Zeeshan Sahil on Karachi

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2008/01/janmb/eve-thumb.jpg[Image : Sara Naqvi]


Before our freedom
or after
by the time we grew up
half the buildings you see in Karachi
were built by the Brits.
They get the credit
inside the city
for some of the spires & bridges too.
Despite renaming most of
the streets Karachiites traverse,
they go by their former names.
Even after so many years have passed,
Clifton, Hawkes Bay, Napier Road
are all still called just that.
With relentless effort
throughout Karachi
a forest of buildings is being grown;
the people who live there
go at times to Manora, the Quaid’s tomb,
or Safari Park for a picnic.
Karachi people
generally picnic on a day when
atop the Civic Center, the Assembly Building,
or Tughlaq House,
instead of the Union Jack
our nation’s flag
waves in freedom.

3 Comments so far

  1. Asif (unregistered) on January 14th, 2008 @ 3:51 pm

    Guys i am not sure if this is the rightway to announce myself…so here goes

    I have started a citizen journalism website called http://tazakino.com

    I wanted to created an open source news paper where you can report news and post articles. And i request the citizen of Karachi to help me out here.

    do let me know your feedback.

  2. abayYeKiaHay (unregistered) on January 14th, 2008 @ 6:57 pm

    kahna kia chah raha hay writer??? should we demolish the buildings made by brits? or rename all to claim they are ours???
    Karachiites go on picnics because Union Jack is not flying over civic center et al??? the hell??

  3. wasiq (unregistered) on January 15th, 2008 @ 9:17 am


    MB bhai achcha hai….Btw, did i forget to remind you that you promised last year to do a post about the Karachi Bar elections and annual dinner….?anyways congratulations to the new ones and thanks to the old ones…..keep pro testing….!

    khaak main mil gaay na tum hum ko khabar honey tak…:-P

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