We Love You Karachi

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Amid all tensions of life, traffic jams, security issues, ever increasing population, filthy slums, broken roads & bumpy rides in W-11 & 2D or even your own car and below standard hotels on road sides and the dhabaas everywhere. And between fights and arguments all day with many people around you in city when ever you look at the beautiful evenings Karachi has to offer and you take a cup of coffee and look at its sky it still welcomes you and makes you go on with life and as if saying “you need some rest now”, there lies my Karachi, my first love since I have been here for my whole life.

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One of the “attractions” (or call it what ever a good word fits here) that has kept me stay away from other ideas is Karachi’s beautiful evenings and fun packaged nights. The romantic gentle breeze in evening & glittering nights cannot be replaced with any other feeling. No matter who are you in this city, it loves you in the end and ask for the same.

This city needs little love and nothing more. Care for it a little more and it will please you in great way. It’s just that it disappoints you sometimes but again that’s because we stop caring for it. When we do start caring for it, Karachi becomes the Karachi we want it to be.

14 Comments so far

  1. Naeem (unregistered) on August 7th, 2006 @ 10:01 pm

    Just checking http://www.weather.co.uk for forecast in karachi and it is showing scattered thunderstorms until 16 August!!! ..i wonder how true this is


  2. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on August 7th, 2006 @ 10:16 pm

    “This city needs little love and nothing more. Care for it a little more and it will please you in great way. It’s just that it disappoints you sometimes but again that’s because we stop caring for it. When we do start caring for it, Karachi becomes the Karachi we want it to be.”..So true, so very true…my sentiments exactly…..

    Karachi ROCKS!!!


  3. K.A. (unregistered) on August 7th, 2006 @ 10:39 pm

    The evenings of Karachi are the 8th natural wonder. Simply irreplaceable and they have even made foreigners awe their serenity. Who wants to be indoors on a Karachi evening whether its summers or winters. Slightly disappointing was the fact that this season in june was a notable presence of humidity which was never felt before but I am more than willing to consider it a one-off event and hope it won’t recur. All the problems we face here makes us used to tougher lifestyles yet we hope and pray that the beauty and glory of Karachi multiplies in the physical aspect in addition to the psychological one. The city faces problems created by those who love their interests more than the city itself. We all love and will always love Karachi on an ‘as is whatever it is’ basis. There’s no place like home.


  4. tee (unregistered) on August 7th, 2006 @ 10:59 pm

    beautiful pics! :) everytime m disappointed with the way things are in the city…especially the catastophe after the recent rains, something or the other comes up to make me fall in love with it…again and again, and this time its these pics! =)


  5. mansoor (unregistered) on August 7th, 2006 @ 10:59 pm

    mb and k.a: both of you have put in words the feelings which make me stay here in this city! lovely post MB! lovely comment K.A!


  6. verysmart (unregistered) on August 7th, 2006 @ 11:28 pm

    such a beautiful post. MB you rock dude.

    I cant wait to come back… I know its a mess out there, but I am sure that change is coming for good, and love to witness it myself.

    Guys, take my word, Dec 2007… and we shall witness a new and better city. I am putting this deadline cause the Lyari River Exprerssway is due to open in Dec 2007, and is termed as the last of the big projects to go operational, other then the Sharah-e-Faisal elevated expressway.

    I have great big hopes with Lyari Expressway, it will not only drastically change the street scenes, the routes and distances that we have today, but also it will reduce the smogg and polution off the streets by a great amount.

    SWA looked a bit down in the Burj-AlKarachi post, come on mate… we need all the positive reporting from you, that you have been carrying out so nicely.


  7. Farrukh Ahmed (unregistered) on August 7th, 2006 @ 11:53 pm

    MB, this is by far the BEST post i’ve EVER read on KMB and other blogs. Its sentimental, expressive and downright true!! Brings a smile on your face. Take it from a guy living in “Dubai” and missing the monsoon in Karachi, no matter what havocs it may bring along!

    With your permission, I would like to forward this post (together with your pics) to my associates from Karachi.

    Great Enty!! Two Thumbs Up!!
    :)


  8. Xill-e-Ilahi (unregistered) on August 7th, 2006 @ 11:54 pm

    awesome post


  9. Jamash (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 2:11 am

    Wonderful post and lovely pictures :) ..


  10. anwar (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 2:52 am

    On an entry above it was posted http://www.weather.co.uk for I assume finding out Karachi weather. Is there a site where one can find out about the pollution in Karachi?

    I agree with al the sentiments written here by readers and how beautiful Karachi is but no one mentions the pollution and how it’s affecting hundreds of thousands of children growing up in Karachi. Karachi pollution affects adults too but not as much as children since their brains and lungs are not yet as developed.

    I do have good memories of Karachi evenings and its romanticism especially after it had just rained. But on the other hand my respiratory system starts to collapse just after a week of arriving in Karachi and it feels as if I should head to Manora for day just to clear up my smog filled lungs.

    I am sure there is a doctor reading this post who can attest to the alarmingly rising asthmatic conditions of Karachi’s children and its elders who suffer on a daily basis and look at city of Karachi with a slightly different perspective then what has been portrayed by other contributors on this post.


  11. K.A. (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 9:25 am

    Thanks Mansoor, these feelings come straight from the heart – yours, mine, MBs and all others who are head over heels in love with this city. Pollution or no pollution!


  12. MB (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 9:53 am

    This evening when i was fixing the PC for my sister i saw this beautiful evening taking shape from my balcony and with an apology to my sister i decided this is it. Karachi is rocking this eve and we do need to tell it that it is rocking the way a beautiful “dulhan” is told by everyone.

    All pictures are from my balcony this eve with no edition. The different shades of orange and blue are due to just a slight change in camera settings.

    @Farrukh Ahmed : Dear you can sure go ahead with your idea.


  13. IllusionFS (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 10:18 am

    MB: Thanks for posting those pictures. Karachi nights/evenings are one of the best experiences in Karachi. Driving around late at night say around 1-3 am shows the real beauty of Karachi and the traffics not all that much so its super cool.

    Love Karachi!


  14. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 11:15 pm

    MB:great picture I must say and good way to express feelings.

    @KA:very well said



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