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Karachi vs Delhi

The series on where Delhi stands when compared to cities abroad.

entertainment Updated: Apr 02, 2010 02:24 IST

Rocking beach parties
On weekends, young locals of this Pakistani city flock to the secluded French Beach for nightlong parties and groove to underground bands. Boys show off tattoos, girls wear sarongs, and despite officially being a teetotaller nation, booze flows like the river Indus.

Wild farmhouse parties
The famous parties in Mehrauli and Chhatarpur are either free because you have rich friends or you cough up a cover charge. Usually, you also have the option of bringing your own booze. Plus, there are many dark corners if you want to get cosy with someone.

Jinnah’s mausoleum
Pakistan’s founder MA Jinnah, is buried here. The tomb offers a 360-degree view of Karachi’s jagged skyline. It looks like our Lotus Temple, minus the petals, and is a popular romantic zone for youngsters.

Gandhi’s samadhi
Just off the Outer Ring Road, is Rajghat is a green respite amidst a concrete smoggy jungle. Delhiites come here to contemplate on Gandhigiri, or admire the city’s rich tree cover (which Karachi doesn’t have)
in solitude.

Karachi’s Zainab
Colourful like Janpath, thrifty like Sarojini Nagar, bohemian like Dilli Haat, this is Pakistan’s premier fashion street. It stocks export surplus, selling it for a pittance. Here you get it all from tees and jeans to sleeveless cholis, long skirts and Sindh’s special ajrak shawls.

Delhi’s Sarojini
From socialites to young collegians, Sarojini Nagar market is a popular hangout and shopping destination. Inexpensive and up on style, even filmmaker Farah Khan hotfoots there each time she is in Delhi, and shops happily for her triplets.

Karachi beauties
You may not see them very often in the streets. But go to any café in Zamzama Boulevard and you’ll find girls in shorts, long skirts, jeans and shalwars. The watering holes of Defence, a posh south Karachi neighbourhood, — are other options.

Delhi beauties
Delhi’s girls are envied for their looks. There are different places for different types. Cleavage and hipsters are seen in Basant Lok market, Size Zeroes are spotted in GK-II’s M-Block Market, and Delhi-6 is known for its modestly dressed masakalis.

Multi-coloured buses
The drab contours of the city are off-set by its colourfully painted buses. With images of Punjabi women, Pashtuni pathans, calligraphy, flowers, birds and animals, driving through Karachi is like navigating through a kitschy art gallery. Incredible Pakistan!

Air-conditioned buses
The red-coloured low-floor DTC buses are as good as they have in, say, Madrid. With padded seats, automatic doors and wide windows that offer a panoramic view of the city, they make commuting fun, easy and world-class.