Story behind “Karachi”

Follow up post on Kurrachee: Karáchí
Karachi, a city whose streets are full of tales within its name carries a story itself.
Karachi is a name that has evolved over a period of time.
Darbo, Tobara, Moron, Janat, Sikandri, Krokala, Khoralabail, khorali, Debal, Kalachi, Kalachi-jo-goth, Kalachi-jo-kan, Kharachi, Kakrala, Karasher, KalatiBandar, Krokal, krokali, karanji, krokata, Dharoja, Korah, Karashi,khoraji, karachar, koranji, kaomara, gharachar,daraja etc.
In 1860, when Karachi Chamber of commerce was formed, the city was officially named as “Karachiÿ≤.
“Karachi was published in government gazette and all local and government institutions were instructed to write the city’s name as published. Till then Karachi has always been “The Karachi.

Source: The Daily Jang, Midweek Magazine

10 Comments so far

  1. JAY (unregistered) on January 30th, 2007 @ 12:57 pm

    i believe the same blog was posted by someone else earlier ??

  2. D0ct0r (unregistered) on January 30th, 2007 @ 2:36 pm

    thats interesting… so many names… am just wondering (if ever its changed) then what’ll be the next name for our city ..

  3. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on January 30th, 2007 @ 2:45 pm

    Wow…so many names of just one city…incredible.

  4. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on January 30th, 2007 @ 2:50 pm

    Hey are you sure about this Moron — kaheen ehd-e-raftaa kay angrezon ka kaam tu nahii ;-)

  5. karachiite (unregistered) on January 30th, 2007 @ 3:13 pm

    An the top names of Karachi are:

    1) Moron
    2) Karasher
    3) KalatiBandar
    4) Kanjari (I think it’s there somewhere)

  6. Imran (unregistered) on January 30th, 2007 @ 3:34 pm

    It gives one such a sense of “belonging” whenever and where-ever the history and heritage of KARACHI is mentioned. THANK YOU! :)



  7. Imran (unregistered) on January 30th, 2007 @ 3:37 pm

    @ A_for_[pine]apple

    LOL : )

  8. wasiq (unregistered) on January 31st, 2007 @ 2:21 am

    you guys can read it with an “a” or “ah” if you don’t like….lol

  9. Anwar Rizvi (unregistered) on February 5th, 2007 @ 4:07 am

    As a born Karachiite who has now spent more years living out of the great city then in it, it breaks my heart every time i visit the place and try to get to some of my old haunts.

    Karachi has a lovely heritage and a great history, but sadly politics, maladminstration, too many “outsiders” with no great love for the city running the joint and general apathy have meant that the city’s heritage is being gradually lost.

    Come one guys, you are citizens of one of the world’ great cities. Please wake up and make it look like one! protect your history and your heritage before it is lost completely to your next generation.

  10. NUOMAN (unregistered) on February 16th, 2007 @ 2:29 pm

    please tell me story kalachi to karachi history

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