An Inexpensive Alternative

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2007/12/An-Inexpensive-Alternative-thumb.jpg The recent cold spell has brought with it these colorful heaps of used clothing which are making their appearance felt at the make-shift weekly bazaars around the city as in efficient and inexpensive winter clothing alternative for the poor, under privileged and the struggling middle class of our society, assuring to keep them warm throughout the winters without putting much strain on their already warned out pockets.

37 Comments so far

  1. Wahidi (unregistered) on December 12th, 2007 @ 2:06 am

    it has become quite chilly in khi……i just returnd from all that snow in canada….and yet im forced to carry a jacket with me at night……


  2. Kads (unregistered) on December 12th, 2007 @ 2:41 am

    Thanks for sharing Jamash. Good post. Send some more pics if you can highlighting the real life and its struggles.


  3. Arfeen (unregistered) on December 12th, 2007 @ 2:51 am

    I agree … It is always the poor people who suffer the most in these natural calamities ….


  4. H (unregistered) on December 12th, 2007 @ 3:48 am

    what place is this?


  5. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on December 12th, 2007 @ 11:52 am

    The new definition of poor people is “middle class” people. Thanks to 8 years long _powerful_ and _booming_ economy.


  6. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on December 12th, 2007 @ 1:12 pm

    what is line of poverty to define POOR., i wish to know.


  7. unmended (unregistered) on December 12th, 2007 @ 1:44 pm

    Well officially, the UN has set the line of poverty to be earning below $1.5 a day :P


  8. Farhat (unregistered) on December 12th, 2007 @ 1:49 pm

    poor? do u believe that market is for poor?

    sunday bazar stalls are packed with aunties who buy the stuff from there for domestic servants but then get it drycleaned from snowwhite or tiptop drycleaners and wear as GIFT from abroad garden road market of 2nd hand clothes light house market near kmc office are all doing thriving business on AUNTY class they get skinned happily in name of BRANDs which they only can dream to buy NEW.

    last winter i bought 3 sweaters of M&S and one hud jacket of OldNavy for my househelpers later I saw him wearing it later was not shocked how neat and clean it turned out as if new

    i wish my sizes are also available to try
    am extra large roller drum aunty who can only look at nice clothes and dream. i get all the clothing AID from abroad and that too from US as xtra big women exists in plenty out there

    shalwar kameez suits heheh i buy two to get one and tailor kameena ask double charges for stitching

    poor forget it they are really deprieved of basics how they can go for necessary when basic does not exist


  9. brittled (unregistered) on December 12th, 2007 @ 4:44 pm

    haha..well written Aunty Farhat..agree about Aunties and modern girls from posh families buying stuff, shoes specially from Sunday bazar of defence and then they strut their stuff as their Daddy brought it from London….


  10. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on December 12th, 2007 @ 10:45 pm


    Well officially, the UN has set the line of poverty to be earning below $1.5 a day :P

    Ah, you mean asian IT freelancers? *grin*


  11. Farhat (unregistered) on December 12th, 2007 @ 10:57 pm

    well :) then no one is poor in ANY metropolis of PK,

    minimum daily wage for manual labor is RS. 125.00 from 8 AM till 4 PM – – – – lunch & namaz break from 1245 till 1.45 – – – – and it is purely unskilled manual labor. Skilled ones make 3 times the amount DAILY.

    but if someone does not wish to work then… its a different case altogether

    for mentally and physically challanged its a world altogther they make MUCH more as BEGGERs
    check out exchange rate: http://www.xe.com/ucc


  12. br0ke (unregistered) on December 12th, 2007 @ 11:20 pm

    poor people = who cant buy chilgozas
    rich people = who can buy chilgozas
    what is the english for chilgoza, batasha and gajak?


  13. Balma (unregistered) on December 12th, 2007 @ 11:49 pm

    Chilghozah is Pine Nut.
    I will tell you what is Batasha and Gajak in English when you let me know what is Cake in Urdu.


  14. Ahmed Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on December 13th, 2007 @ 1:29 pm

    BALMA :) !

    Pizza ke urdu bhi batao na !

    ( paneer keema wala taftan )


  15. Jammie (unregistered) on December 13th, 2007 @ 5:05 pm

    wow I loved the pizza translation in Urdu.
    On a very serious note let me tell you one thing. I have bought this cold weather stuff on such a cheaper price that cannot even imagine. Can anyone of you guess the prices???? for jackets the leather one and the parachute as well as the furry coats and the prices for sweaters and mufflers and gloves??? can anyone guess???


