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City Walk – Heritage Walk with PCCC

One of the things people reminisce the most about yesteryear Karachi is the luxury to walk its streets freely. It’s not just the mental block since some of us don’t have an option but to walk. The new localities in Karachi lack infrastructure such as footpaths, zebra crossings etc which make an area conducive for […]

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City Shopping – Bohri Bazaar

A visit to Bohri Bazaar makes you wonder at larger potential and the possibilities that this bazaar boasts. It is perhaps Karachi’s answer to traditional grand bazaars of Isfahan and Istanbul or perhaps a more hybrid ones like Istiqlal in Istanbul or Nizami street in Baku. Or it perhaps is a unique setting. A brand […]

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City Hangouts – Cafe Darakhshan

Karachi is a city of migrants. They have been migrating here since British invested in a modern port, some even before that. These migrants made their mark in different professions and help build modern Karachi. Zoroastrians and farmers from Yazd have been settling in subcontinent for centuries. While a lot of them headed for Mumbai, […]

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City Landmarks – Street School of Bagri Katchi Abadi

Bagri is a nomadic community mostly present in Sindh. If you drive through national highway around harvest time you may find their mobile settlements around farms . Their ancestors roamed the vast stretches of subcontinent in search of livelihood, never settling at one place. There were other such communities in subcontinent too, in much larger […]

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City Landmarks – A Park over the Hill

One of my earliest memories of Karachi are that of Hill Park. I often visited it with my family during our short trips to Karachi from interior Sindh and I distinctly remember the gentle breeze, alien and very much welcome to visitors from outside Karachi. I remember it being clean and friendly. I also remember […]

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