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 Dawn.com] Karachi has a distinct soul. While the thriving ...

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City Landmarks – Progressive Girls Council, Marwari Lines

The Progressive Girl Council Reading Room can only accommodate 15 or so people. The bookshelves are installed higher on the wall to make more room for people. There is an arch in middle for no reason. There is a loud speaker and an amplifier lying in one corner. There are empty plates in another. The […]

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City Weekend Plans – Prehistoric Rock Art in Dadu

A Winter Weekend Getaway. Dadu should be more frequented by people in Karachi who seek adventure. The landscape is harsh but dramatic. The people are less talkative but friendly. The roads are patchy but lead to experiences that you could only dream of in big towns. It is not a long drive from Karachi. This […]

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City Notebook – Dramatic Readings at Bedal Library

You get to see certain type of people at certain type of events in Karachi. You start to recognize them as you frequent events happening across the city. The people at Dramatic Readings are distinct in their outlook. They are there to listen to Urdu Short Stories. But they are not serious Urdu readers and […]

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City Landmarks – Reading Room in Marwari Lines

Karachi’s lost tradition of Reading rooms. You can perhaps count remaining few in Karachi on fingertips. However Mir Muhammad Baloch Progressive Academy reading room is one vibrant community space in the heart of Marwari Lines. I find Ali Akbar, caretaker and librarian basking in winter sun outside the small reading room. He takes pride in […]

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City Landmarks – Reading Room in Lyari

Karachi’s lost tradition of Reading rooms. You can perhaps count remaining few in Karachi on fingertips. Therefore I could not believe my luck when I accidentally discovered one such forgotten reading room in an obscure location in Lyari. I find myself in Lyari and ask my friends if there are any libraries. In their teens […]

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