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City Nostalgia – Life of an Expat Student

Note: Thassim Akbar, A Sri Lankan student spent five years at NED from 1971 to 1976. Following is the second part of his experiences in the city. Read the first part here. As I wrote about my first year at NED after landing in Pakistan in February 1971. My time was spent between Studies and […]

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City Nostalgia – Typewriter Shop, Frere Market Akbar Road

The Karachi Walla is highly susceptible to Nostalgia. Typewriters evoke Nostalgia. It was only a matter of time before I find my way to ‘Fine Office Machine’ – one of few shops in Karachi dealing in typewriters – situated inside Frere Market. Frere market has an interesting layout. I enter the market from Akbar road […]

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City Nostalgia – Destination Karachi

This is how we sold Karachi to tourists in 50’s

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City Nostalgia – A bit of Karachi in Andhra Pardesh

Photo Credits: Unknown. Let me know. A trip to India was never going to be easy. To begin with the Indian Embassy found a student visa request a joke. They only took it seriously when our Vice Chancellor called them up. It was a bit late by then but we managed to reach by the […]

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The motorcade

City Nostalgia – Romanticizing Mrs. Kennedy in Karachi

This one hell of a lovely woman was in Karachi one day. The stunning non-imperial princess, a darling of American commoner, won as many hearts during her brief visit to Karachi as she did elsewhere in the world. Omar Kureishi introduced her perfectly to Karachites in his write-up for DAWN, “Jacqueline Kennedy was America’s sweetheart, not in […]

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