Tag Archives: Saddar

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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City Faith – Happy Night at Shri Swami Narayan

Karachi Walla’s happy night out. After an uneventful day at work, I went home to pick up my camera and told my mother who was offering maghrib prayers on her jai namaz that I am off to Shri Swami Narayan Mandir to celebrate Diwali. A moment of silence followed. Then she broke the silence and […]

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City Landmarks – Thomas & Thomas

Past Zainab Market and Regal chowk, life runs at a maddening pace. These streets sell everything that you could imagine; pampers, school bags, replica watches, DSLRs, electronics, wedding gowns, promises of lustful life, means of lustful life, short cuts to succees in afterlife. Something for each stage in one’s life. They sold books here too. […]

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City Walk – Balcony Watch

Balcony Watch. A frivolous activity in a world running at a maddening pace. The Karachi Walla has ostrich like behavior in face of reality therefore falls for these balconies time and again. Who lives there? Why don’t they care? I feel like climbing the stairs and plea the residents. These balconies are dying a slow […]

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City Shopping – Buying books at Regal Chowk

Surreal. There is something with this setting which makes it surreal. The street in question is just another street at Regal Chowk, full of saddar-esque trash, dirt and overflowing sewerage water. There are shops selling everything from a transistor to the promise of a lustful life. There is not anything spectacular about this street. It […]

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