Review on Karachi, You’re Killing Me – Saba Imtiaz

It is a story that breathes in one of the world’s most dangerous cities and revolves around Ayesha who is a crime reporter. She does the most challenging and heart wrenching job of reporting bomb blasts while body parts are scattered near her very existence. Sandwiched between death and absurdity, Ayesha becomes a complete hopeless sole and depression becomes her oxygen. She develops a staunch belief that she will never meet a nice guy, someone like her old friend Saad, who is her only friend when she stands alone after every misfortune in her romantic life.
Karachi, You’re Killing Me is all about the surprises that Karachi has for its people. Ayesha’s life constantly bumps into these surprises. She has a cost-conscious and impractical employer, and to add to her misery she has to tolerate a household cat who is her father’s favorite, more than his real daughter. Just like most of the salaried employees, she is always on the verge of bankruptcy. The unlucky girl faces turmoil in her romantic life that affects her reportage and she starts covering the hysteric and tragic literature festivals and culture-redefining fashion shows.
The tone of Karachi, You’re Killing Me is a little hyper. It is a pendulum from mockery to deadly serious at times, occasionally with greater frequency than one would expect. But it is the real face of the city that dazes off with bomb blasts, curfews, malfunctioning and economic struggle. While the author also throws light on the glamorous fashion shows and events that give some weak evidence of survival. Karachi You’re Killing Me is a book of which you will keep turning pages.
The contrast that Ayesha experiences between having morning tea in Lyari and dinner at Okra is something that will be familiar to many people who have been part of the media extravaganza.
It’s not a “serious” book if you are thinking that. It does not discuss issues of severe and critical nature. Karachi, You’re Killing Me is truly comical. It makes you gulp down the harsh reality of our society with ease. It is the need of time to make us stand on the edge and look down at our pitiful condition. Every Karachite and every person who knows the ‘city of lights’ should read this book as they will enjoy finding similar coincidences between theirs and Ayesha’s life.

Haya Shah


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