Kurrachee: Karáchí

Crochey, Krotchey Bay, Caranjee, Koratchey, Currachee, Kurrachee & Karáchí
, are only a few of its many appellations and ways of spelling, the last being the official one, according to the Imperial Gazetteer of India, but it does not appear to have been, by any means generally adopted up to the present time.
The penultimate of the above names, Kurrachee, is most frequently found in domestic, mercantile, and even in official correspondence, but in its use there are many anomalies.
For instance: there is a Chamber of Commerce of Kurrachee, the annual reports of which are stated on the title-page to have been printed at Karáchí; the Superintendent of the Scinde, Punjaub and Delhi at Karáchí, but dates his letter from Kurrachee; and the Government of India, in a Report on the Internal Trade of the Punjab, adopts the reformed spelling in writing of the district, but calls the Port of Sind Kurrachee.

Note: I found this old book called Kurrachee Past, Present & Future written by Alexander F. Baillie and published in Calcutta in 1890 and Reprinted in Pakistan in 1975. So I will be sharing some excerpts from the book everyone once in a while.

5 Comments so far

  1. mansoor (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 3:17 pm

    interesting… never knew all those different names.. the only one i knew was Kolachi, that too after the Mai Kolachi bypass came into existence :D

  2. Sufi (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 7:47 pm

    Yeah that’s what this post intended to do. Give knowledge about the place they all ‘pretend’ to care so much about :P

  3. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 8:18 pm

    Yeah, but all these names are derivations of the British-pronounced name. What about its original name, how was that pronounced?

  4. original-anon (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 3:11 am

    Sufi you wrte ” Give knowledge about the place they all ‘pretend’ to care so much about.”
    Can you please elaborate? Who are the ‘they’ you are referring to who only ‘pretend’ ?

  5. ash (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 3:48 am

    great post sufi. But people who didnt read the book might still genuinely care.;)

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