Tag Archives: Saddar

City Portraits – Ghani Bhai

Ghani Bhai makes his living by cleaning cars at City Court Karachi. I met him at Antique Market by chance. He was there to pay weekly installments for a Grundig turntable that he bought few weeks back. He cleans cars and with his meager savings he purchases some classy memorabilia. I tried to strike a […]

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City Landmarks – St. Andrews

St. Andrews takes your breath away. An oasis among the urban jungle and madness. The area around the church is one of the most polluted in Karachi thanks to humongous traffic, negligence of authorities and our collective apathy. Jehangir park has been converted into a dumping ground and refuge for heroin addicts while rest of […]

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City Landmarks – The Eduljee Dinshaw Charitable Dispensary (Addendum)

The Karachi Walla was looking for the abandoned reading room in Jehangir Park. Unfortunately we found it closed and started walking back to the car. There on my left I saw a small opening into a stone structure. Turned out that it was back entrance to the Edulji Dinshaw Dispensary. I have documented the dispensary […]

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City Shopping – Antique Market in Saddar

A definite treasure trove. A walk down the memory lane. A refuge for memorabilia. In the heart of Saddar lies a market which sells nostalgia, that too in abundance. The Karachi walla went there to buy record pin for his gramophone but ended up buying 105 Long Play records, a typewriter, a Grundig LP Player […]

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Symphony city – discovering Karachi’s oldest music shops

[originally published at Dawn.com] Karachi has a distinct soul. While the thriving metropolis is reported in the media for all the wrong reasons, it is not too hard to find pockets of inspiration here. And there can be no better way of getting inspired than finding music shops here that deal in classical instruments and […]

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