  16. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on December 13th, 2007 @ 6:44 pm

    100 rupees!!


  17. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 13th, 2007 @ 8:13 pm

    people might be forced to commit suicides coz of rising flour prices..
    stupid dictator’s logic is that to keep a tab on smuggling flour prices should be raised to such a level that they’re no longer feasible for smuggling.. may somebody tell the dimwit that by doing so he’ll force millions into starvation


  18. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on December 14th, 2007 @ 12:36 pm

    @BALMA

    Batasha = puffed suger ball

    Gazak = baked sweetslice of seasme&oil

    Now you tell me urdu of CAKE …

    @D0CTOR

    why can’t public stand up and snatch the trucks going across the border, or the mules carrying the flour across in Afghanistan.

    right from grain producer to flour mill owner everyone is responsible for that Plague of smuggling and multiplying price for common user.

    is ONE individual responsible for everything – come on D0C grow up. ! world is not enough,

    the bad in you & me who is responsible the regimes we have seen in our summer & winters of life….


  19. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 14th, 2007 @ 1:18 pm

    yea you want public to “snatch” the trucks,then pakistani govt will declare those people as terrorists just like they did with people of Swat and then Pakistani Apachee helicopter gunships will start dropping bombs on these hungry pakistanis ..
    seriously you think its public job to control smuggling or price of daily use commodity items? its a banana republic and nobody is allowed to raise his voice..


  20. Balma (unregistered) on December 14th, 2007 @ 11:33 pm

    *Gazak = baked sweetslice of seasme&oil

    Gazak? kyoo’n bhai, aap kay sheen qaaf ko kyaa hua?

    And, itnay lambay lambay naam kee nahi’n ho rahee. Translation should be at most two words.
    Otherwise, I could also say ‘ aataay may shakar aur andaa milaa kar tandoor may bun-nay vaali meeThee cheez’. What kind of translation will that be of ‘cake’?
    Get real!


  21. Reality_check (unregistered) on December 14th, 2007 @ 11:34 pm

    Doctor in this so called banana republic, every body gets more than his/her share to raise his/her voice. There seem to be too many voices but very few who could actually do something.

    If we do not take action about our agriculture on war footing, this Ethanol revolution will make life even more miserable, oil prices are already record high and the extraction of Ethanol from agriculture produce will surely affect the prices of commodities in a big way. At the same time there are huge opportunities for the farmers, if they are empowered, otherwise, the land owners will reap the bounty, no matter who is at the helm.


  22. Reality_check (unregistered) on December 14th, 2007 @ 11:45 pm

    DOCTOR how could I have skipped this, after Lal Masjid you are also showing a soft corner for Fazlullah and company of Swat, who even killed polio vaccinators in his area.
    I wonder how far people can go in anti-Musharraf-ism. The bread and butter of people of Swat is tourist money, all are happy that this fitna was dealt with. Even the independent observers like Rahimullah Yousaf Zai second that. Also, remember Swat was the constituency of Qazi Hussain Ahmed, nobody asked him about what was happening in his area? He himself has also not raised his voice on this either, perhaps he is glad too that crazy bigots like Fazlullah no longer have a footing.


  23. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on December 15th, 2007 @ 12:24 am

    @D0C public is responsible for the current state of the STATE.,

    why only Certain GANGS of opportunists are making ruckus, – what a joker they wanna make outta public

    Allah aur Us Kay Habib (PBUH) nai straight words mai define kara hai ,,,,, ay logo jaysay tumharay amaal hongay tum par waisay hukamran musallat kar deay jain gai …

    be it musharraf or qazi OR – :) BALMA ! :)


  24. Reality_check (unregistered) on December 15th, 2007 @ 12:58 am

    Jab Musharraf BB Raazi
    Tou kya kare ga Qazi?

    :)


  25. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 15th, 2007 @ 3:12 am

    yea according to you Lal masjid operation was justified and so was the balochistan and Karachi operation and now swat operation.. you really love pakistani army killing pakistani people, don’t you.. well i don’t!


  26. Reality_check (unregistered) on December 15th, 2007 @ 3:57 am

    DOCTOR For me they were muderers who killed first, kidnapped, tortured, committed treason and on top of that demanded safe passage. Dont categorize Pakistani people in such a low bracket, they are better than that, they are not the ones who kill doctors, barbars or behead poor constables.


