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Day 041 – Karachi skies…

I am just lying on our roof and watching the skies and the hawks and crows flying above… Add the wind and their screams with the hum of the city around in background and You got the feeling I have right now…

Just wanted to share a few views…

Day 023 – Day of water and fire (monsoon storm and city fire)

The previous post took place in the morning of this day. I have to tell that the wedding party (previous post) was lucky that they have chosen THAT night, it was raining the day before the party and also the night after…

But lets get to the stuff that interests You… So its like this: we sit at office, do our work (MC 2007/08 vision) when Taha gets an SMS (cca 4 pm) that a fire has broken out in a shopping centre (Mobile Zone market a.k.a. CTC in Clifton). Than we notice that the sky is getting dark and after a while a storm, even stronger than the one two days ago comes (cca 5 pm). The wind was so strong it opened our window, eventhough it was hatched. Taha gets an SMS: “Its raining, did You notice?”. Nida gets an SMS The rain was so short and strong that when we finished work, it was already gone (cca 6 pm).

Already before leaving I have seen a nice scene, where on a building close to ours a group of maybe 20 people including women in colourful dresses stands at the roof and enjoys the rain. Talking about enjoying, upon getting out we have seen a bunch of kids playing in the puddles at the parking place :) The other pictures show what I have seen on the way to our flat. The wind and rain has killed nearly 200 people, a lot were injured mostly due to falling billboards (which is no surprise, as there are hundreds of them and half of them look like scrap metal put as high as possible), home walls and trees.

These pictures were taken at the fire site. Lots of people and very discoordinated effort of local fire squad. It took them nearly hour to get there and start working… some people blame it on the traffic and unwillingness (ignorance) of the drivers, others on their uneffectiveness, others on the lack of quality equipment… I think ALL of them are right. Whole floor of expensive shops got burned to ash… Nearly none of them was insured as Clifton is one of safest areas of city (so much riots and crimes, that nobody actually thinks of a “natural” disaster).


I offer also pictures of local policemen and their by-road check points, its forbidden but I have used the chaos to take a few pics of them :)

And lastly, we went to a local tea place to enjoy the sunset… Rain makes all the trash look fresh and smelly, but the tea was good. Just btw, the “tea place” was: four chairs and minitable put on the isle in middle of two roads…

Day 004 – Indoor vs. Street. First Riksha ride.

I guess You are interested about the rikshas the most, so here they are… My batteries died but I was able to take these pictures. Its Joanna (Sweden, MC PD current) and Marina (Canada, CEEDer) and the driver of a teeny-weeny riksha into which our three asseses nearly didnt fit (and that got broken 500 m from our home)… very funny to ride, grab tight, or else…

Indoor vs. Street
Where is the difference between here and Slovakia? On street I would say… Inside in the Caffees/shops You feel like “wow, looks really nice” and than You get out…

…the heat gives You a slap and You nearly fall into a hole in the road, car (comming from the wrong side) misses You by centimeters and honks like crazy, a security guy with a shotgun on shoulders gives You a smile, a crow shits on Your shirt. Heaven :D

Seriously You would be suprised on the strange fusion of new (upper-class) and old (low-class), You buy stuff like Gucci or Ray-Ban, step out of the shop and find Yourself on a street that looks like the backyard of a backyard. Those who enjoy seeing paradoxes will love Pakistan!

I am also adding some pictures I was not able to paste before… The views from our rooftop and an image of traffic (calm moment) .