My Something Worthwhile…

Before coming to Singapore, when I was free in my last days in Karachi after leaving my job, I was involved for a while in the redesign of ApnaKarachi.com. A major part of the overhaul was the new section of ApnaKarachi Maps which provide street-level maps of the city of Karachi. I was in charge of developing the back end of the maps section and as well as managing the people involved in it. We planned to finish and deploy the site for the public before I’d leave for Singapore, but tweaks here and there made maps a little late. I completed the major chunk of the work when I was in Pakistan, and while in Singapore I generally just made things work accommodating the “wish list”.

The ApnaKarachi Maps are now live for sometime now. The site itself has been redesigned and different sections added to it. Its now “bigger and better” in the true sense.

The basic motivation behind the Maps was that Pakistan per se doesn’t have any worthwhile representation in major map sites like Google or Yahoo! Maps, so we intended to provide that kind of information and facility to our people. We have just started with Karachi, other cities would definitely on the way.

As everybody knows that I’m a pretty unassuming guy and I generally don’t do any kind of self-embellishment, but the purpose of this post is to solicit feedback and ideas to make the Maps better and more useful. It’s seldom that we do something worthwhile for our country/people, and while such an initiative is going on and you can be a part of it, then you must.

Please also spread the word around. This service is solely provided for the benefit of people, so the more people use it, the more we would be in the position to improve it.

PS: Don’t forget to say some nice words to me!

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Environmentalists Alert!

The people of Karachi who have no semblance of placid natural environment in the city, yet again are being deprived of another natural asset, and nobody is concerned enough to keep a check on this atrocity. Yes, the pond that came into existence under the FTC bridge thanks to the incessant rain, is drying up fast. None of the conservation bodies are interested in this issue, so it becomes our duty to save our city’s environment.

Just think of it… This pond offers a fantastic view when you take the turn from FTC towards Kala Pul. In addition to this it will also kill a whole generation of mosquitoes, that we have so lovingly bred on puddles and our blood. So I suggest that we get mobilized over atrocity, and work together to SAVE THE POND!!