A Glimpse into My Hometown

 

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A friend of mine snapped this gorgeous picture on his return flight to Karachi from Dubai last week, and looking at it I realized I haven’t really shared much about my home town here with all of you.

It’s a great picture, and captured perfectly. This guy knows his photography. The image shows one small part of the southern tip of our coastal city, and possibly the most popular beach. On the right you’ll see a suburb, the left is the Arabian Sea hugging a long stretch of road called Sea View, a hang out for locals, especially on weekends.

Sea View’s entrance begins with the golden arches of McDonald’s. Further, on a stretch there are camels on the beach, and horses and electric go-carts you can rent to ride. Snack shacks offering local and international fast foods dot the promenade, and among them stand hawkers with barrows of roasted corn and nuts, flasks of hot chai, freezer boxes of ice-cream, or just crates of cold drinks and bottled water.

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I drive down this road daily for my kids school commute, and it is 10 minutes of pure bliss each way.

The sea and I have always been good friends, but city life is hectic, and sadly, I wouldn’t get to see much of it unless I made it a point to visit, even though I live less than 15 minutes (in traffic) away. But, since my kids started at their new school this year, this is the road I prefer even though I have a couple of other options.

In the mornings, it’s like driving through heaven. The beach is deserted but for a few lone runners, all the little shops are locked up tight, and the animals have yet to make an appearance.

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In the afternoons there is a sleepy feel to the air, common for beach towns where life moves at a slower pace. Cars don’t rush manically here as they would further in the city. I imagine people taking the route feel the lull of the waves like I do, that they enjoy the glints of sunlight on the water and marvel at the peace, revel in the stillness. There isn’t much of that in the life of the average Karachite, and especially not the ones who commute through the city.

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My daily drive

If you ever visit Karachi, I’d probably take you to Sea View first and cajole you into going for a camel ride. We would definitely catch a beautiful sunset later, and in true Karachi spirit head to the food street so you could sit just literally over the water and enjoy some seafood barbecue. We’d stop at the more crowded part of the beach later for a walk and of course, chai!

I hope you enjoyed a glimpse of my city. If you’d like to see more of this world headline making notorious part of Pakistan, let me know. We have more than just bombs here. 😉

Thanks for stopping by.

Much love,

Anne

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19 Replies to “A Glimpse into My Hometown”

  1. A lovely post Anne! I don’t think I could resist spending time on that beach, but maybe only n the early mornings before the crowds descend! Hope you and yours are well, thanks for dropping by my hillside! Jane x

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  2. That was such a beautiful journey thru your home town. Thank you for sharing. even just reading about the drive by the sea and seeing the beach, I felt calmed.

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  3. lovely – I wanna go there
    iam sorry iam late – but I didn’t know about this one – I think some issue with wordpress – I didn’t get any email for updates on this site
    didn’t personally check the site – so its my mistake tooo
    take care dears

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  4. Seaview in winter is the place to be. Especially in the mornings, with a cup, or kettle of pathan chai. And maybe a paratha later =) I have wonderful memories with that beach. Equally sad ones too, but sad memories can’t be associated with a place that looks and sounds like Clifton for too long. Especially at Devils’ Point.

    Thanks for bringing it back, Anne =)

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  5. Hey Anne
    I am Monica from New Zealand. I am a die hard Arshi fan a newbie to the whole arshi ff world, but a genuine reader. It may sound unbelievable but I only found out about the ff world Dec last year.

    I have seen your ( headoverheels) Arshi stories recommend wherever a list is put together.
    I have been trying to find a way to reach out to you for so so long.

    I found out your name is Anne from ShipperK and then that you have this blog.
    So here I am requesting access to your Arshi blogs

    Pretty please.

    My presence is evident on many blogs – FWN, Jigs, Meera, Jennifer, Twiggy, Narratorz to name a few.

    I am more than happy for you to check my comments out or reach out to your writer friends. I know it is hard to trust a random person with your work, but trust me I am only interested in reading and have no ambition to write.

    My IF and wordpress ID is nzmonica
    Email address is nzmonica@gmail.com.

    Hoe you hear from you.

    Also please let me know if you know how I can contact ‘Munchy’

    Cheers
    Monica

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    1. Hi Monica,

      You said ‘comment’ so I didn’t expect a letter. Thank you for taking the time with that.

      Late to the IPK ficverse? I guess there’s no harm in that seeing as it’s still alive in some ways. I’m honored my stories are still featured there with the other wonderful writers from the start up days. Great times and good people.

      As I mentioned on Twitter, I have yet to visit my archives and set about dusting off some old scribbles if and when time permits. I took down my IPK work ages ago, so am not sure where a revisit would lead at this point in time.

      Having said that, and more importantly, I’m not mistrusting with readers, just cautious. However, I don’t base my reader list on background checks and things unless there is reason to, and definitely not on faithful followings of fellow writers. To put it plainly, the clique mentality that exists in the ficverse (always due to a few) never appealed to me. There is no writer ‘A list’ that knights readers as “worthy” or not for the ficverse, nor have I ever thought there should be one. It’s always about an individual’s relationship with a writer and their story built over time, albeit not in Likes and comment count just so they may be included in some bullshit “Worthy reader” list other cliquey writers can refer to. 😉 So, let’s not worry about that over here, because honestly, it gives me hives. 🙂

      As for ‘arshi stories,’ as I said to you earlier on Twitter, I may have penned a couple of those, although for the most part I never wrote within the chick lit category, nor the M&B styled ones. I only mention it because you mentioned arshi stories.

      Anyway, thank you for your interest and time. I’ll definitely consider a revisit to my archives and should anything come out of it, I’ll let everyone know.

      Have a good evening.
      Anne

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      1. Thanks Anne
        I added the intro bit as there was a few instances of plagiarism around that time making writers wary and also because a lot of the writers and readers were fimiliar with each other from IF, while I was a newbie.

        Hopefully you do get around to making Mystic Skies and Chains of Silver open again.

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        1. Plagiarism was and always will be a bane. Easy to trace with the outright thieves, and a pain in the ass with the overly “inspired ones,” again determined to bring to life some non-existent A list of embossed writerly names. So, no hope for an end there, because… ‘celebrity’ 😉

          MS was my little baby and possibly my only romance category worthy one. Chains of Silver was a four book series and one prequel, so umm stop scaring me… LOL

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          1. Oh my – I rember Mystic Skies – one of the best Arshi stories ever – coming of age & falling in love was never so beautiful – The Chains series – a whole different level – no writer has come close ever again. – anyone who didn’t read these truly missed out ..

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            1. Thanks Sita, I know I missed out😐😐

              Now I got a bit more hope that Anne might make her work available again.
              🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞👌👌🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞

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