The New “Bhai” on the block!

I happened to be visiting the city of Karachi for official work and was having a ball looking at the usual wall chalking saying “Jaye Mahajir” and sweet honey dripping words for Imran Khan when I realised another “association” arising as a community that can’t be swayed, threatened or looked in the eye.

As probably Hardy would’ve written if he were a Karachiite…
“The traffic laying peaceful like the corn kernels on their cob would part, splurging in all directions to give them way. The traffic police would be terrorised and would stand aside in utter respect (? or is it fear?) as the car approaching them would be sporting a shining, number plate that would be brightly displaying a medley of bright orange and a fresh shade of blue. As it drives past them, they all would read the sacred few letters that denote the upcoming “Bhai Community” of all times…


Talk about a drop scene, seriously!! The automobiles adorning anything with the blessed Geo logo on them would have a freeway to “anywhere”

All i can say is, its sad. Its not just Karachi, its in us as a nation. We end up misusing, exploiting and abusing our positivity turning it into negativity.

9 Comments so far

  1. Muneeb (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 9:43 am

    … and in the words of Friedrich Nietzsche: “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”

    It’s not in us as a nation, it’s in us as humans!

  2. Ali Kamran (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 10:42 pm

    Okay , could you pls point a wall where something about Imran is chawked? truth is there none –
    and It Lahore / Punjab where there this culture of writing names / political affliations on car number plates not karachi.
    Ali K Chishti.

  3. Sumbul (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 12:16 am

    @ MUNEEB: Point taken!!
    @ ALI KAMRAN: Okay, so do you need addresses or would only the name of the road do? And by the way, why is it that you Karachiites/ Sindhis have to cower behind the lifelong Karachi versus Lahore fight every time something comes up? Be original, try coming up with something new. Its honestly boring me now!
    The road was Tipu Sultan Road MCHS. If you wanna know what MCHS stands for (well maybe you’ve never stepped out of defence and don’t know what the real Karachi is like) you can post a comment back and I would be delighted to help.

    And oh the wall chalkings that Karachi/ Sindh does NOT have..?? Well they’re clearly to be seen on the way to the Karachi University on its wall.

    The only wall chalkings I see in lahore are Yoonani dawaakhana, dublay pichkay gaalon ka ilaaj because unlike Karachi/ Sindh we have a city authority that actually works and not just feed their dogs with the funding that is meant for the city and not themselves.

  4. V (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 2:29 am

    ^ points well made!

  5. S M Nabeel (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 3:26 pm

    Dear lahories,
    I m an ex Karachi metro blogger and right now in Lahore for the first time. I am here for some official work and need to know wireless Internet facilities Please Reply ASAP as I have to fly back to Karachi tomorrow.
    S M Nabeel

  6. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 4:50 pm

    *Stands up*
    *cheers for sumbul*

  7. Ali Kamran (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 8:22 pm

    Sumbul, I happened to go to Karachi University three or four times a week – I happens to give lectures on crime scienes.
    It’s not about Lahore vs Karachi – but it’s about this is about – lack of knowledge or a atleast a sweet attempt to laugh at Karachites.

    University Road starts from Hassan Square and Ends at Malir Cant Gate – firstly, theres no wall facing atleast from Expo Centre to Karachi University – since it’s all a shop facing areas – and rest of 1/10 of the road is housing .

    I am one of those – against Imran Khan ( just one of those MQM voters ) but I personally did not agree the wall chawking – as it comes under criminal offence.

    Barrister Chishti.

  8. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 10:11 pm


  9. SELF (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 10:37 pm

    “I personally did not agree the wall chawking”

    So you agree it did take place, why ask for the exact wall?

    Chalking against Imran Khan was pictured all over newspapers. I saw several on BBC website saying things like “Imran Kutta”. These were later cleared when everyone condemned this action by MQM.

    If only MQM did something useful such as providing education to kids even if from their own party it would be much more useful than wasting their time and energies on such absurd acts as wall chalking obscenities.

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