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City Faith – Christmas Carols in Karachi

The Karachi Walla’s happy night out. Karachi’s diversity – well documented and cherished – makes it one hell of a place. If we start celebrating each other’s festival in Karachi, our calendars will be much more happening, much like denizens of happiest places around the globe. I was near Soldier bazaar a week prior to Christmas. A […]

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City Faith – Dhikr, Swahili and Shidis at a shrine in Karachi

It felt as if I was in a different timezone, a far off geography – definitely not present day Karachi. There are many shrines around the city with their peculiar ways of celebrating words of Sufi saints. Qawwali is perhaps the most popular ritual but communal dhikr is not uncommon either. However you perhaps would […]

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City Faith – Christ Mission Church

One of the oldest churches in the city. It smells of nostalgia. The stories of bygone days echo inside. Just like rest of the churches in Karachi, there is a school adjacent to the church. The school was founded in 1846 and the church was added to the compound in 1856. The patron of the […]

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City Faith – How my experience of Diwali in Karachi took me to a city I never knew

Originally published on Dawn.com Karachi is often termed as a dull city, sometimes even dangerous. In a city of 20 odd million, there is a dearth of public spaces and limited avenues for cultural activities. The much praised diversity has also come under scrutiny, with minorities migrating to greener pastures abroad and those staying back […]

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City Secret – Narsingha Bhagwan Mandir

A City Secret. Tucked away from our conscience. It is not easy to find way to the temple. The street in question is just like any other street in Ranchor Lines, perhaps a little wider. There are ancient stone structures on both sides, covered in dust and strangled with wires. Few of residents have even […]

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