Plastic ki thayli

Thanks to CDGK the usage of
plastic bag is banned with a technical exception. It’s an
appropriate time to pay tribute to a thing that remained an essential
part of our daily lives as long as our memory serves. Apart from the
normal boring usage here is tribute to plastic ki theili. Share your own
plastic stories, if any.

Back in 80’s, in Gulshan, children on our opposite
side were not allowed to go outside like elders to fly a kite. They tied
a thread with a plastic theili & became theili flyer enjoying it more
than the kite flyer. Even their young sisters used to join them.
Watching them fly from balcony or rooftop was real fun especially when a
theili would go into bush throne or tree branches. I wonder what
alternatives are used now.

When KESC used to shower its blessing, all the
bacha party in our colony would come out to play chupan chupaai. Few
sharati kids would color a theili/stick a horror cartoon inside & make a
perfect mask to turn a small game into a big fun itself, especially with
young guls. It was a harmless evil-fun to hear a scream once in a while.

In early 90’s, our team would try to go a nearby
open space to play cricket every Friday. We would go as early as
possible to avoid Sun. An uncle near open space/ ground & hate cricket.
His routine would be to give us a lecture on morals first then time
wastage by cricket & after getting charged curse us & leave. After
failing to convince us to play in the afternoon he came up with a unique

He started gathering thaylis whole week & burned them all early morning. The unbearable smoke forced us to say good bye to that open space/ground & move to a far away Aziz Bhatti park.

Apart from these using plastic bag/theili during rains was/is also common. It was surely a great help to avoid any damage to books/documents especially. A smart fellow with an excellent hair style used to keep a clean theili always ready. During rains/dust etc it would make sure his full of oil packaged head+hairs remain clean & look good.

Also it’s a norm to keep ID Cards/small papers/money etc. in a plastic theili something for safety & other purposes.

7 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r (unregistered) on April 4th, 2007 @ 3:40 pm

    “Few sharati kids would color a theili/stick a horror cartoon inside & make a perfect mask to turn a small game into a big fun itself,”

    thats what lead to kids gagging themselves and suffocating to death….(worldwide rule is to mention that keep the plastic bag away from young children so that they don’t play with it and gag themselves…)

  2. Tee Emm (unregistered) on April 4th, 2007 @ 4:00 pm

    True! Life without the thailees isn’t the same anymore. The evil entities were of so many uses (and of course abuses). But of course, this is much guilt-free now.

    One thing that I do and request that others consider doing too – support the cause and don’t join the shopkeeper when he says ‘bohat masla hogaya hai janaab’(It’s a big problem sir).

    And I am really wondering why the heck no one has yet started makeshift stalls of neat looking paper and cloth bags in the markets yet. If available, people will gladly buy one, keep one, and use one.

    This is also a good opportunity for corporate sponsorship with cloth bags being subsidized and sold at a lower cost to the general public in the city. I’d be the first one to buy such a couple of Rs 10 bags that say ‘Lipton’ or ‘Olpers’ and keep them at convenient locations (car, office etc) for frequent re-use.

  3. Salma khan (unregistered) on April 4th, 2007 @ 4:43 pm

    plastic ki thayli was the actual reason of spreading and breeding insects like ants and cockraoches in the kitchen cabinets..I think banned on plastic ki thayli is a blessing for house wifes,specially when people go for shopping and shopkeeper give you things in these thaylies and you roaming around in malls,it looks bad.Paper bags are so perfect in every aspect.

  4. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on April 4th, 2007 @ 11:11 pm

    MB, do you used to live in GI Block 8 or Block 9?

  5. F. AHMED (unregistered) on April 5th, 2007 @ 1:38 am


    I think the same topic was posted last month also….:))

  6. GI Joe (unregistered) on April 5th, 2007 @ 1:47 pm

    Paper bags are no solution either because of so many trees that will have to be cut down to make paper.

  7. MB (unregistered) on April 5th, 2007 @ 2:44 pm

    Use to live near Alladin

    Where? , Give me the link

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