Karachi, Karachi hay

No matter what the issues are, security, cleanliness, broken roads, traffic jams (which large metropolis doesn’t have the traffic issue?), the fact is that Karachi has a big heart that has accommodated people from all over the country. A large number of non-Pakistanis (Afghanis/Bengalis etc) reside in the city. They all have found something to do in the city.

Let it be the bhutta wala’s whose namkeen makaai is loved by all or the young boys whose faces are camouflaged with dirt, or the bangali masis working in our homes helping us keep them neat – everyone dwelling in the city takes advantage of this city.

We do not have rules and regulations because we do not want to follow them, because we are the ones who break the law. The traffic bottlenecks are there because we cannot wait, we cannot let others reach their destinations before us. The roads are broken because better ones are being made. The flyovers have flaws because some of the people among us do not take the responsibility seriously. There are mosquitoes because we don’t keep our localities clean. Our beaches have become polluted cause we go, party, spill the dirt on the shore and return back home.

Which home does not have problems? Which family does not face issues? We all do. But we sought some solution to make things better.

There is nothing wrong with the city, there is something wrong with us, the citizens.

No matter how much we whine about the problems (yes, we all do) we know it deep inside, it is us who are wrong.

We love Karachi. There’s no other city like that.

Who can ever forget PIDC ka pan/ban kabab, Burns Road key Dahi baray, Nimko key samosay, Javed ki nihari, Karachi foods ki haleem and biryani, Student’s biryani, FRESCO ki Halwa Poori, ICE BERG ki kulfi Dhoraji ka gola ganda. Shopping at Zainab Market, Sunday Bazaar, Sadar Electronics Market, Tariq Road…. Ibn-e-Qasim park, Hill park, Quaid-e-Azam ka mazaar, Sea view, Hawksbay, W-11 ki round trip, Stinky fish feed on Sunset boulevard…..

Karachi rocks!

Ghar tu akhir apna hay na.

28 Comments so far

  1. MB (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 6:58 pm

    ooooo ….
    love this post

    “The traffic bottlenecks are there because we cannot wait, we cannot let others reach their destinations before us. The roads are broken because better ones are being made. The flyovers have flaws because some of the people among us do not take the responsibility seriously. There are mosquitoes because we don’t keep our localities clean. Our beaches have become polluted cause we go, party, spill the dirt on the shore and return back home”


  2. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 7:40 pm

    Wonderfully agreed (by all) I believe


  3. Salman A. (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 7:53 pm

    love this article.. kudos!!!!!!
    yahi hamara sona hai
    yahi hamara hero hai
    yahi hamari jaan hai

    Its none other than our babe KARACHI…….


  4. CitizenofKhi (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 8:32 pm

    Tum log waqai Khi say pyar kartay ho ya phir apnay aap ko tasalli dainay kay liye aisa keh rahay ho ? ya phir kahin aur janay ka option nahi hai isliye ? :)
    Yeh tu haqeeqat hai keh jahan insan rehta hai wahan ki tareef tu karta hi hai lekin meray khayal say Khi main problems ziyada hain, kisi bhi aur city say compare kiya jaye tu.


  5. Ali (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 9:08 pm

    yeh but the problem are in us (we have heart and we live) and not in the city or the country (country kai paas dil nahe hota)!!!! we have to improve ourself to improve country.


  6. llama (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 9:53 pm

    unaiza you’re really weird. you appear to write so passionately about a topic that’s been said and discussed already so many times at KMB. Are you really so naive and sincere or just amnesic?

    *shakes head*


  7. Salman A. (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 10:08 pm

    practice makes perfect.


  8. Feroze (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 10:30 pm

    The people make up the city, we can’t blame a piece of land for anything. Karachi is people living in Karachi. Every country is the people living in that country.

    So when we blame Karachi we don’t blame the piece of land, we blame the people. Sadly, blaming is what we are only good at, and those people who want to do something positive for the city, have to go through a lot as Karachi does not want fair, good people.

    very sad


  9. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 10:55 pm

    “Ghar tu akhir apna hay na.” -so true, so, very true.


