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City Portraits – Ghani Bhai

Ghani Bhai makes his living by cleaning cars at City Court Karachi. I met him at Antique Market by chance. He was there to pay weekly installments for a Grundig turntable that he bought few weeks back. He cleans cars and with his meager savings he purchases some classy memorabilia. I tried to strike a […]

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City Portraits – The force behind Mama Baby Fund

Neha Munkani, the force behind Mama Baby Fund is a qualified midwife. She happens to have a Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia and a Bachelor’s in Social Sciences from LUMS also. Neha has been working with an NGO to bring about health care improvements on Macro level in Pakistan. After sometime she realized […]

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City Portraits – Guddu – The last of lollywood aficionados

[Originally published for Dawn.com] Pakistani Cinema has defined entertainment for decades in our country before getting into hibernation in later part of the century. Magnificent single screen Cinemas were found in abundance in metros, and even small towns had one or two cinemas of their own. Slowly and gradually they have given way to a […]

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City Portraits – Kids at a Sheedi Village

We Are Failing Our Children. Karachi probably ranks highest in social mobility in our country but just take few steps out of your comfort zone and you would discover that there is little investment in infrastructure in outskirts of Karachi. Whatever the official statistics may be, but human development does not seem to be one […]

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City Portraits – The Man who sells Nostalgia

Meet Ansar. The Man who sells Nostalgia. He runs a shop in Saddar’s Antique Market and his collection of radios and turntables dwarf everyone else’s in the city. I have been looking for a turntable since I inherited a ceramic records collection from my grandfather. A friend recommended me to visit Antique Market in Saddar. […]

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