Remembering Karachi’s 90’s

Matchbox
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Whenever I am at seaside experiencing the Karachi’s beautiful evening & seeing the Sun disappearing into the sea Karachi & its memories often flash in front of me. My city is experiencing a lot of economic activity. Few shots or loud sounds at my back take my mind back into 90’s. The horrible days of 90’s are over. Karachi is emerging with different prospects & the days look definitely better than the ones in 90’s. During that experience this short emotional poetry by Zeeshan Sahil titled Matchbox often comes to mind. How often Karachiites remember their city, specially its past in their fast paced life?

9 Comments so far

  1. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 1:20 am

    Hmmm yah I remember my bro spent almost a decade in kch in 90’s and it was all worrying situation for us in those days … the life’s revived and in full bloom .. May it stays so in all pakistan :)

    And this matchbox is so so touching … good choice of seclusion imagery avec matchbox …!


  2. Turab (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 3:29 am

    nicely written poem, and I remember those dog days in karachi, when killings and burning busses were rampant! God Bless Karachi now and forever. Ameen..


  3. mansoor (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 10:48 am

    awesome poem and lovely post MB!

    karachi is surely emerging, and im praying it doesn’t go back to where it was before.

    i too remember the 90’s.. even though i was a kid then, the memories left an indelible mark… the memories which make me want to something/any thing to ensure we never go back in that era ever again!


  4. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 10:56 am


    even though i was a kid then

    Bus forun bachay ban gayee :-). ab tum kaho gay k tumhara shanakhti card bhe nahi bana thaa :>


  5. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 11:45 am

    lolz @ AS

    mansoor abb tu ban gaya hay naa?


  6. MB (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 12:41 pm

    Its interesting that none has any interest in the question that is highlighted…

    Come on guys, stop pulling poor Mansoor’s legs.

    @Adnan : Do you have a built-in-Anti-Mansoor chip in you? lolzz
    kabhi toh maaf kerdo bachey ko yaar ;)


  7. Ejaz Asi (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 12:58 pm

    posts like this make blogging worth reading and spending our time. thanks for creating a beautiful piece out of a mundane picture/life.
    I wasn’t here in 90’s so I can’t really relate much to it. I guess horrible memories do haunt as much as we try to push them away. We often succeed in doing that when the life’s busier and happier. Otherwise, the small and little sorrows become this big rock to mount and conquer. I think the more pertinent question should be whether one should remember such horrid stories/past or not?


  8. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 2:12 am

    mb hehe,nothing against him or anyone here :-). The reason I am not discussing 90s karachi because it was an horrible experience as someone siad:

    yad-e-mazi azab hay ya Rab
    cheen ley mujhe se hafiza mera.

    asma sahe shair likha hay??


  9. Mona (unregistered) on February 17th, 2007 @ 6:29 am

    I was in year 3 back in the days – parents used to be so very protective! The only good bit was too many days off school… but yeah I remember someone close getting depression because of the conditions back in the days.

    Meh! I miss Karachi =( I wish it was like Sydney – and I would have never moved countries! Anyway who knows one day I would go back and live there =( but how many people do? All cousins would be busy with their lives – and prolly no relatives a few years down the track =(



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