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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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City Landmarks – Water trough near Soldier Bazaar

In 1878 a group of revered noble citizen of Karachi such as Sir William Lee Warner, Khan Bahadur Hassanally, Beg Effendi. Messrs lagget Price, Sayed Hassan Mediru, Tance Denso and Mr. Framroze founded Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) at Frere Hall Garden. The society played a pivotal role in creating awareness […]

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City Landmarks – Abbasi Kutub Khana, Juna Market

Abbasi Kutub Khana is the oldest bookshop in Karachi. It was founded in 1910 in Juna Market and is being run by Habib Hussain Abbasi, the maternal grandson of the founder of this bookstore. If paying homage to the oldest bookshop is not enough, meeting Habib sb is certainly rewarding enough to warrant a visit. […]

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