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Bahadurabad Chowrangi is one of the key shopping and foodie hubs on “the other side of the (Clifton) bridge” with something for everyone. It is all the more vibrant these days, during the run-up to Eid.

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The ‘charminar’ replica at the roundabout

What’s in a name? Bahadurabad is named after the Indian Muslim nationalist Bahadur Yar Jang who was from Hyderabad Deccan, and many of the area’s residents are from Hyderabad. In the middle of the roundabout stands the recently constructed ‘Charminar’ (four minarets) – a replica of sorts of the famous Charminar in Hyderabad.

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Frenzied Eid shopping at Qurtaba Market

Eid shopping… During the last 15 days of Ramazan, Bahadurabad Chowrangi becomes the ‘it’ place as far as Eid shopping is concerned. Several high-end retail stores are located near the roundabout, as well as clothing stores that offer more economical attire. Qurtaba Market is the place to be if you are looking for fabric, or to have your clothes embroidered or embellished with lace, not to mention gota kinarishalwar kurtas.

Unlimited dining options… The varied dining venues that are located at and around the roundabout add flavour to a trip there (no pun intended). During Ramazan, the usual suspects – pakoras, samosas, chaat, rolls and fruit chaat – are readily available at the many shops that have been there for decades, including Channa Chaat and Bahadurabad Chaat House. Then there are two Karachi classics – Tooso and Silver Spoons, which specialise in barbequed items such as malai boti, seekh and gola kababs. If these venues don’t appeal to your taste buds, there is Peking Chinese, one of the oldest Chinese restaurants in the area. To crown a heavy meal, there is Darbar-e-Shireen for good old mithai. With time, Bahadurabad Chowrangi’s gastronomic repertoire has diversified to include trendier alternative such as OPTP, Crazy Ice Cone and Tutti Frutti – a testament to its ability to keep up with the times. 

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Jalebis for iftar

Books, DVDs and more… And then there is an institution called Say Publishing, which has been around well before Liberty Books came along, offering a wide variety of books – from the standard Enid Blytons to Sidney Sheldon’s page-turners. Next door is Music City, with an equally wide range of DVDs and CDs. And if you are in search of a bouquet of flowers, the nearby Zerritta Flowers is the place to go.

In a nutshell… With plenty of dining and shopping avenues, Bahadurabad Chowrangi continues to be one of Karachi’s most frequented commercial areas. n

– Shehryar Qureshi

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First published in The Real Estate Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on July 28, 2013.

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