Saturday, December 25, 2010

White Bengal Tiger, Karachi

I cannot remember ever seeing White Bengal Tiger live. That was the first time I saw it and instantly loved it. I have seen countless National Geographic documentaries on this wonderful creature. Few of them now remain in the wild, thanks to excessive poaching and killing by British colonial rulers of British India.

Directions for visiting this place:

Drive on Sohrab Goth from Karachi. Turn left after Al-Habib restaurant. Turn right on the first cut. Go straight on the road and after 5 minutes of driving ask for directions. This place is approx. 27 KM from the city. This park timings are: 10 AM to 5 PM daily. No prior bookings are required. Rs.150 / person is the fee for entrance.

(Family trip today with my family, Ateeq bhai's family and Sobia Apa's family minus her husband.)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Chaman railway station

Yup. That's the last railway station this side of the border. And in good times or in any other country this would have been THE station. Unfortunately, disintegrating neighbour, Afghanistan, and some bad political situation within the country has caused this station to be static and very slow. That's unfortunate but till now it still retains its old colonial outlook. And I simply love the timeless posture of this man.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Destroying heritage in Karachi

Yet another building of pre-partition era (before 1947) is destroyed to make way for the new structure. And the government of Pakistan has failed yet again to do anything about it. For more details on historical quarters of Karachi read the following book published by Oxford Press of Pakistan and written by Yasmin Cheema: