A Sad State of Affairs. There are times when you feel Paradise Point calling. You go back, expecting it to have evolved over years into a perfect getaway for Karachi wallas but No! The arch has gone and so has the infrastructure and fleeting optimism. The recreational area around the rocks look like a horror film set now. The only entertainer at the show is Mother Nature itself.
Someone once said, “Karachi is a city by the sea, but considering the amount of water activities which takes place, it could well be in the Sahara”. It sums up the attitude of authorities and to some extent of Karachi wallas. The best of the beaches (like Nathiagali) have been taken by Pakistan Navy or Bureaucracy and the rest lack proper infrastructure. It leaves places like Sandspit and Paradise point under severe stress. The later is famous for a sandstone rock which had the legendary natural arch once. With time the arch eroded and so did fondest of our memories.
There are only few shops around the point now. That too in desperate condition. There is hardly any sitting area or cover for the visitors. The canopies and huts have been reduced to shambles. Few boats offer ride across the rocks. The only positive is a newly paved road which probably is built for connecting the main road with Navy instalments near Nathia galli beach.
The place is beautiful nonetheless. The placid winter sea was inviting. Few camera men were shooting a dance step. A family was getting into a boat for the ride. A set of friends was taking pictures on every rock they could find. A family was celebrating lovely weather sitting on a mat. A child ran away from rest of the group. He stood short of the waves near the famous rock. Looking at it with awe. The Karachi Walla wondered how his memories would be different from our generation.