You know you are from Karachi when…

This list was sent by a friend of mine, which I have made some minor edits to, but it pretty much covers quite a bit of the “I’m from karachi” experience…

1. You get shocked when someone stops at a yellow light
2. You never really know what to say when someone asks you what there is to see in Karachi
3. You give “missed calls”
4. You’ve never really seen a tourist
5. Its December and you attend 5 mehndis/shaadis in one night and end up meeting the same people at each of them 6. You use the phrases “whats the scene?” or “scene on hai”
7. You still have some of Everest Videos movies and dont plan to return them
8. You’ve met a Parsi
9. You feel you never have to wait in line if you are with “lay-diss” (ladies)
10. You’ve bought a dvd of a movie that hasnt even been released yet
11. You actually go “out for coffee”
12. You used to go for tutions even though didnt need them
13. You catagorize people as “burgers” or “melas”
14. You roll down your car window and you can actually touch the car next to you
15. You go by landmarks not street names
16. Your only argument in the Lahore/Karachi debate is “well we have a beach”
17. You never realized that North Nazimabad was actually in the North
18. You never have dinner before 1am in shaadi season
19. You’ve always wondered what “khayaban” meant
20. You know the “telefun” number by heart even though you dont know what “telefun” is/does
21. You blame everything on K.E.S.C
22. Your school gets closed when it rains
23. You know your city is a hole but you love it anyways

Have any more? Add them to the comments!

37 Comments so far

  1. Raja Islam (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 4:15 pm

    Your mobile phone must have been snatched at least ONCE


  2. Faraz Khan (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 4:17 pm

    * You never bother to go Safari Park (commonly known as Supari Parak) or Mazar e Quaid (some kids belive that Quaid e Azam will not be available at night timings so better go in the morning)


  3. umar (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 4:52 pm

    Incidently, my cell phone has never been stolen/snatched (yet), but my father has lost his phone at least three times.

    Interesting list though.


  4. BoZz (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 5:07 pm

    Oh boy this blog is a ‘killing field’

    1. Where people spit all the time all over the place
    2. Where scratching your marbles in public is an accepted thing.
    3. Where men holding hands on the beach (pinky actually) are evident.
    4. When you start considering pan pukes as graffiti.
    5. Where ‘ben—-‘ (sister abuse) is a greeting.
    6. Where no woman is safe
    7. Where no young boy is safe too!
    8. Where your house smells of onion and curry
    9. Where if you open a car window a hand pokes in asking for money
    10. Where stopping in the middle of a road is considered your right
    11. Where walking in to someone house with a lit cigarette is considered stylish.
    12. Where going to a ‘hotal’ is the best and only past time.
    13. Where blackouts are part of life
    14. Where littering both while standing and driving is ok.
    15. Where only size matters!
    16. Where standing in line is considered out of line
    17. Where standing out of line is considered being in line
    18. Where patience is taken as nut-less
    19. Where aggression is taken as boldness

    shoot I have to stop now……..


  5. Arsalan Ashfaq (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 5:12 pm

    u agree to all the above


  6. Monkey (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 8:09 pm

    A lot of them apply to people from other cities too. I think the list should have been called, ‘you know you are from Pakistan when…”


  7. Ronin (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 8:16 pm

    when you get AK-47 as a birthday gift :P


  8. Ronin (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 8:19 pm

    90% of your adult life is waste in traffic jams


  9. TEE BEE (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 8:24 pm

    Nice Post Inspirex…..keep more of this coming…

    Cheers


  10. Sufi (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 10:19 pm

    Nice list, inspirex. I don’t get the Parsi thing though..

    Bozz, your list is hilarious.. touching your nuts is ok hahaha.


  11. Raza (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 10:58 pm

    When you’re not shocked at seeing people riding on rooftops of buses!


  12. Ali Jafri (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 11:45 pm

    Simply Awesome i can’t stop laughing :)


  13. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on February 16th, 2007 @ 12:01 am

    Well Pakistan’s quite the same …. same flavours all the way :>


  14. BoZz (unregistered) on February 16th, 2007 @ 1:34 am

    1. Where wiping your fingers on your head hair after eating a pan is accepted.
    2. Where men always have black hair
    3. Where men have red nails and red beards!
    4. Where flinging ‘jalebi’ out of your nose with two fingers is artful.
    5. Where staring at women is an occupation


  15. Ronin (unregistered) on February 16th, 2007 @ 9:45 am

    5. Where staring at women is an occupation

    hahahaha

    people with too much time


  16. ash (unregistered) on February 16th, 2007 @ 9:55 am

    blatant lahori propaganda “Your only argument in the Lahore/Karachi debate is “well we have a beach”
    who is your friend bowlshyting? true karachiites dont even know where lahore is :)
    yeah yeah i know hate speach whatver you started it :)


  17. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on February 16th, 2007 @ 10:39 am


    true karachiites dont even know where lahore is

    ROFL!


  18. mansoor (unregistered) on February 16th, 2007 @ 11:10 am

    lolzzzzz!!!!

    funny list inspirex!! good start to the morning :D


  19. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on February 16th, 2007 @ 12:20 pm

    Inspirex – can you just continue adding on to the main post as more recommendations come in – somethign like

    List additions –
    **************

    20. –
    21. –

    that would really make it interesting to read


  20. Anathema (unregistered) on February 16th, 2007 @ 12:29 pm

    if bapsi sidhwa is from Lahore then.. that must mean u have a Parsi population in lahore too?


