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 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 ...
2 - Sohail's music shop has a wide range of musical instruments

Symphony city – discovering Karachi’s oldest music shops

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

City Faith – Happy Night at Shri Swami Narayan

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

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City Portraits – Kids at a Sheedi Village

We Are Failing Our Children. Karachi probably ranks highest in social mobility in our country but just take few steps out of your comfort zone and you would discover that there is little investment in infrastructure in outskirts of Karachi. Whatever the official statistics may be, but human development does not seem to be one […]

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City Secret – Narsingha Bhagwan Mandir

A City Secret. Tucked away from our conscience. It is not easy to find way to the temple. The street in question is just like any other street in Ranchor Lines, perhaps a little wider. There are ancient stone structures on both sides, covered in dust and strangled with wires. Few of residents have even […]

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City Landmarks – Bhagnari Temple

A Relic of the Past. Bhagnari Temple belongs to Bhagnaris, a Baloch Hindu tribe originating from two villages in Baluchistan namely Bhag and Nari. When Bhagnaris migrated to Karachi, they settled around Lea Market area and built Bhagnari temple on what is Embankment Road now. After partition, a lot of Bhagnaris moved to Mumbai and […]

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City Shopping – Karachi Farmers’ Market

A chic affair. For the first timer its perhaps easy to dismiss Karachi Farmers’ Market as yet another elitist phenomenon but only when you start visiting the market regularly that you understand that it is one serious business. At nine o clock on every Sunday, when most of the Karachi is still in slumber, You […]

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City Walk – Around Marwari Lines

An instant favorite. Despite all the troubles a low income neighborhood in Karachi harbors, such as filth, garbage, sewerage water and traffic. But there is warmth in people, a distinct taste in roadside food and character in buildings that make this area special. Marwari Lines or Gazdarabad is a neighborhood in Saddar Town, which has […]

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