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 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 Landmarks – Karachi’s largest Cross

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

Symphony city – discovering Karachi’s oldest music shops

[originally published at] Karachi has a distinct soul. While the thriving ...

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Personal Spaces – Ahmed Anver, Painter – Pakistan Chowk

A man of many talents. Ahmed Anver is a veteran artist who is very well connected to the city. He lives near Pakistan Chowk. You can see Pakistan Chowk from his balcony. He lives on third floor. His apartment has a wooden roof and wooden walls. A lot of amendments have been done to the […]

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A Selection of the 30 Most Disappointing Under 30 (Karachi Version)

<After The Newyorker’s in Daily Shouts> Disclaimer: This article is categorized as satire and is a work of fiction Aasim Virk, 24 Took a course on ‘Social Revolutions’ and was so moved that he attended Labor day rallies on 1st May. Got sunburns and never went back. Inam Shaikh, 27 Signed up for Mixed Martial […]

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City Museums – TDF Ghar

One of the most Insta-friendly landmarks in the city. Chances are that you may have seen it already in your insta-feed. Chances are that you will start seeing it in photo shoots and commercials. The shoots and commercials which feature bored models draped in identical summer prints or over enthusiastic housewives endorsing groceries. The Dawood […]

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City Landmarks – The Book Bazaar on Wheels

The Book bazaar on wheels. It will make a catchy name for the bazaar. Especially when it does not have one. Some call it Gulshan Book Bazaar and others know it by its proximity to Bait-ul-Mukarram mosque. Even the booksellers find it difficult to recall if it ever had a name. It does not need […]

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Personal Spaces – Of the man who has not died yet

Of the man who has not died yet. He has made his presence count. Holding on to nostalgia has given him purpose and a source of earning. Making money makes him relevant in his house where he lives with three of his children and a number of his grandchildren. The house is big enough for […]

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