No Entry!

Karachi is a city where liberty is the fun.
Your own driving style, overtaking style, your own set of rules to follow (the heart’s conventions), to park the car under “no parking” sign and to enter where the “No Entry” sign is!
Not to mention, fun taking pictures while driving :-D
The charisma of living in Karachi.

35 Comments so far

  1. fAr stAr (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 12:04 pm

    seems like some text is hidden behind the image. plz chk it.

  2. Adil mulki (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 1:38 pm

    Yeah. . And spending a night in civil hospital’s emergency, observing cases of traffic accidents can be an eye opener too. . . I’m afraid, might not be as ‘charismatic’.

  3. SWA (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 1:48 pm

    Glorifying the lawless behavior prevalent in Karachi? Maybe not a good example that you are setting here for Karachiites.

    If its sarcasm, you didnt come across as sarcastic. If its your actual viewpoint, shame on you for promoting irresponsible behaviour.

  4. Adil mulki (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 1:52 pm

    Yeah. . And spending a night in civil hospital’s emergency, observing cases of traffic accidents can be an eye opener too. . . I’m afraid, might not be as ‘charismatic’.

  5. Farhan (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 2:06 pm

    yeh hai mera Karachi
    jahan ki sarak par koi lane naheen
    yeh hai mera karachi
    jahan no parking ki koi hasiyat naheen
    yeh hai mera karachi
    “no littering ” sign ke neeche hum kacha pehnke
    lal bati pur gari bahagyeen aur hari bati par rooken
    yeh hai mera karachi
    Driving license to liya hai
    Qanon kia hai kisi ko pata naheen
    lane change , speeding , side , cutting
    hamari driving ka watera
    akhir shehar kis ka hai tera aur mera

  6. Adnan (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 3:18 pm
  7. Haseeb A (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 3:23 pm

    @Adnan: What has this got to do with the post? Abhi maina apay ipod ka zikar kiya hota to sab mujh par char jatay!! or inko dekho

  8. Sa'ad (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 3:52 pm

    I agree with SWA on this. Instead of recognizing our faults we glorify them as freedom and that’s wrong.

  9. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 4:09 pm

    haseeb actually this post is all about violation of law and feeling good about it so in this way my irrelevent post is actually very relevent here. =)

  10. Alien Panda (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 4:18 pm

    Wonderful post Unaiza, swells my heart with pride it does; though I think you’ve forgotten a few things: extrajudicial killings, suicides, rapes, honour killings, domestic violence.

    After all this is what makes Karachi the best damn place to live!

    Now if you’ll excuse me I have to navigate through the pleasantly anarchaic traffic at Sharah-e-Faisal and upon raching my destination unscratched (hopefully) hand over my cell phone and wallet to the polite young man with a gun, these bachas – remind me of my youth!

  11. mansoor (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 5:03 pm

    lolzzz unaiza!

    what a way to put things in perspective!

  12. Faisal (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 7:22 pm

    It’s absolutely mind boggling how some of
    the comments, not only on this topic but
    all over the blog, tend to analyze the
    contents of a post to death.

    It’s a post, pure and simple …… get over it!

    “glorifying … promoting irresponsible
    behavior…” HUH!! WHAT THE F…?

    Get off this lady’s case …. at least she’s
    making an effort

  13. cube11 (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 9:25 pm

    Faisal:she is making effort ? what.When will we start accepting the right and wrong of our actions.everyone has a right to comment.If you don’t like it then Don’t read them.I agree with others that liberty and freedom does not mean breaking laws..we have to grow out of such negative and stupid thinking.

  14. unaiza nasim (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 9:33 pm

    for those, who have taken me wrong, I wanted to highlight few acts that we take as norm and have even forgotten the basics about it.

  15. IllusionFS (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 9:56 pm

    :D Unaiza is it just near Stadium on the Dalmia Road ?? I always wanted to show this picture on the kmb, but never actually got time to do it. lol

    It says no entry and ppl want to enter like its the way to Mecca. lol

  16. ooriginal-anon (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 9:57 pm

    @Unaiza, I am not sure what to make of your post and subsequent comment.You yourself often post pictures taken while driving, and this is one of the things you mention in your post. So, one assumes that you find that perfectly acceptable behavior. However, now you in your comment, not your post, imply that it really is not good to do the things you mentioned. I’m afraid you have me quite confused.
    @Faisal, I am afraid I don’t quite agree with you.

  17. SWA (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 10:35 pm

    @ Faisal: So what you mean here is that people should just read the posts because they are posts and thats it? They absolutely have no content in them that could possibly affect anybody in any way? They shouldn’t comment on what has been given in the posts (because of course, we know that the poster knows all) and just live a gay and happy life as if they have no brains and no opinions of their own?
    Dude, what are you smoking?
    And why do we make a huge deal out of something very small like making a post on a blog? Its not like lifting weights or anything, its just pressing a few keys and typing a few words. Dont tell me you would never be able to do something such because for you it requires too much effort.

  18. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 11th, 2006 @ 4:14 am

    umm unaiza, are you not one of those who take as norm and have even forgotten the basics about it [Assumes that you were driving the car].

    I agree with masses that such things shouldn’t be encouraged by anymeans.

