Postcards from Hell 8: Water Features

In my admittedly limited experience, failed states tend not to go in for water features (Somalia’s coastline not being admissible as I’m fairly certain it was there when the country had a functioning government that stretched as far as the seafront of Mogadishu). So I always enjoy the fountains on the corner of E7 in Islamabad for their science fictionish depiction of shimmering globes propped up by shining fronds of steel – part palm tree, part flying saucer. Of course, this segment would work better if there were currently water issuing forth, but it’s the ambition that counts here.

Postcards from Hell is my ironically titled list of things that are cool about Pakistan, my new home, or which contradict the notion that the country is some sort of failed state


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