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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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City Faith – How my experience of Diwali in Karachi took me to a city I never knew

Originally published on Dawn.com Karachi is often termed as a dull city, sometimes even dangerous. In a city of 20 odd million, there is a dearth of public spaces and limited avenues for cultural activities. The much praised diversity has also come under scrutiny, with minorities migrating to greener pastures abroad and those staying back […]

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City Life – Pooja and Parsad in Ranchor Lines

The old temple inside Ranchor Lines brims with life during pooja time. The Karachi Walla was in Ranchor Lines and ended up at Narsingha Bhagwan Mandir by chance. I was helping a bunch of students and were done with the tour by noon. The heat and dust had consumed our energy and we were all […]

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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 Secret – Narsingha Bhagwan Mandir

A City Secret. Tucked away from our conscience. It is not easy to find way to the temple. The street in question is just like any other street in Ranchor Lines, perhaps a little wider. There are ancient stone structures on both sides, covered in dust and strangled with wires. Few of residents have even […]

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