Ladies Dressing Down in Karachi Winters

I ain’t a fundamentalist mullah in the any sense of the word on how women should dress, being a true gentlemen I truly believe that the opposite sex deserves a free hand on how to dress. To be very honest the more daring the dress the more one gets to appreciate the future of fashion. As the joke goes “Pehli Nazar Hee Nahih Haatii – Doosri Nazar Tou Door Ki Baat Hai”.

Winters usually mean wrapping up in layers upon layers of clothing to keep one comfortably warm, but was I in for a shock at a certain ‘must-attend’ mehindi in Karachi a few lucky days back. I assure you the experience was mind bogglingly entertaining.

It was a good 4°C I was comfortably wrapped in a warm pashmina shawl, but was I in for a shock to see those scantily clad ladies roaming around the bone-chilling venue as if it was a warm July event, the cold was so intense that despite the area being fully covered in a tent marquee, the cold still hit us significantly hard .

By the word scantily clad I mean backless blouses with fully exposed belly button similar to a halter top like dressing but in typical Indian movie style gharar/sharara (whatever it maybe). Oh did I mention YES! they did have a shawl, but that was hanging on the arm as if to indicate, “I’m not feeling cold as yet! but I have this shawl just in case” – whoa – that was hilarious. To a few ladies I did mention the need to get warm and the common expression I got for this kind gesture “Are you stupid! People have barely seen my clothes” hence I simply shut up and resorted to watching the extravagant display of beauty.

Cold was I, the idiot who choose to stay warm, as those fashion conscious ladies remained to brave the cold till a good 3am at night when all the choreographed dancers had literally fallen flat exhausted after a stunning 4 hour display. Reaching the valet parking I started hearing ITS C-C-C-OLD, they jumped in the car with heater blazing all the way home and I can swear that signs of first degree burns were already showing on my own self, again I could not complain as the ladies were barely starting to come out of the frost bite stage. It is for days like these that I continue to Love Karachi – Karachi Lives On

I did take a few pictures but feel it would be inappropriate to display them here in a public area as I sincerely respect their privacy. So dreamers continue to dream ;)

23 Comments so far

  1. su (unregistered) on January 9th, 2006 @ 4:31 pm

    I know excatly what you mean teeth maestro…but i think you’r are bit unfair generalising the situation… i am one of those who prefer comfort over fashion anytime! even if that ensures being acomplete outcast in style! :P

  2. tanzilla (unregistered) on January 9th, 2006 @ 4:46 pm

    From the extent of flaunting our bulls to our bare backs and mid riffs….pakistanis love to put their “haves” on a blatant display. In case of the bulls and the goats, as you mentioned it’s the prices that are hinted at. But if you move closer to these under dressed-to-kill ladies, you would experience soemthing call “Label dropping” whcih is akin to name dropping. “i bought this from so and so place”, “i had my hair done at such and such salon” et al. these ladies r lucky to not to have fallen sick after being out in the cold for so long. i wonder wot they eat to be that fit!

  3. .............. (unregistered) on January 9th, 2006 @ 6:14 pm

    i know!! the blatant display of the haves. what a typically disgusting feature of pakistan’s elitist social landscape.. sad, very sad indeed..and HOW insecure is that?

    and dr. awab…you were wearing a pashmina? i thought that was a ladies only zone..? enlighten us pls, :)

  4. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on January 9th, 2006 @ 6:20 pm

    ….. Well was donning a black Pashmina – could that be considered girly ;) Im guilty ;)

  5. faisal (unregistered) on January 9th, 2006 @ 6:39 pm

    dr. sahib,

    black pashmina sounds really elegant and classy.

  6. ..... (unregistered) on January 9th, 2006 @ 6:49 pm

    hehe…no dr. awab, black pashmina thats cool.! i guess! what was going through my mind was like the double couloured, blues, pinks and magentas! lol

    you are pardoned!

  7. ali (unregistered) on January 9th, 2006 @ 6:53 pm

    dr sahab app chaa gay hain.

