Im back in Karachi

Hey Karachi!

I am finally back from what seemed like forever away from Karachi, spent some good time in Lahore and some parts of India. Being away for a month leaves one with a sense of longing for home, this time that feeling was for Karachi, ive spent the last 6 months here, and it’s finally become home to me.

Being gone for a month sure had its shocks when I returned though, seemed like there was a new feel to the city, sometime more positive in the air. Or maybe it was just that they finally finished the construction in the Jinnah Airport! That is right, the interior of the airport looks brand new! Everything from the passport checking zone now is organized and no longer a mob rush, to the efficiency of the luggage conveyor belts. No more miss-matched guards and random ‘coolies’ trying to take you for your money when you first arrive, that all has been sponsored now.

They say first impressions mean a lot, and this I can tell you is something I experienced. It was no longer the random disorganized Karachi that I came face to face with when I first arrived. Maybe it was the fact that the good Prince was here and the authorities wanted to give off a better impression of the city. Well for me it worked, and while driving home along the shar-e-faisal and seeing all the construction going up one gets the feeling that times are changing, faster than we think. For me it took leaving and coming back to see it. How do you see things changing?

14 Comments so far

  1. SWA (unregistered) on December 17th, 2006 @ 10:48 am

    Nice! It gives me a lot of confidence to know that you could start calling Karachi home in just six months. I am returning to Karachi in January for the first time after a couple of years and it gives me a lot of confidence about the city from the state I left it in.

  2. ash (unregistered) on December 17th, 2006 @ 11:25 am

    Everytime i come back to karachi i am struck with how quickly some things change… and i am also struck by how some things manage to always stay the same.
    Presentation is certainly key, I am glad you felt things were better and also that this was “home”.

  3. turab (unregistered) on December 17th, 2006 @ 11:40 am

    must appreciate the good work ….


    I just follow stories in dawn and other source and I can sense the changes 6000 miles aways!

  4. mansoor (unregistered) on December 17th, 2006 @ 11:45 am

    good to hear. some of the constructions have been around so long theyve become part of khi.. but im glad its all finally starting to get better now.

    welcome back neoka

  5. MB (unregistered) on December 17th, 2006 @ 12:28 pm

    Welcome Neoka. Good to see you back home.

  6. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 17th, 2006 @ 3:00 pm

    welcome back!

  7. Mona (unregistered) on December 19th, 2006 @ 5:25 pm

    I am visiting Karachi after 5 years, but sorry to say I am not impressed. I am sure its advancing, with whole lot of construction going on – for the betterment of the city and it’s people. However the amount of construction going on, that too at the same time is what annoys me – to top of it off more cars- which is good for people however on the other hand there is nowhere to park the cars!! The amount of dust is heaps due to the construction – which is bad for people like myself who have allergy issues from dust. Oh wells I just hope they do it soon and would have been wiser to plan a tad more!!!!

  8. SK (unregistered) on December 19th, 2006 @ 5:34 pm

    I’m goin to Karachi after 3 years… already pretty excited about it. I’m basically an Indian living away from India and Pakistan.

    Any ideas where to go for New Years Eve??

  9. nomi (unregistered) on December 19th, 2006 @ 5:40 pm

    MONA: The problem of so many cars is here to stay unfortunately, thanks to big banks and leasing companies. You see there is a lot of money to be made by the bigwigs in this mess, both through leasing companies and automobile manufacturers.
    People of our city are in a frenzy of sorts to lay their hands on the brand new cars which they couldnt even dream of before the advent of these leasing schemes.

  10. nomi (unregistered) on December 19th, 2006 @ 5:43 pm

    And the worst part is that out of the total cars on a busy road like sharea faisal, more than 60% have only one occupant, which is bizarre. Where does schemes like mass transit and monorails have gone.

  11. nomi (unregistered) on December 19th, 2006 @ 5:48 pm

    And the worst part is that out of the total cars on a busy road like sharea faisal, more than 60% have only one occupant, which is bizarre. Where have schemes like mass transit and monorails gone.

  12. Mona (unregistered) on December 19th, 2006 @ 8:26 pm

    Yes Nomi, I do understand its due to bank loans/ leases – gosh Sadars been bad – there were three rows of parking the other day I went past it!! and SO many Motor bikes – countless!! :(

  13. Concerned (unregistered) on December 20th, 2006 @ 4:04 pm

    I just finished my visit to karachi and I felt that there was a sort of energy in the air. People generally seemed happier and everyone seemed motivated.

    This is something that I have either forgotten or its something new. Can someone please confirm this? Or was it just that I was happy to be on holiday?

  14. Auzy (unregistered) on December 24th, 2006 @ 12:53 am

    Im gonna be visiting karachi after five years this coming feb,inshallah. This time im gonna eat my guts out so im getting hep shots this week,inshallah, cant really risk it hey!

    I’ve been googling about restaurants in karachi, and there is no decent website for restaurants, it wouldve been nice to have all eateries in one website with details like address,ph, open/close time, cuisine, outdoors,reviews, photos etc etc, im pissd off. but hey ive got friends in khi, so no biggie ;)
    im excited about coming to karachi, cant wait to have halal food without worrying about it being halal all the time!
    See thats a privilege living in a muslim country.
    I’ll be coming from australia.

    Apart from that i think it takes a few days to get used to the pollution and humidity, you shouldnt let it ruin your time. Either wear a mask and sit in an aircon room or get out there and stop complaining, just enjoy it! thats what i say :-)

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