The Nameless Coconut Shop. The one with coconuts hanging from the top. A reminder that Karachi is a tropical city by the sea. The shop which is near Burns Garden has been selling coconuts for more than 50 years. They only sells coconuts, something of an anomaly in present day Karachi where packaged food has found its way in every shop. The nameless shopkeepers with busy hands are not the most talkative. On a sun-burnt Sunday noon, I find their shop quite happening. Cars and bikes make a stop and people buy coconuts in quantities. They seem to have regular customers who come from far off to their shop.
I drift from the shop as more customers make a stop. The shop is on the ground floor of an old building. There are apartments on top floors while rest of the ground floor has been abandoned. The veranda in front of ground floor is being used by the shop. I find coconut shells in front of what could have been the main entrance to the building once. Tall concrete buildings make the backdrop; which is uninspiring and forgetful. To the other side, Burns Garden’s greenery is a welcome sight, but the trees and lawn have not been tended to in a long time.