Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in*. Karachi fits the bill for many.

Vibrant and Colourful. Karachi is the darling of poor and rich alike. Unpredictable and Violent. Karachi is the nightmare for poor and rich alike.

Home to the most diverse of populations. Muslims, Parsis, Jews, Christians, British, Shia, Sunni, Balochi, Sindhi, Pakhtun, Kashmiri and others. Many of them like Karachi. Many of them hate Karachi. Karachi, like a gracious mother, has embraced them all. It has given them freedom to be themselves. Some dream during the day. Some work during the night. Some quote Shah-jo-Risalo. Some sing Bulley Shah. Some read Jane Austen. Some recite Faiz Ahmed. Some find comfort in extreme interpretations. Some walk barefoot in its shrines. Some destroy sanctity of its shrines. Some try to make it proud. Some try to slaughter this goose to steal all its golden eggs. All at once.

The diversity makes Karachi beautiful. The diversity makes Karachi painful.

Long live Karachi.

The Karachi Walla in news:

Karachi uncovered: website reveals city’s hidden architectural gems

Farooq Soomro, the Karachi Walla

* Robert Frost

62 Comments on “About”

  1. December 6, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    Wonderful Blog! I love i’ve found someone who loves Karachi as much as i do! Great Blog 🙂

  2. December 17, 2010 at 4:08 pm #

    Ha ha ha ..It was funny. Everyone lives there but nobody owns this city.

  3. December 19, 2010 at 3:11 am #

    Your blog is so beautiful – just like Karachi.

    I have just had a quick peek, but will be back for more. Thank you for a wonderful potrayal of Karachi. Feeling so nostalgic now….

  4. Anonymous
    December 21, 2010 at 12:31 am #

    hi ,i really love ur blog ,its amazing ,it has told me that sindh is also an amazing province, and more over karachi is a pearl of pakistan, admins my dad is a dco means director for gorakh hills, he has got this post this sep. if u want to know more plzz ask me,i will tell and give u new pics of it….bilalsuper12@hotmail.com………..ur pics r old ,gorakh is changed now , feel free to ask me any thing, i have new pics and videos and all abt gorakh hill, even the few secret attractions i know ….

  5. February 25, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    hi there! thanks for subscribing 🙂 your blog needs to be looked over with time and affection, so i’m going to go ahead and subscribe too! i was wondering if you saw this…? http://munirazoom.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/before-the-divide-karachi-early-40s/

  6. June 30, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    Excellent blog!!

  7. July 22, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    Brilliant. Excellent blog.

  8. Ishaa
    August 6, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

    I found this blog accidentally and i’m in love with it now. Really like how you have capture the essence of our city in your words, keep up the great work! 🙂

  9. September 8, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    Thankyou for coming by to my blog, means alot 🙂

  10. The Rungs of A Ladder
    November 8, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    ”like a gracious mother, has embraced them all”.. Beautiful 🙂

    Question is, Have we embraced her – or are we willing to?

  11. Sameer
    December 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    The name you choose is excellent, I been addressed many time by people Karacahi walay. I love this city not only because it is my home but also offer many different colours.
    Hope the sense of security which was there earlier (more than fifteen) returns back. Even after having so much problems in life still the people are caring, if one have problem there are people to help without knowing who you are.
    Hope peace and prosparity comes back to Karachi. Nice effort. Thank You (Karachi Walla from Karachi walay)

  12. February 17, 2012 at 12:10 am #

    hum bhi he

  13. Jay
    October 8, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    Thank you for putting this together. Those pictures of DJ’s hostel, Cape Mount, old Saddar, brought back a wave of nostalgia that is empowering and incapacitating at the same time. I realize its easy for someone like me to be a romantic when one is safely ensconced in the safety nest of Middle American suburbia, but for some like you, experiencing the highs and lows daily, that heady sea breeze in the evening and that torrid heat in the afternoon, that disbelief in those who create mayhem every day and those that tire endlessly to keep it together – to live through it all and tenderly cherish everything that this city has to offer … that is the true spirit of a ‘karachiwalla’ …. KW I salute you …. Don’t stop writing.

