Life in Karachi and an Insight on How to Survive
Karachi, popularly known as ‘roshniyon ka shehr’ always has some sort of chaos trekking over it; be it political instability, social intolerance or religious differences. The city is layered with many flavors and colors which form the very reason for its vibrancy.
This large-hearted city will never turn anyone away but will surely test them with periodic trials that make survival continuingly difficult - You need to be tough, well-informed and resilient with the challenges thrown, in order to survive in this metropolis.
- The Traffic
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Frankly, we don’t believe in something as clichéd as ‘traffic rules’; we rely on making paths along the way.
Does this cause us more inconvenience? Yes
Will we learn from our mistakes? Of course not
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You have to have a killer road sense to drive in Karachi and acquire the superpower of looking right, left and center simultaneously. Because before you know it, some over-smart biker is going to be coming from the wrong lane while a CNG Rickshaw cuts left in front of you without an indicator – That’s just how it works here.
- The Social Divide
The Defense people are the burgers, Liyari guys are considered the ‘mailas’, Nazimabadis are a little better off and the Gulshanites are a mix – You need a road map to not only navigate but also socialize.
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- How to Figure out the Food Scene?
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If you’re looking for a cheap deal you’re guaranteed to find a tasty meal under Rs. 250/- if you visit local diners in Johar, Bahdurabad, or Nazimabad. And if you’re looking for some place with a more extravagant setting then check out high-class eateries at Do Darya, Board Basin, Clifton and Port Grand – They’ll be expensive but totally worth the experience.
- How to Deal with ‘Haalat Kharaab’?
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But if you’re a newbie in town this is how you deal with things:
Activate news alert messages on your cell phone, always check the news before leaving your house, and keep a duplicate cheap phone in your dashboard to hand over to any mugger that comes along the way.
If the haalaat really are kharab, call up your loved ones and tell them to avoid the affected area pronto and try to stay indoors for the next 2-3 hours (that’s usually how long it takes for the situation to normalize and for us to get on with our lives. Also, because that’s usually how long we think about any given incident).
If you still feel threatened, know that 25.3 million people live in Karachi and continue to lead normal, happy lives without being terrorized or enrolled in gang wars - So chill, it’s not as bad as it looks on TV.
- How are the Job Prospects?
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It may take some time for you to adapt but the bustling vibrancy and speed of Karachi are all so infectious that you become a part of it without even realizing. The quick pace of this city forces you to join the race.