What did this Karachi Wala Miss during this Ramadan


Theres always a first. It is the first ever ramadan that I have spent outside Karachi. The first ramadan, that I will remember for a long time to come. It was for the first time that I realised what the term Ramzan Mubarak actually means. This month truly is a gift to all the muslims. I dont mean to be rude, but beauty truly is in the eyes of the beholder and all those who have a problem with Aik Aur Roza I think its time for your conscious check.

My experience of Ramzan this year was a very different one and it has nothing to do with Karachi except the fact that I can actually make a comparison. But that is not what this post is about. This post is about all the things that this Karachi Wala missed during this Ramadan.

To start with, it was the whole spirit of Ramzan.

The confusion about the confirmation of Roza or Eid the next day. I mean all those complaining about the incompetence of the Roohat Hilal Committee, did you ever wonder how boring predictability is. How boring it is not know early on that there is a Roza tomorrow or that there is Eid tomorrow. It kills the excitement, the anxiety, the will to even go out and have a look at the moon.

The last minute preparation of Eid, and texting all my friends and family about the confirmation of Chaand. The chaos..

Hearing Azan (live) esp at Fajr & Maghrib when the molvis from several mosques would start the Azan simultaneouly creating this beautiful sounding Echo Effect (which never stopped resounding in my head)

Standing in a queue outside Pizza Hut Boat Basin to get a table as if we were getting free food and as if that is the only Pizza hut or the only restaurant in Karachi

Leaving home just minutes before the eftaari so that we could enjoy the empty roads of Karachi which we long for. Over-Speeding our cars and thinking we are really cool.

BabaPak kay samosay (the best in the World. My family is a customer for the last 35-40 years)

Qasr-e-Shireen ki Ras-malaaee

Ammi kay haath kay chicken-egg rolls

Sehri kay waqt ki Qawallian while eating Phainian

Eftaar say pehlay kay deeni lectures

Taraweeh kay bahanay ghar say ghayab rehna

Marriott ki over-priced eftaar

Shopping for kurta and hunting for the sandals (though there are not many options for men)

Buying a number of topian from outside the mosque

The excitement before eftaari each day

Playing Counterstrike with my friends for countless hours with Namaz breaks.

Talking about Amir Liaqats Grand Finale Dua :D

Getting late to give the Kappra of my shalwar kameez to my tailor (Teejays located somewhere in Tariq Road) and then requesting Master Sahab to stitch the clothes in time

Watching a lot of lose tempered Citizens of Karachi creating fuss on the road

Taking my ammi out for shopping

Wishing that Ramzan gets over quickly so that I could start eating Halwa Poori on the Sundays

The easy chillout Mahol of the city with little workload at offices and schools despite all the chaos

Gujrayla

Eid ka intezaar

Doing cheap harkattein on chaand raat with yaar dost (making sure no one is offended)

Pretending to be a better muslim.

17 Comments so far

  1. JAY (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 6:14 pm

    Nice post… All i nkow is tonight i am going back to Karachi for Eid !! Right now i am at work but i cant do anything properly, just want to leave office, pack my bags and catch my plane. Love Karachi .


  2. Muhammed (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 8:25 pm

    Dude this was my second ramadan outside karachi i had an oppurnity to go back 4 eid but i turned iit dwn ur article has made me realise how much i miss karachi knw dAMN havent been home in nearly an tear knw this article has left me in tears


  3. d0ct0r (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 8:44 pm

    lovely post! one true karachiite U r!


  4. Adnan K (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 9:07 pm

    I havent been home for Eid ul Fitr in 8 yrs! My first Eid of any kind back home was two years ago. Theres so much to miss about Eid and Ramadan which every yr makes me think I should spend the two in Karachi. Unfortunately for me Eid here in Richmond, VA sucked pretty badly. The only people I hugged after namaz were the two guys on either side of me.

    What I wouldnt do to be back on Eid, or even be there for good. You guys back home really have it good. I searched the area for jalebis all Ramadan but couldnt find any. I did manage to find those triangular samosas with aloo in them though. :)

    I know we are all strangers here, but I would just like an opinion from people coz it might actually be kind of unbiased which is what I am looking for. I have been in the US for about 8yrs now. Came here for school, stayed on after i got a job and have been here ever since. I try and go back whenever I can. My parents live back home, and they dont have any kids at home except my sister who is married and has her own life obviously and cant be there with them all the time. I have been fixated with the idea of returning home ever since i came here because originally i never intended on staying that long. At the moment I intend on spending one more yr here for personal reasons and then pack it up.

    Are there any people here who have been through a similar experience who may want to share their feelings on the subject.