  27. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on December 15th, 2007 @ 12:35 pm

    wah wah – sardi, clothing, batasha, pijja, and back to :) Square one

    – ham kiss gali ja rahay hai –


  28. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 15th, 2007 @ 1:16 pm

    and some of those murderers(as you tagged them) were part of military led govt in sindh(refering to MQM) … they also had a far serious chargesheet against them but now thanks to NRO they’re all clean just like a newborn baby..


  29. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on December 15th, 2007 @ 1:33 pm

    emergency lifted, PCO reverted ! :)


  30. Reality_Check (unregistered) on December 16th, 2007 @ 11:10 am

    There is no millitary led govt in Sindh, You have what people have elected, people elect Qazi also, dont tell me that he does not have blood on his hands. Mush has to deal with the stuff he has. But, he has to make distinction between down right crazy terroists and activists, every major political party in Pakistan has a covert armed wing, courtesy our Afghan adventure.

    I agree with Jamash, this has been discussed before without end, lets see what future has in store, next two months will hold the key.


  31. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 16th, 2007 @ 1:01 pm

    so according to your logic.. sindh’s murders are better then swat’s murderers and they should roam around with impunity..


  32. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on December 16th, 2007 @ 2:08 pm

    how about reading it as COLLATERAL DAMAGE !


  33. Reality_Check (unregistered) on December 16th, 2007 @ 8:20 pm

    In the context of Sindh, there is not one date that you should hark upon, there is a whole choronology. And yes, Swat murderers are a threat to very essence of our society, with parallel courts, summary beheadings, imposition of what they believe is right at a very personal level. They are worst than Kharjees who were murdered by Hazrat Ali in the thousands, whereas, Karachi is more like jews standing up for themselves after 2nd world war. Ofcourse I wouldnt say that one party is totally innocent and other is totally guilty but you cannot compare horses and donkeys either.


  34. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on December 16th, 2007 @ 11:10 pm

    Tajiks – are worst breed of brainless ruthless humans from the former USSR, they have plenty of money from opium trade and selling stolen relics in european black market, they are hard core radicals who slit the throats of fellow muslims who shaved and listed to radio music, bombed the barbershops, demolished the video shops & belong to “wahabi sect” ….one of 72 setcs of followers of Muhammed (PBUH)….. even the hardcore Pathans to whom common people call ‘akhrot’ are sick of their presence in the NWFP area, Mehsud Tribe of North & South Waziristan IS the worst affectee of their “gesture” to Tajiks which resulted in total collapse of their tribal norms and values of so many decades, else their broken economy…….

    AND – In Great Pathan Tribal Values – Slitting of Human throat is HARAM, – The death penalty in their tradition is by gunshot that too in head.

    D0CTOR, come out of comfort of metroplis spend sometime at street level with street smartness you will know what a great task it is to survive day-2-day in the rural Pakistan which is 83% of Pakistan

    I believe that let 10 be shoved out of boat to save 90 others but which 10., who will decided.

    again – think assume mush is found dead monday morning, who shall be NEXT., to assume control.

    I can go on.. but again… from 2nd hand clothing to batasha & pizza… thats way too away from Topic –


  35. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 17th, 2007 @ 2:17 pm

    Nawab Khair buksh Maari just days before nawab bugti’s murder had said that some people would really be sincere and mourn our dead while others like MQM and Altaf would simply sit back and shed crocodile’s tears.. he was was responding to a question about MQM’s ultimatum that it would resign from Assemblies if the baluchistan operation isn’t stopped..

    almost 35 years after surrendering in Dhaka(16 dec 1971) pak army is again involved in killing its own people be it balochis in dera bugti, or muhajir in karachi, punjabi mazaray in Okara , or be it pathans in frontier.. seems like army never learnt a lesson from history..


  36. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 17th, 2007 @ 4:14 pm

    obviously northern alliance and India are exploiting the situation just like they used Altaf and got thousands of innocent muhajirs killed in karachi and ruined many families which resulted in hatred for army..

    increased Indian activity in Afghanistan is now showing its true colors…


  37. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on December 18th, 2007 @ 12:54 pm

    @D0C – given a choice between a disciplined EVIL and Chaotic rowdy EVIL, i’d choose….!

    About Nawab Bugti, he was very senstive for Balochistan and Externals’ exploited him to core which ultimately ended up in his death. Many mourned & Many cried, ALL those who made the difference are OVER RUN by the Mafia of Beaurucrates ( namely Establishment ) thus compelling them to look outside the boundries for help.,

    Start a NEW topic — we can discuss and see what are the people’s perception about The establishment & their hidden agenda.



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