Latest on Karachi Rains

Due to a silly mistake that I made (forgot the data cable at home) I wont be able to post any pics from my side as I intended to but here is what we have got. The latest on Karachi rains. schawlaf has tried his best. Thanks schawlaf. I guess your real name is farhan, as shown here. Also coming is a detailed account of the rain incidents. That will be coming shortly, hopefully. Right now just watch the video,though it doesnot justify the real story but thats it for the time being. Its for those Karachiites who are not in Khi or living abroad “un ke pur zor mutalbey per“.

Farhan has few more here
Guys if anyone of you has pics or video please let us know so we can upload it.
Also here is another link for BBC urdu regarding the Karachi rains. Thanks YAHYA.

40 Comments so far

  1. AUSSI_PAKI (unregistered) on December 4th, 2006 @ 9:32 pm

    I absolutely hate it! No way of going out due to the Keechar and the crappy traffic! Arrrrrrrrrrrrgh…and I find my relatives are so selfish as well here! They only care about what you bring for them! That is it! I am really hating it here! I really hope the rest of the holiday has sunny days!! It is very dull at the moment!

  2. sarah (unregistered) on December 4th, 2006 @ 9:52 pm

    HI Aussi , Cheer Up dude, GO out, even iN keechar, ENjoy the Pleasent Weather, EAt PAkoras, Samosas, mmmmmmmmm, Im IN KARACHI RAin SPrit, Jab kay IM soo far far AWAY. WIsh I WAS THERE TOO………!!!:D

  3. K G (unregistered) on December 4th, 2006 @ 10:00 pm

    @ MB
    kaun kehta hae pakiz jaldee suntae nahee ..THANKS:)

    @ Aussi
    hey girl is it that bad? COZ iam planning to visit there next year in december…too much keechar ? what about your shopping :( well i hope it will get better,so that you can enjoy your trip :)btw next time we will visit there together and will have loadzzz of fun :)take care

  4. zoya (unregistered) on December 4th, 2006 @ 10:04 pm

    thank you to show me my city i enjoyed the video
    is k bhi apne maze hain
    i miss it here

  5. K G (unregistered) on December 4th, 2006 @ 10:04 pm

    HEY AUSSIE, What about the latest new fashions there ,i heard too many changes in paki dressess,and influenced by indian culture write about that too :)

  6. AUSSI_PAKI (unregistered) on December 4th, 2006 @ 10:42 pm

    Thanks KG and Sarah.


    KG I am sure if you could love the chats and you could go to Gulf the same day you reach Karachi, you will love it here. When did you visit last? I have come here after 5 years. The roads are all dug up. People drive in opposite directions in the same lane. Pedestrians literally slowly walk and cross main roads without fear in heavy traffic. There is no concept of round abouts no more! Like people just drive diagonally, to save the trip going round the round about for instance when turning right. It is very polluted! I got a bad throat already due to the smoke and flu now due to the weather change. I am due for a very very bad tummy ache as I have had Pizza, Maccas (which is not good in quality – so try stay away), tikka etc.

    In the keechar, you can’t really shop. I went to Hyderi today and it was disgusting. The men here are so perverted! I am finding it difficult to go out when people would keep staring at you! Arrrrgh, Especially when you do not look Pakistani (and I don’t!!!)

    As for fashion, I haven’t seen a lot. I have noticed people in veils heaps. But when I go towards Clifton side or Tariq Road I will let you know. I went to Bahardurabad the other day. At Portia clients there were wearing normal clothes. The cloths they have are really really nice! But it can range up to say 6000 rupees for some. I bought a few there. I am yet to give them the designs for stitching though – then I may be able to tell the differences in the fashion. And perhaps going to Clifton may explain the changes in fashion and the influence from the Indian culture.

