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City Museums – Dr Ruth Pfau Muesum, Saddar

How does one explain existence of people like Dr Ruth Pfau in this age? In a world where we are trained to ask for more and more, how can someone spend his or her lifetime serving people without any want? Unconditional service. In a world defined by expectations and assurances. Dr Ruth Pfau was born […]

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City Landmarks – Abdul Hadi and Aslam’s bookstores on Khalid bin Waleed Road

Abdul Hadi and Aslam are strange characters for our time. Take Abdul Hadi for instance. He has been running his bookstore for past thirty years on Khalid bin Waleed Rd. I am not sure how has he managed to achieve this feat. He lets people read newspaper for free. One usually finds a group of […]

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City Portraits – Suleiman, Zaibunnisa Street

I have seen him at several places across the city. I have seen him pushing his push pull merry-go-round around Frere Hall. I have seen him in Lyari. I have seen him on Club road. This week I find him resting under the shadow of a building on the far end of Zaibunnisa Street. His […]

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City Markets – The Chiltan Shop, Avanue Center, Streechen Road

The Chiltan Shop was setup in early 70s and it still looks as if it’s 1970 in there. However please note that it may look vintage but certainly not old or worn out. It is very well maintained and organized. The original layout is basic but elegant. It has that old world calm. That old […]

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City Notebook – 172nd Birth Anniversary of Annie Besant

I found Jamshed Memorial hall full of people despite reaching there five minutes prior to the invite. Jamshed Memorial Hall has been a regular stop during my tours and I have been quite used to empty corridors and rooms. This was a welcome change, I thought to myself and settled in one of the chairs. […]

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