Karachi: Megacity of Our Times

Hardcover | February 1, 2010

EditorHamida Khuhro, Anwer Mooraj

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Two hundred years from its founding as the port of Sindh and fifty years from its position as the only port of Pakistan, Karachi has an undisputed place in the economy of the country and in the affections of its citizens.The glowing capital of Sindh is loved in spite of its glaring shortcomings. In the imagination of its people it stands for a lifestyle that is at once modern and yet more leisured than the frenetic megacities elsewhere.The citizens of this megacity are capable of dealing with their problems. Karachi is a new city but it is old in its wisdom and tolerance. Above all it is a cosmopolitan city which demands civilized attitudes from its most unruly citizens. It is this mainstream Karachi that this book is about. Karachi - Megacity of Our Times is the story of transformation of a sleepy town of under twenty thousand people into a vibrant metropolis-one of the largest in Asia today. Thirteen prominent writers of Karachi take the reader through post-independence development in politics, economics, the arts,demography and architecture. Some of the articles are very personal, evoking nostalgia for the Karachi that was; others are analytical drawing on available data to predict the course that this turbulent city will take in the future. A part of the book is devoted to the 'long nineteenth century' whenthe Englishman ruled and divided the city into 'white' and 'native' quarters. There is also a section on people who have contributed to the welfare of the city. The book is profusely illustrated with maps, photographs, and illustrations.

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Two hundred years from its founding as the port of Sindh and fifty years from its position as the only port of Pakistan, Karachi has an undisputed place in the economy of the country and in the affections of its citizens.The glowing capital of Sindh is loved in spite of its glaring shortcomings. In the imagination of its people it stan...

Dr Hamida Khuhro was educated at the Universities of Karachi, Cambridge, London and Oxford. She is a historian and has taught at the Universities of Karachi, Oxford and lastly Sindh University where she was Professor of History. She left University teaching to concentrate of writing and politics. She has twice served as Minister for E...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:412 pages, 9.45 × 7.09 × 0.1 inPublished:February 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195475194

ISBN - 13:9780195475197

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IntroductionAcknowledgements1. Hamida Khuhro: How it All Began2. Hamida Khuhro: The Making of a Colonial Port3. Hamida Khuhro: The Halcyon Years4. Hamida Khuhro: The Capital of Pakistan5. Muneeza Shamsie: The Founding Fathers of Modern Karachi6. Shahida Wizarat: An Economic Perspective7. Arif Hasan: The Growth of a Metropolis8. Noman Ahmed: Half a Century of Trends9. Tariq Rahman: The Literary Scene - English I10. Navid Shahzad: The Literary Scene - English II11. Muhammad Ali Siddiqui: The Literary Scene - Urdu12. Hamida Khuhro: The Literary Scene - Sindhi13. Asif Noorani: Saddar of the Fifties and Sixties14. Marjorie Husain: An Ever Expanding Canvas15. Hameed Zaman: Comedy, Tragedy, and Realism16. Asif Noorani: A Close-up of Cinema, Radio, and Television17. Anwer Mooraj: Karachi before Prohibition18. Anwer Mooraj: Being Young in the Fifties19. Ayela Khuhro: Millennium KarachiNotes and ReferencesNotes on the Contributors