City Life – Twilight in Karachi

What I saw during Ramazan. A collection of photos and videos from Karachi Walla’s daily trips to Karachi’s old quarters during Ramazan.

City Portraits – The Man who sells Nostalgia

Meet Ansar. The Man who sells Nostalgia. He runs a shop in Saddar’s Antique Market and his collection of radios and turntables dwarf everyone else’s in the city. I have ...

Personal Spaces – And ode to NP 13/18

NP 13/18 is one of many pre-partition houses in the heart of Old City. One with a corner balcony and tinted glass windows. It reeks of forgotten genius and aesthetic ...

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City Hangouts – Jahangir Park

The last time I went to Jahangir Park, I found few druggies ...

City Portraits – Ghani Bhai

Ghani Bhai makes his living by cleaning cars at City Court Karachi. ...

City Landmarks – St. Andrews

St. Andrews takes your breath away. An oasis among the urban jungle ...

City Landmarks – The Eduljee Dinshaw Charitable Dispensary (Addendum)

The Karachi Walla was looking for the abandoned reading room in Jehangir ...

City Shopping – Antique Market in Saddar

A definite treasure trove. A walk down the memory lane. A refuge ...

City Faith – Karachi’s largest Cross

Gora Qabrustan is a personal favorite. And now it is home to ...

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City Faith – St. George Church, Kemari

The construction on Karachi port took place in 1850s. Most of the stone structures that you see in Kemari these days were part of the developments that took place at that time. Some of them were used as Karachi Port offices – Mules Mansion for instance – and some were used for housing custom officers […]

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City Landmarks – Roxy Cinema

“The texture that you see here, it cannot be created on a set. It is something extraordinary.” I am at Roxy cinema with a filmmaker who is evaluating different locations for a project. The first thing that he notices and talks about is the texture of the building and what’s in there; the still life […]

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City Landmarks – Kakri Ground

Some people might have this misconception that Defence and Clifton are the most happening parts of the town. Lyari trumps them both any given day. It is as if we are comparing Morata with Salah on current form for their respective clubs. A lot of people that I have acquainted with recently in Lyari have […]

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City Walk – Around Old Slaughterhouse, Lyari

The Dark side of the city. The Old Slaughterhouse was one of the worst hit areas during infamous gang wars of Lyari. You can see it on the walls. You can sense it on the faces. Old Slaughterhouse has been home to Hindus and Christian workers of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation for almost a century now. […]

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City Landmarks – Bedil Library, Sharfabad, Bahadurabad

Had Ghalib found himself in present day Karachi, he probably would have taken refuge in Bedil Library. At a walking distance from Char Minar Chowrangi,the library on second floor of Sharafabad Community hall transports you to a different era when people had different priorities and sensitivities. The library is named after Abdul Qadir Bedil, Persian […]

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