Flying buses of Karachi and their adventures…

Flying Buses
KMB has been showing lot of photographs of our dreaded, failed transport system showing our typical buses being over-loaded, stuffed like a fat photo, over-flowing with people. Sometimes, off course, the consequences are just too bad to relate to. Broken or cut off legs, damaged nerves, blood ozing out. Our buses have come to be known as killer buses and the drivers are usually known as pilots, for these buses don’t run, they fly.

For all its dreaded atmosphere, I have come to love them for various reasons. One being its roof-top, airy compartment, suitable for sleeping as well as seeing around the city with no side effects. These roof-tops are good for photographers like myself, who wish to see his city in a various shades.

Have you ever enjoyed such a ride. If so, let us know here at KMB.

6 Comments so far

  1. MB (kar_munib) on April 17th, 2008 @ 7:15 am

    10 years back i loved traveling within city in 8,2K,2D,4K,20,4,7H,W11,P,P3,G3,U10,4M and all those buses which were not so crowded and nor the traffic was this messy. Also the security situation was not as such inside buses, though it wasnt good in city.

    I remember very well how i would try to figure out the first and last terminal of the bus and seeing all the interesting (ugly and beautiful) places around Karachi.

    Then we used to be very farigh people, lolzz and then it was off on FRIDAY/SUNDAY/SATURDAY etc.

    One of my memorable day is when i traveled to Kemari stop from a far located bus stop around KU . . . very far from KU in fact.

    Considering the traffic mess, its no more fun for me anymore. The fear of mobile snatchers, the prevalent mess and dust and all the filth around city makes it difficult plan.

    Excellent post RI

  2. itstabish on April 17th, 2008 @ 9:25 am

    I had a bunch of times when I used to ride the X3 from Saba Avenue to Boat Basin. I enjoyed it thoroughly. The wind blowing in your face, the stench of sweaty people, the "thup thup" on the door to signal the driver to stop. I never brought my camera in though. Didn’t think it’d be a safe idea for an authentic analog SLR from the 80s.

  3. cyrenity on April 17th, 2008 @ 9:41 am

    ahhh. you guys must be joking, lol, they are more than a nightmare !!!

  4. Tariq Khanani (tariqkhanani) on April 17th, 2008 @ 11:25 am

    we cannot abandon our sleep due to fear of nightmare right??

    is ko kehtay hain majboori

  5. fAr stAr (farstar) on April 17th, 2008 @ 11:46 am

    being on the roof-top of a bus is quite a experience in itself…like watching the world from a high raised platefarm, from a different perspective…all the cables hanged here n there and the flyovers seems so close to u that u can touch them…but they r always a bit too far away…

  6. cyrenity on April 17th, 2008 @ 3:35 pm


    you can manage to get rid of nightmares ;)

    oh btw, nightmare is called a terrifying dream, and there is an other definition as well, "a situation causing horror and terror like a horrifying dream" :P

    like my boss is more than a nightmare, lol but i know how to handle him :P

    u caused me so much explanation :)


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