Humara Karachi

Note: No, this isn’t another post on the on-going celebrations in the city. Its how a regular reader, Arsalan Haleem sees one of the major recreactional areas on the city, Clifton Beach.

On Sunday, I had the ‘privilege’ of visiting the serene (if it can be called that) Clifton beach, not far from Bilawal House.

The very first thing that one notices while overstepping the foot-high wall is the unbearable stench arising with the balmy sea breeze; the next thing, is the lush green grass growing on the grey salty soil, and while one is left wondering as how can fine grass grow in such a condition, the answer comes right straight to you as a bolt of lightning, or in this case, gushes out with full force near you.

Not far from where you will be standing, that is, if you dare to go to that forlorn beach, you will notice a small stream of water gushing out towards the sea. Originating somewhere near the barrier wall, the flowing water
channels its way down along the sand towards its destination, and in its wake creates small ‘islands’ (read: piles) of garbage, mostly polythene bags, which in the course of way, gets stuck down in the sticky grayish sand, along with other garbage, and hence, creates ‘colourful’, aesthetical mounds, which otherwise for the stench, would have made for quite a scenery.

This splendid view, if it can be called that, greets anyone who dares by his or her adventurous spirit, to try to seek a secluded spot far from the busy Sea-View beach. This ‘exquisite’ spot is not far from one of the most prestigious Architecture school of this country, where some of the brightest city planners and builders have learned the basics of city building and where the new crop is doing the same, all the while, the balmy sea-breeze continue to fill their nostrils with the strong gutter stench.

To make this scenery more beautiful, we have one of the largest fountains developed by our gracious government at the cost of some 200 million rupees, which can be seen clearly from this site. Being closer to the Clifton beach,
it is only natural that sea current would divert the raw sewerage towards it.

Now, imagine, a 100 feet or so feet high fountain of gutter water, splashing every poor soul who dares to go near – now this, I assume, that you won’t see such a ‘spectacle’ anywhere else in the world.

This, my dear fellow Karachiite brothers and sisters, is our ‘Hamara’ Karachi”.

Sent in by: Arsalan Haleem. Also published in Dawn Letters to the Editor

5 Comments so far

  1. Kashif (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 4:37 pm

    clap clap clap

  2. pics? (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 10:05 pm

    Can we get some pics of this please for the foreign babus reading the blog? Thanks.

  3. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 10:34 pm

    Pics, sorry….unfortunately, I don’t have a camera phone, so doesn’t have any pictures.

  4. Monkey (unregistered) on January 18th, 2007 @ 1:11 pm

    Come on, it really isn’t that bad.

    We need to STOP focussing on the ‘what not we have’ all the time so that we can appreciate ‘what we do have’.

    The Hamara Karachi Festival was an excellent show. Having managed more than 50 events in a little over two weeks, and managed well, is really no mean achievement.

    Criticism is welcome, but not all the time. :S

  5. mansoor (unregistered) on January 18th, 2007 @ 1:35 pm

    monkey: well said. We need to shift our focus, and the CDGK is doing well this year just to do that.

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