YouTube video of the day: Karachi, at the end of the British Raj

It is comical how most of the city remains unchanged to date, how people follow the same routines.


Zunair Ali February 24, 2011

KARACHI: This is a beautiful tribute to Karachi by a foreigner which takes us back to our lineage.

The video is a tribute to Karachi by a British soldier whose name is no longer known. It is shot just before the departure of British troops from the Sub-continent and captures scenes that ensue even today. The soldier's sharp eye for street life and his intimate interaction with the locals of the city is intriguing to anybody who has lived in this city.

It is comical how most of the city remains unchanged to date, how people follow the same routines but we do not notice them as we should – instead, everything seems bland to us.

Today we miss out on the immense history and culture of our great city, maybe due to the fast paced city life we adhere to. One doesn’t have to go back to 1942 to appreciate the memorials - all we need is to stop and look around.

Things really haven’t changed - they are just not black and white.

Video Rating: Two thumbs up.

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COMMENTS (8)

let there be peace | 10 years ago | Reply at 1.44 minutes there is a tram with "BEST" written on it. that is 'Bombay Electric Supply and & Transport company ' (now called 'Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and & Transport' company ). was that part shot in mumbai or did BEST operate in karachi also in those days?
Qaseem Siddiqui | 10 years ago | Reply To a great extent,The unknown soldier tried to capture Olden Karachi.We must be greatful to him instead of criticizing one another.All(who so ever you are) are welcome to upload such old video of karachi to save our history. .Regards Qaseem Azizabad,Karachi,Pakistan Zindabad
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