  21. shaDy (unregistered) on February 16th, 2007 @ 1:45 pm

    hahahahahah tele-masteeeeee!

    that ad was the ultimate upper… kaun bane ga CHAMPEEEEEAN?


  22. Tamed~. (unregistered) on February 16th, 2007 @ 7:45 pm

    When people have to go to a hospital (Aga Khan)
    for a ‘lake side picnic’.


  23. Abdullah (unregistered) on February 17th, 2007 @ 1:21 am

    Power failure is a daily event


  24. TURAB (unregistered) on February 17th, 2007 @ 12:17 pm

    when you flash your lights and honk the horn at the same time

    when you think occasional paan eating won’t permenantly damage your teeth

    you have two cell phone, one for show offing and one just in case of snatch and run

    you have seen whiskey bottles laying aorund the gali/street

    you have witnessed a bus/car burning

    you adress strangers with a HELLO(desi style)

    you or someone in your house always bargains forever with pathan bhai kapra dukaan walas

    you can find a photocopy shop open at midnight

    you know people who haven’t stepped out of karachi in their entire lives

    you know people who havent stepped in the ocean water in their entire lives

    rest laterz M T V ENJOY!


  25. saima Nasir (unregistered) on February 17th, 2007 @ 8:50 pm

    “whiskey bottles laying aorund”

    Hahaha..sounds really funny….but,on a serious note… the word is “lying” which means horizontally positioned…laying… means production of eggs…

    “one for show offing ”

    How about ‘showing off’?


  26. Turab (unregistered) on February 18th, 2007 @ 2:32 am

    “show offing” for a reason!


  27. Tamed~. (unregistered) on February 18th, 2007 @ 2:41 am

    ‘ You’ve met a Parsi’.

    & a Bohri as well.


  28. Azhar Raza (unregistered) on February 18th, 2007 @ 2:47 am

    You never caught bus driver after committing accident cuz he always escape


  29. Gugga (unregistered) on February 18th, 2007 @ 12:15 pm

    You know what Sunni Tehrik and Kissan Taraqi Passand Party are…..


  30. Gugga (unregistered) on February 18th, 2007 @ 12:19 pm

    when you say “chorangi” instead of “chowk”….

    When you subconciously know that every english word starting with an “S” but followed by a consonant is to be pronounced “ISS”. Examples, Isschool, Isstrike, Isspecial etc etc…


  31. Kashif-x (unregistered) on February 18th, 2007 @ 12:47 pm

    You know you are in Karachi, WHEN EVERY OTHER GUY IS A BEARDED AFGHAN, and will pee on every roadside, spit aanywhere, and offcourse as earlier said, stare at every pakistani women (i guess they only get to date guys in Afghanistan)


  32. Saad Durrani (unregistered) on February 18th, 2007 @ 11:56 pm

    I must say that there is more than that meets the eye. We forgot about giving gifts to the needy (read. Police) and receive appreciation (read. Lathi Charge).


  33. shan (unregistered) on February 19th, 2007 @ 7:38 am

    you people suck.


  34. iD (unregistered) on February 19th, 2007 @ 8:19 am

    lol that was funny


  35. F. AHMED (unregistered) on February 20th, 2007 @ 2:13 pm

    i just came across this metblog for the 1st time today and i liked it.

    iam living in Dubai for the last 2 years, almost and i really miss karachi.

    i hardly get more then 2 chances to vist it and with this hectic life and horrible traffic in dubai i would happliy shift to karachi if i get even half the pay.

    now i tell everyone in karachi that the traffic situation there is much better than it is here. i used to commute to SITE from DHA Ph-6 and it hardly ever took more then 50-55 Minutes and the distance to my office in SITE was almost 26 KM.

    here 3-4 KM on dubai sharjah highway takes around 1 hour.

    Now i LOVE KARACHI EVEN MORE!!!!!!


  36. F. AHMED (unregistered) on February 20th, 2007 @ 2:15 pm

    i just came across this metblog for the 1st time today and i liked it.

    iam living in Dubai for the last 2 years, almost and i really miss karachi.

    i hardly get more then 2 chances to vist it and with this hectic life and horrible traffic in dubai i would happliy shift to karachi if i get even half the pay.

    now i tell everyone in karachi that the traffic situation there is much better than it is here. i used to commute to SITE from DHA Ph-6 and it hardly ever took more then 50-55 Minutes and the distance to my office in SITE was almost 26 KM.

    here 3-4 KM on dubai sharjah highway takes around 1 hour.

    Now i LOVE KARACHI EVEN MORE!!!!!!


  37. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on February 21st, 2007 @ 8:39 pm

    Traffic – GUY / GALS, on you rupcoming visit to Dubai – ask any of your friend to take you to Dubai / Sharjah after 5 PM from Al-Mulla Plaza to Alafalah Plaza – 9 KM only.

    Or – Ask someone what time in Morinign shall i leave home to catch a flight checkin time of 10 AM –

    ONLY THEN – :) you will LOVE Karachi –

    And for scratching marbles – :) thats a sign of PAKISTANI – you can identify anywhere on globe. Not restricted to Karachi, we see this on & off at Malls in UAE.



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