  10. wasiq (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2007 @ 3:15 am

    aap ney sunnaa AUSTRALIA world cup jeet giya….

    HUM SUB KHUSH HAIN TALI ZOR SEY BAJAEIN…
    HUM SUB KHUSH HAIN SEETEE ZOR SEY BAJAEIN__


  11. Original-Anon (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2007 @ 10:01 am

    What hogwash – So these major traffic, human rights, health and infrastructure problems are erased because we have good biryani?
    Well, gag me with a finger !


  12. ronin1770 (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2007 @ 10:41 am

    ” there is something wrong with us, the citizens.”

    something….. ALOT of things wrong with us


  13. Adnan siddiqi (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2007 @ 11:25 am

    Unaiza’s post remind me one thing , Living in fools paradise.


  14. Keep Walking! (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2007 @ 11:58 am

    I agree with original-anon…


  15. mansoor (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2007 @ 12:37 pm

    http://www.individualland.com/blog/?p=120

    what about this? and other incidents like this? Yes, i agree we do not take responsibility, but that still doesn’t mean you stop looking..

    original-anon said it right..


  16. Ali Kabir (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2007 @ 1:56 pm

    “There is nothing wrong with the city, there is something wrong with us, the citizens.”…well surely if there’s something’s wrong with the citizens, then there is absolutely ssomething wrong with this city.

    And what wonderful examples to exemplify the nobility of this city. Its a city of 16 million and all we have are:
    1. food that makes you ill (so maybe my digestive tract’s not the strongest),
    2. Shops selling clothes and toasters,
    3. Hill Park with its sewage pond, Sea View i.e. Karachi’s toilet bowl
    4. And my favourite example, the smell of fish! MMM HMMM, NICE!

    Jokes aside, as someone whose spent his entire life in this city I find this post offensive and foolish. Its startling to note the ignorance of the author who relishes a “day excursion on W-11″ – oh what fun…try taking that bus, at rush every day!

    I’m half expecting your next post to be on the wonderfulness of flyovers and expressways…” who needs mass transit anyway. I don’t know what people are complaining about; when I ride the W-11, once every 3 years, its, like, sooo, totally, fun!”


  17. Aik karachi wala...Jjo apney mulk sey duur chala gaya (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2007 @ 2:37 pm

    Unaiza, Thanks for showing the bright, positive and good side of the picture….Its been a while that someone has said something good about my city, my ghar !
    Nobody denies that problems are there….!
    Atleast someone have the courage to look at the Karachi with a wishful approach…
    I have left the city 14 years ago… physically I am away, but I couldn’t be able to detached it from heart, even for one day….
    Whenever visits, feeling afraid seeing all those issues , seeing myself helpless , powerless since I have not been able to contribute anything for my city…except praying that some miracle happens and suddenly all the problems will get solved….
    a wishful thinking….Well I can only be able to do prayers so I am doing it….
    ALLAH is great, someday, someone like Unaiza, who have the power and will to do change will rise to the accasion to do positive changes…and that day all of the Karachi will respond it !!!and our city , our GHAR, will be a place of harmony, peace and progress….Inshallah!


  18. Aik karachi wala...Jjo apney mulk sey duur chala gaya (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2007 @ 2:41 pm

    Unaiza, Thanks for showing the bright, positive and good side of the picture….Its been a while that someone has said something good about my city, my ghar !
    Nobody denies that problems are there….!
    Atleast someone have the courage to look at the Karachi with a wishful approach…
    I have left the city 14 years ago… physically I am away, but I couldn’t be able to detached it from heart, even for one day….
    Whenever visits, feeling afraid seeing all those issues , seeing myself helpless , powerless since I have not been able to contribute anything for my city…except praying that some miracle happens and suddenly all the problems will get solved….
    a wishful thinking….Well I can only be able to do prayers so I am doing it….
    ALLAH is great, someday, someone like Unaiza, who have the power and will to do change will rise to the occasion to do positive changes…and that day all of the Karachi will respond it !!!and our city , our GHAR, will be a place of harmony, peace and progress….Inshallah!


