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FATAH: Memories of my first Christmas with Uncle Joe in Karachi

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The year was 1956. Mom and Dad were taking all four of us — my two older sisters and a younger brother — to our first-ever Christmas Party at Uncle Joe D’Souza’s palatial home in what was then known as Clifton.

Even though the calamity of the 1947 Partition of India had played havoc in the rest of the country, the city of Karachi had retained most of its glorious multi-religious traditions that included the Goan Catholic community and the Anglo-Indians along with a Zoroastrian elite that included the city’s first mayor Jamshed Nusserwanji Mehta in 1933. Ten years later Karachi elected its first Catholic mayor, Manuel Misquita, who was also the president of Karachi Goan Association.

We are all decked out in our best. Bata’s Tommy shoes, maroon socks, a colourful bow-tie over a starched white shirt and navy-blue shorts.........

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