    Thanks all and EID MUBARAK to everyone back home and to all those who didnt even have a friend to hug at EID. :)


  5. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 9:20 pm

    I also have a similar situation like you, I am also here in North America since 8 years, but I have been thrice backhome and got a chance to celebrate Eid twice in Khi. I also thought that I will go finally back home one day but unfortunately, things doesnt work out there, as its not just the less pay … there are sooo many other problems there, infact I would say that the system is not good at all. I will not go into detail but I know whoever lives here in US can understand what I wanted to say.
    But one thing is sure that we miss a lot our families and friends and for sure Pak. specially on these kind of religious events which we can celebrate here but doesnt have the spirit like the way we have in Pakistan.


  6. Dee (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 10:12 pm

    @Adnan K and KHITORPIT…..>I been here in Canada a little over 5 years.But i have a family here that is parents, siblings and uncles too.So now i am feeling like i neither belong to ghar nor ghat.But one thing for sure with all the luxuries i miss karachi big time.I know if i want to move back with my education and work experience i will be way better off in Pak than in Canada.Dont know feel like torn between two even if i move then my love ones will be in Canada.But if some miracle happens then Karachi i definintely would return.Also the lawlessness in karachi is the big factor on my mind.God i dont know how would i feel i someone try to rob me on gun point,Yikes. what to do?
    Dee


  7. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 10:37 pm

    @IlussionFS: you discuss food a lot. I want to see you. Just curious! :D

    I think you can get good sandals from Sputnik? I bought one 2 years back and still using it for Eid and other special occasion purpose.

    Yet another good post. Keep it up


  8. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 10:46 pm

    @Dee, Toronto is the best city to live in North America if .. you like to live with your own people, you will not feel yourself a stranger, enjoy the halal food in desi restaurants everywhere, plenty of masjids, many desi festivals, everything is convenient, except the weather. You are living with your family so you are more lucky. And I know that whoever spend their life in Karachi would not enjoy in any part of the world. The way like lahori ppl, I woud say that Karachi Karachi aa :)


  9. Adnan K (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 10:54 pm

    @ DEE
    Having grown up in karachi, i feel like the only issue that really holds water for me is the security situaion. Besides that Pakistan has come a long way and I still have many friends there who have very well for themselves. I know that moving back would mean adjusting to things like, electricity issues, roads, traffic, heat, but i truly feel like i am above all that because those are issues that i have lived thru for a majority of my life and could readjust again.

    I also feel that finding work and living life the way we can in Pakistan is something that can only be attained there. I just hope Im not dreaming of a Karachi that doesnt exist anymore. :/


  10. sadia (unregistered) on October 25th, 2006 @ 12:04 am

    Good post. Lol @ “Talking about Amir Liaqats Grand Finale Dua :D”

    Thats what most of my cousins abroad complain about too.. that Eid there isnt like it is here. I guess it must be.

    Eid Mubarak everyone.


  11. muhammed (unregistered) on October 25th, 2006 @ 12:08 am

    There is not a single metropoliton city in the world where there r no security issues take for instance london or newyork u cant walk on the main road at 11 fealin safe back home at least there is still crwd on the street at eleven isnt it i m not sure abt toronto but i m sure toronto has its bits of security concerns as well .


  12. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 25th, 2006 @ 12:56 am

    Good ONE, You have recollected all the items of past weeks in ONE GO, GREAT POST !

    LESS AMIR LIAQUAT (:-D


  13. Muhammad ALi YAqoob (unregistered) on October 25th, 2006 @ 1:18 am

    How can you miss “Dhoraji ka Gola”????


  14. wasiq (unregistered) on October 25th, 2006 @ 3:25 am

    iam so sorry kids, you know i just came back from tariq road after mid night it looks like half an hour after sunset….people were shopping and eating as if there is no tomorrow……MASHAA ALLAH


  15. SWA (unregistered) on October 25th, 2006 @ 3:37 am

    Great post. You only realize the life that Karachi buzzez with during the Ramadan and Eid days when you are away from it. You can find it nowhere else in the whole world!
    Missing Karachi.


  16. Saad (unregistered) on October 25th, 2006 @ 6:52 am

    Excellent comparison, made me home sick, thanks alot mate :-|


  17. K.A. (unregistered) on October 25th, 2006 @ 7:08 am

    There’s no place like home. There’s no Eid like Eid at Home.

    Though Im not much of an Indian movie viewer, yet I have watched a few of the more famous ones and one of those is DDLJ. The song that is at the beginning and then continues to appear in parts is really touching and expresses the feelings of everyone outside their home…

    ‘Ghar aja pardesi tera des bulaye re ‘

    Eid Mubarak to all. May Allah Almighty accept our prayers and fasting. May He bring those who miss their ‘Home’ back (for a visit at least )to experience it and love it like they love it living abroad. Ameen.



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