45 days

the countdown for my last visit to karachi (in august) started around 150 days before touchdown. 150 days spent looking forward with lip-biting anticipation to the 33 that i would get to spend in the city i call home.

today, it’s 45 days to home. inshallah. 45 days to the distinct karachi ki smell that greets you as you approach the doors leading out of baggage claim. 45 days until i can pour over a //hardcopy// of DAWN while sipping on my morning cup of chai. 45 days until i come home to a karachi winter of foggy nights in shawls and kolapuris cracking warm peanut shells. 45 days until i see the much awaited underpass for the first time. this past month has been the hardest, most emotionally taxing time spent away from home. 8000 miles can make you feel pretty helpless. it’s 45 days until i come home to the changed, awakened pakistan that i keep reading and hearing about.

can’t wait to be a part of that.

6 Comments so far

  1. huma (unregistered) on November 8th, 2005 @ 6:25 pm

    welcome aboard! and InshAllah, karachi will not disappoint :)

  2. TEE BEE (unregistered) on November 8th, 2005 @ 8:15 pm

    I agree..Karachi will not dissappoint…even if u come back home after a week, U feel the karachi in a different way..Karachi is Karachi..i myself was in the US for studies for last 5 years..and every year i planned to come back home for vacations..i wud start thinking about everything..karachi rulez..karachi rockz..!!! karachi everything…its home…luv ya karachi!!!

  3. maleeha (unregistered) on November 8th, 2005 @ 9:47 pm

    i smell cheese ;) :D :D hello there!!!

  4. Imtiaz (unregistered) on November 9th, 2005 @ 11:52 pm

    Karachi always waits with open arms, but dont expect too much from the underpass though…..
    they are still fixing it, not to mention thay have dug up the whole Khayaban e Jami too.

    Welcome back in advance!

  5. Leena Shamshad (unregistered) on November 10th, 2005 @ 12:22 am

    Well..this is 22 yrs old Leena from PeshawarÖi have spent 12 yrs of my early life with Karachites..and believe me I have found them the best people..no exaggeration involved..and you people know ..it was the feeling of missing Karachi n Karachites that I discovered this website n thought to interact this wayÖ.may u all have the max of vim, verve and vigour!

  6. Gibran (unregistered) on November 19th, 2005 @ 2:09 am

    I know what you mean. Working in Chicago right now. Can’t wait to be back home for new years!

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