December 20, 2008
Street number 19 was a nondescript row of unexceptional houses stacked against one another in the heart of Gulistan, a nondescript neighbourhood in city of Karachi, which is, and always has been at the heart of many things. As Karachi bulged and heaved like a giant on a binge, Street number 19 was choked and constricted until it began to dangerously resemble the spiderweb of alleys leading that branched out of it. Street Number 19 teetered on the brink of an existential crisis. And then there were the urchins who were not really urchins- Constable Jamaal his insane wife’s progeny.