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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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City Landmarks – Ahmed din Tailors, Saddar

People at Ahmed din Tailors belong to a different era. So does the building. It can be a century old. There are wooden beams and old fashioned ceiling fans. Walls are made of stone and are very thick. There is a tree that shadows the courtyard at the far end. You can hear the birds […]

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City Landmarks – Max Denso Hall

The Karachi Walla has never been inside Max Denso Hall. I have been looking for an excuse for so long. The area around Max Denso Hall is a personal favorite. There’s a host of buildings in the area which are testimony to yesteryear craftsmen which made Bunder road a much celebrated public space. We of […]

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