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City Landmarks – The Book Bazaar on Wheels

The Book bazaar on wheels. It will make a catchy name for the bazaar. Especially when it does not have one. Some call it Gulshan Book Bazaar and others know it by its proximity to Bait-ul-Mukarram mosque. Even the booksellers find it difficult to recall if it ever had a name. It does not need […]

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Personal Spaces – Of the man who has not died yet

Of the man who has not died yet. He has made his presence count. Holding on to nostalgia has given him purpose and a source of earning. Making money makes him relevant in his house where he lives with three of his children and a number of his grandchildren. The house is big enough for […]

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City Life – Kelash, Tyson and Diwali

The Karachi Walla has just made new friends at Lakshmi Narayan Mandir and could not refuse an invite for Diwali, which is a much less attended and quieter experience compared to what it is at Shri Swami Narayan Mandir. It has its own charm though. We find Maharaj standing in the room where chief deities […]

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City Faith – Shri Lakshmi Narayan Temple

The temple under the Native Jetty Bridge, the temple adjacent to Port Grand. The temple predates both of them. However it appears to be a misfit now. Awkward. A teardrop on area’s burgeoning real estate. It has survived years of greed and neglect but commercialization of the area has robbed it of its yesteryear grandeur. […]

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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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