    The television seems to have a lot of open speech now. A lot is going on regarding rights of females – I do not know how females survive here?! Like yesterday a relative was telling my brother how he has command over me and my sister. Wtf?!? We are older, independent individuals who are confident decision makers and who the hell is he to command over us and say who controls us!? But anyway, I saw this program where 3 boys and 3 girls were debating the rights of females, the other day. One of the guys was like, men have some “habits” like “leadership” which females don’t have. What the!?? What crap!?!I led a team of 8, with 2 girls and 6 boys at university! Leadership is not an inherent trait! It is a built entity! Then another said, as long as females stay within their “boundaries” it is ok. The girls seemed a lot more sensible and said – how about as long as we stick to the Islamic guidelines, that would be more than enough to stick to as opposed to men drawing their own lines! Exactly!

    As much as it sounds bitter, sorry guys I am very disappointed. Also, in my extended family, but I wont bring lots of unneeded personal issues on scene on KMB. I am only coming here until my grand parents are here. I am disappointed.

    No offense to any die hard Karachite. I don’t know, may be I may settle in a week or so, but I don’t see that happening.

  7. AUSSI_PAKI (unregistered) on December 4th, 2006 @ 10:50 pm

    A bit more…

    Like…I don’t feel the excitement I used to!?! Is that ‘cos I am grown up. It is awkward!

  8. zahra (unregistered) on December 4th, 2006 @ 10:53 pm

    hey i dont mean to be a spoiler, but i dont see what everyone’s getting so excited about…just bbc forecast for karachi, and its gonna be sunny tomorrow..!?!

    well, for those of u having fun (and i would be hadi been in khi!): enjoy it while it lasts;)

  9. AUSSI_PAKI (unregistered) on December 4th, 2006 @ 10:58 pm

    Thanks Zahra, I hope it is better. But with grand parents being so sick it is very difficult to make it fun. take care all and night :)

  10. K G (unregistered) on December 4th, 2006 @ 11:21 pm

    @ Aussi
    Well my last trip to pk was back in jan2005..the weather was awsome ,not too cold ,not too hot :)

  11. SS (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 1:22 am

    You guys are awsome. Thanks for doing this for us Abroaderyaz :)

  12. Zahra (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 1:48 am

    hey aussie sis,

    i salute you for your frankness in that longer post. i totally understand what you’re saying, even though i was brought up in karachi and lived there till age 15.

    the worst, most troubling thing for me on my trips back is the divide between the have’s and the have-not’s. how the rich just exist in bubbles of luxury in a dark sea of impoverished people- esp. the old and the kids. they cruise in their flashy cars from venue to venue (upon entering most of these venues you find yourself in a completely different world from what you were in just 2mins ago- this holds true of most malls, private schools KGS CJM etc, and social functions ), completely oblivious to the ever-growing misery and decadence that surrounds..

    they must be blind, i’d think. they must have hearts of metal,….yes, but let’s not judge other, i’d tell myself.

    so what i find is that the best thing to do with all this negative emotion and feeling one finds within oneself on a trip home, is to channel it into something positive. a lot of people do volunteer work with Edhi, APWA, go out into the field, use their expertise, etc. if you’re from the states try going back as a fullbright scholar or something…

    just hang in there, and give it a chance and let us always look at what WE’ve done for our country before we criticise it. hope your grandparents get well soon, and that you will visit karachi again regardless of their presence!

    All the best…:)

  13. abdullah (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 2:26 am

    hehe… wat part of khi is this????
    its so green

  14. wasiq (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 4:48 am

    WOW! what a night and what a day….it rained all day just like the karachi rain….most school sent the children back….i saw the frozen breath coming out of the mouth after a long time….the temperature was a little high and it was the day time with a brighter sun above the clouds, or we would have had the frozen rain drops (hail or snow) as well…anyways,
    the sky is clear now….i can see the full moon and stars shinning bright from here….
    BTw,its 5:47 am in karachi and not 4:47 as shown on the page…..

  15. SWA (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 6:57 am

    @ Aussi_Paki: Well said about women’s rights. I am myself coming back to Pakistan in December after five years and I dont know how easy or hard it might be to fit back in. You do paint a dismal picture, but it shows that a lot of it is resulting from the chronic illiteracy in our society. If only more people were more educated.

    As far as the rain goes, I was looking at the other videos posted by Shawlaf and it seems like all the Nazim’s claims about better drainage seem to have vanished in thin air with all the water collecting on Shahrah-e-Faisal and other places. Pathetic inefficiency.

