When you’re on the move in Karachi, you need to be well-equipped with the bare essentials… And we’re not talking about your wallet and worry beads … Other than the obvious (pen, keys, tissues) if you’re a man on the go, it’s best to keep the following five things on you at all times:
1. USB Flash Drive
A USB flash drive is always helpful when you want to keep a soft copy of necessary documents. Whether you are a student or a professional, a USB stick is easy to carry, fits nicely in your pocket, and you don’t need to carry hard copies of your documents anywhere. Especially considering all the electricity issues we have in the country nothing provides back-up like this little wonderstick.
2. 200 Rs. Cash
At some point or another we’ve all been in a situation where we’ve been stopped by police for ‘random checking’ or whatever damn justification they seem to provide. You’ll be asked to show your vehicle registration documents, NIC, birth certificate, bank statements and at the end of it all, even if you give them everything they ‘need’, you need to give them something that they ‘want’. 2015 plus make-up for inflation and… 200 Rs. is the going rate.
3. A Cheap Phone
Our mobile phones are never safe in Karachi. Smartphones hold all kinds of information from personal photos to contacts, emails, naked selfies, I mean, whatever… In order to protect your assets (and dignity) it is advised to keep a decoy phone from Nokia or QMobile so that when the day comes you’re robbed at gunpoint (and that day will come) you won’t cry your heart out handing over your brand new iPhone 6…
4. Photocopy of your NIC
These days a copy of your NIC (National Identity Card) is as important as your debit or credit card. When the cops stop you, they are bound to ask for it. When you deposit a cheque, they are bound to ask for it. When you pay your phone bill, they are bound to ask for it. Keeping a photocopy of the original is the best way of ensuring you don’t get caught with your pants down.
Karachi is known for hot and humid summers and the strength of the sun is BLINDING… Keep your vision in-check and look cool doing it with a hot pair of ‘Rey Bens’ or ‘Ookleys’ from Khadda market.