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City Portraits – Nusrah Kanwal

Nusrah Kanwal has been documenting Karachi floors on instagram. You can follow it here: ‘Karachi Floors‘. The handle does not specify her as the photographer behind it. The Karachi Walla met Nusrah on a Saturday evening at a cafe in Clifton. As the twilight faded into darkness, she emerged out of shadows. I expected a girl […]

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City Portraits – Aashiq Hussain

It all started with a little bit of misunderstanding. I was walking down Dhol Gali when I saw him pointing in my direction. I wondered if he minded my camera so I smiled sheepishly and put it down. As I approached him he started complaining that I have ruined his business by parking a van […]

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City Walk – Discovering Dhol Gali

A vanishing scene. There are seven to eight shops in Dhol Gali off Napier road. Most of them have been selling tablas and dholaks for decades. The craft has been transferred from father to son and so on so forth. Though tablas and dholak are still very much present on display, other music instruments have […]

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A Karachi Walla in Lanka

The Karachi Walla met an old acquaintance, another Karachi Walla in Lanka. She has moved to Lanka sometime back and been living there alone. She told me that there is ancient cemetery in her neighborhood, which may capture imagination of a photographer. We spent the evening walking through the narrow lanes inside the cemetery, which […]

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Overheard in Karachi – Karachi Literature Festival

1) Really? Never knew that buffaloes could swim.   ~ A baffled girl in M. Hanif’ session at KLF 2) Do you plan to write a novel in Urdu  No, Jis tarah mujhe gali sirf Punjabi mein aati hai, waisay novel sirf angrezi mein aata hai 3) I am a Punjabi and a Sunni, I […]

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