  16. striker (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 7:58 am

    i never understand after staying 5 or 6 years
    abroad why people forget that they used to live here they grew up in this environment now that they have seen the out side world they begin to hate their own city

    any ways i am coming back in December after 2 years and i know karachi is polluted its dirty its ugly but it is my home i will keep coming back as long as i am alive…love you karachi muahhhh!!!

  17. striker (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 8:06 am

    by the way who the hack is that new born hamza
    in karachi..who has flooded the youtube with his vdos ?

  18. Farhan (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 8:09 am

    Hey MB thanks for linking my videos , koi to unhe dekhta hai , Shahra-e-Faisal is dry now , sirf corners par keechar hai , pur mere ghar ke aage eek darya behraha hai .

    Waise aaj koi rain ki forecast naheen hai , garam garam dhoop nikli hui hai so thandi hawa , garam dhoop maza aaraha hai

  19. MB (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 8:34 am

    No prob bro. I would love to do it as many times as you can catch a good video. And thats for all.

  20. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 9:09 am

    That was a record breaking Rain in Karachi. 26 years old record of rains in winter season was broken yesterday.

  21. Captain's Log (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 9:21 am

    Aussie junior , I know what you feel and that’s why I have no plans to even visit soon. Now you are there, try to have fun, lower your expectations, do not judge people, give them space and I am sure you would have nice time.

  22. GB (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 9:39 am

    well Miss Aussi Paki..
    just a few words.. n dont worry i wont go on telling the truth of Aussies.. !
    anywayz. karachi is what it is.. if u like it u r welcome if u dont then try shutting up.
    4,5 saal bahar guzarliye tou khud ko bhi bas..
    huh Miss BeautIfUL.
    n yeah pplz at hyderi were watching u cuz they were thinking wtf Is this !!!
    i totally agree with You brother..

  23. Farhan (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 9:50 am

    @ Abdul Sami : Headline
    Record breaking rain broke all the roads

  24. Adnan (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 10:18 am

    I went to Hyderi today and it was disgusting.

    you mean you went “yesterday” in heavy rain? why was it disgusting?

    The men here are so perverted!

    ThankGod I was at home! I live near hyderi market:D

    Arrrrgh, Especially when you do not look Pakistani (and I don’t!!!)

    if you would be wearing jeans and shirt then there are 150% chances that people would stare you. It doesn’t matter you look like a gora or not, they have to stare you. Intresting thing is that most of them are those who are either married or possess a girl friend; Sexually depraved I must say. BTW, did you try Peshwari Icecream at Hyderi market? If weather gets better then I would recommend you to make a visit of North Nazimabad Food street between Block-H and L. Try KATAKAT at Donisel Snacks and BBQ at Patna Snacks, you would like it.

  25. turab (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 10:23 am

    @ AUSSIE,


  26. turab (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 10:32 am

    I went to Karachi after 5 years last summer when it rained like hell,,,, and the next day i was in kurta shalwar took a bus to my dad’s office… to pick up the car and started driving the next hour and ate everywhere from Burns road to Roasters, went to a concert… shopping in knee deep water puddles mixed with gutter.. almost lost my chappal in quick sand made thanx to rain water… witnessed an accident… witnessed a mobile snatching… ate and ate some more… attended weddings of all sorts and family dinners… went to Thatta in my Left Hand Drive 77 corolla with 4 of my cousins … went to sunway logoon … and came back………. this is karachi for me, this is heaven for me

    O btw somewhere in b/w i had loose motion but it didn’t stop me from eating out from hot n spicy, cholay, kaleji bunkabab, blue elephant(@PC) , and pizza hut n KFC …. i luve food too :$

  27. mansoor (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 11:02 am

    thanks mb: i got footage yesterday.. but then due to no internet and no bluetooth dongle.. couldnt post it :p

  28. Adnan (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 12:47 pm

    We are older, independent individuals who are confident decision makers and who the hell is he to command over us and say who controls us!? B