  19. Eclipse (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2007 @ 3:23 pm

    http://dubai.metblogs.com/

    But dubai is dubai.Keep on celebrating your samosas,pakodas and W-11.I’m praying for some miracle in the form of offshore oil spill/flow from dubai towards karachi coast.
    I think Karachiwalas have accepted all the problems as part of fate and stopped hoping for brighter future.Is this the reason behind this sarcastic realistic projection of city?

    PS: No need for being schizophrenic here, i don’t bite family members and friends.


  20. IMRAN (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2007 @ 8:31 pm

    Unaiza ….. really loved your post …

    after all ………. I LOVE KARACHI ……..

    Home Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet Home………….

    Unaiza ROCKS


  21. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2007 @ 10:46 pm

    @Aik karachi wala…Jjo apney mulk sey duur …..
    “Thanks for showing the bright, positive and good side of the picture”

    Seems like you are new here at KMB otherwise you might have noticed that Unaiza shows this picture normally once a while.
    I didnt understand what kind of love you have with your city that you didnt go back home even once in 14 years ?? unbeleivable. Still you claims that you love this city.

    “So these major traffic, human rights, health and infrastructure problems are erased because we have good biryani?”
    @Original-Anon, that was funny.
    @CitizenofKhi, kiya baat hai aap ki.


  22. Salman A. (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2007 @ 7:13 pm

    To all critics,
    With all due apologies, almost all these problems that you guys have mentioned here about Karachi is directly or indirectly poverty-driven and happens in every poor country of the world. Please don’t mix them with biryani.

    Remember, there is no place on earth like 127.0.0.1.


  23. Khaaksaar (unregistered) on May 4th, 2007 @ 8:37 am

    For people who can afford to waste petrol in traffic jams go to PIDC for Pan, to Fresco, to Saddar Electronics market for shopping, ect, its ok for them, but ask those, the poor who have to travel by W-11 daily or even sometimes, how they have to hide there cash, cell phones and are ready to give away there belongings when someone tells them to, showing them a TT, this just does not happen in W-11 but almost all busses. Biryani is lovely to eat, before there was no system of free home delivery of Biryani, but now there is in lucky Karachi and free delivery of lots of other stuff, one can order Pizza, Hash, Opium, Heroin, Alchohol and lots of other drugs in the form of tablets too, in the rich areas and lots of other areas, depends on contacts. Hawksbay and Sandspit had golden beaches from where one could collect lots of sea shells, any idea how the recent black beaches can be turned back to golden and how many years it would take? New roads are very necessary for this city, but i believe more necessary is to expand the city. After a storm comes a calm.


  24. gigglywiggly (unregistered) on May 4th, 2007 @ 4:36 pm

    Unaiza come up with something new,such a “bore post”.I agree with Adnan Siddiqi.


  25. Ramla A. (unregistered) on May 4th, 2007 @ 9:53 pm

    Unaiza, remember Mary Antoinette.


  26. wasiq (unregistered) on May 7th, 2007 @ 5:19 am

    this is the longest distance ever covered from point A to point B……

    the infamous 55ers has finally done the damage…i survived by taking a break…..


  27. alle khan (unregistered) on May 8th, 2007 @ 9:24 am

    unaiza nasims views are the best, i am new on this blog was searching word KARACHI and i found this blog, its pretty neat!
    i would like to share and learn .
    jeevay jeevay pakistan.


  28. Ramla A. (unregistered) on May 10th, 2007 @ 2:11 pm

    “this is the longest distance ever covered from point A to point B……”

    LOL!

    This is the shortest distance covered between the longest displacement of point A & B!

    Couldn’t have been possible if one were taking a ride in the rickety W-11. Only a flight of imagination!

    BUT- the way you put it, Wasiq, is just punchier!



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