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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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City Landmarks – Dhobhi Ghat

‘Footprint Pakistan Handbook’ calls Dhobhi Ghat one of two most interesting sights for people-watchers’ in Karachi and It lives up to this distinction. The Ghat stretches approx. two kilometers along the banks of Lyari River. I was there with a British visitor and we reached there from Garden road. I expected a lot of attention […]

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City Landmarks – Bhagnari Temple

A Relic of the Past. Bhagnari Temple belongs to Bhagnaris, a Baloch Hindu tribe originating from two villages in Baluchistan namely Bhag and Nari. When Bhagnaris migrated to Karachi, they settled around Lea Market area and built Bhagnari temple on what is Embankment Road now. After partition, a lot of Bhagnaris moved to Mumbai and […]

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