Seven saints

When you think about it, there is something extremely mysterious about this city. Maybe its the smog or the sea air that gets Karachiittes living the fast paced and hectic life that they lead.

And coming to the sea…

According to folk tales or rumors, Karachi is guarded by seven saints, one of the most famous being Abdullah Shah Ghazi, who’s shrine is thronged by people from all walks of life at any time of the day. These saints are said to safeguard the city from all sorts of sea-related calamities, which is perhaps why Karachi has (thankfully), never been the victim of cyclones, Tsunamis, floods and more. A friend did question the authencity of this rumor by bringing up the example of the oil spill that took place a few years ago, but then I consider that a man-made calamity, than anything else. The disastrous consequences to the oil spill could have very well been minimized had the government taken some form of action. As far as I remember, the Edhi Foundation employed heroin addicts to help clear the beach, as they were the only ones willing to do so to earn some money. But that issue shall be the subject of another post, in the near future.

Sigh. I miss the beach. I.I. Chundrigar needs to have a direct view of the beach, rather than an open gutter line, which is what I can see when I peer out of my window.

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