current karachi

It’s not easy to find that one word to describe karachi these days. Back in 1995, it was volatile.
I remember trying to be a normal 18 year old back then but it was tough, with all the curfews and strikes and
killings to not feel upset about a cancelled sports days or missing out on so many days of our last year in school. It was childish indignancy mixed with adult concern. Was this the Karachi we were going to inherit one day?

Right now, Karachi is in the throes of growing pains. Much like a confused teenager, she is trying to sort its sense of identity and be who she wants to be. We all wait, like parents, impatiently, patiently, holding our breath, praying and hoping for the best. That somehow all our faith and efforts will materialize magically into something worth the pain. I saw this electricity pole by chance at an intersection in Saddar and it just symbolized what, currently, no pun intended, Karachi to me is, in one deft image. We don’t know whether we are coming or going, but atleast it looks like something electric is happening.

9 Comments so far

  1. nausheen (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 4:46 am

    haha, how weird and random, but i saw the exact same pole i think a while back, and thought the exact same thing!

  2. Imran (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 4:56 am

    So well said … I’m actually dreamy eyed!

  3. sarah (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 6:04 am


  4. Inspirex (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 7:11 am

    Something electric definitely is….but at the same time….its all so confused!!!

  5. xia (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 8:52 am

    I like to know how you were able to get that picture in the middle of Saddar without getting mugged? :-) JK

  6. Fawad (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 12:15 pm

    “We all wait” :) and do nothing, hmm thats a good strategy.

  7. jammie (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 3:37 pm

    sometimes, waiting is more difficult than anything. and a lot more productive than doing the wrong thing. and then again, sometimes not.
    all relative really.

  8. Ioannis (unregistered) on February 20th, 2006 @ 1:08 pm

    Hi folks..:)
    No problem with the state of that electric pole,according to a friend of mine we have similar poles in some of our islands.
    All the best
    Made it 45 days in Karachi:)

  9. Hasan (unregistered) on March 1st, 2006 @ 9:03 am

    Well, Karachi is doing far better than what it used to be in late 90s. Businesses are expanding and are doing well. We just need a little more time and we will be all set. We need to be more optimistic and are you sure about this picture because I saw this picture somewhere else :|

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