A breath of fresh air

The start of this year has been relatively peaceful and eventful in a positive sense. I went to the Sea Festival over the weekend and it was definitely fun – ethnic chic as I would put it. The best part was how well-behaved the crowd was and smoothly things were going – no overwhelming security that often leaves you more nervous than secure; no boisterous, leering men; and food, music entertainment and handicrafts on sale. The price was definitely on the higher side of things – 30 rupees per adult means that larger families on a tight budget may have balked – but I suppose many people did visit nevertheless.

All of it got me thinking – if the government focussed more on entertainment while things are calmer in the city, the torrid summer months and other times of tension (like the upcoming Muharram holidays) may be just that little bit less difficult to swallow.

7 Comments so far

  1. MB (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 8:33 pm

    Very right dude, planning to visit SEAVIEW tomorrow with a friend from Abroad.
    Hopefully it will be fun.


  2. wasiq (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2007 @ 2:17 am

    don’t forget to keep a photocopy of a nikah nama…..lol


  3. ash (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2007 @ 6:38 am

    Happy posts from Cy and jocular responses from adnan sidqi. Is the world coming to an end? Cy your cynicism is the only constant in this fast changing world. Please depress me all over again.
    ps – I am totally kidding, i love the masochism of reading through your well written posts :)


  4. ash (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2007 @ 6:40 am

    Happy posts from Cy and jocular responses from adnan sidqi. Is the world coming to an end? Cy your cynicism is the only constant in this fast changing world. Please depress me all over again.
    ps – I am totally kidding, i love the masochism of reading through your well written posts :)


  5. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2007 @ 8:22 am

    This is the first time that CY is amazed with something in Karachi.


  6. turab (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2007 @ 8:25 am

    finally good to see some positive posts as a fresh breather……..


  7. Zainub (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2007 @ 1:43 pm

    Give me a break. I live in Clifton, and the day the event was happening at Sea View, in all its glamor and excitment, poor old ordinary citizens (who are apparently not even the last thing on the government’s mind) were subjected to several hours of load shedding, the irony was that even the Sea View township apartments, right across the area where all the festivity for the “Hamara Karachi” theme had been ogranised, suffered probably the most. I remember reading one letter in Dawn that said there was no electricity for people in the Sea View town ship apartments from 9 in the morning to 7 in the afternoon. And I read, in the same day’s edition of Dawn, that 60 million were spent on the event! I’m not sure how such entertaitment can bring me any peace of mind when my gutter is constantly flowing and the light is only there half of the time.



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