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City Walk – Around Katrak Parsi Colony

Parsi influence on Karachi’s architecture is immense. Parsi businessmen and philanthropists commissioned some of the most remarkable structures in Karachi especially at the turn of last century. People still don’t hesitate to spend lavish sum of money on buildings in present day Karachi but the city suffers from our collective lack of aesthetics and sense […]

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City Tour – Lisa’s Impressions

Lisa was a journalist and she was from Central America. A friend introduced me to her and both came along one day on Karachi Walla tour. That day a political party had called for a rally. That did not deter my entourage or myself from our plans and we still went ahead. We made a […]

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City Walk – Around Lea Market

The Karachi Walla was around Lea Market on an assignment. We wanted to show the hustle and bustle around the market in one all encompassing shot. It was not possible to do so while staying at ground level. I walked to the nearest building which has a hotel/bakery opening on the footpath and asked him […]

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City Walk – Around Marwari Lines

An instant favorite. Despite all the troubles a low income neighborhood in Karachi harbors, such as filth, garbage, sewerage water and traffic. But there is warmth in people, a distinct taste in roadside food and character in buildings that make this area special. Marwari Lines or Gazdarabad is a neighborhood in Saddar Town, which has […]

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City Walk – Trespassing in Marwari Lines and Urdu Bazaar

Curiosity often kills The Karachi Walla. How do the houses around Bunder road look from inside? On a humid Ramazan day Karachi Walla banged few doors asking them if they would allow me to document their spaces. Patience runs low in Ramazan and I was declined. My vespa mechanic offered to help and took me […]

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