My Cat Ate the Billboards.

I think that I shall never see
A billboard lovely as a tree.
Indeed, unless the billboards fall,
I’ll never see a tree at all.

— Ogden Nash, Song of the Open Road, 1945

normal day driving back from work. on the emirates plane roundabout near parktowers, all billboards have tolet signs. funny. all of them together? the designer in me registered it but the human being in me, tired after a long day, fleetingly glanced up and went home to a relaxing cup of tea.

k calls. “all the billboards are gone”.
haan i noticed i exclaim, now resuscitated to my usual alive self. wonder what is happening? “it looks so amazing” he says. well, i answer, tomorrow there will be new ones. silence. “sweetie. they dont exist. as in the structures are gone.”
by now im jumping up and down hollering “what what??? what??”

houston, we finally have a skyline and man, she looks good.

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16 thoughts on “My Cat Ate the Billboards.

  1. Wow….FINALLY!!! I was afraid someday the skyline would completely disappear.
    Yes to the demo class. Can you mail me the contact details of this place? Thanks 🙂

  2. sam: will get number today. seem to have misplaced card.

    faraz: its not the whole of karachi..merely one roundabout. small victory so far. lets see what happens further. 🙂

    cheesoo: it makes me morning every day now 🙂

  3. Hands off our skyline!

    Something even creepier – I didn’t encounter a single traffic jam in my 25 minute commute from university to my place. Quite like an out-of-body experience.

  4. are you serious!!! thats amazing! yay! im all escited now…. theres some hope for the city after all :))))))
    must be beautiful! 🙂

  5. Why is it an all or nothing deal with Karachi.
    Removing billboards, ok makes sense.. for some of them…why all ??
    What ever happened to landscaping and putting up billboards so they not only carry a message but look aesthetically pleasing as well. Like the coke billboard at Metropole or the infamous zara sheikh/mobilink one at gora qabiristan

  6. guys..i just hope all rumours of an underpass here are totally false..because as it is karachi is dealing with a serious moles attack. EVERYTHING has been dug up in search of better traffic!!!

  7. ah, i wish the car dealers mafia hadnt stopped the KMTP from happening. We would be living in a different city i tell you all!

    BTW-Jammie, your blogs becoming a community 😀

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