Old Karachi

Sometimes one forgets how breathtakingly beautiful our Karachi really is.

Originally uploaded by Raja Islam

32 Comments so far

  1. IUnknown (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 10:48 am


  2. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 10:59 am

    Majestic Karachi as always mesmerising, :)

    the place is on MA Jinnah Road opposite Khaliq dina Hall adjacent to end of Jama Cloth Market

  3. Ahmed (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 11:42 am

    ohh great picture..karachi was a beautiful & peaceful city in early 1960’s …pray to Allah somehow these old days 50’s and 60’s of karachi come back

  4. Zainub (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 12:02 pm

    I suspect this is actually opposite my alma meter, The Mama Parsi Girls’ Secondary School, which is it self one of the oldest buildings in Karachi (with parts of it dating back all the way to 1918), on main M.A.Jinnah Road, curiously also known as Bundar or Monkey Road!

  5. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 12:39 pm

    That bandur comes from “Bandar Gah” (Port) not from Monkey.

  6. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 1:30 pm

    @AHMED pray that we shall have wisdom to protect the heritage of Karachi, instead of ASKING Almighty to bring back 50’s & 60’s


  7. ash (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 1:36 pm

    this is JUBILEE ..right???

  8. Raja Islam (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 1:48 pm

    This is near Jama Cloth Market.

  9. Lies (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 2:19 pm

    what i don’t get is why anyone would paint this structure white, as the people on the 2nd floor did.

  10. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 2:35 pm

    In real it doesn’t good look. Raja’s camera made this building romantic! :>

    zabardast Bhai raja! lagay raho!!

    p.s: waise bhai raja jab bhe tumhara naam parhta houn tu mujhe lata ka purana gaana yaad ajata hay, Raja k aye gi baraat,Rangeley hongay haath, sajan mey nacho gi :D

    bura nahi manna bhai. ek na ek din sab ko ye karwa Ghoot(Shadi ka) pina hay.

  11. Danish (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 2:46 pm

    I wonder how classy this building would look if the government gave it a facelifting. It’s in a pathetic state as of now and looks good on camera only

  12. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 2:49 pm

    @ Adnan – good one ROTFL

  13. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 3:05 pm

    Raja & Islam & Barat (:

    :) Adnan Good One you made monday Easy :) Thanx

  14. br0ke (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 3:20 pm

    fortunately this lucky shot is taken when the residents did not decide to do their laundry…. hence the absence of proud display of shalwars with surprisingly big and bright flowers ….

  15. Balma (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 8:10 pm

    I think this building is abandoned. No one lives in it, or you would have seen everyone’s dirty laundry hanging in public.

    Also, Ms. Zainub Radvi, there are buildings quite older than 1918 in Karachi. All you need to do is take a hike to Kharadar, Ramaswami, and parts of Bandar Road. Also, by the time Karachi kids are six years old, they figure out Bander Road is not named for monkeys. I guess it is not only Arabic that you have problems with!

  16. Zainub (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 8:58 pm


    My name is Zainub, how hard is that for you to understand? And I said my school was ‘one’ of the oldest, not ‘the oldest’ buildings in the city, put on your reading glasses, will you? And spare me of your tripe, okay? I’ve lived in this city for two decades, for about half of which I travelled daily to Bundar road where my school was. I was mistaken about Bundar Road though and I am glad I was corrected. One, I’m not terrinly good at street names, and two, this city has a unique tradition of naming its streets after wierd things (Anda Mor, Golimar, Burns Road, etcetera), which is perhaps what must have allowed this miconception to arise in the first place. Other people here too pointed about my mistak without the need to comment on my laungauge skills or anything else personal, but of course, your infalble sense of self-righteousness allows you to consider your self above such otherwise broadly accepted ethics. I don’t even know why I bother replying to your inane comments. Heck. Perhaps that is the only thing you can take credit for.

  17. br0ke (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 10:06 pm

    mama paarsi school has a nice edwardian style building…
    but the school itself is a convent wannabe…..

  18. silver (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 11:16 pm

    TM you are such a loser… open up comments to your new “campaign”.. hear what people think about it

  19. Obi Wan (unregistered) on November 27th, 2007 @ 12:14 am

    Zainub kid, cool down. I actually enjoy Balma using word “RADVI”. It’s nothing personal against you I guess but then Karachiites don’t have much tolerate these days so I can’t blame you.