  8. ....... (unregistered) on January 9th, 2006 @ 7:11 pm

    men wearing pashminas is gay? woah…have i opened a pandora’s

  9. JonyBr (unregistered) on January 9th, 2006 @ 7:47 pm

    Dr Sahab, but wouldnt you agree, without those women, ur shawl wouldnt be enough to keep you warm? ;)

  10. ..... (unregistered) on January 9th, 2006 @ 8:21 pm

    woah woah jonybr, lets keep the male jokes to ourselves shall we?! lol

  11. Anon (unregistered) on January 10th, 2006 @ 1:19 am

    Women wearing haltertops – men wearing shawls – this is just too funny !

  12. Jalal (unregistered) on January 10th, 2006 @ 3:40 pm

    You were wearing a pashmina?

    DOODE! I dont even think I need to start explaining how disturbing that is!

  13. Mallick Sahab (unregistered) on January 10th, 2006 @ 3:52 pm

    Its a pity these days, people will wear shawls, thick clothes (except for the few exceptions—like thos mentioned earlier by the post) in winters. but when Allah orders the women to dress modestly, they do not comply. What a pity. Is hell fire inferior that a chilly cold day?? No surely not, it is said that if someone lives in the best of condition in this world but has to go to hell for some reason , He will feel as if he had never experience good.


  14. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on January 10th, 2006 @ 5:02 pm

    Dr Sahab, but wouldnt you agree, without those women, ur shawl wouldnt be enough to keep you warm? ;)

    Dakter saab ,why didnt you take some snaps of those *ladies*:D

  15. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on January 10th, 2006 @ 6:32 pm

    Adnan – Pictures I did take *the sneaky little me* . I honestly feel the pictures should not be placed on a website for public taunting and viewing – as I respect their privacy (Just a moral issue for me)

    About the Shawl issue – COME ON people it was a simple black shawl YES it was pashmina – but for god sake who said pashmina was a GIRLY or a GAY thing or whatever – if you think to bad`and I PLEAD GUILTY – lead me to the Gallows.

    But I still will wear that black shawl – especailly more so as a whim as it seems a few of my metblogging friends choose to argue if a kind *gentleman* like me can wear a pashmina. call it my ZZIIDD for 2006 ;)

  16. faisal (unregistered) on January 10th, 2006 @ 7:08 pm

    mallick sahab…..why must regigion be brought into every single post on this forum.

    and dr. sahib…you keep wearing that pashmina
    in black, I bet it looks elegant and classy.

  17. TEE BEE (unregistered) on January 10th, 2006 @ 7:15 pm

    I agree with Faisal….why the hell religion has to be brought in a simple arguement…..???? cant we just keep it aside at times?????
    yes, doc u keep wearing the black pashmina…. :-)

  18. JonyBr (unregistered) on January 10th, 2006 @ 7:50 pm

    Pics should not be posted on the web site without permissions. That is, just against simple ethics.

  19. wasiq (unregistered) on January 13th, 2006 @ 2:22 am

    i refuse to comment i have only been here for three weeks….

  20. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on January 13th, 2006 @ 4:26 am

    @drsaab:i was kidding,BW why did you take pictures?:>

    @jhonybhai: taking pics without permission is also against ethics:>

  21. Afifa (unregistered) on January 21st, 2006 @ 11:04 pm

    I just wanna ask something to Mr.Faisal & Tee Bee
    “r u sure that u r Muslims?????”I mean Mallick Sahab is right & i simply agree with him.If u can’t lead life as a Muslim,can u simply call it a life?& tell what identity will u have in the West???& i think u missed ur favourite seen,I think u have been dreaming it 4 ages.I think 4m now onwards u will not miss any mehindi.

  22. Dubai Crawler (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2006 @ 4:03 pm

    I dont know, Karachi walo, why you guys mix up the religon with Mehndi. Religon is altogether different topic, if you want to discuss it then open another forum on very same block. Doc sahib ko kiyoun beech may daal diya.

    He looks like a nice feloow and thorough gentlemen.

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    whats in it for you?

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