  14. October 14, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

    When I use my search engine to look for blogs to read yours has come up several times on different categories. That just made me want to read it more, I can see why. It is excellent. Keep up the awesome work.

  15. Dr. Amir Soomro
    October 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Your blog is very impressive & knowledgeable. I appreciate your work and passion. You have gathered untold history. This is the first time that I have found a blog which is completely my subject and my cup of tea. Can we work together to explore more and bring it on your blog so the people can be benefited?

  16. December 10, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    this is truly sentimental .. i’ve been living in karachi since a child and now a mother myself. if you’re interested you can read a karachiite mom’s light humoured take on parenting here: http://mamababydiaper.blogspot.com/

  17. Anonymous
    March 4, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    mAy i kNOW ThE AddReSs oV Ur sHoP………??

  18. Anonymous
    May 27, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    city of lights have been now changed to city of load shedding

  19. Anonymous
    June 8, 2013 at 10:08 pm #


  20. Anonymous
    June 8, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    hey karachi people, i am doing a survey on public spaces of karachi and how they r looked at. can you lease fill this quick survey form, it will surely help me with my analysis. thank you

  21. July 15, 2013 at 4:21 am #

    Fantastic work! I lived in Karachi for four years during college, and often write about it. Your blog allowed me to take a trip down memory lane. May Karachi see better days soon.

  22. Anonymous
    September 19, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    thank you

  23. December 2, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    I love karachi thats why i love your blogg 🙂

  24. imtiax
    December 18, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    Wonderful Blog! I love i’ve found someone who loves Karachi as much as every picture is a beautiful ,imtiax

  25. Anonymous
    December 18, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    why is all the sausage drawn to your blog?

  26. abdullghaffar chishty
    June 7, 2014 at 2:53 pm #

    i love karachi becuse my birth place but karachi karachi he dost

  27. Robin Saunter
    August 6, 2014 at 9:18 pm #

    Marvelous blog. I lived for four years in Karachi in the late 1980s and thought I had seen most of the sights of the city. Keep up this excellent work.

  28. Udaya Bose
    August 7, 2014 at 7:43 am #

    Your site is very good and shows your love for your city. It was a revelation for me.
    I don’t want to sound a sour note, however, it is strange that in “About” you do not mention the Hindus as Karachiwallas even though a lot of the legacy that you are proud of owes itself to their munificence.
    Signs of the times I suppose.

    • April 23, 2016 at 9:20 pm #

      I remember seeing a post, earlier, celebrating Hindu mandirs and Hindu cultural landmarks in Karachi.
      Sharing a thousand year history in the Sub-Continent, Hindus are very much a part of our nation and society. The ordinary Pakistanis recognize this. Our diversity makes our nation so colourful and vibrant.

  29. Roshan Kumar Panda
    August 7, 2014 at 8:54 pm #

    nice blog. good travel stories.

  30. JPL Rowlands
    August 8, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

    Lovely website! I’d love to visit Karachi some day!

  31. August 8, 2014 at 6:20 pm #

    Jehan Ara (PASHA) shared your article in Guardian today. I am so proud of the work you are doing. Thank you for reminding people how vibrant our city is.

  32. September 11, 2014 at 5:05 pm #

    Great blog. Have had a quick look and will return to read the posts at length.

  33. Noor S.
    September 17, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

    This is such an important blog!!

  34. zara
    February 1, 2015 at 10:15 pm #

    we need this kind of attitude to promote the beautiful city and all of it’s offerings. thank you karachi walla

  35. May 21, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

    I have been living in Karachi since 10 years and now the law and order situation is much better than it was 3 years ago. Good job by the Govt

  36. July 30, 2015 at 6:43 am #

    Stumbled upon this and it has opened up a wonderful window view on Karachi. Please keep it up. Also focus on old bungalows.

