The plane landed at 20:35 on the 6th of June 2003. I was back in Karachi. After spending my life in Khuzdar, Quetta, Islamabad and lastly GIKI I was finally in Karachi.

I remembered Karachi from early school memories. I remembered Karachi as the treat that we were given during the holidays, when we came thundering down to the city that was always cooler in the summers, and warmer in the winters, than wherever we were coming from. My memories about Karachi were a collection of fulfilled childhood desires. Karachi was one big bag of candies and no cousins to share with.

Coming to Karachi in 2003 meant the beginning of my real life. I was ready to find a job and see what the 9 to 5 meant in real conditions. I was looking forward to learning about the city’s many flavours divided on the basis of geography, language, religion, social class, education, ethnicity and what not. I was ready to learn life and school was in session.

After spending one and a half year in Karachi I have been overwhelmed by the city. The inconsistencies and contrasts are unimaginable. There is an enthusiastic optimism about the future along with a desperate desire to forget past violence. There is a growing sense of civic pride in the city along with a feeling of helplessness at not being able to change things.

Karachi slowly grows on its citizens; Karachi grows onto people and people grow onto Karachi. In the end the city changes you and you change the city. That is what Karachi is, an amalgamation of millions upon millions of cultures, thoughts and feelings. Karachi is a state of mind as well as a state of being.

Welcome to the Karachi MetroBlog.

7 Comments so far

  1. Chavez (unregistered) on February 19th, 2005 @ 2:55 am

    Asalamalekum!!! But where the heck is Karachi?

  2. JennB (unregistered) on February 19th, 2005 @ 3:18 am

    Welcome! I love the photo at the top – it’s beautiful.

  3. philipp (unregistered) on February 19th, 2005 @ 3:25 am

    Welcome to the Metroblogging family, Karachi, and best wishes from cold, cold Vienna.

  4. Grant (unregistered) on February 19th, 2005 @ 7:00 am

    Welcome! It’s awesome to see another Metblogs city up and running. I look forward to reading about your city!

  5. him (unregistered) on February 19th, 2005 @ 7:20 am

    Welcome from all us here at bangkok metblog – it’s good to see the non-USA numbers growing! {grin}

  6. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on January 1st, 2006 @ 1:44 pm

    A very written/crafted piece about life in this crazy city of ours….no matter how much badmouth the daily grind in this city….but nobody can deny that KARACHI ROCKS!!

  7. karachi lover (unregistered) on January 4th, 2006 @ 9:59 pm

    Karachi zindabad — I love karachi

    I was born here. I studied here. I got married here.
    It is truly amini Pakistan.

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