Botal Gali

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2007/04/Picture%2822%29-thumb.jpgI got a chance to visit Botal Gali last weekend. In my mind I had imagined it to be a fascinating place with bottles of all shapes and sizes artistically arranged waiting to be bought by lovers of art and beauty. The reality was much different. The place was dominated by perfume (Ittar) shops. Although there were some shops selling empty bottles of pepsi, coke, alcoholic drinks, medicines, and other bevarages, but that’s about it. No fancy, colorful bottles that I was looking for. Still I was pretty impressed to see such a large collection of empty glass and plastic bottles. Now I know what happens to all those soda bottles that I throw away after gulping.

The place is worth visiting though. Who knows you might find something interesting there, a unique antique looking bottle that you can place in your home and brag about it being owned by ancient kings of china, or something.

8 Comments so far

  1. Farhan (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 2:45 pm

    I can see the Jim Beam Kahula and Absolut bottle in the pic


  2. Kashif-x (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 2:51 pm

    Maybe a little off-topic but do the maulvis and madressa walas know about this place Bottle Gali, as it would be quite handy for them when have they to collect bottles from this place and the throw them in every direction durring the ‘strikes’

    Anyone remember sometime back when the maulvis (after every secetarion incident)broke almost EVERY signal in sight, burned down Pizza Hut Gulshan Iqbal, burned KFC with six emplyees roasted alive inside, besides numerous banks, Agha Khan Labs, etc

    Nice place for them i guess


  3. TEE BEE (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 6:10 pm

    where is the Botal Gali to be precise???


  4. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 8:46 pm

    @TeeBee, Botal gali is at the intersection of burns road and Pak. chowk I guess.
    There use to be a pehalwan their who use to massage if somebody has pain, I am not sure if he is still there or not.
    @Umar, I think you went there to find an old bottle bcoz you might be wondering if some jin will come up and can make all your wishes come true :)
    Aray haan Umar one more thing, I was just reading today Cy’s posting which was entered a couple of days ago, why dont you filter his fitna amaiz posting. Just ban him from here, I think he enjoys the comments written on his stupid posts.


  5. Ahmed (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 10:23 pm

    also botal gali was the name of one of telefilms from karachi has anyone seen it?


  6. TEE BEE (unregistered) on April 11th, 2007 @ 6:49 pm

    By the way…i once saw an ad for a movie called ‘Botal Gali’ by Shehzad Nawaz and Humayun Saeed…never got to know about it ever then….any one has any idea if it has been released or whats going on with it????


  7. wasiq (unregistered) on April 12th, 2007 @ 3:11 am

    believe it or not there is a great demand for these empty bottles in the construction industry….many people like to fortify their houses in posh localities by putting up on the boundry walls the broken pieces of glass from these empty bottles…..


  8. llama (unregistered) on April 12th, 2007 @ 7:56 pm

    @ahmed and TeeBee:

    you guys are talking about the same thing: Botal Gali the tele film, directed by Shahzad Nawaz. I had the misfortune of going to see it—an utter waste of 3 hours. Full of self-congratulatory speeches and worthless acting, long-drawn out “acting” sequences, but all this would still be tolerable had the film only had a plot. I’m serious, there was absolutely no story line whatsoever. Yeah the plot is that “people in karachi drink”. fascinating knowledge.

    If you’re still curious, you can check out http://www.botalgali.com



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