Van­ish­ing Her­itage

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Much has been writ­ten about Karachi and the glo­ri­ous city it once was. The city may not be a legacy of the Mughal era but it did have quite a bit of ar­chi­tec­tural and ur­ban plan­ning ev­i­dence of its Bri­tish, Parsi and the Gu­jarati res­i­dents. In the years fol­low­ing Par­ti­tion, the Bri­tish era ended as a log­i­cal con­clu­sion but, sub­se­quently, con­di­tions were also cre­ated that had no re­spect for the di­ver­sity and rich­ness of the city. That is how it be­came just an­other crowded mega me­trop­o­lis and its rich her­itage was thrown to the winds.

S.M. Shahid has man­aged to pre­serve some of that in pho­to­graphs that he has been tak­ing of the city and some of which are con­tained in his cof­fee ta­ble book ‘Van­ish­ing Karachi.’ A se­lec­tion of the pic­tures can be seen on this page.

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