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City Portraits – Tariq Baba, Antique Seller, Clifton

Here’s a man who knows his stuff. Eloquent, Mannerly and Knowledgeable. You can find Tariq Baba – often busy in his chores – in his quiet corner in Park Towers shopping mall. His collection is neat if not grand and his shop is conveniently located. Tariq Baba has been in antique collection business for years […]

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City Portraits – Manzoor, Brass Musical Instruments Mechanic, Ranchor Lines

Friendly and Light-hearted. The second bit came as a surprise as I expected him to be bitter like most of the craftsmen and artists in the city. Manzoor claimed that he was the only brass music instruments mechanic in Karachi. The Karachi Walla did not know of anyone else. The others in the room did […]

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City Portraits – Azeem – Craftsman, Bhit Island

I took a boat ride to Bhit Island to meet Azeem. I had seen some of his miniature boats on display at Roadside Cafe and wanted to meet him there at his work space. Tahir, who is associated with Roadside Cafe and also lives in Bhit Island agreed to help arrange this meeting. I met […]

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City Portraits – Masoodul Hassan – Tailor, Pakistan Chowk

Masoodul Hassan is a man misfit for present day Karachi. The world around his “Tailor De Pak” has changed much quickly than he could have anticipated and adopted to. He has started finding refuge in his past, finding solace and comfort which is hard to come by these days. The Karachi Walla met Masood at […]

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City Portraits – Abdul Hayee – Painter, Kaala Pani

The Karachi walla met Abdul Hayee, the veteran painter under the shadow of an under construction fishing boat in Kaala Paani neighborhood of Karachi. There was a wooden platform below the base of an unfinished deck under which I found Abdul Hayee deep in conversation with his students. I greeted them and settled beside one […]

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