Karachi- These are few of my favourite things


By Nadia Dohadwala

Camel riding at Seaview – Karachi

End of the year is always fun since its end of the school year and time to enjoy the long holidays. It’s a special time for me as it is also time for my yearly visit to my grandparents in Karachi. Other than the green ice cream soda, Pakola and chaat that I can’t wait to have the minute I land, there are many other things that make me want to go back every year. I don’t really know how to describe it, but I just really enjoy the atmosphere there, and every time I go, I am always taken to a new and interesting place. I remember the first time I went for the camel ride two years ago, and now, I never miss a trip to the beach! Last year, I even met someone special at the beach – the famous TV actress, Durdana Butt. She was really friendly and it was great fun to sit and eat Papard with her! Last December, I realised that I had never been to a museum in Pakistan, so we went to see the Moghul styled Mohatta Palace and my cousin and I bought matching T-shirts from there! There are so many things that I love about Karachi; Here is a little list of my favourite things- maybe they are yours too!

Number 1: Seeing and being with my grandparents, cousins, and uncle and aunty.

Number 2: The weekend bazaar called Sunday Bazaar and Zainab Market, or Z-Mart as I have nicknamed it, where I tag along with my mom and aunty, and pester my mom to buy me – well, everything I like. (Unfortunately that doesnt always work!)

Sunday Bazaar

Number 3: Buying the Chaat and Pakola from the street side stalls and eating in the comfort of the car.

Number 4: Getting a rickshaw ride, and hoping I don’t fall off the rickshaw while it zips around the lanes!

Number 5: Playing around on the Rooftop of my grandparents’ house with my cousins, feeding the birds, and watching out for the eagles that swoop down and snatch our hats away.

Number 6: Surprisingly, I look forward to hearing my cousin saying “light gayi!” when there is a power outage,and playing our own made-up games that involve no electricity.

Number 7: Going to a faraway restaurant where truck drivers stop for dinner and have nice, warm naan and kardhai gosht while I sit wrapped up in my grandfather’s cosy (but huge) jacket.

Number 8: The camel rides at the beach! (And competing with my cousin who’s on the horse to see who finishes first!)

I always dread the day that we have to leave for Singapore because I know I’m going to miss my grandparents, uncle, aunty, and cousins a lot. But what always cheers me up is the fact that next time I come I’ll do something new….and on the plane I’m always busy adding more, interesting and new things to my list!

Nadia Dohadwala is a 13 year old Singaporean studying at the School of The Arts. She likes visiting Karachi in her holidays and would like to see other parts of the country one day too. 





  1. anilaFebruary 6, 2013 at 4:24 am

    Loved reading it….very well written Nadia :-)

  2. Nermeen kakakhelFebruary 8, 2013 at 3:30 am

    Very well put Nadia! Keep it up

  3. NadiaFebruary 8, 2013 at 5:13 am

    Loved it my name-sake :0)…. Some of the things that you like, I also love about Pakistan too.

  4. AmberFebruary 8, 2013 at 5:55 am

    MashaAllah! Nuddle I’m so proud of you. We equally cherish your visits that make our vacations so pleasant and enjoyable. It’s beautifully written. Keep it up!
    Everyone who reads this pl say a little prayer for my darling niece and my beloved Karachi. May it be a safer place for our kids and future generations..

  5. GulallayFebruary 8, 2013 at 6:20 am

    Nadia these are some of my favourite things to do also …. I love pakola too ….. Somethings never change right

  6. Sara HasnainFebruary 8, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Beautifully written Nadia! Really enjoyed reading it! And you and I share a passion!!!!! Having roadside Chaats in Karachi!!!!

  7. Nadia DFebruary 8, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Thank you Aunties and Amber Mami!!

  8. Huma ImranFebruary 8, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Well written Nadia. Keep it up!!

  9. shazia habibFebruary 10, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    lovely Nadia. You said it so simply and we all related to it. Karachi is definitely about Pakola and chaat and all our favourite things and people!

  10. Imaan KashifFebruary 13, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Great job Nadia! I really enjoyed reading this article and it really made me realise how much i miss my home (Karachi).

  11. MehwishBaderFebruary 24, 2013 at 5:18 am

    Very nice Nadia!
    Keep it up…

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