Short circuit?

Three fires reported in Karachi yesterday and the cause given for each? Short circuit.

Progressive Plaza – short circuit;
TNT flats – short circuit;
Car – short circuit.

11 Comments so far

  1. Imran (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 9:31 pm

    Its terrible isnt it. We play with our lives and use low grade wiring or non technical techicians. I recommend to my freinds to use Good quality Overload “circuit breakers” and not just intall them but ask ur technician to test prove it.
    Another good device is called “earth leakage circuit breakers” ELCB. Very useful device, it trips the circuit as soon as there is a ground. I tested it myself and hold the open wire in hand, before it creates a shortcircuit with ground and I can feel a shock, it simply trips. A must device for ppl with kids at home.
    God bless every one.

  2. Ramla A. (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 10:21 pm

    Deliberately putting this on an irrelevant thread: it would be interesting to see more posts that DO NOT have the word Karachi in them, or those which are not the historical, geographical, or social history of Karachi.

    Often on this blog, when say, a seminar was posted about, there have been question: what has *this* got to do with Karachi?

    I feel that not every post has to sound like it’s coming out of a textbook on Karachi and its “glory” or “problems.”

    There are also “activities” and “thoughts of the people” – not necessarily always cynical or broody. Even if it’s a city blog, a blog is always made better by the degree of personalization and the not-so-obvious that it brings. Ditto for social sites like Flickr.

    I don’t disagree, however, with linking to mainstream papers or news… bloggers are not professional reporters with the muscle of a news crew at their back. Nor am I saying that the kinds of posts I am requesting are entirely missing. I only wish that posts such as the ones on books and Aurora’s lecture are increased in proportion.

    In that way, we won’t just “get news,” but we can also discuss art, education, behaviors, technology, women’s issues – etc. I also feel happy as a reader when the news are less cynical and skeptical and more involving and thought-provoking… even down-right positive!


  3. umar (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 11:59 am

    Ramla, I completely understand what you are trying to say here, and I almost completely agree with you. However, I am sure you are aware of this fact that the authors on this blog are people from every walk of life with busy schedules and all. None of us are professional reporters whose soul purpose is to hunt for content for this blog. We blog about stuff that we come across during our routine life, source of which can be a personal experience, a news story, or something else. Keeping this in mind, if none of the authors happen to be interested in art, or literature, they will not notice any art related activities, and thus such news won’t be covered in the blog.

    Currently, Jamash is doing a very good job in covering art related news on this blog. Let me share with you my personal experience. I have a habit of blogging about stuff that I experience during my commutes to and from work. I switched jobs recently and now I work just 5 minutes away from home which resulted in totally eliminating my commutes. Consequently, I ran of ideas to post at KMB.

    So, bottom line, it really depends on authors and their activities and that’s what derives the content on this blog. If one of readers feel there is need of a particular category of posts, and thinks they can make a difference, then why not join us and make this blog better.

  4. fAr stAr (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 12:51 pm

    UMAR: i’m willing to join KMB and share my experiences with KMB readers, but i’m not sure how to join it. i can see a ‘Come Blog with us’ link but no entry for Karachi in the cities list on that page. can u or someone else plz explain the joining procedure for me and other readers of KMB.

  5. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 2:58 pm

    Wasiq about Ramla: Source

    btw,ramla you are no longer part of the winning team so please let it go….don’t act like you are some kind of HRH the ex-princess of KMB …a lot have changed between now and then….you quit on your own we all tried to stop you so please don’t blame us for your failure….and don’t expect any special treatment from the new setup every time your comment is deleted or is held for moderation by metroblogging….because now KMB is not a separate thing they have made it a one big happy global blog….i like and i love the way they are working day and nights to provide us with the umbrella….


  6. umar (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 4:09 pm

    far star, open recruitment happens once a year or so, in which anyone can apply for author at KMB. rest of the time authors are directly selected by existing authors. if you live in karachi and have a blog, then you can contact one of the authors at KMB to start the process.

  7. Ramla A. (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 7:49 pm

    Thanks Umar. I am fond of Jamash’s work; amongst the occasional Teeth Maestro reports, etc.

    Would you agree that if I go to my doctor and request for a flu cure, it would be a little awkward to be offered to be a scientist hunting for the cure?

    I don’t think I can write on city issues – if I wish so, I’ll let the captain know; so I only request my favorite content as a reader. A bit like the “request a song” thing.

    Have you seen my request as a critique? Then it’s not. It’s a request-for-favorite-content. No problem if you don’t think it’s a song you can play. P.S. I am aware of all the facts. Thank you.

  8. original-anon (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 9:31 pm

    Adnan, old friend , that was harsh – or maybe you were being sarcastic.
    Umar – this is very interesting; this is the first time you have admitted that new authors are selected by existing authors. That of course explains a whole lot.
    Anyway, how do most of these authors get away with posting once in a month when the rules specify two to three posts a week?
    Ramla – I hear what you are saying but darling – you are looking for substance in all the wrong places :)

  9. Ramla A. (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 5:38 pm

    @ Orig-Anon:

    *Sniff sniff* – I half-expect that you’re the kind of gentleman who carries a handkerchief? So… please?

    P.S. With the new spell-checking FireFox 2.0, is your business dwindling? I for one realized how many words are my pure grammatical invention. Darn!

    P.P.S. My favorite posts aren’t entirely missing – I’d just like more of them as a reader, not a doctor.

  10. Ramla A. (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 5:42 pm

    I entirely forgot to mention – Mansoor is very interesting; his city coverage has a life to it; and his style is such that he can cover the negative and still be amusing and thought-provoking.

  11. Ramla A. (unregistered) on January 29th, 2007 @ 12:51 pm

    Part of my comments above (“P.P.S. My favorite posts aren’t entirely missing – I’d just like more of them as a reader, not a doctor.”) was mis-directed at Orig-anon. (Careless habit of mine to append five comments in one.)

    Not for him, but for anyone who suggests that I am out of line. I request – very infrequently – for what I’d like to read; nothing more, nothing less. I also encourage the content I like.

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