Karachi is your oyster

Remember that scene from Vanilla Sky with Tom Cruise in an empty Times Square? Well, if you’re a Cruise fan and have danced around your living room in your underwear, Karachi’s roads offer a chance to sample the cavernous emptiness a la Cruise every sunset. Stop in the middle of a road; get out with your mates and play an impromptu game of cricket; zigzag in your car; lie on your car’s bonnet and ponder the mysteries of life – you can do whatever you want for a good half hour every evening.

29 Comments so far

  1. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 10:06 pm

    Another stupid post by CY.

  2. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 11:41 pm

    Cy are you trying to create fun of people engaging in religious activities?

  3. Haseeb A (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 12:01 am


  4. danny (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 12:01 am

    Now now, KHITORPIT and ABDUL SAMI — no need to get all worked up. This is a harmless post in my view — I actually enjoyed it — It’s something not all of Karachiites get a chance to witness. Why do you choose to pick out something wrong with Cy and his intentions??

    I’d actually like to experience something like Cy described in his post — wouldn’t mind doing iftaari in my car to do it some day. Until then if someone could post some pics of our empty streets around iftaari (esp. the really busy ones) that would be much appreciated.

  5. K.A. (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 12:06 am

    I don’t think Cy is making fun of anyone. Being (by chance of course) on the streets at that time gives a feeling of peace and serenity that can only be ‘felt’ and not described . How far are you willing to Push it is upto you.

  6. Haseeb A (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 12:07 am


  7. Salman Ahmed Sheikh (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 12:46 am

    by chance if you’re on the road just 10-15 mins before iftaar then you can drive like a daytona rally car driver… its so much fun you can test your driving skills to the limits…. today i reached from one part of the city to the other side within 13 mins on a normal day traffic that’d have taken almost more then a hour….

  8. Daym (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 1:10 am

    One bitter Almeida you are!

  9. karachi4eva (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 1:24 am

    now dis guy iz realliee gettin on ma nervzzz…SERIOUSLY!

  10. yo yo (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 3:39 am

    Relax..people..Its Ramazan..be patient..and no temper…Our KMB author just has a differet lifestyle and a perspective of life different from regular Pakistanis…Thats it…World is always full of different people.Cannot go around mucking with everyone.

  11. kidal (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 4:03 am

    Calm down guys! I don’t see anything offensive in this post. But thanks to his other inane posts, I think Cy has lost credibility on this blog. Anything he posts is read with suspicion. He has no one to blame but himself.

  12. faisal (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 6:03 am

    At least Cy’s posts are well written with proper grammar and spelling ….. which is more than what can be said about some of you readers as well as some authors.

  13. Captain's Log (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 6:56 am

    I guess this post had nothing wrong but as Kidal said :-(

    Faisal, you have serious problems. Living in LA and speaking correct english does not make you first class citizen.

  14. Tariq (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 8:00 am

    It’s actually a good post, something i enjoy myself, the empty roads at iftar time provide a corridor where you can zip to anywhere around the city in 10-15 minutes max. Also, since all shopkeepers say the 10-day taraweeh, roads are more or less empty at night too for the first 10 days of Ramadan. So have u pushed your lancer to the limit Cy?

  15. faisal (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 8:22 am

    Mon Capitan,

    I have never claimed to be a “first class citizen”. I merely made an observation that whether one appreciates the topics which Cy chooses to write on or not, one has to admit that he writes well.

    Moreover, I don’t know why my living in LA or being educated is relevant to anything at all.

  16. xamran (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 10:00 am


  17. Cy (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 10:15 am

    Tariq: Uh-oh, have I been outed? Do I need to fear for my safety?

  18. mansoor (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 11:00 am

    i kinda liked this post.. the emptiness of the roads around iftar time is just too relaxing :D

  19. Sailor (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 12:12 pm

    Seems like people are angry for CY being such a happy go lucky guy !

    It is quiet unusual to see selected few on deserted roads racing playing not being able to do Ifftar at their homes. (non-muslims exempted)

    The essence of Ramzan is being with your family waiting for Azan to do the ifftar.

    In 2002 at clifton circle there was an accident at ifftar time, both the drivers 22 years old slipped their Honda Civic under a parked tanker at over 120KPH speed, car went straight under the tanker till rear seat. They were coming zooming in from the 70 clifton side and zapped in.

    The other Honda smashed himself on a 30 degree angle on the electric pole next to the hoarding short of police chowki.

    Quiet fortunately tanker driver was in police chowki masjid performing ifftar with the whole police squad and the others inside the masjid. It was very few seconds after the azan and before the jamat.

    So emptiness of roads could be a blessing but not to test the wits of others at risk of your life.

    its 2 cents of an after thought.

  20. Bamboo (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 12:30 pm

    160 KMs on Shahrah-e-Faisal in evenings! WOW!!! Its an addiction guys………….

    CY, loved this post!!!!

  21. Kashif-x (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 2:50 pm



  22. Original-Anon (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 6:46 pm

    Faisal – my favorite ‘first class citizen’ and partner in crime – welcome back! I have certainly missed you and wanted to be the first to welcome you but notice that others have already done so, on this and other posts. :). You are so right about Cy’s posts. For your amusement, I would recommend that you head on over to the Islamabad blog and read some of their posts.
    Cy, I have enjoyed your recent posts and am so disppointed by most of the responses; well, not disappointed since I am been reading this blog long enough to know better, but saddened nevertheless. Anyway, don’t give in without a fight.

  23. faisal (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 11:23 pm


    Heartfelt appreciation for the warm welcome.
    It’s reassuring to have my old friend around.

  24. I-HATE-BURGER-BACCHAY (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 10:51 am

    I actually like this post.

    This is precisely the reason why I love Karachi.

    Despite being a HUGE cosmopolitan metropolis… There can be a moment of silence and serenity in our GREAT city ALHAMDULILLAH!

    That is the difference between living in Karachi and New York. In New York people will laugh at you if you ask for a moment of peace and quiet. In Karachi you are presented with that opportunity without asking and can peacefully take advantage of it if you so wish!

    GREAT POST CY BHAI. Oh wait I better not say bhai, that probably has some horrible religious connotation to it that will oppress all the minorties of Pakistan. Sorry Cy!

  25. Cy (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2006 @ 8:36 pm

    I-H-B-B: what’s that saying – din mein bhai bhai, raat ko charpai. heh … no issues with being called bhai.

  26. IHATEBURGERBACCHAY (unregistered) on October 7th, 2006 @ 10:00 am

    I’m shocked, I’m sure you would had some stunning critique… Maybe bring up some Foucault-Disciplinary power or something…

    Anyways… Keep writing posts like this Cy Bhai, it is very nice…

    You should also write about our beaches and how unlike American beaches where children dance around naked, families can come together and walk around comfortably… DURING THE RAIN! hahaha… I don’t think any city in the world has people going to the beach when it rains ;-)

  27. IHATEBURGERBACCHAY (unregistered) on October 7th, 2006 @ 10:02 am

    Oh yeah but lose the anti-Islam smug bastard mentality.. Your posts would be so much more insightful and appreciated..

  28. lionel baptista (unregistered) on October 10th, 2006 @ 5:18 am

    you guys are just nuts – anyone who gets offended by cy’s ramblings ought not to engage in debate – why not follow your primeval instincts and just pick up a sword to garrot the nearest dude you find for being anti-islamic

  29. IHATEBURGERBACCHAY (unregistered) on October 12th, 2006 @ 4:00 am

    Cy isn’t engaging in debate – he is putting out a lot of crap to provoke people – people replying to him are trying to make him stop and/or help him address the root cause of his psychotic behavior

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