Maleeha from the Lahore Metroblog makes a really good point here – a lot of people I know are swearing that they will never shop except for the bare necessities – I think that argument is useless. In times like these, you need to keep the flow of money going, else you’ll have all your industries out of business except for the prime industries such as sugar, flour, tents, etc. No one’s asking you to spend 3 lakh on a designer outfit, spend wisely! – but remember that there are a gazillion shops and small industries that depend on consumers to keep them in business. If you stop buying clothes from your favorite store in Zainab Market, it might cause someone to lose their source of income, and with all the guilt that’s floating around in the air, one more person’s decreasing income is the last thing anyone would want on their conscience. I hope that makes sense, because it does to me.

3 Comments so far

  1. imtiaz (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2005 @ 6:38 pm

    i agree……

    but take it this way…..

    the economy of any country is aleays a vicious circle….

    u cant create or destroy money……
    u can multiply if u are a bank…but thats not in realistic terms…only nominal…

    there is only so much money going around….and if udont put it in one persons has to go to another…..

    so from my stand point, guilt here, is overrated…..

    someone makes money..some lose it…
    but if ur concerned about ur favourite shopkeeper losing out on his eid sales…….thats a different issue….cant really do much about that!!

  2. jammie (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2005 @ 6:48 pm

    i had much the same conversation with a friend who was telling me how she is not celebrating eid this year or going to go visit anyone after all “we have been through”. my take was different. more so than ever before, im so thankful for the people who are around me and safe that i think this eid i will make an extra effort to visit those people i havent seen in a while…and really actually feel thankful for things that i can so easily take for granted…

  3. imtiaz (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2005 @ 7:00 pm

    i agree…..
    there is no point NOT celebrating eid!
    we shoudl celebrate it….keeping the unfortunate in mind…..

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