Karachi Eat 2018

Damn Kashaf, back at it again with another #KEFF post.

You can find previous posts about Karachi Eat over here, here and here.

So this year, I decided to go to KEFF with my friends on Saturday instead of the usual Sunday morning trip. We went without reading any reviews because Friday night had been a total disaster in terms of management and many patrons returned in disappointment.

We had a relatively better experience than last year because;
1. The event was at a larger place instead of the picturesque Frere Hall, making everything less chaotic.
2. Likes of Safeguard and Aman made sure that the area remained clean and provided people with free tissue and sanitizers.

The ticket prices increased this year, a flipping 300 PKR with a scarcity of sitting places and no shade. CKO being the usual pain in the ass. There was a 100 rupees redeem scheme going on in collaboration with KeenuWallet but i’ll rant about that later. Let’s talk about food.

First stop was at 2 Guys and 1 Grll (sounds superbly wrong but ohwell, not worse than the shit names in Hobnob’s menu). They were serving only one thing: Donut Burgers.


Oh my god. I can talk about it for days. Priced at 300 PKR and less than four inches in diameter, it wasn’t a fair deal but the taste somewhat made up for it. The meat was succulent, the sauce was to die for, and the subtle sweetness of the donut made everything perfect. I can’t wait for these guys to open up their own store; they’ll definitely find a regular customer in me.


Second was Awesamosas. In all honesty, i figured that this will be a burger rendition of a desi tea item and would be a total flop but boy, was i glad to be wrong. We tried their Caramelized onions, pizza and Reese’s samosas. First bite will tell you that these guys aren’t playing around. The pastry was so on spot in terms of flakiness. You could taste the effort the Awesamosas team had put in it. Caramelized onions was the star, next in line for me was Reese’s samosas, a fantastic duo of sweet and salty.


Then we stood in line for fifteen minutes at Fry Guys. We bought their Deep Fried Chicken in Waffle Cone, it had Sriracha sauce dribbled over it and honestly, was the star item in their menu. Deep Fried Philly Cheese Steak Roll, uff what a mouthful, looked really unappetizing and had a generous amount of salt in it. My friend hated it and told me to write a scathing review because that was a good 250 PKR down the drain.

Deep Fried Philly Cheese Steak Roll

We also tried Meet the Cheese’s chicken sticks with fries, they too had a cheese sauce over them. It was sort of bland for my liking, and for 300 PKR didn’t seem like a good deal.


Obviously all this food made us extremely thirsty and cranky so we went out to search for stalls that only served drinks. The Cocktail Bar was our stop and possibly the worst decision in the whole day. Our drinks were too concentrated, and i had to drink a whole bottle of water before feeling right again. Looking around, we could see people had left almost 75% of their drinks from TCB untouched so I guess we weren’t the only one with the shitty experience. It was priced at 250 PKR and a total waste of money.


I am not a sausage person but my friend ordered Corn Dogs from Grill in the City and they were juicy, af. Too bad that I was feeling exhausted by then, so couldn’t manage more than a couple of bites of those.


Fam’s Patisserie’s waffles were a must buy too.


Eventually we ended the day with a mixed berries bar from Pop Bar. It was refreshing and full of flavor.


I wish I could’ve stayed a little longer but at 4.30 pm the place had become quite chaotic so we had to leave.

Now coming to KeenuWallet. What a fuck load of scam by these guys. Apparently the 100 PKR from the ticket were redeemable but the scheme stopped for no reason. We did complain to one of the guys in the Keenu management and he started to guide us on how we could avail our rewards by going to so-and-so stalls however, you needed data for it. And even on data, the app was quite slow so basically, it was too much of a hassle and we paid in full everywhere. The app was deleted immediately after i reached home. There was no delete account option, which i would’ve preferred since now these idiots have my CNIC info.

Verdict: It was surprisingly well-managed. Surprising because CKO finally seems to take constructive criticism seriously. I would’ve gone today as well since there was so much I couldn’t try yesterday but oh well. There were more proper stalls rather than home-based chefs unlike last year. Entry ticket price is no doubt quite high, especially for people with large families, but then the event is also only meant to cater a certain class of crowd so that’s that. It is quite problematic but those who can afford it, i’d just say, don’t miss out on the innovative and actually delicious food inside.


What I’ve Read in The Past Couple of Months

Hello friends, it has been two years since I started this series and I figured that a reintroduction needs to be done. I’m Kashaf, a third year med-student, with a voracious appetite for words. Since medschool leaves me incapable to write, I decided to read a lot instead. This led me to catalog whatever I’ve read between one module exam and another. Hence, you have these bi-monthly posts.  I hope you have as much fun reading as I have while making them.

Here’s a picture of me just for fun!

Without further ado:

‘To be able to visit galleries alone, go out to dinner with yourself, take lone walks, and go solo to a movie, is an underrated strength.’
Ayishat A. Aknabi

‘I’m sitting at the same bench right now, bacho’ -Chachi Chatters

I got wet for 3 hours yesterday to shoot the rain, a double rainbow, and an epic sunset. In this thread, you’ll see what I captured. [x]

What does it mean to be anti-abortion in modern Canada? by Michael Coren [x]

A thread on #AdaLovelaceDay [x]

Of Ostriches and Women by Omer Wahaj [x]

H&M’s unethical factory practices in Pakistan [x]


Journalist Daphne Galizia who wrote on Panama Papers killed in a car bomb explosion.

