karachi on my desktop

five minutes of inactivity on my laptop, and the golden waters of clifton beach roll in, complete with the setting sun…

and the virtual tour of karachi begins… m.a. jinnah road, on which i rode almost everyday of my life between the ages of 6 and 21… the big, brown sea breeze building down the street from my school… the beautiful balconies of karachi, stacked, stuffed, whispering still of the times of the british raj… chundrigar road, where i’d drop in to see my abba at his office after school sometimes, and get the best lunch (tikkas and naan) a starving school girl could dream of… the karachi sky, so blue, the playgroud of the crows and vultures… through the underpass, that i haven’t seen yet in “real” life… on to my favourite… karachi by night, bejewelled in a million diamonds… like the queen that it is!

my new screen saver from the folder simply named “home”… thanks to all of you out there who regularly put up pictures of meri amazing city! it means more than you know…

23 Comments so far

  1. faisal (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 5:33 am

    awwwwww!! so nostalgic.


  2. Imtiaz (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 6:04 am

    faisal…..that was the one, and only word i wanted to use…:(

    but u leave me no shoice…..
    reminiscing!!!
    :P


  3. Dee (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 9:08 am

    Hi there in some other post you asked for script websites. Here are the few i browse often.
    http://www.Kitaabghar.com
    http://www.urdupoint.com
    http://www.urdudost.com
    http://www.awazsayeed.com/urdu/links.htm


  4. quratulain (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 10:45 am

    nostalgic is right! being 8000 miles away tends to do that to people :)

    thanks for the tip, dee!


  5. zeeshan (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 12:15 pm

    hey quratulain
    these words are amazing !!!

    i also started ma life in karachi ( a hard core karachiite)
    and now i m 8500 miles aways from (by google earth)ma karachi
    i m missing every thing karachi has,
    its morning, its beautiful summer evenings(chai with samosa in the balconie of my apartment)
    i miss every place from gulshan chorungi(rounabout) to teen talwar from teen haati to water pump ,from seaview to north karachi

    home sick is small word for a person who has every thing in karachi


  6. zeeshan (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 12:22 pm

    i m waiting for that moment
    when my ears will hear a voice

    ” ladies and gentle man in few minutes will we be landing on quiad-e-azam international airport”

    and i m home yoooooo!!!!!!!!!


  7. Zubair (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 12:44 pm

    eeewww that’s simply gross!! ma jinnah road makes me puke to death with all that smog.
    and there are no vultures.
    and the underpass seems as if we are passing throw an asshole with HUGE PILES OF SHIT all above and around us. what jewel?


  8. Syed Muhammad Nabeel (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 3:01 pm

    Beauty is in the eye of beholder…. I cannot say anymore for u Zubair…
    Yes in the ground realities there are some unpleasant things, irritating activities/objects are also present but if the Gold is dropped in mud it don’t rust…. just its losses its glow and just need a polish to repeals its shine….
    We are here to polish Karachi….. not to through mud on it…

    InshaAllah we’ll see a cleaner Greener Karachi soon just take your part!


  9. Farhan Hussain (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 5:45 pm

    my karachi. I miss it. I am not sure how far I am. As for people who do not like karachi, i just have to say “Love it, or Leave it”.


  10. Faraz (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 8:05 pm

    Quratulain,

    Can you share that screen save with us some how
    :-) ??

    Ref to an earlier post of yours on City FM 89, I can seem to be able to listen to it…it connects but nothing seems to be playing…do you listen to it reg?


  11. zain (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 9:11 pm

    I am touched by your words! Love Karachi!


  12. Dee (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 9:31 pm

    I do agree with Quratul Ain :), beside all the lawlessness and etc whenever i think about karachi or Pakistan my heart always manage to skip a beat or two :).I guess they were right in saying Distance breed familiarity.I do miss karachi alot and can not wait to see karachi (its been 9years).


  13. Imran (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 10:20 pm

    Quratulain,

    touching words … couldnt agree more. Even without pictures, I can almost hallucinate in exact detail the streets and smells of karachi…. These online pictures are a god send though.

    I second an earlier post – would love it, if you could share your screensaver with us. My comp skills are non-existent and even though I’ve thought about doing somehting similar, I never got around to knowing how to do so!
    Is it a single file that you could perhaps email, maybe in a compressed-zip format ??
    This would be HIGHLY appreciated!!! Thank you !


  14. suzy (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 11:08 pm
  15. quratulain (unregistered) on December 8th, 2005 @ 1:17 am

    faraz, i listen to city fm 89 quite regularly now. sometimes it just stops playing and i have to refresh the page. your computer might be missing some sort of supporting software. that happens when i use my mac at school. sorry i don’t know what software that would be!

    about the screensaver, i have a folder to which i keep adding pictures of karachi from this blog as well as other websites. all you have to do, is right click on your desktop and a window will pop up. click on “properties”. then click on “screensaver”. select “my pictures slideshow” from the list and click on the “settings” button next to it. another window pops up in which there is a “browse” button. click on that and just select the folder in which you’ve saved the pictures of karachi. and that’s it! you can keep adding to your picture folder to keep adding to your screensaver. i can email you guys (faraz, and imran) the pictures i have in my folder so far. you’ve most likely seen most of them before on this blog. let me know if these instructions work for you guys!


