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City Landmarks – Pioneer Book Shop

Present day Karachi is a tough place for booksellers. They should be declared an endangered specie already. Chances are that there won’t be any bookshops in old quarters of the town in few years. The Karachi Walla will miss them. Zafar Hussain, the owner of Pioneer Book House is a charming character. Sitting in the […]

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City Shopping – Karachi Farmers’ Market

A chic affair. For the first timer its perhaps easy to dismiss Karachi Farmers’ Market as yet another elitist phenomenon but only when you start visiting the market regularly that you understand that it is one serious business. At nine o clock on every Sunday, when most of the Karachi is still in slumber, You […]

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City Shopping – Antique Market in Saddar

A definite treasure trove. A walk down the memory lane. A refuge for memorabilia. In the heart of Saddar lies a market which sells nostalgia, that too in abundance. The Karachi walla went there to buy record pin for his gramophone but ended up buying 105 Long Play records, a typewriter, a Grundig LP Player […]

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City Shopping – Buying bicycles from Jackson

The Market by the Sea. Jackson Market has been a popular destination for duty evaded products such as home electronics for a long time. However most recently Jackson Market has been a favorite destination for cycling enthusiast thanks to the supply of quality second hand bicycles from abroad. Traffic and parking could be a problem […]

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Symphony city – discovering Karachi’s oldest music shops

[originally published at Dawn.com] Karachi has a distinct soul. While the thriving metropolis is reported in the media for all the wrong reasons, it is not too hard to find pockets of inspiration here. And there can be no better way of getting inspired than finding music shops here that deal in classical instruments and […]

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