I Have Been Raped by Far Nicer Men Than You by Natalie Degraffinried [x]

Sex and the Muslim Feminist by Rafia Zakaria [x]

What’s Really Keeping Pakistan’s Children Out of School? by Nadia Naviwala [x]

Pakistan, Land of the Intolerant by Muhammed Hanif [x]

#HimToo: A Reckoning by C. Christine Fair [x]

Vivian Maier, Chicago 1950s

Do you remember the exact moment you fell in love? When everything seemed to stand still & you just knew? (a tweet that tugs my heartstrings) [x]

A form of harassment women face daily (thread on Twitter) by Nuzhat S. Siddiqi [x]

“Log Kya Kahengay”: Calling Off a Wedding by Saira Khan [x]

Men Don’t Understand Sexual Harassment. This Is How We Change That by Lily Herman [x]

“I am sorry for all the times I stabbed men, just a little, in my previous workplace. After years of counseling, I stopped stabbing men.” (iconic thread) [x]

Could hardly see Malala behind this but could hear her. And it was great to. At #LLFLondon2017 (Adnan Sarwar)

One pattern: Men benefit professionally from sexual harassment. Even those who don’t harass. (Twitter thread) [x]

So, you’re a parent, you’ve been reading  and you’ve found yourself utterly terrified? How can you protect your children: a thread. [x]

Here is a list of house plants you can add to your home and gift to others that will help filter toxic air: [x]

In Praise of Autumn’s Rotting Beauty by Charlotte Mendelson [x]

Why Doesn’t Aishwarya Rai Get Enough Credit For Being A Domestic Violence Survivor? by Tanika Godbole [x]

Brian and Tuppence on set

It’s time to talk about former Vice President Joe Biden, the open sexual predator. A thread/moment… [x]

Katas Raj case: ‘Will halt water supply to cement factories if necessary,’ says CJP by Haseeb Bhatti [x]

Matilda Actress Mara Wilson: A 13-Year-Old Girl Is Not “All Grown Up” by Mara Wilson [x]

Why Are All the Cartoon Mothers Dead? by Sarah Boxer [x]

I Know Why Taylor Swift is on TIME’s Person of the Year Cover But WHY is She on the Cover? [x]

Anoosha Syed, a Pakistani character designer

The gender wars of household chores: a feminist comic by Emma [x]

The useful dangers of fairy tales by Amber Sparks [x]

Muslim foster parents: ‘We’d never had a Christmas tree – it made them so happy’ [x]

Welcome to the graveyard of rare books, also known as the Saulat Public Library, Rampur by Daniel Jacobius Morgan [x]



We Used the App That Reveals What Women Look Like Without Their Makeup on the Man Who Created It by Heather Schwedel [x]

Medicine’s Women Problem by Aubrey Hirsch [x]

We have to take sides by Amy Courts [x]

How To Be A Friend To Someone Who Has Had A Miscarriage by Rachel Wilkerson Miller [x]

Pictures taken from [x][x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x]

Chasing Autumn’s Galore

It’s October again.
And I’m at home, like the past couple of years.
There’s a heatwave in town too, an unforgiving sign of climate change, and i’m trying to get along with it.

But where were we? Oh yes, October.
I associate this month with warm, dry afternoons and annual book fairs at Generations. Those are some of my best memories from secondary school.
We’d have a massive tent in one of our courtyards with various book sellers underneath it, enticing me to throw away all my money (and some of my sister’s) to simply have a huge book haul. I’d go crazy in those three days. Every year the goal was to buy more books than last time, every year my parents would shake their heads in exasperation, because i already had so many things to read. I am pretty sure that’s the time period when I actually learned how to emotionally blackmail my parents into lending me more money or tagging along with me to the book fair.
Anyway, I can go on and on about this really important part of my childhood, but today the goal is to share some of my favourite autumn reads. As Karachiite’s, we don’t experience much of autumn’s galore but there’s always Instagram, Tumblr and #Inktober to set the mood. And the uber dry nights, don’t forget them!


Short books:
These are mainly those which I bought during those annual book fairs or remind me of my school’s library.
A Wish for Wings and Nightmare Stairs by Robert Swindles
The Chronicles of Narnia by
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The Karazan Quartet.
The Enchanted Tree by Enid Blyton. (the librarian’s assistant joked that i won’t be able to finish it in a week and that made me devour the whole book in three days) [i was in grade five, just for the context]
The Borrowers (my school had this gorgeous edition which was scarlet-red in color)
Salem Falls by Stephen King
Misery by Stephen King (thank-you for one of the best nights in 2017)
The Book Thief
The Tulip Touch by Anne Fine (can’t recommend this enough!)
A Little Princess (read this while we were locked out of the house)
Ink Heart (it had the fanciest book cover and I finished it after one of those uncanny October rains, while walking barefoot on wet ground in my new bell-bottom jeans)
The Killer’s Cousin (one of my favourite book fair hauls from school)
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness


Long books:
Again, some of these I’ve salvaged from book fairs, or ordered online.
The Night Circus by Erin Mongestern
The Luminaries
A Suitable Boy
Any book from The Cousin Wars’ Series by Philippa Gregory (especially Another Bolyen Girl)
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (I’m reading it right now)
It by Stephen King
Anything by Kate Morton
The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt (it has a beautiful book cover and I’m not ashamed to admit that this was the sole reason for making the purchase)
Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt (one of those books which remain etched in your mind for the times to come. I read it a long time back, probably during fifth grade, and can’t even remember if it was long or short; but parts of it always come back to me.)

What are your favourite reads or which book are you planning to start in the coming months? Comment below!