a privilege to be inside Shahid Sajjad’s personal space which is situated somewhere in PECHS neighborhood. A surreal setting of pulleys, chimneys, chains, sculptures, stoves, kettles, kilns and other stuff which I could not identify. The place reeks of genius. This is where he created some of his most prized work. Shahid Sajjad, […]

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