Karachi: my world!

Amid the tangle of potholed roads, unfinished underpasses, and billboards with models looking down with glazed imperviousness, there lies my love for the city…

…Karachi: my obsession, my ‘world’, long-time friend, and an over-all rocking city, I’d like to thank you. You are the most empathetic, unique, and enthusiastic city I’ve ever ‘met’. Plus, you’re a real charmer! When my friend came here for a 3-day visit from Lahore – she wanted to move here for good! Needless to say that only you could have managed that!

Here’s to Karachi, everything in it, and everything that comes out of it! :D

P.S. Wish me luck to be able to write and do justice to a place we call ‘home’. Ah, so difficult to write about something that’s special… so very special. If only cities could be hugged – I’d hug Karachi and never let go…!

44 Comments so far

  1. Hira (unregistered) on June 15th, 2006 @ 6:59 pm

    welcome :)

  2. Inspirex (unregistered) on June 15th, 2006 @ 7:11 pm

    welcome to the metroblog insiya…

    Karachi…thou roketh!

  3. misha (unregistered) on June 15th, 2006 @ 7:28 pm

    Welcome Insiya, looking forward to some great posts from you. :)

  4. Moiz Kazmi (unregistered) on June 15th, 2006 @ 8:07 pm

    welcome insiya !!
    post abt the pet python too :)

  5. rafey (unregistered) on June 15th, 2006 @ 8:54 pm

    hmm welcome … yeah well karachi is a rockin city for true n yup itz unique too as i was born here :P lolz

  6. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on June 15th, 2006 @ 9:06 pm

    Welcome but how it would be if you do not act like “gals”. Love , hug, special are typical girlish words. This is a real world and not show business or radio station so please act sensibly and write about real persons. We are not bestest , greatest people here so I[we] would really appreciate if you could keep your skills for those. I would also appreciate if you could go through old archives to know more about this blog. I guess you have never posted here before so you had no right to get this position but that’s where I miss my people, my country.

    One more thing that when ever you post some thing good or bad[we would let you know], it’s your responsibility to moderate that and participate in discussion. Other thing, you are supposed to share your personal blog here too.

    Sorry if it was not the best of welcome notes. I tried to be polite and most of the visitors would agree with that.

    Have fun and don’t take any thing personally, its business and we all are mean.

  7. Jamash (unregistered) on June 15th, 2006 @ 9:23 pm

    So true, Karachi is so special that we can’t stop lovin’ it even for a second.

    Welcome to KMB !

  8. Ramla A. (unregistered) on June 15th, 2006 @ 9:34 pm

    Insi, I always thought you’d be a great author at this blog. Now that you’re finally here, you would make a wonderful addition to the ranks of KMB authors. With you in the center of so mayn happenings, things are KMB are meant to liven up! Good to see you.

  9. jammie (unregistered) on June 15th, 2006 @ 9:40 pm

    i dont need to say anything more do i?
    you stay, i stay!

  10. Mr Profanity (unregistered) on June 15th, 2006 @ 10:08 pm

    Karachi : Muah! love you too insiya! now shut the hell up and go make me up a sandwidch!

  11. hafsa (unregistered) on June 15th, 2006 @ 11:41 pm

    so finally she arrives :)
    so glad you joined the metblogs. welcome!

  12. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on June 15th, 2006 @ 11:56 pm

    First of all welcome Insya Ji.Though i am not fan of pop music shit or conerts but did read you few times in papers and it was an intresting experience.

    The only concerned i attended was bryan adams’ one in Karachi.Beside that i wanted to listen jagjit and kishore kumar live.Kishore left this world long time back and i missed the jagjit concert last year.

    I wouldn’t like to be so “moo phat” like our dearest and mighty Poo Poo but i do agree with him 100%.
    Hope to learn something new and constructive from your writings.Best of luck.

  13. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on June 16th, 2006 @ 1:05 am

    Insiya, welcome to KMB.

    And yes, Karachi is Karachi is Karachi is Karachi.

  14. nonnie (unregistered) on June 16th, 2006 @ 5:35 am

    Well I think Karachi is a very sad place. The air there is not fit for animals let alone people. The people themselves are clueless and full of false pride. There are homeless children living in the streets in droves and that is perfectly accepted by the good muslims there. It is one of the filthiest citys in the world dirty beyond measure. With alot of potential to become great MAYBE one day. But with things the way they are now I don’t if that day will ever come. by the way POOPOO what were you tring to say there? I didn’t understand you blog at all. Why don’t you move back to Karachi if you miss it so much. Just saying.

  15. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on June 16th, 2006 @ 5:50 am

    Nonnie: I am liking you , I like the people who negates me and then I could learn some thing from them. Any how when did I say that I miss Karachi. You joined the party late so you don’t seem to understand what I was saying. Old buddies know what I meant.