  16. Syed Muhammad Nabeel (unregistered) on December 8th, 2005 @ 9:33 am

    Add me as well, I’m also greedy for the pics


  17. Syed Muhammad Nabeel (unregistered) on December 8th, 2005 @ 9:35 am

    Add me as well, I’m also greedy for the pics


  18. HJ (unregistered) on December 8th, 2005 @ 1:28 pm

    Ahh….the cool sea breeze and the waving palm trees at Habib Public School. That is the ever-lasting memory I have of my city of birth, and one I wish remains with me till my last day on earth.

    Before all the high rises came about, one could smell the breeze and feel the salt in the air all the way to the teen-talwar roundabout. Even in Gulshan, where I grew up, the summer breeze was strong. Clifton beach was great in the summers; even better in the winters when the breeze was cool, the waters calmer.

    And, like you Quratulain, I had my fair share of I.I.Chundrigarh Road (and the smog) thanks to MY abba who also worked there. It is he who also introduced me to nearby Burn’s Road with its kababs and karahi gost and haleem and ohh, how can I forget – Sabri’s nihari which came with piping hot, fluffy naans. I have eaten at fine restaurants on four continents, but believe me nothing comes close to matching the experience of tucking into some of the best food in the world at 2 am at Burn’s Road.

    Photos are great to share; memories even better (so thank you) because they add a glint to life and take away the sharp, pointy edges. It is what keeps my sense of perspective from getting overwhelmed by all that is wrong with our city. Everytime some reminds me of how dangerous and deadly Karachi is, I smile and think of the breeze and the palm trees, the smell of fresh naan, the hum-dum of Bohri Baazar and all the good times with family and friends. It’s like a black ‘n white movie in slow motion. I have a three month old daughter who will probably grow up overseas, but I can’t wait for the day she comes “home” with me and shares my experiences.

    I have been away for 14 years (in total), but despite countless trips, my heart races the moment I hear “Please fasten your seatbelts, we’ll be landing shortly at Quaid-e-Azam International Aiport.” It is as if I have heard it for the first time. Come Jan. 7, I’ll be hearing it again – can’t wait!

    HJ

    PS: Boys and girls – whats NEW that I should know about? And I am not talking about the underpass!


  19. Imran (unregistered) on December 9th, 2005 @ 12:03 am

    Quratulain,
    I would love to have those pictures and would appreciate it, if you can email them to me. I’m especially interested in the Karachi by night ones. Thanks !!
    Best,

    Imran – imrank_65@yahoo.co.in


  20. zain (unregistered) on December 10th, 2005 @ 3:25 pm

    Quratulain,

    Please add me as well.

    zainfeb13@gmail.com


  21. syed Arshad Ali (unregistered) on January 8th, 2006 @ 10:30 am

    ARAY ,AKARCHI /HOW I CAN FORGET THAT PASS MY LIFE IN KARACHI ,THAT POLUTION AND NOICE ,I CANT FORGET EVERY THING ,SOME LOOK LIKE A MY BEST DREAM ,I DONT WAN BREAK MY DREAMAND I DONT WANN A AWAKE UP,I MISS PAKISTAN AND MY WHOLE FAMILY ,FREINDS,AND MY NEICE AND NEPHEW ,
    WHOLE KARACHI AND DIST.THATTA AND LOT OF PLACES WHERE I VISIT ,AND MY ALL MY FREIND ,I CANT FORGET TO ALL OF THEM,SALM TO ALL OF THEM,YOU ARE LUCKY ,YOU CAN HEAR 5 TIME AWAZE AZZAN,ALLAHO AKBER ,


  22. syed Arshad Ali (unregistered) on January 8th, 2006 @ 10:31 am

    ARAY ,AKARCHI /HOW I CAN FORGET THAT PASS MY LIFE IN KARACHI ,THAT POLUTION AND NOICE ,I CANT FORGET EVERY THING ,SOME LOOK LIKE A MY BEST DREAM ,I DONT WAN BREAK MY DREAMAND I DONT WANN A AWAKE UP,I MISS PAKISTAN AND MY WHOLE FAMILY ,FREINDS,AND MY NEICE AND NEPHEW ,
    WHOLE KARACHI AND DIST.THATTA AND LOT OF PLACES WHERE I VISIT ,AND MY ALL MY FREIND ,I CANT FORGET TO ALL OF THEM,SALM TO ALL OF THEM,YOU ARE LUCKY ,YOU CAN HEAR 5 TIME AWAZE AZZAN,ALLAHO AKBER ,


  23. Najia (unregistered) on January 11th, 2006 @ 8:30 am

    Such sweet words…I know how it feels being away from Karachi…I would lke to look at those pics too…
    Hey I am going home next week…yipeee



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