Off overseas? Save space in your luggage for these goodies. Published in The Express Tribune, June 24th, 2013.
One of the disadvantages of living in a third world country is that good quality, ordinary, everyday items can be incredibly hard to find. You could pick up a great bucket and mop from Wal-mart for next to nothing; you’d have to pay more than double for something approaching the same level of quality here in Pakistan. And this is why there was a time when people lugged everything from duvets to batteries from abroad. However, in recent years, a much wider variety of high quality items have become available in Pakistan.Al-Fatah in Lahore, Agha’s in Karachi and Jinnah Supermarket in Islamabad are unmatched in terms of imported groceries, make-up and other essentials while international chains like Mango, Next and Accessorize are bringing the high street to Pakistan. There are still, however, some things worth making space in your luggage for. If you are off on your holidays, here are the top 10 things that should be on your shopping list: