The city that carries a thousand tales

Karachi can be termed as a city of lights (I think that’s a past), a city in which dwells the countrymen from far off areas, a city which gives shelter to many (including the ones across the borders), a city which is the largest metropolitan city of the country.
The streets of this city, carries in it the pain of many. The city where roads are not only meant to be for cars, but for people who earn their living by selling off newspapers, flowers, combs, toys etc.
Saw this old lady (in the picture) whose eyes tell a tale. Might not be from tongue but her eyes say a story.
I was just wondering where in Karachi could this lady be fit in: among the beggars that have taken shelter in the city? Or the old people who have been rejected by the offspring?
Is there something that can be done for them?
OR She stands in the category of those lame people who want to do nothing, than wandering in the streets, living as a parasite on other people’s pockets??

30 Comments so far

  1. De (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 9:59 pm

    Ever heard ‘quality over quantity’? :)

  2. One (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 10:05 pm

    Hmm . . . ‘the ones across the border’ . . Is that some kind of reference to ‘mohajirs’ ?

  3. unaiza nasim (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 10:08 pm

    @ONE: Nope! Meant Afghanis and Bengalis.

  4. Faraz (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 10:34 pm

    Most ppl don’t want to live by begging on the streets (esp women). There has to be a support system to help people get on their feets, women shelters, etc.

    It takes $40 to sponsor a Pakistani Orphan (Islamic Relief). How big of a difference would it make if everyone sponsored one?

    Perhaps that orphan might get an education and not be reduced to the streets. I realize it’s not that simple to solve such a complex problem but we have to start somewhere (look at the beginnings of Eidhi).

  5. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 10:44 pm

    Unaiza, how you can you just upload anybody’s pict. on internet ? somebody might sue you for that.
    There is something called privacy, specially for a woman.

  6. Haseeb A (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 10:49 pm

    someone sponser me an ipod. or sell one :).
    any1 kows where to get a second hand ipod? (didnt get much help at the Apple Media centre, khayban-e-ittahad)??

  7. unaiza nasim (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 10:49 pm

    @Faraz: I totally agree with you.
    Only if we all keep our eyes open towards teh ailing and teh suffering humanity..
    But, Alas, seems like our minds are too occupied to think about them.

  8. unaiza nasim (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 10:55 pm

    @Khitropit: This picture is taken by me, and the women was informed that it would be published.
    Any issues? The women was also paid for it.
    Yes, sometimes I feel like undressing the real facets of life.

  9. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 11:07 pm

    @Unaiza, If you want to upload pict. on web, why dont you upload the pict. of streets and parks and all of Khi, as we all pardesi would love to see it.
    @Haseeb, Why dont you spend some more money and buy a new ipod, as now its not that much expensive, and stop bugging ppl here all the time.

  10. Haseeb A (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 11:21 pm

    @KhiTorPit: Paisay hotay to nakhray kioun kerta. And itni to faltoo faltoo posts hotee hain kabhi kabhi (new boutiques, saloons etc), aik chota mota sawal kia bigaray ga..

  11. Haseeb A (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 11:25 pm

    @Unaiza: lolz. kitnay main maan gaye? Rs5 or Rs10? no wonder she looks so happy in the picture (ghor say dekhain, she is smiling and her eyes portray this)

  12. Raza (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 11:37 pm

    This is not funny guys …

  13. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 11:38 pm

    @Haseeb, You are right in saying “itni to faltoo faltoo posts hotee hain kabhi kabhi”.
    And yeah try on … you might find a used ipod.
    Or a good deal on or for a new ipod.

  14. danny (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 11:41 pm

    @Unaiza, Did you have another post after this one? I’m pretty sure I saw one earlier or was I hallucinating? :)

  15. unaiza nasim (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 11:43 pm

    @Danny: yes, that was a mistake. Take it as hallucination:-)
    I’m Sorry!

  16. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 12:22 am

    Aray bhaiyon woh apna gora … kiya naam tha uska hhmmm oh yeah Neoka…. kahan hai aaj kal ? kisi nay tapka tu nahi daala usko ? :)
    Hey buddy!! Neoka are you still enjoying in Khi ? or fed up ?

