The flip side of day time hunger

So this month in Karachi quite a few of the restaurant and cafe chains appear to be open through the night. Papa John’s, Pizza Hut and Costa are the few that I know of and the staff are friendly enough to let you stay beyond the closing time. A warning though: the staff will coax and cajole you to order stuff and before you know it, you might struggle to pay the lease on your car.

20 Comments so far

  1. Daym (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 11:10 pm

    Cy, appreciate last your comment in your last re those not fasting incl muslims as well, i think its a good point. I’d be interested in finding out more about this “law” that says you can’t serve food, do provide more information if you have it, I havent been able to locate it. As far as I know, back in the day all these places on boat basin used to be open during ramadan, things might have changed.

    Anyways, I think youre overdoing this food issue, we all sympathize with you guys. As someone said, we were a minority ourselves (we the muslims) only 55 years ago. But I guess when your forefathers (or you) chose to live in the Islamic republic, you ought to have though out the downsides, including not being able to eat around “freely” during the Holy Month. Its not a big deal, let it be…

  2. Kashif (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 11:17 pm

    aur bhi gham hain zamanay main ‘day time hunger’ k siwa

  3. YO YO (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 12:05 am

    Cy..if this is a law then how Pizza Hut is open?
    If you have solid refrence do share it. Otherwise this post will go under the Cy-FARTS folder. I sympathize with people who are not fasting and they get a hard time from other people in our country. You gotta give some solid proof.

  4. Salman Ahmed Sheikh (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 12:55 am

    easy solution for all those who r not fasting… stock edibles while resturants and eateries are open
    and eat them as mush as you like when they’re closed….!

  5. Cy (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 2:29 am

    Yo Yo: Errr … read the post again – I was referring to restaurants being open through the night, not during the day. Duh!

    DAYM: Ehtram-e-Ramazan Ordinance 1981

  6. K.A. (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 5:49 am

    Speaking of restaurants and Ramazan, and the recently started restaurants review, this is the second year that iftar / dinner experience at Copper Kettle has been a disappointing one.
    I went there day before yesterday and was dismayed by what I got for 479 + tax = 551.

    1. The Samosas and Jalebis for iftar were not fresh – infact they were definitely over a day old. (My brother got sick about two hours after having them)

    2. There were mini beef burgers which any of us can make better at home and beef steaks that smelt of uncooked meat.

    3. Other than that there were a few Chinese dishes to be had with rice and tasted pretty ordinary or in some cases below ordinary.

    What I mean to say is that I love C.K. but for the price you pay you don’t have an option of any of the food that C.K. is famous for such as stuffed chicken w/ cheese and their usual steaks. I am sure C.K. doesn’t make samosas and jalebis themselves – and by the taste Im not too sure the chinese food was made by them. So overall on a scale of 1-10 I’d put the iftar/dinner thingee at no more than 2. I went with 10 people and all were terribly disappointed. I envied a couple who came in half an hour after iftar , ordered a-la carte and had great food.

  7. Captain's Log (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 9:30 am

    Mufti Sahib has said that “Fitra” for this year is Rs 40. He does not know that one iftar could cost you Rs. 551 :-( K.A. you envied other people for their food , What a pity :-(. By the way no one asked you to put review here, please put that in relevant thread. Learn some public forum etiquettes before some one teaches you harshly.

    There are so many wanna be intellectuals in our society that they won’t let go any ride. These poeple think that if they talk of women rights, children rights, minority rights , civil rights it sounds cool even if they have no clue what they are talking about.

    CY your theory of 96% population muslim and not fasting has no basis. I have not heard of any Muslim complaining that they can not get food. I am not including those 2% who are muslims because they are born Muslims. Islam has clearly asked the muslim govt.s to provide the environment that could facilitate Muslims to easily practice their faiths. I never ask west to stop selling pork here , I never complain to shut down their pubs because each society has its own culture. If you live with them then just accept it. Some people could get offend when they see nudity but they don’t complain. Its just people like you who tries to show that they are from some other planets who would not accept facts and would go on.

    By the way CY show some respect to other’s religion. It’s not “day time hunger”, it is fasting.I am very surprised that no one has complained about posting such stupid title here. I do not care what ever you think or write because you have right to be wrong and you are abusing that privilege and I have right to let you know what I thought of your post. Keep writing , it helps us understanding each other perspective.

