Where in Karachi?
Let’s see how many of you can guess this, answers at 9 o clock. As a hint, here’s a translation of the poetry on the wall:
This thing is for looking, look at it again & again
Talk to it, Look at it closer
The head of a human, the body of an animal
This is not real but an illusion.
Image credit: To be revealed with the answer!
Update at 11:58 PM : Sorry about the delay, but as most of you have figured out, the correct answer is of course, Karachi Zoo. Thanks to Umair Mohsin for the image who uploaded it on Flickr yesterday.
I’ve only ever been to the Karachi Zoo once in my entire life, and that too was way, way back when I still in Montessori school. I barely even remember the place, except from pictures we took on that outing. I do however remember reading reports in the papers not that long ago that the zoo wasn’t in particularly good shape, but its heartening to learn (via one of the comments here) that things have improved in recent times. This particular photo was striking, even somewhat disturbing for me, for several reasons, especially as I read the description of the picture Umair provided:
One of the ‘illusionists’ (more like a rip off) at the Karachi Zoo. Seemingly there’s this head of a woman joined to the body of a fox. Once you enter the place, it’s more of a eunuch’s head who’ll request you to extra rupees to talk to him/her.
My first question was, what exactly is an eunuch doing at a zoo (a facility where animals, not human beings, are confined within enclosures for being displayed to the public)? And secondly, what gives anyone the right to describe them as having the “body of an animal” like the poetry near the entrance implies? In fact I’m fairly shocked this hasn’t been caught up by any human rights organization thus far. Or perhaps eunuch estrangement from mainstream society is so accepted a fact that traditional norms of political correctness with regards to gender issues no longer apply on them. Am I missing something here or do others also find this equally disturbing?