Notes from Karachi: The Passport Guru

Karachi’s unique spirit asserted itself during Sadia Khatri’s bizarre encounter at the passport office What all writing that romanticizes Karachi misses out on, is the flies. There are more flies than people here: slapping the air, nesting on skin, reproducing on anything that stays still for two seconds. During our wait outside the passport office, I observe this poetic phenomenon. Flies and sweat, the staple constituents of a hot Karachi... Read More

Notes from Karachi: Empress Market

It’s been a while since I went photo hunting in Karachi, I think to myself. Street photography here is easier than in farangi-land;I don’t have to ask for permission as much. If someone looks my way, I point questioningly towards my camera. If they don’t nod or strike an instant pose, they curtly shake their head ‘no.’ This can almost always be fixed with a helpless, “Sirf aik photo, please?” Being in my own city gives me automatic... Read More

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