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men not sitting, dancing!

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photos by Karen Trist

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breaking down barriers

Aadaab Arz and Salaam!
MahshAllah! The tram is amazing. It really reminds me of the mini buses that run around Rawalpindi, Lahore and the coaches that ply the GT road between Rawalpindi and Pehsawar. Mujhe bahut achcha laga, aur bahut maza aya. Main sub logon ko dawaat karta hun keh iss gari ko dekhna chaheiey, lekin Once you are inside you will feel even better. It is the music that helps.

I wish every tram in Melbourne was like this forever. It breaks down barriers between people making them smile and chat with fellow passengers. It shows something about what life in a non-arab Muslim majority country is like. Not at a all austere!!!. The only details missing were the 9 year old conductors hanging on the back with one hand and taking fares with the other, whilst spruiking for passengers. Also there were no chai or peanut vendors on board, or peanut shells all over the floor and no one was spitting paan juice out the window. There were also no infants vomiting in the row in front of you. One thing I don't miss here is the segregated 'ladies at the front' business that is maintained in much of Pakistan. In India no one cares who you sit next to.

The cards with Urdu verse on them were a nice touch, very Pakistani!
W 11 zindabad! Pyar zindagi hai, be' shak!.
- Taariq M.Hassan


DEKH MAGER PIYAR SE (LOOK—but with love)

W-11 is the most popular city circulated bus in Karachi (Pak), bcz of its decoration, lights and music. Passengers likes to travel in most decorated bus instead of less decorated. And which one has good music to swing during travelling.

W-11’s route is not too long,……….its only an hour.
W-11’s drivers always in mood and a shouting conductor…..

Rek Rek Ladies ey (stop-stop ladies getting out)
Double AA—Double AA (chalo…chalo)(go-go)
Breakshaww (stop)

W-Gayara always full of passengers on its circle ,with sounds of conductor (Allah wali-ta’-tawer)..tawer-tawer---Allah wali—farana—sindhi hotel 5 number—nala charhaiee—godhra—bengali paaraa—shafik morr—sohrab goth—ancholi—water pump—aisha manzil—karim abad—laloo khet teen hatti—lasbela—guru mandir—numaish—sevenday jamiah—plaza—bolton—tawer---kaemari—Kaemari-----------


- Wajid