“Life” Lives Lively in Karachi

MB, man I am seriously . . . I can’t stay here any longer. I am missing Karachi ” said my friend in a shouting manner.
Why what’s wrong, you wanted to visit the village “.
I did but it’s been 2 weeks now and life looks kind of muted here, seen everything met everyone & the life is without life now”. “Alright, catch Karachi fast” I replied.
Conversation ended. That was August 2006. I never thought what those words really meant till today. Here is what they meant. In Karachi everyday is an eventful day, it’s just the matter of how much you have been able to see it. Luckily today we drove around the city to many places. We Karachiites are accustomed to fast paced life but it’s also true that this fast pace life is nothing less then an adventure itself, an adventure we realize when we are away from it, especially inside Pakistan outside Karachi.

Every year hundred or may be thousands of Karachiites die in accidents, often due to minor mistakes. The speed at which this bus was moving, I didn’t know how on earth the guy at left & the one at right were even balancing their position.

The second thing was these empty boards without any Ad on them looking so ugly. Initially I thought they are one or two but there were so many. I don’t know the reason. Look at the three empty boards at one place in first pic. That’s Matric board chowrangi.

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And it continued on and on. I captured as many as I could. All these boards were on the Nazimabad > Sakhi Hassan road. And now this man I don’t know what he was trying to do but the eclectic wires above his head was a worrying factor. Was he putting a banner over there? GOD knows.

Again an empty board. The building underneath presents a decent look due to that ALLAH names on it, otherwise it would look old & ugly.


It’s true that we hate the “dug up everywhere” feeling. But today it looked as if this digging is going too fast & too mismanaged. For Karachi’s sake, let’s appreciate the efforts of current CDGK, even with that percentage money that goes, if it really does, to Altaf bhai & let’s sacrifice a little for our city’s sake for the time being. I hope this “time being” remains what it theoretically means or at least a year or two maximum because the health issues the dust is resulting in a big way, unknown to all of us waiting for a big showdown some later time if construction work is dragged too long. As seen in the picture (the dark one) even the land between the two roads is dug up.

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A not so International book fair ended at Expo center. I seriously doubt it being a book fair with prices not so affordable. In a society where a common man’s income is less than an original book’s price, I don’t see any point in calling this fair a fair. The organizers should know what they are selling to whom. Why would a student buy an original 1000 rupee book when its local copy is available at 200 +. A lengthy topic I guess, unfair to comprehend in one paragraph.


So this is my Karachi Good or bad where life, say it’s the subject, looks animated. And when we are far away from it we miss it so much & at times life seems muted or even moving at fast pace without liveliness. Is this a fact more near to an exaggeration or the truth?

3 Comments so far

  1. turab (unregistered) on December 19th, 2006 @ 11:37 am

    MB, I am just shocked to see no response for this BRILLIANT, AWESOME and everything good post!

    Keep it up yaar… just goes to show how pesimistic / negative and overly critical of a qaum we are…

    hopefully the bill board mystry is solved quickly
    on the side note I would like to add that i like the huge bill board which bring more light adn colors to our intersection and go on to define the culture and thinking process of a nation….

    billboards are the life of huge cosmopolitan cities prime example times square in NY and trafalgar (spelling??) square in london! my $0.02

  2. MB (unregistered) on December 19th, 2006 @ 12:19 pm

    Dont care much on comments dear. I feel like posting whateva comes across, that Karachiites has to do anything on.

    Still comments help us improve so technically we should value them for guidance.

  3. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 19th, 2006 @ 5:33 pm

    well honestly i read it all but did’nt commented coz i guess u have covered it all …. nice post/pics!

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