  16. Original-Anon (unregistered) on June 16th, 2006 @ 7:07 am

    Insiya, welcome to the blog.I have one request that you use proper and correct English in your posts.It would make me and the rest of the ‘grammar brigade’ very happy. I also hope that you will not be using any four letter words. And this is just a general suggestion and not at all based on your post.
    I am looking forward to more posts from you, so good luck and welcome again.

  17. striker (unregistered) on June 16th, 2006 @ 8:34 am

    poo poo is big timer here
    we all have accepted him as he is not willing to go any where

  18. zeeshan (unregistered) on June 16th, 2006 @ 8:39 am

    i am coming to kick you, kiss you my dear karachi after two f**kin years
    i think so many things must have changed in two years

  19. insiya (unregistered) on June 16th, 2006 @ 9:27 am

    Thankyou – everyone! It’s indeed lovely to be around such lovely Karachi walay! :)

  20. Zain (unregistered) on June 16th, 2006 @ 9:36 am

    POO POO & Original-Anon, what kind of a welcome that was? Can’t we just keep things straight?

  21. turab (unregistered) on June 16th, 2006 @ 9:55 am

    I M COMING TO KARACHI!!!!!!!!!!! IN JULY!!!



    ABSORB THE ENERGY no where else to be found!


  22. Checkmate (unregistered) on June 16th, 2006 @ 9:58 am

    @Poo Poo Head: Science has made a lot of progress. Maybe you should try and get that stick surgically removed from your ass.

    Insiya: I share your love for this city. welcome.

  23. Zain (unregistered) on June 16th, 2006 @ 12:34 pm

    @ Checkmate’s advise on surgical removal of the large stick which is trying hard to keep its home in POO POO’s ass: ahahahahahhahahahahahhhahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahhahahaahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahha

  24. Original-Anon (unregistered) on June 16th, 2006 @ 5:49 pm

    Poo has some valid points;made in that inimitable way of his, perhaps some of the people here just don’t get him or those points. He is right that a new author should become familiar with the blog and Insiya may have been reading the blog all along, we just have not seen any comments from her here so Poo was only telling her, as was I, what we would like to see here.
    I just don’t see why we have to get down and dirty and start alluding to body parts just because we don’t understand someone.
    Oh well – maybe obscenity is a part of Karachi culture now.

  25. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on June 16th, 2006 @ 9:02 pm

    Thanks Anon for your support, people like you keep me visiting here.

    Checkmate: I could blast you but sorry that’s not my type. You just started visiting[or]commenting in last couple of weeks while I am here for a long time, I have been also banned from here[so proud of that] for my comments but I never get into perosnal level. You don’t like my comments, its fine but if you start passing comments like that then it would just make you more smaller as person. Any how your comment made me laugh just like Zain, it was creative. Did you make it yourself or some one passed that on you ?

  26. mansoor (unregistered) on June 16th, 2006 @ 10:30 pm

    checkmate: good one ;)

    poo poo head: come on man.. learn something :p

  27. zeeshan (unregistered) on June 16th, 2006 @ 11:08 pm

    peace guys
    i have seen that in any intresting post there
    is long list of arguments,
    the post becomes a verbal war, why we don’t have tolerance, non karachittes actually thinks that we are hyper people is that true folks

    how are karachis’ evening hope pleasnt as ever

  28. Original-Anon (unregistered) on June 16th, 2006 @ 11:19 pm

    @Mansoor: So what do yu want Poo to learn? Verbal assaults? Crude language?
    @Poo: Any time old buddy. You know Checkmate and Mansoor’s behavior is eerily like the scenario you described in a comment on Huma’s post ( remember? one guy teases girls and the others encourage him.)

  29. expat (unregistered) on June 17th, 2006 @ 2:52 am

    Hey guys, a few words from someone who is originally from Karachi, lived in London all his life and now has to deal with the tragedy of living in Lahore. It may be cleaner, greener, safer, but the food is crap, the weather stinks and the people – well what could one say about the most uncouth, disgusting species of the human race. “Cultural melting pot” – my ass. Lahore has as much culture as an american sitcom. The most creative aspect of Lahori culture is inside their yogurt. In comparison, there is no comparison! Karachi for all its troubles, is an exciting place to be. Cosmopolitan atmosphere, real people, real culture, and GOOD FOOD. Yes, good food! not the crap you get in “Lor”.

  30. striker (unregistered) on June 17th, 2006 @ 5:24 am

    my my my that wass toooooooooooo mean
    any laohri on board ???????????