  8. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 9:45 am

    CY – It is FASTING from dawn till dusk. It is EBADAT in ISLAM, majority of muslims does only elderly and childern have options.

    ROZA is Purely for the ALMIGHTY the SUPREME ONE.

    Seems like you have not forgotten your day time hunger which you suffered at school from leaving home till reaching back home.

    Pity you !

  9. faisal (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 10:33 am

    One has to hand it the Karachi metrobloggers; at least you all are consistent. After an absence of nearly four months (which, by the way, were spent in Karachi … and I am now back in Los Angeles), it is heartening to know that many of you (authors and readers alike) continue to be the narrow-minded religious zealots that you always were.

    And El Capitan, as an aside, what exactly are you insinuating when you write the following words:

    “Learn some public forum etiquettes before some one teaches you harshly.”

    Tsk, tsk.

  10. Sajid (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 11:57 am

    Not sure what was that? Captain’s Log?

  11. xamran (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 12:12 pm


  12. Feet Maestro (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 1:59 pm

    But I guess when your forefathers (or you) chose to live in the Islamic republic, you ought to have though out the downsides, including not being able to eat around “freely” during the Holy Month.

    Daym: go back to the 7th century where you belong. Look up Mr. Jinnah’s speech when you get time off from your “holy” bigotry.

  13. Captain's Log (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 6:01 pm

    Stupid Feet Maestro, Think before you say some thing. 7th century was Muhammad’s PBUH century. Are you saying that Jinnah is better than Muhammad PBUH?

  14. Daym (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 8:30 pm

    Not sure what this feet maestro is saying.

    Anyways, Mr Almeida I’m generally a big fan of yours (read you in TFT etc), but am disappointed by your cringing talk…

  15. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 11:13 pm

    religious zealots

    @Faisal:A religious zealot is still several time better than a secular idiot.

  16. K.A. (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 12:16 am

    I think captain’s bog has
    1. Never had good food in a good restaurant.
    2. Never been taught to mind his own business.
    3. Is religiously insane.
    4. Always has a fight with someone and takes out his frustration at kmb.

  17. Captain's Log (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 7:02 am


    I agree with you on first point. I have never been to some good restaurant. I am cheap.

    Mind my own business on public forums ? Are you in your senses. This is not your personal blog. Atleast I know how to use public forums.

    Religiously insane is relative term. Describe it please for me.

    Point No 4 is just your assumption which might be true but generally people use when they have no arguments left so after 3 points you were done :-). Sorry , try again please

  18. Fakhr (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 9:29 am

    I am with you Captain! Your every word is teaching sense to nonsense people!
    But you should also consider that readers here might not be that mature as you are! KMB is currently ruling by non serious youth, so bear this in mind! FUN FUN FUN
    Yahaa logo ko roza bohat lagta hay! Take a chil pil!

  19. IHATEBURGERBACCHAY (unregistered) on October 7th, 2006 @ 9:54 am

    @Faisal: secularism and secular arrogance is also a cult and religion – if you sympathize for Cy then you are also condoning his extremism. And by the way, you shouldn’t be dumb enough to think we are being extreme here. No one has a problem with Cy expressing his opinion. The problem is that they are all EXTREMELY NEGATIVE and not done in the right spirit. People regardless of their cult/religion association are much more appreciate of another person when they feel their beliefs have some respect. Which Cy is clearly not doing – instead just being a smug bastard.

    A good example: when has the Christian community in Karachi ever shown respect for Islam or Pakistan? After partition they were elites because they spoke English and ran the schools. Even to this day many of them are extremely well-off and have privileges that most Muslims don’t have. Have any of them learned Urdu (I don’t know a single Christian that speaks Urdu – they consider offensive to their religion to learn anything but English)? Have any of them bothered to learn much about Islam and its customs outside of what they learn in school? No. On the other hand, most Muslims in America make it a point to learn about Christian culture, concerns, beliefs, etc.

    @Adnan: You da man :) I’d rather take a religious crazy than a secular crazy any day of the week. The religious crazy ultimately believes he answers to God. The secular crazy only cares about himself. I’ll bet someone who really believes in God has a better chance of being reformed than someone who lives only to maximize their pleasure in this life.

  20. Cy (unregistered) on October 7th, 2006 @ 12:36 pm

    IHBB: Better a smug bastard than a dumb … I say that after reading your comment for Adnan. You haven’t got the faintest clue what secularism is (hint: it has nothing to with libertarianism and individualism.)

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