    The thing which you take it as a “Burden” and even considered it a violation of women rights is Actually called “care” in a joint family system of Subcontinent but a person who have never been blessed by a joint family system and consider it an excuse of “using a woman as a maid” would always complain about it. Do you claim you know all the routes of Karachi? or do you think you got a digital map device with GPS feature which can guide you all the time to trace your current location? Are you all aware of law and security issues in the city? you’re nothing but a thankless soul. Whenever my relatives come from other part of the world, our mothers[ammi,khalas etc] order us to take care of “guests” regardless of their gender. It doesn’t mean the guests have been hijacked and can’t take breathe. I would advise you to enjoy the change. If you just wanted to experience an another Australia in Pakistan then there was no need to visit Pakistan or going out for fun. Enjoy the different cultures and absorb it rather whining about it.

    It’s very lame that people who spent most of the their lives in areas like liaquatabad or Orangi start complaining about their homes once they land somewhere else. Selfishness what else can I say about it *shrug*

  29. AUSSI_PAKI (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 4:29 pm

    Okies lots of comments here.

    Thanks Zahra for your wishes. I am trying to enjoy it as much as I can. Like you I was a little less than 15 when I moved overseas. And it is different because pretty much I matured overseas. I agree there is a lot of gap between the very poor and the very rich! Every second car is a brand new car. Come on, could you even afford that overseas that easily? People have black money as an old school friend put it for me.

    Hmm, err…I am a bit skeptical of your view that people who have lived overseas for 5-6 years do not consider themselves as Pakistanis very much so. For your kind information bro you are very much mistaken here. Because, Pakistan has changed immensely in the past 6 years!!! The traffic is a lot worse! It would be as enjoyable as it was not as dug up as it was 5 years ago!

    Firstly, even when I wore shalwar kameez the reaction was the same. As I said I do not look very Pakistani. (Now I know there would be a few people trying to jump at my throat on why I believe that!). Men are desperate regardless! It is quiet disgusting actually.

    I haven’t tried the katakat or Peshawari ice cream yet. I will do so. I am preparing to get sick. I have eaten out a bit now! But I am happy with the good old mineral water.

    Who said I live in Liauqatabad? I lived in Clifton most of my time in Pakistan. So, I *shrug* at your comment that you consider people in Liaquatabad or Orangi! I feel sorry for you here! That you do not have compassion for people in those areas, those who cannot afford to live the luxuries you have here! Perhaps you lived in for instance Orangi that you are getting so pissed off here. Why don’t you move back, since you love it so much!

    I didn’t expect another Australia. However I had hoped things have changed for good. Great they are building lots of bridges, but what about the roads that need a repair!?!? What about a more secure social security system. People are willing to run their car over the next car. Even not provide some space for an Ambulance. I had to tell off my driver for that today. I mean hello, would you let your family member die if it was you and your father in the ambulance? Get real Mr. Adnan. You may love Karachi this way. But I feel sorry for people who DO NOT have the opportunities that YOU DO sitting overseas. How about you live here permanently and then love it and live it at the same time?!!? Far out. Why do you live overseas then?

    Enough said. Live and let live.

  30. AUSSI_PAKI (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 4:35 pm

    P.S. I wish I had Khalas or Mamoos like yours. It sucks. So for heavens sake stop judging me according to your way of living!?!?!

  31. AUSSI_PAKI (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 4:37 pm

    Thanks Captain’s log! I will try. =)

  32. Mona (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 5:20 pm

    Mate Adnan, your comments show how much discrimination you do against poor people of Liqatbabad and Orangi. Why the hell do you have to JUDGE? Seriously you should BACK OFF A BIT WILL YOU? You seem to judge every second person who posts here! SO PHULEEEZE keep your RACISM and DISCRIMINATION to yourself, Will you? Actually you are a “thankless soul” as you do not feel compassion for the millions who are worse off than you. May God guide you!

