There is great hustle bustle at Cantt. Station, Karachi. The red-coated collies are yelling, “Cholo, chalo,” while passengers, loaded with trunks and bedrolls, are trying to clamber aboard the train. This city was not always known by its present name. Historical records also mention It as Kurrachee, Curachee, Crochey, Krotchey Bay, Caranjee and Koratchey. An interesting legend tells us how this city got its name. Many hundreds of years ago there lived a beautiful dancing girl called Kalachi. She lived in a little fishing village on the coast of the Arabian Sea. Boatmen, caravan traders, poets and travelling singers spread stories of her charm and grace far and wide. As Kalachi gained fame, more people came to see her. The village grew into a busy harbour and became known as Karachi. Over the years, ships and sailors from all over the world docked at these children. It is believed that Alexander the Great general, Nearchus, set sail from Karachi on his way back to Syria. And the first Muslim pilgrims of the subcontinent started their voyage to Mecca from here.
Today, Karachi is not only Pakistan’s most important seaport; it is also its largest city with a population of more than eight million people. Pollution, overpopulation, water shortage, unemployment are just a few of its problems. Karachi is a dream city for many people from all over Pakistan who come here to seek their fortune. In spite of all its poverty and problems there is a charm - an exciting aliveness — about Karachi that is unmatched by any other city in the country.