White American Girl meets brown Pakistani guy. Hilarity ensues.
I have really been enjoying the frequent posts... thank you so much for sharing your life with us!
I've lived in korea for over a year now, and things are much the same here, as far as homes go. same kinda bathroom set up, and kitchen is very similar too. of course, very different from what we're used to in america, but it is functional, and you get used to it. no oven and no dryer=kinda annoying though.
That house is a mansion compared with what I had in Alaska ~ one room cabin, no running water. Had to pee outside in an outhouse even past -40 below zero in the winter!!!!
Er-I hope they do realize that the toilet is missing a seat? That would definitely be worse than squatting...I spent about a year in Karachi. I find it both hilarious and really annoying that when they get the idea to "modernize" (westernize) the bathroom by putting in a (sit-down)toilet and overhead shower, that the shower is almost NEVER enclosed and is just mounted on the wall almost as an afterthought, and you're supposed to stand there wedged in between the sink and the toilet showering getting your dirty soapy water all over all the fixtures, toilet seat, and the entire floor, for the next person to use, and nobody seems to think that there is a problem with that when your shower is over and the 3 year old has to peee and slips and falls on the soapy wet floor on their butt (except for me). they just don't get it.What part of Karachi, may I ask?
Thank u for sharing your life experiences, so many things we can learn from other people story.:) the houses in the street like some i'd watched in hindi's movies.
Am from India and have a friend in Pakistan and have always wondered if its the same as here. After seeing the pictures I feel its more or less the same. Thanks for sharing the pictures.
Although the post you linked to isn't a house in Karachi (hehe) my father's house in PK is VERY nice. His father imported wallpaper and other kitchen appliances from England and so whenever we go to there, it feels right at home. My mother's house, on the other hand, is in a little village, where you get the most amazing-est sunset, and you can really see the history, but living there becomes hard when you're used to running tap water.
@AnithaHey, Im from India too, but Im yet to see a house like that. Perhaps there is similarirty on some fronts, but overall, I think houses in India are much much different, in the way they look now.Remember to compare the houses of Karachi to those of equivalent cities of India and not to really small townships.@ Gori Wife - I like the way youve added so much affection in your writing about the house. Oh! and about the 'good luck' of a house? Thats believed in many parts of South Asia too - and A LOT in India.
Love this post!
Its strange how you see things when they are described by people with different normative value ... very nice post, esp the last part - and your son is adorable.
Your son is very cute!! MashAllah!!Thanks for this post and sharing those details and photographs! About a particular house or space being 'lucky'..it's a very desi thing.about what mostlypurple said..my family home is equipped with very luxuries..e.g. a bathroom the size of a bedroom with hot tub/jaccuzzi, seperate shower stall, a games room, study, and pool. However, the pictures show what most middle class homes look like. Sure, if you;re not used to that type of thing it may be difficult to adjust, but it's not a big deal..it's very normal. And it's not fair for you to pass judgements. My aunt's kitchen looks almost identical to the kitchen in that picture..and the bathroom looks like the one at my uncle's house.
Check out GoogleEarth for the house, GW. . .M found his there ;)
I would say u have been exposed to a low middle class family my idea of a middle class is quite high . Ur post is good but i wonder when r they going to return this home back and why were they allowed to modify if it was a government house, do they not have anyother house of there own ?
My ILs also call themselves "middle class" but they are obviously living a standard of a very small percentage of PK ppl. They have a large house with many rooms and a/cs and so forth but no jacuzzi or anything. I think the ultra rich in PK are certain types of businessmen and even landowners, (mafia bosses, polititians, too???) and so forth who live in very extravagant homes with multiple living rooms, home theatres with cinema screens, and all. I don't know how to judge what is really truly middle class in PK, I guess that can only be done statistically.
u got to my point fatima
Middle class in Pakistan is generally specified as those who are living off what they earn; not what their ancestors left them. If you're keeping the cinema-screens-and-central-air conditioning standard that will go as soon as you're finished with your job, you call yourself 'middle class' ;-)We have an 'upper' middle class and a 'lower' middle class. They basically constitute every one between rich and poor.The pictures were VERy interesting TGF. Its the true face of Pakistan. The way the house is not ostentatious but everything is kept spick and span and children's education is given priorotiy: THAT is the true life of a hardworking middle class Pakistani. Your son's SO cutee!!!! :D
omg! i love the picture of your son, he is so adorable! mashallah! and those pictures....well now i really understand what my mother was explainging to me through the telephone (while she was in Pakistan. :D She too is a 'gori' married to a pakistani man.
Nice floor plan & photos! :-) Your son is really cute.
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