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 ...


City Walk – 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 ...


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 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 ...
The lone warrior

City Shopping – Thomas & Thomas

Past Zainab Market and Regal chowk, life runs at a maddening pace. ...

City Walk – Balcony Watch

Balcony Watch. A frivolous activity in a world running at a maddening ...

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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 been looking for a turntable since I inherited a ceramic records collection from my grandfather. A friend recommended me to visit Antique Market in Saddar. […]

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City Landmarks – City Press Bookshop

The bookshop at the unlikeliest of places. City Press Bookshop is located on the third floor of Madina Shopping Mall, famous for rejected pieces of famous designer wear. If it still does not ring the bell, think Zainab Market. This area has seen many bookshops giving way to all sorts of shops, from furniture to […]

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City Life – Artist at work

The Karachi Walla met Kaleem Khan, a renowned artist from Quetta on a humid day in Clifton. He was busy painting portrait of another talented artist, Aamir Habib. There was a Quetta connection as both the artists hail from there. Nostalgic music was playing in the background, in Pashto and Farsi, some of popular tunes […]

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City Hangouts – Cafe Bogie

First of its kind in Karachi. Cafe Bogie is one hell of an addition to the list of hangouts in Karachi. The lanes around II Chundrigar turn into ghost streets as soon as the offices close in the evening. Even the main road looks gloomy late in the night. Therefore when you drive from Shaheen […]

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A Karachi Walla in Lanka

The Karachi Walla met an old acquaintance, another Karachi Walla in Lanka. She has moved to Lanka sometime back and been living there alone. She told me that there is ancient cemetery in her neighborhood, which may capture imagination of a photographer. We spent the evening walking through the narrow lanes inside the cemetery, which […]

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