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!)
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!