  17. Faisal (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 2:15 am

    Absolutely sickening……

    Some of these comments show the complete
    immaturity and lack of compassion on the
    part of the writers.

  18. Captain's Log (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 6:46 am

    Unaiza I like your attitude(though do not bother to read your posts) because you are one of those who would do what they like w/o listening to others. Good Going.

  19. ELIDOG THE 3RD (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 9:10 am

    @Khitorpit – LOL! Goray nay unaiza kay posts dekh kar soncha ho ga kay behtar yeh hee kay karachi say bhaago!

  20. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 10:51 am

    @ Unaiza: I am pretty sure that you must have meant to say, ‘addressing’ and not ‘undressing’.

    I am pretty sure that no one would want their issues to be ‘undressed’ in public.:-))

  21. ELIDOG THE 3RD (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 11:13 am

    A number of us on KMB will be collecting donations at PAF base today. The money will be used to hire a full-time english teacher for Unaiza.

  22. ash (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 11:42 am

    hey unaiza,

    Your pic of that kid near the train track was actually fantastic, and although you seem to pitch products quite a bit i think your blogs are pretty good. Dont let the peanut gallery get you down.

  23. unaiza nasim (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 1:24 pm

    @ Arsalan: I actually meant “undressing” (sarcasm), not someone’s issue but the society’s dilemma.

  24. Original-Anon (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 4:12 pm

    Captain’s log, you said ‘because you are one of those who would do what they like w/o listening to others.’, and I am not going to argue that point here with reference to Unaiza but in general. You tend to confuse stubbornness with integrity. True integrity is accepting your mistakes and taking the blame for them. But, something tells me you and I have had this debate before in another galaxy, far far away :)

  25. Original-Anon (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 4:50 pm

    Unaiza, your early enthusiasm and the deluge of rather inane posts has somehow got on the collective nerves of the blog readers. So that now, everything you write exacts an uncharitable response here. Also we do get these bleeding heart, sob story posts every so often. I understand that you did not mean to boast but you would know, living in Karachi, that it is full of skeptics.

  26. Imran (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 11:07 pm

    Wonderful post Unaiza …makes one think & FEEL!!!! But i’m slightly apalled by some of the responses here: so trivial! Anyways, what goes around (comes around.)

    And for those wanting to see glossy/ rosy pics of Karachi minus the misery, humility & reality of the streets can come down to

  27. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 9th, 2006 @ 4:27 am

    I have had this debate before in another galaxy, far far away :)


  28. Captain's Log (unregistered) on November 9th, 2006 @ 6:12 am

    Anon, see, few of us like and few of us don’t like like her posts so you could not say her attitude stubborn. She feels that she has necessary support so she has been posting continuously.

    Any how we have different opinions but I still appreciate her attitude. As long as she is feeling good, we would pay the price.

    Now there are two possibilities that either she has good nerves or she does not have brain. Though later is more probable but then I always give people margin so I would let her go in first.

    My only problem with her posts is that if I were so kind, I would not be spending so much money on my personal causes(sounds like from her posts about expensive places) but now here I am getting personal w/o knowing her so let’s stop it.

    How is Virginia :-) ? Blue or Red ?

    See you around on Far Far Galaxy ……

  29. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 9th, 2006 @ 8:28 pm

    It’s all blue now.

  30. naved (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 7:52 pm

    i believe that that picture up there in the upper left corner isnt just a picture..its a mirror that reflects what has become of our beloved karachi…i really am amazed that someone is taking that effort making some young yet arrogant youngsters understand the importance of such people…and unaiza…its really some good work you doing…umm i have read almost all your posts and one thing i gotta say and that is that…gurl u see life just differently…and that is what makes pakistan …its not all the fancy malls or infrastructure that judges the beauty of the country…its people like you that give this city that beauty it deserves… know what… there is a saying ….a father can take care of his 100 sons and daughters in one room…but those 100 sons and daughters can not keep their one father in their 100 houses……its a shame that these people are left to die not by any stranges but by their own loved ones…by people they so proudly used to call their own….

    that does makes me wonder that where is the love?

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