The concept of study rooms is not alien to Karachi - in the early 1960s, the then Karachi Municipal Corporation used to run reading rooms in different parts of the city to accommodate those looking for a place to keep their head down and browse through books.
Most of these rooms were in the old city area but post 1970, they started shutting down. Ranrraa aims to fill that gap for the students in Landhi.
The room, with movable tables and chairs, can accommodate up to 20 individuals and has two doors - one is connected to the house while the other, opens into the street. Each student using the room has a key to the latter door, which they call the Key to Success, so that they can come and go as they please.
The only rule is that no one can lock the room from the inside and each student has to get the replica of the key made with their own money.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 26th, 2013.