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City Landmarks – The Book Bazaar on Wheels

The Book bazaar on wheels. It will make a catchy name for the bazaar. Especially when it does not have one. Some call it Gulshan Book Bazaar and others know it by its proximity to Bait-ul-Mukarram mosque. Even the booksellers find it difficult to recall if it ever had a name. It does not need […]

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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 Landmarks – Mama Parsi School

Whenever I speak to Mamaians – the alumni of Mama Parsi School – I notice a hint of pride in their eyes for their association with Mama Parsi School. In today’s Karachi, with its decaying institutions, it is a rare gesture which speaks volumes about quality of the school and the values it has inculcated […]

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City Landmarks – Pioneer Book Shop

Present day Karachi is a tough place for booksellers. They should be declared an endangered specie already. Chances are that there won’t be any bookshops in old quarters of the town in few years. The Karachi Walla will miss them. Zafar Hussain, the owner of Pioneer Book House is a charming character. Sitting in the […]

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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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