  37. Zeeshan
    October 14, 2015 at 11:12 am #

    well said Nighat Ma’am

  38. November 14, 2015 at 6:33 pm #


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    March 29, 2016 at 6:12 pm #

    Where is this school? How many classes are there in course and what are the charges?

  40. April 11, 2016 at 8:44 am #

    Keep it up !

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  42. October 14, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

    Good one!

  43. June 19, 2017 at 2:54 pm #

    Excellent Blog ! very well written you described all the essence of Karachi very beautifully.

  44. August 6, 2017 at 11:33 pm #

    If I would ever be so lucky as to visit Karachi, I would have no hesitation in booking a tour with you. I love reading your blog and your writing lures me into your moment and it’s perfect in describing your chosen subject and accompanying photographs.
    When I do log on to search my followed sites in the Reader, if I see a post from you, I just have to come into your city with you and I enjoy it every time…keep up the good work. I’m an infrequent visitor to the Reader, but when I see your posts I love to be guided around your city by your words and pictures…

  45. November 7, 2017 at 4:24 pm #

    AOA!A new follower here.Love from India💝 Pleased to find this blog.I feel Bombay is just like Karachi in many aspects where people come with a lot of hope for progress in there lives and this cities🌇 too does not leave them empty-handed.Looking forward for more posts of Pakistan.All the Best.👍

  46. sarosh
    April 2, 2018 at 9:55 am #


  47. arsalan
    April 14, 2018 at 3:03 pm #

    Excellent Blog
    ! very well written you described all the essence of Karachi very beautifully.

  48. aaminah
    May 3, 2018 at 9:41 am #

    I am currently enrolled in a course on urban design and have found a treasure of information in your blogs which i have used for my assignments about karachi. I have ofcourse credited your name with all photos and insights used. Thank you

  49. August 15, 2018 at 8:00 pm #

    Such a beautiful blog. I have been trying to find such an online resource. My only regret is I only found you more recently through another blogger. Great work. Keep it up. I look forward to seeing more forgotten nook and corners of Karachi.

  50. Afshan
    November 8, 2018 at 2:43 pm #

    Wonderful blog!

  51. March 15, 2019 at 8:59 pm #

    https://www.hotelcrowninn.com 4 star hotel in Karachi

  52. March 21, 2019 at 1:22 am #

    please can you write about my bussiness

  53. Syed Ali
    June 6, 2019 at 10:58 pm #

    Very Nice Article.

  54. July 6, 2019 at 3:42 am #

    Karachi Rocks!

  55. February 17, 2020 at 2:29 pm #

    Carry on Good Luck

  56. March 27, 2020 at 5:45 pm #

    Wonderful karachiwalla I just love the name of your website because I’m also karachiwala

  57. May 7, 2020 at 2:50 pm #

    Its so good fabulous I don’t have any words for your article I’m speechless or just say wordless

  58. September 11, 2020 at 9:06 pm #

    I like your work on Karachi heritage.

    • November 11, 2020 at 9:43 pm #

      Very true. Karachi is like a loving , kind, all embracing Mama that is willing to take all her children in her care.
      Karachi is showing the the rest of Pakistan , how the rest of Pakistan should become. Karachi is a melting pot, where a new Pakistani nation is being born, all nationalities coalescing into one nation.
      But Karachi has been abandoned by those who are supposed to take care of it. It has become a neglected, “yateem” city, that nobody care for.
      Unfortunate. Ungrateful people.

  59. November 11, 2020 at 9:50 pm #

    To Karachiwala: Thank you Karachiwala for all your efforts keep shining light on all those aspects or Karachi that have either been neglected or forgotten in today’s mad rush to keep pace with the demands of modern life.
    Thank you.
    Wish you all the best.

  60. March 4, 2022 at 10:18 am #

    Great by all means and a very informative blog regarding beauty. keep sharing worthy info like this !

    Skin specialist in Karachi

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