  19. Haseeb A (unregistered) on November 11th, 2006 @ 7:56 am

    Lols @ Alien Panda: “These bachas, Reminds me of my youth”
    well written

  20. Haseeb A (unregistered) on November 11th, 2006 @ 7:58 am

    Oh btw, yeah Unaiza, you yourself are violating this sign :). hahhaha

  21. unaiza nasim (unregistered) on November 11th, 2006 @ 11:35 am

    I usually take pictures on signals, or like this one when i wanted to go straight and got stuck in the wrong lane.
    and sometimes i do not obey the rules, that’s what made me write the post.
    readers make an issue out of it;)
    chill! and lets all, including me try to realize where we go wrong.

  22. ash (unregistered) on November 11th, 2006 @ 12:02 pm

    a perfect example of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…oh wait…

  23. Iqbal Shahid (unregistered) on November 11th, 2006 @ 2:53 pm

    im hoping that was sarcasm … cause otherwise it aint cool

  24. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on November 11th, 2006 @ 3:58 pm

    I think its an outdate board, like we have millions of outdated banners floating in the city and out date wallchalks for eg. chalo chalo nishtar park chalo 5 january long march

  25. Haseeb A (unregistered) on November 11th, 2006 @ 4:23 pm

    @Unaiza: btw, yahan say main bhi bohot dafa guzra hay, do need to worry. I dont think there’s an alternate route. Sab yaheen say ja rahay hotay hain and we all follow each other, even if we all are wrong. Democracy hay na

  26. wasiq (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 3:20 am

    HELP: what is the correct urdu translation of “ANYTHING GOES”..?

    1.kuch toh jata hai.
    2.kuch toh giya.
    3.sub chalta hai.

  27. Adnan (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 11:52 am

    wasiq, sometimes you sound like cowasjee.

  28. saima Nasir (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 3:35 pm

    @Wasiq, I think no.3 would be the correct option here, as the other two options have ‘kuch’, which in English would translate to “few things” or “something”.

  29. wasiq (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 3:09 am

    @saima nasir….anything in a sentence : are you doing anything now ?

    @adnan….in a good way or the usual way…?

  30. saima Nasir (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 1:01 pm

    “are you doing anything now ?”

    Here , “anything” would translate to “Kuch”,but, you can never have a word to word translation of urdu to english or vice versa. The translation will always depend on the context or the situation. Remember the phrase : Woh gaya, aisa gaya key chala hi gaya.

  31. wasiq (unregistered) on November 15th, 2006 @ 2:57 am

    @saima nasir….yes i can understand happens to me all the time and in situations like these the first thing that comes to my mind is the theme song of the american television sitcom Perfect Strangers…..

    Sometimes the world looks perfect,
    Nothing to rearrange.
    Sometimes you get a feeling
    Like you need some kind of change.
    No matter what the odds are this time,
    Nothing’s going to stand in my way.
    This flame in my heart,
    And a long lost friend
    Gives every dark street a light at the end.

    Standing tall, on the wings of my dream.
    Rise and fall, on the wings of my dream.

    The rain and thunder
    The wind and haze
    I’m bound for better days.
    It’s my life and my dream,
    Nothing’s going to stop me now.

    BTW! who is kashif…?lol.

  32. saima Nasir (unregistered) on November 15th, 2006 @ 11:20 pm

    “Old age key side effects” (wait until you reach my age) , actually, I had read a few posts before writing a reply here and on the other post, someone called kashif had written words of admiration of for our beloved Talibans….the copy and paste command got mixed up…thus the reference KASHIF….LOL??…well it was funny but not worth the LOL…

    Its nice to see that you are in a positive state of mind and its always great to read your witty comments…stay like this forever!!!

  33. wasiq (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 4:50 am

    @saima nasir…..Thankyou Madame i wish my family shrink could also say something similar specially during a cricket match for me….personally i feel that it is not about my positive state of mind because,BANKING,EDUCATION and DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES….do turn me on wherever whenever…even if iam on a cliffhanger with one hand stuck in a candy-jar(bag of gold)Metaphorically speaking….

    anyways,after checking about hundred online dictionaries,urdu-english,thesaurus,search engines here on the net in the past couple of days,this is what appears to be the best ans to the problem you gave me…..

    Remember the phrase : Woh gaya, aisa gaya key chala hi gaya.
    ***that goes, so go is gone.***
    some have also suggested that an “it” can also be appropriate if used in the later part of the phrase….I LOVE THE ONLINE SEARCH….

    BTW, have you noticed the bar(comments)is almost closed…we are the only two outsiders here babling..if you wish to go on we will have to move elsewhere…. usually they let me stay after closing time but with you they will probably close fifteen minutes early….lol!

  34. saima Nasir (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 1:48 pm

    Woh gaya, aisa gaya key chala hi gaya……would translate to “He/It went and never returned.”

    They close earlier, if anti-(liberal & secular) forces are in heated debate with me- here it is harmless English translation , I guess time to say- Au-revoir.

  35. wasiq (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 6:11 am

    @saima nasir….iam sure it would be…

    “He/It went and never returned.”

    woh giya aur pheir kabhi(wapas) na aaya….!

    but,iam not so sure about the anti-secular and anti-liberal because there are unions and societies that celebrate centennials….

    Au-revoir.(neki kar aur dariya mein kudh ja…lol)

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