  20. Hassan Abbas (unregistered) on November 27th, 2007 @ 12:17 am

    I saw this building, this is somewhere near to Khalid-de-na-Hall. It looks like a Engine of a train.

  21. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on November 27th, 2007 @ 2:24 am

    Ruins tells you that building was once beautiful,
    just like my boss, she is still beautiful (:

  22. Balma (unregistered) on November 27th, 2007 @ 2:32 am

    Ms. Zainub, chilax!

    I know Zainub is part of your name, but since I am calling you Ms., I thought I should use your full name i.e. Ms. Zainub

    Calling you Ms. Zainub will be very desi like, or very kindergarten teacher like. I hope you understand.

    Also, Burns is an English last name, and there must have been some Mr. XYZ Burns whom the street in Karachi is named after. Golimar used to be police training grounds for target practice….I will agree with you – and this is one palce whwere we have common ground today – anDaa moR, mochee moR, Allah Vaali Chowrangis are ridiculous names and should be gentrified. Well, may be not mochi moR. Mochi is a profession, just like dentists and doctors, and nothing wrong in being a mochi. In fact some mochees are really rich, such as Bally, English Boot House (KHI), Bruno mali etc. So, I guess mochi moR can stay, but anDaa moR and allahvaali chowrangis all over the city got to go…

    I also find Defence Housing Society a very strange name. What do you think about this?

    Should we refer to DHA as East Kaalaa Pul, West Korangi, or as New Qayyumabad? What? New Easa Nagri? Perhaps! Gizri Village? Sure…that is the old name of this area anyway. But, believe you me…DHA is a very stupid name.

    baat kaha’n say kaha’n chalee gayee, bandaro’n say faujio’n tak…

  23. Sufi (unregistered) on November 27th, 2007 @ 3:28 am

    Sometimes one forgets how breathtakingly beautiful our Karachi really was.

  24. wasiq (unregistered) on November 27th, 2007 @ 10:14 am

    what is this ugly mess….it must be hell living in such a junk…..breathtaking ? i call it suffocating….khudda kay lian…..lol

  25. ALAM (unregistered) on November 27th, 2007 @ 11:43 am

    Zainab can be called Bint-e-Radvi or zoja Radvi by only Farhat Hashmi followers.

    BALMA, u better be careful, or a collective prayer will be offered for ur sudden demise.

    walla kharis alla
    javasd karim ullah

  26. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on November 27th, 2007 @ 12:17 pm

    @BALMA – you are good at diverting the Topix,.

    Wasiq it was the POSH locality of Karachi when it was Ancient, Selected CLASS of Prosperous Muslims lived among the NON-Muslims of that location which streteched between Mama parsi girls school and upto KMC building,- surrounded by GREEN Parks and social hubs.

    You have no idea what Karachi was like,

  27. king_faisal (unregistered) on November 27th, 2007 @ 2:37 pm

    if i had some spare cash lying around, i would buy this building and turn it into a boutique hotel with sindhi/interior style decor and service fit for mughal maharajas. i bet such a hotel could charge premium over other top hotels in karachi. and i bet if bhutto had not ruined karachi nightlife by pandering to mullahs, this locality would be rocking.

    karachi has so much potential. too bad karachites are not smart enough to expoilt it.

  28. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on November 27th, 2007 @ 2:52 pm

    @KING (:

  29. Balma (unregistered) on November 27th, 2007 @ 7:26 pm

    AsKing_Faisal says, converting this abandoned building into a small boutique hotel is a great idea. But, plesae make sure all the balconies have same color. Most apartments in slums like DHA, Gulshan, and Clifton have multiple color balconies which gives whole city an ugly look…and we are not even talking of clothes hanging from alganees yet!

  30. Balma (unregistered) on November 27th, 2007 @ 8:57 pm

    Dandan-saaz, why are you deleting my emails, honey?

  31. BB (unregistered) on November 28th, 2007 @ 12:53 am

    I would remove all the balconies and leave one for myself to greet my peasants, I mean people, who would come to see me from all over the Sind.

    Dont cry for me Argantina, I mean Pakis. You know
    I have never left you, except for depositing cash.

  32. Balma (unregistered) on November 28th, 2007 @ 1:17 am

    BB, too toe saali bohut maskharee niklee!

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