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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 Life – Happy Night at Shri Swami Narayan

Karachi Walla’s happy night out. After an uneventful day at work, I ...
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City Landmarks – Thomas & Thomas

Past Zainab Market and Regal chowk, life runs at a maddening pace. ...
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City Walk – Balcony Watch

Balcony Watch. A frivolous activity in a world running at a maddening ...
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City Landmarks – Gora Qabrustan

A blind spot in city’s heart. A placid getaway in midst of ...
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City Secert – Meeting Rashid Minhas

Rest in peace in Karachi. A childhood hero of every Pakistani. A ...
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Karachi Life – Buying books at Regal Chowk

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

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City Hangouts – Haji Malang Hotel

Serendipity is The Karachi Walla’s greatest ally. Finding Haji Malang Hotel was such a pleasant surprise. Tucked between insipid concrete structure, it was an instant favorite. Original and unassuming. It looked like a desi pub where sailors meet before or after the expeditions far far away. Its not very far. Its right there in the […]

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Short Stories – The Other Impressions

The van stopped near a residential block to pick up the pamphlets. Zainab grew restless. The van has brought her and others to Karachi from their village in interior Sindh and now they had to wait till they reach their destination. She looked out of the window. She saw a family stepping out of their car. A […]

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City Landmarks – Wazir Mansion Station

Abandoned. Abandoned by the Railways but still playing a role in people’s lives. As a socializing space. As a parking space for vehicles. As a storage for tree logs. As a cricket ground for children. The Karachi Walla expected the station named after the birthplace of Jinnah to be somewhere in Kharadar but it was […]

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City Landmarks – Karachi Drainage System

“I have found a tower from where they used to blow the siren in case of an air attack”, a friend called me on the phone “That must be something”, I said, not knowing what awaited me there. I drove there on a Sunday. I picked up my friend near Dow Hospital and he showed […]

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Short Stories – 2024

I woke up with the taste of blood in my mouth. My head was spinning and my whole body ached. There was a blinding light in the middle of my room, enough to trigger a migraine. I tried to move my hand to shelter my eyes from the light but realized that my hand was […]

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