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City Landmarks – Baldia Railway Station

Drive through Mauripur road and you will instantly recognize few landmarks that have been registered in our subconscious over the years. You drive through KPT flyover crossing KPT Building and Custom House on your right. After descending from the flyover you notice Lyari’s colorless multistory residential blocks on your right. You may notice a tiny […]

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City Landmarks – Lyari Quarters Dispensary

Edulji Dinshaw Dispensary on Sharah-e-Liaquat right before Empress Market is an important and relatively known landmark. It was donated by Edulji Dinshaw, a businessman from Karachi who also funded several hospitals, dispensaries and educational institutions. It still remains one of the most beautiful and inspiring buildings in present day Saddar. Almost looking like an anomaly […]

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City Landmarks – Abdul Hadi and Aslam’s bookstores on Khalid bin Waleed Road

Abdul Hadi and Aslam are strange characters for our time. Take Abdul Hadi for instance. He has been running his bookstore for past thirty years on Khalid bin Waleed Rd. I am not sure how has he managed to achieve this feat. He lets people read newspaper for free. One usually finds a group of […]

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City Landmarks – Byram Edulji Water trough, Guru Mandir

Karachi makes us resilient. What other choice do we have? The more you get to know about the city, the greater the sense of loss becomes. Overwhelming. You can carry on but with a sense of grief, a baggage that weighs heavy. As I understand, several water troughs were erected at the popular routes starting […]

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City Landmarks – Silawat Jama’t Graveyard, Mewa Shah

Silawats are Marwaris from Jaisalmir who have been known as master stonemasons for centuries. Jaisalmir thrived on taxes received from overland trade, which started diminishing after increasing trade by the sea. With lesser opportunities in their area, Silawats started migrating to urban centers of subcontinent. In Sindh, they established themselves in Talpur’s court and crafted […]

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