yesterday, today, tomorrow.

Ramla took the words out of my mouth. When Huma asked me to join the Karachi Metlbog, I looked forward to writing about the quirky, dusty, enigmatic charisma of this city we love and call Karachi. I wanted to be funny, disparaging, critical, passionate, but above all, I wanted to capture the spirit of what it means to be here at this time in life…when our decisions are finally beginning to matter…when we are finally moving in to inherit the problems and the joys of calling a city our own.
But i start my writing today with a very different sense of Karachi… a sense which my mother told me possibly didn’t exist anymore, a feeling of belonging and giving an older generation would claim it takes a war to feel.
Till last week, Karachi was about differences, billboards, coffee shops and traffic issues.
Today it’s about the underpass, the PAF relief efforts and awakenings.
Tomorrow, who knows?
In a time of absolute despiar, we are finally finally alive in ways we didn’t even know we could be.
May Allah give us faith and help us through, successfully, in this time of test. Pakistan Zindabad.

9 Comments so far

  1. AK (unregistered) on October 17th, 2005 @ 1:26 pm

    You didn’t mean to use the word ‘disparaging’ here …literally?

  2. huma (unregistered) on October 17th, 2005 @ 1:59 pm

    welcome to the team jammie, and yes, may Allah give us faith.

  3. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on October 17th, 2005 @ 3:05 pm

    Welcome to the gang of Karachi nuthead bloggers ;)
    Looking forward to some interesting stuff from you


  4. Fawad (unregistered) on October 17th, 2005 @ 6:09 pm

    When I was in karachi in June 2005, I really felt that we karachiates are no longer alive in a sense that we have lots of differences, traffic issues, political issues, tension and many other things. But I am very much glad that we are alive now and are taking active part in the relief activity and sidelined all our difference. I hope that now we can start our new life and live in scuh way that we respect all others, minimize difference in life, Love and care our city and Country, Live for others, Stop the corruption no matter how small it is (like for a common man like me breaking the signal is a corruption in society). Start demonstrating respect for women, childern and elders, Coz what i feel is that our society lacking in what i call “personal responsibility of human for society”,
    Today we are doing great effort for the Quake victims and we should also start effort for the betterment of the society. Pakistan Zindabad!!

  5. Sarwar (unregistered) on October 17th, 2005 @ 11:43 pm

    I have been viewing the metroblog from afar with curiosity, and rarely adding to it. I feel there is a national spirit that has come alive.

    Pakistan was not a country born by some Churcillian line drawn in the sand. Pakistan was won with great sacrifices. Mr Jinnah kept secret his terminal illnes and ignored treatment for fear that the opposition would delay till he was gone. It hasted his death, but gave us a sovereign country. Not too many leaders in history with that kind of fortitude. We can be proud to have a leader such as him. We must do him proud by coming together, as one nation under one flag.

    Can I get instructions to be added to this blog?


  6. jammie (unregistered) on October 18th, 2005 @ 12:57 am

    AK i did not use the word disparaging as it sounds…i guess i meant more introspective…constrcutively critical… :D

    thanks huma and teeth…and fawad i really do hope its a new beginning. inshallah.

    sarwar…i have no clue. umar is our city captain. you could ask him i guess. lemme try to find out also.

  7. Saadie (unregistered) on October 18th, 2005 @ 2:32 am

    Welcome to both of you, looking forward to have some nice writings from you people too. It is fun to be part of this community. Goodluck.

  8. Ramla A. (unregistered) on October 18th, 2005 @ 7:25 am

    Looking at it the other way, we’ve come together at a time when we absolutely needed to put the differences aside. There is nothing more moving than a sense of purpose. No bond stronger than having a common goal.

    I remember this dialog from a TV show, and it kinda reflects our pre-quake mentality:
    “What makes you think your problems are more important than anyone else’s?”
    “They are mine!”

    For a while, bigger problems and real issues are here – and bonding us sans frontiers. May we enter the future smiling together, stronger as persons and as groups.

    Welcome to the gang. :)

  9. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on October 18th, 2005 @ 10:29 pm

    Ramla, yes ameen to your comment. And Jammie Welcome aboard!.

    As TM has mentioned, we will definately be looking for interesting stuff from your side.

    Once again welcome aboard.

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