one more bites the dust..
you know karachi is changing when something you saw when you were a kid can no longer be seen by any children you might ever have. one of the prominent fixtures on m a jinnah road, pehlavi restaurant at the corner where you turn for elphi (or zaibunissa as its called now) has finally given way to a newer establishment.
my grandparents stayed in the building over the restaurant when they migrated to karachi in 1947. in fact, the pehlavi restaurant people are the only reason that building (or part of it) is still standing as they were the ones who moved the court to get a stay order against its demolition. i remember the restaurant was a personal landmark to me as a kid when i used to come to karachi only in the summer vacations, and indeed still was as the turning i have to take to hit saddar. not seeing it today left me with an eerie feeling of nostalgia.
my generation has seen karachi quadruple in size. it has seen the rock formation at paradise point when there was still that slab thing on top of the two pillars. we’ve seen the days when all ambulances used to be suzuki pickups with canvas decks. we’ve seen the days when it was the army and not the navy who guarded the quaid’s mazar and the days when shezan ampis was considered a “classy” dining spot. the days that zamzama had nothing to do with food and the best coffee was the one you got at the airport (which itself did not have jinnah terminal).
its changed so much but its still home. that counts for a lot.