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City Landmarks – Progressive Girls Council, Marwari Lines

The Progressive Girl Council Reading Room can only accommodate 15 or so people. The bookshelves are installed higher on the wall to make more room for people. There is an arch in middle for no reason. There is a loud speaker and an amplifier lying in one corner. There are empty plates in another. The […]

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City Weekend Plans – Prehistoric Rock Art in Dadu

A Winter Weekend Getaway. Dadu should be more frequented by people in Karachi who seek adventure. The landscape is harsh but dramatic. The people are less talkative but friendly. The roads are patchy but lead to experiences that you could only dream of in big towns. It is not a long drive from Karachi. This […]

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City Notebook – Dramatic Readings at Bedal Library

You get to see certain type of people at certain type of events in Karachi. You start to recognize them as you frequent events happening across the city. The people at Dramatic Readings are distinct in their outlook. They are there to listen to Urdu Short Stories. But they are not serious Urdu readers and […]

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City Landmarks – Reading Room in Marwari Lines

Karachi‚Äôs lost tradition of Reading rooms. You can perhaps count remaining few in Karachi on fingertips. However Mir Muhammad Baloch Progressive Academy reading room is one vibrant community space in the heart of Marwari Lines. I find Ali Akbar, caretaker and librarian basking in winter sun outside the small reading room. He takes pride in […]

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City Landmarks – Reading Room in Lyari

Karachi’s lost tradition of Reading rooms. You can perhaps count remaining few in Karachi on fingertips. Therefore I could not believe my luck when I accidentally discovered one such forgotten reading room in an obscure location in Lyari. I find myself in Lyari and ask my friends if there are any libraries. In their teens […]

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