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City Faith – Shri Lakshmi Narayan Temple

The temple under the Native Jetty Bridge, the temple adjacent to Port Grand. The temple predates both of them. However it appears to be a misfit now. Awkward. A teardrop on area’s burgeoning real estate. It has survived years of greed and neglect but commercialization of the area has robbed it of its yesteryear grandeur. […]

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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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