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Gift 5: Shopping in Saddar

130013711_bb0903a08c_m.jpgStarting from Zainub Market, all the way to Empress Market, comprised of Bohri Bazar, Electronic Market, Abdullah Haroon Road, lies an area that can truly be regarded as shoppers paradise. Here you can find everything that money can buy. Be it clothes, leather jackets, snake skin purses, carpets, cosmetics, jewellery, perfumes, shoes, pet animals, books, sports equipments, cell phones, consumer electronics, handicrafts, paper items, crockery, furniture, books, cheap dentists, doctors, black magic experts, palmists, ghost busters, you name it. If you can’t find it in Saddar, it doesn’t exist. And that holds true for car parking as well. It’s better that you take a cab.

karachi02.gif Here you will find the true Karachi. Here, if you are skilled enough, you can negotiate to buy anything 50% off the list price, or lower. Here, if you are not careful enough, you can easily be a victim of a con artist. Here you will find best chana papri (yum yum!!) in town. Here, if you have the eye for it, you will find some genuine artifacts, and some not quite so genuine.

This is Saddar, the heart of Karachi.

Gift 6: W-11 The Bus.
Photo Credit [ TRAMTACTIC ]

Racing on the streets of Karachi, extravagantly decorated with Chamak pati “Reflective Tape” in vibrant colors, along with truck art paintings. Red hearts with ‘LOVE’ Written on them, hawks and flower vases with patterns like peacock feather all with “Chamak pati”, further lit up with tiny bulbs all over. They are W-11 the most cleanest and finest of the local transportation mini busses.

Gift 7: Pakola Ice Cream Soda

“In the spirit of all the holiday gift giving that will be taking place over the next couple of months, all the Metroblogging cities are giving 7 gifts to the world throughout the week of NOV 26th – DEC 2. This is Karachi’s 7th Gift to the World.”

If there is one soft drink that started from Karachi and spread not only in Pakistan but all over the world, it’s got to be Pakola. I would rather call it KaraCola and it would taste just as great, but just thinking about Pakola brings that sweet taste into the mouth that you just want to leave everything else and have some Pakola.

7 Gifts from Karachi

In the spirit of holiday season, (Thanksgiving, Xmas, and Eid), the cities across the metroblogging network are giving away 7 gifts to the world.

Each day, starting from November 26, Karachi metroblog will disclose one gift, something that is truly unique to Karachi. One week later, all 7 gifts would be known to all.

It’s a small effort from us to show that despite all its shortcomings, we still love this city and cherish the little things that Karachi has to offer.

I hope you would enjoy reading these posts as much as we would enjoy posting them.

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