You know you’re from karachi when..

You’ve heard them,seen them or even experienced them.  The small yet special things that make us “Karachites”. Compilation of views from different blogs, websites and some are my very own! The list will grow, hopefully with your feedback too.

  • You have seen guys on heavy bikes driving without their hands or lying on them!
  • You have been a victim of the VIP movement
  • All the ladies/girls MUST buy their bangles and get their mehndis done on chand raat
  • Guys will be seen all over the shopping markets during Ramadan, buying nothing
  • You have used a number of sims for your cell
  • You’ve seen guys having chai parhatha at a dhaba
  • You don’t go near auntys during weddings who are on the hunt for the *fresh and available*
  • You know the “telefun” number by heart even though you never bothered calling them
  • You’ve given an exam at Regent Plaza
  • You actually go “out for coffee
  • Its December and you attend 5 mehndis/shaadis in one night
  • You never have dinner before 1am in shaadi season
  • You live on giving “missed calls”
  •  You took tuitions even though you didn’t really need them
  •  You go by landmarks not street names
  •  Your argument in the Lahore-Karachi debate: “well we have a beach”
  •  You’ve never had dinner at a shaadi before midnight
  •  You blame everything on KESC
  • The beach is impossible to reach on 14th august
  •  Standing in line is considered out of line
  •  Standing out of line is considered being in line
  •  Anyone older than you is an uncle or aunty
  •  Your relatives alone could populate a small city
  •  Everyone is a family friend
  •  Everyone from your extended family comes to pick you up at the airport
  • You have annoying nicknames like ‘Chotu’, ‘Munnoo’, ‘Pappu’, ‘Guddu’ etc…
  • Your parents drink at least 3 cups of tea a day
  •  Your parents compare you to all of your friends
  •  Your parents are never satisfied with your grades
  •  Your food needs more oil than your car
  •  Your grandparents (or even parents) don’t realize phone connections to foreign countries have improved in the last few years, and still scream at the top of their lungs when making long distance calls
  • You love the  [only] day it rains
  • Winter is just a breeze of cool air
  • You sleep at 3am and wake up at 3pm during summers

You know you’re from Karachi , if you know how awesome this city is.




19 responses to “You know you’re from karachi when..

  1. A.

    October 13, 2010 at 12:34 am

    If you are in a fight/trouble, you know well who to look to get assistance from: the bhai or the police officer.

    • Nida

      October 14, 2010 at 3:31 am

      Hahaha but do the police officers really help? 😉 Also if there is an accident on the road every person on the street will come to the scene!

      • Mohammad Ali

        November 15, 2010 at 10:03 pm

        Hahha, true that. By the sea in the morning is a place to be! I head out thereto every Sunday, love it.

      • Nida

        November 16, 2010 at 1:14 pm

        I wish I could go every Sunday!

  2. artkapakistan

    October 16, 2010 at 7:11 am

    You love the (only) day it rains except that it floods your house, your street and your city besides killing power for a week.

    • Nida

      October 16, 2010 at 2:48 pm

      Absolutely! And you actually believe karachi has *winters* when its a week of cool breeze!

  3. artkapakistan

    October 16, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    You stoically disregard the awful smell on the pretentiously named sunset boulevard.

    • Nida

      October 21, 2010 at 8:38 am

      Haha true..i’m curious, whats the history of these ‘Khayaban-e-Muslims/mujhahid/badrs’ :/

      • artkapakistan

        October 21, 2010 at 5:19 pm

        They were probably working towards the war on terror…

      • artkapakistan

        October 21, 2010 at 5:24 pm

        Oh and I lived on Khyaban-e-Mujahid most of my life (before I moved to green and clean Islamabad). It was right next to a big khadda that turned into khadda market eventually. Once a khadda, always a khadda.

      • Nida

        October 25, 2010 at 5:12 pm

        Haha..Its true..its actually a Khadda! Many people aren’t aware nor convinced ^_^
        I hope to see the ‘clean’ Isloo that you mention..!

  4. Abdul Ahad Farooqui

    December 1, 2010 at 7:17 am

    And what about “SUNDAY BAZAR”. Where you find all the burgers, bunkababs and our celebrities too.
    SuperHighway dinners in so called winters, Traffic Jams and Burnsroad 🙂

    • Nida

      December 3, 2010 at 8:55 am

      Oh how could i miss the Sunday Bazaar! The ultimate shopping thrill 🙂 One has to be there to understand what I mean!

      Al habib’s handi and nihari from Burnsroad all the way!

  5. marya writes

    December 19, 2010 at 3:16 am

    You have been living abroad for the past decade, but still can’t get over the fact that shopping centers close at 5pm.

  6. mehmudah

    February 5, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Nice, I enjoyed reading that!

    You know you’re from Karachi when your D changes lanes on the road by honking and giving ‘ishara’ to the chamkeeli bus behind you which hurtles along dangerously and probably has a shair on its rear or says “maan ki dua, jannat ki hawa” or the classic “dekh magar pyar se”

  7. eva626

    May 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    ‘fresh and available’-LOL
    yea when i went to visit karachi my cousins did have multiple sims!!! and my mom alone drinks at least 5 cups of tea, even here in ny. you forgot the starring problem they have in karachi…its the WORST

  8. yousufsmehmood

    July 4, 2011 at 9:40 am

    🙂 good description

    • Nida

      July 6, 2011 at 10:20 pm

      Thankyou for coming by 🙂

  9. Zeeshan Khan

    August 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Awesome… I Strongly Agree….


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