Saddar: A sea of contradictions
Dawn.com Published February 3, 2011
Everyone in Karachi has a soft spot for Saddar – be it the electronics (or paper, bottle, Zainab, Lea or Empress) market, Burns Road or M. A Jinnah Road – Saddar gives Karachi personality. Swimming in a sea of contradictions from its burqa stalls to sexologist clinics – there is something in Saddar for the individual and conformist in us.
Unrest during the Second World War made many Chinese flee their homeland and settle in Pakistan – mostly in Karachi. To earn a living they started working as beauticians, shoemakers, chefs and dentists.
Dawn.com takes a look at the variety of Chinese dentists, sexologists and health practitioners operating in Saddar. – Photos and text by Tooba Masood for Dawn.com
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Feb 03, 2011 02:45pm
to see these pictures of chinese dental and health clinics . it reminds me kolkata(calcutta) of India where thousands of chinese doing same business as in pakistan.but they are not dependent on these traditional business in india they have their own news paper and chinese language radio transmission ..
Feb 03, 2011 06:07pm
Great work by Dawn for their pictorial editions of different sight and sounds within Pakistan. Long Live Pakistan!!!
The Marching Morons
Feb 03, 2011 07:05pm
super stuff. would be nice to have a bit more commentary and background of this "business". :)
Feb 03, 2011 11:31pm
Yes, reminds me of Calcutta too, where I grew up.
Feb 04, 2011 12:49am
The Building looks similar to buildings in Bhindi Bazar in Bombay and has almost the same types of shops and facade
Feb 04, 2011 02:37am
This pics me remind me of those days when i was working in an office, located in Saddar town. Its true, saddar is the market where almost every person from all over the karachi comes to shop as there are a number of item/commodities available out there.
Feb 04, 2011 07:12am
Just read the sgin board carefully . I can see every word and sentence in perfect position
Feb 04, 2011 08:20am
This is interesting that Dawn has been looking into. yet another reason why I love Dawn! I had been to one of these cheap dentists, right in the Saddar area back in 2002.. had installed a bridge on my tooth,,,,the tooth worked fine then ,but now when I did the check up in the U.S. the dentists have been saying that I should remove it immediately because it is so bad quality that it is blocking the other tooth from getting cleaned hence causing infection. Installation of the bridge then cost me $20, but the removal and fixing it in the U.S is going to cost me around $7000.
Feb 08, 2011 11:01am
yes its really a nice work of dawn ,but it is the responsibility of dawn either it must clear to society that the quality of such type of doctor is ok?