  31. Original-Anon (unregistered) on June 17th, 2006 @ 6:36 am

    @Expat – correct on almost all counts; the food in Lahore is not all that bad but the people – oh, the worst in the world; absolutely crude. It is just a big ghetto. And yes, I am originally a Lahori!

  32. Dee (unregistered) on June 17th, 2006 @ 8:22 am

    well, lets not start the fight here and spoil the fun.I am sure Lahoris love their city regardless of what some of you mentioned. Afterall we love karachi with all its weaknesses.

  33. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on June 17th, 2006 @ 11:16 am

    Science has made a lot of progress. Maybe you should try and get that stick surgically removed from your ass

    @Checkmate: your comment might give laugh to others but I would like to ask that how some outsider(a new visitor) would consider you matured and educated after reading your statment?

    poo poo is not my darling and in past many times i went against him but the point raised by him are 100% valid and your response to him was very offensive.So kindly fix yourself first then try to advise others.

    no hard feelings.I have no personal issue with you but you should keep in mind that i wouldn’t ignore you just because you are some woman.Hope you would learn something new after reading my post.


  34. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on June 17th, 2006 @ 11:23 am

    most creative aspect of Lahori culture is inside their yogurt.

    BTW:i agree with you.

  35. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on June 17th, 2006 @ 11:24 am

    most creative aspect of Lahori culture is inside their yogurt.

    BTW:i agree with you.

  36. nonnie (unregistered) on June 17th, 2006 @ 5:38 pm

    Can someone please tell me why the Karachites are putting Lahore down to make themselves feel better? I mean I’ve never beed to Lahore but wether it’s good or bad, what does that have to do with anything? @TURAB what “freedom” are you talking about in Karachi? You must mean all of the strikes every other day and the holyier than thou people here. You must have completely forgotten what it’s like here.

  37. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on June 17th, 2006 @ 10:13 pm

    @TURAB what “freedom” are you talking about in Karachi? You must mean all of the strikes every other day and the holyier than thou people here.

    @nonnie:Why r u cursing Turab?what did he say?Did you mean Expat?

    you got sooo mad that you didnt say who actually made the comment.Second you are advising the person for not saying anything bad to Lahore but on other side you are being rude with karachi.I have quoted your comments.
    If you think your city is good then you should believe in yourself rather complaining.Hypocricy sucks you know?

  38. nonnie (unregistered) on June 18th, 2006 @ 11:02 am

    @adnan I was talking about Turab like I said just look on the blog he said he is comming to Karachi in July. TURAB TURAB please read more thoruoghly Adnan. I am not a hypocrite there is alot to be proud of that is happening in Karachi lately however putting down Lahore does not make us better. After all we are all a part of PAK at the end of the day. If you really care about Karachi than you have to face the truth in order to try to change things. WE ARE NOT FREE. YET?

  39. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on June 18th, 2006 @ 12:13 pm

    I M COMING TO KARACHI!!!!!!!!!!! IN JULY!!!



    ABSORB THE ENERGY no where else to be found!


    this is what he wrote above.So???And we just dont praise karachi,we also condemn things which are not appropiate at all.you should go thru archives of KMB and you will find many instance likle that.

  40. nonnie (unregistered) on June 18th, 2006 @ 12:36 pm

    So then @Adnan what was your point? I don’t understand at all what you singled me out for SO?????????????????

  41. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on June 18th, 2006 @ 6:07 pm

    I am asking you what is your point?you had issue that karachi people are showing lahore down and on other side you did similar with karachi[read your post in which you addressed turab].I have no issue with you at all.If someone says something unpleasent to lahore then you shouldnt start beliving in it.I wouldnt care if someone starts talking crap about karachi because I know that such words are not worthy at all.Yes I/we do raise finger on evils of our society and do criticize openly.If you compare lahore metro blog with karachi then you will find a big difference in both sites.Here people dont hide the evils of our surroundings.

    Thanks and i cant elaborate you more.

  42. Checkmate (unregistered) on June 19th, 2006 @ 12:52 pm

    @ Poo POO Head, last you wanted to write a fiction on my mother having sex (Too Ban or not to Ban) post and I had the sence to actually take as it was meant to be taken. If you plan to dish it out please learn to take it too. It was meant in humor but I think it is ok if you are the one throwing about personal comments but can’t stand being on the receiving end. Noted!

  43. Checkmate (unregistered) on June 19th, 2006 @ 5:04 pm

    @ Adnan, point noted with thanks.

  44. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on June 19th, 2006 @ 11:23 pm

    @checkmate:I dont know what’s wrong b/w you and poo so I would prefer not to interfere but I believe that calling names should not be taken as pride by educated community since then there will be difficulty to make difference between jahil and educated class.

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