  33. Adnan (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 6:13 pm

    MONA,give some rest to your little head girl. I ask,who r u to judge me and declared me racist against racist againt orangi and liaqatabad residents? the ppl of these less privileged areas suffer more major regions of the city that’s why they were mentioned that when people of such areas go abroad then they forget everything about their past and start cursing their own native towns and FYI, my own relatives and friends live in Liaqatabad.

    now sit back on chair and curse your own mentality rather me that you couldnot grasp anything and started bullying at me.

    aussie, i didnt say u live in liaqatabad that para has no relation with you at all. sorry i often forget that i need to elaborate every bit on this forum.

    as for men, i don’t disagree with you and I personally experineced people stare you a lot if you re a girl or going with some women in markets and I told you reason behind it but does it mean that people in australia are less perverted? i think this pervertion is a *bit* less than grabing some woman other than a *wife* and have fun with her in nights. I hope you used to condemn such pervertion as well. Dont worry, just give us 5-10 years or may be 15 when sex will be available as Moong Phali these days;a bit expensive but available everywhere, then men of this city might not stare everyother girl on road.

    I was not judging you and your family neither I should but what you mentioned as a burden of against women rights is like a care and i think whoever ordered for such company with you did a right job because you r new here and u have no idea about shitty things happen in this city. what I siad that you should have prepared yourself mentally for a city which has lots of problems and you are updated all the time via this blog and others. Enjoy the time and ignore the negatives. Insted of complaining try to make it better.

    last but not least, I live In Karachi.

  34. AUSSI_PAKI (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 7:18 pm

    Thanks Adnan. I know where you are coming from. I am trying to make it better and will try if I can help my poor old grandparents move with us. Please pray, poor souls are living alone in a house with no aid! Thanks.

  35. K G (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 7:33 pm

    @ Aussie
    Wish you all the best dear,take care of your grandparents,and giv my salam to them :)

  36. Adnan (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 7:41 pm

    Your welcome Aussie and I thank you that you got my point.

    P.S. I wish I had Khalas or Mamoos like yours.

    Sorry Ms but there is nothing ideal in this world. If I’m praising about joint family system or about my relatives then it doesn’t mean I am living in an ideal environment. I have got a very bad dadihad[grandpa site] and my nani site is not perfect either but still much better than the grandpa site,differences,splits and fights are everywhere but I still prefer to live in a joint family system because I believe that joint family system is a good system for the upbringing of your kids because your kids are usually surrounded by more experienced people than parents and parents doesn’t need to work hard to make their kids better. I have spent 26 years in a joint family system and I used to curse it when I used to live under a single roof with my cousins but since we live in a seprate house[due to some genuine reasons] so I now realize the importance of a joint family system and I miss it a lot and only I know what i miss now. That’s why I would like my kids to live in a joint family system rather get wasted in some polluted isolated system and then become burden for society. Hope such system will not become victim of “enlightment and moderation”.

    You said you spent most of your time in Clifton, I wonder did you or any clifton resident have made a visit of “Shereen Jinnah Colony”,the real and old clifton? Do make a visit. I have spent time with ppl over there and they are great. They do have small houses but great hearts, much better than people who live in big houses but narrow-hearted and closed minded freaks.

    people here are not used to things which aussies and people of other countries have been enjoying for years, give them some time and let them learn. They might fail first time or even 3rd and 4rth time but I am hopeful that one day they would be successfull. Lets hope for the best.

  37. Adnan (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 7:43 pm

    oh yes, my prayers are with your grandparents, May Allah recover them soon. ameen

  38. AUSSI_PAKI (unregistered) on December 6th, 2006 @ 8:07 am

    Thanks Adnan and KG. Adnan, I understand what you mean. I have respect for these people. I just wish they have the same opportunities better settled people do.

    Thanks again for your wishes :). I hope it all works out. Ameen.

  39. Yahya (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 4:10 am

    Punjab CM offers financial help for Karachi rains;

    While the feelings are commendable, why doesn’t federal government do something about it whose job it is? Suee hoi hai kia?

  40. ash (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 5:26 am


    You will get used to the paki perverts, and believe me if you’ve ever been to an Arab country or outside of a big city in either pakistan or india you’d thank your lucky stars to live in karachi.

    There is almost nothing you cant do as a woman in karachi (although everything is a little harder and riskier than if you were a man), believe me ive had friends who have done it all including motorbiking, and this was 10years ago.

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