Saturday, December 17, 2005

the dual city

picture by F

"but Karachi is always dual. houses are alleys; car thieves are the people to help you when your car won't start; pollution simultanoeusly chokes you and makes you gasp at the beauty of unnatural sunsets; a violent, fractured place dismissive of everyone outside its boundaries is vibrant, embracing, accepting of stranger....No simple answers in karachi. just when we decide that the intimacy is exclusionary...a motia seller calls us 'sister' and adorns our wrists with flowers...at its best karachi is intimate with strangers.....selfishness is the consequence of love...."

Kartography
Kamila Shamsie





4 comments:

jammie said...

dual only??? i sometimes think its a schizo city with a milllion multiple personalities :)

did you like the book though? i read it the first time and loved it, the second time, it seemed different...not as powerful somehow.

urbaNiche said...

i enjoyed City by the Sea better ...
if u ve read Invisible cities by Italo Calvino u ll see where kartography s coming from....her writing style s quite influenced by it...i thought it was k...not as good as the first one...

insiya said...

couldn't help noticing the title of the pic: "AHShadee MyShadee lastdays in Karachi".jpg :)

p.s. i am just a random blogger. i came here via jammie's blog. :)

p.p.s. i would love to show you a frere hall pic that i took around a year back, if you're interested.

urbaNiche said...

sure i d love to c the frere hall pic...
and hey random is good...is nt that what blogging is all about...;)