"We Care!"

So on my way around Itwaar Bazaar earlier today, as I was busy taking footage for a documentary I’m working on, I came across a really sad looking “stall” in my camera. To my horror, it was a Warid umbrella, trying to sell phone connections. The additional attraction was that “Golden numbers were availale”. (No.. the spelling IS correct! the guy told me!! Please see their magnificent attempt on the signage” (please read on for the video)

In a day and age where every Tom, Shaan and his chacha has a phone connection, I find it horrifying that these franchise guys say that their area sales manager thought it would be a good idea to sell at the Itwar Bazaar.. What on earth were they thinking?

So Warid… Do you really care? Just take a look at the rubbish that your franchise is sitting in! And the rubbish kind of effort that is on display. With the 80 million people who have access to a phone line, and the thousands more that buy sims every day, have things REALLY become THIS bad?! I was quite in shock which is why I stopped by in the first place. Quite shocked.


13 Comments so far

  1. bozz on May 4th, 2008 @ 6:35 pm

    Amazing – Simply amazing piece of writing that is.

    The author has to appreciate new things and ideas and stop thinking solely within the box.

    I cannot see why you got so ticked off and shocked at Warid, or Warids resellers providing a service in Sunday Market? On the contrary you should be applauding it.

    After all I am quite sure that you go to buy clothes, books and other household items from there. Ok maybe not you, but most people do, and what is so wrong if a new item is added to that what is already available?

    Just because Unilever (and I hope you have heard of them) and other huge companies, sell in Sunday market does not mean that these giant conglomerates are facing hard times?

    Very immature conclusions by you. Stop pulling at straws where there are none.

    Oh yes, lastly regarding this sentence of yours, "Just take a look at the rubbish that your franchise is sitting in!" – were you also not there?

  2. rgarib (kar_rabia) on May 4th, 2008 @ 11:06 pm

    Correction my friend. Lots of straws to catch hold of here. But before I get to that, sure I make my way over to Itwar Bazaar quite often, and people there are certainly not on hard times. You may want to re-read my commentary – A shabby environment that is hardly a stall, can’t really be the choice of a new generation.. but wait a second.. Pepsi already TOOK that slogan!

    It’s not the selling I made a comment at. That’s not what shocked me. It was the physical location of WHERE they were sitting.. Not a stall.. Not a table.. Nothing. A sandbox with an umbrella.. Sure looked like Hawks Bay to me though nothing seemed to be turning up roses OR sea shells.

    Sure I was there. Passing by. Not sitting there. Would I sell something there? Sure. Itwar bazaar and the other markets are great for selling to people – that’s kind of why its called a "bazaar"..Would I sit in the location that these guys were, in the STATE that these guys were? I think not. I doubt you would either, regardless of how much great stuff you have to unload.

    Clean up the screen you’re looking at, friend. It’s not a pretty sight where them folks are sitting… That’s the point of writing a shpiel about the fact that they care.. just not enough.

  3. d0ct0r (d0ctor) on May 4th, 2008 @ 11:47 pm

    they’re selling a sim for Rs 50 with Rs 100 balance in it preloaded, what else are you expecting from them, if you want a better stall then obviously that’d increase their overheads and they’d start charging Rs 500 for the sim with Rs 50 balance preloaded..

  4. بستنی (wasiq) on May 5th, 2008 @ 12:32 am

    i agree with the author….its not just about money….it is a responsibility with legal issues involved….they are not selling peanuts or onions for god sake that the price will come down with turnover or such cost reduction gimmicks…!
    Btw,its been banned by pta according to the published ad in todays dawn…

  5. d0ct0r (d0ctor) on May 5th, 2008 @ 1:05 am

    next time you don’t like their stall in Itwaar Bazaar simply call 0800-55055


  6. bozz on May 5th, 2008 @ 9:13 am

    Now the d0ctor has pointed out a valid reason. That should be a consideration. Not the place they are sitting. That is irrelevant as it was probably not their choice but what was available to them when they applied for a stall. How much money a company wishes to invest in its business is their business. If anyone does not like the get up, walk away.

    The author has not touched any concerns about legal issues here, unless Mr. Wasiq is privy to what the author has not mentioned. She is completely and totally blown apart on the ‘physical’ or aesthetic part of it. Besides neither the author or anyone else has determined whether their stall and or their business was legal or not. My screen is clean but I have doubts about Mr. Wasiq’s screen :)

    Lastly before you call the number as supplied by the d0ctor I would highly recommend that you should firstly ascertain their exact status. Unless you like embarrassing situations!

  7. barristerakc on May 5th, 2008 @ 12:41 pm

    With a heavy heart I side with doctor sahab on this one.
    Barrister Ali.K Chishti

  8. Tariq Khanani (tariqkhanani) on May 5th, 2008 @ 12:51 pm

    i can understand, its hard for a barrister to agree with someone :p
    just kidding, no offense :d

  9. shoaib on May 5th, 2008 @ 2:45 pm

    Okay so the issue is of the presentation. We can always tell them that you need to keep your corporate identity and must now be having stalls like this.

  10. shoaib on May 5th, 2008 @ 2:51 pm

    By the way Chishti Sb, is it too hard to get along with Doctor, so far seems so as he has been so biased towards the issues. I wonder how his family tolerate him. I wonder why he has not been disowned by his family if that is not already done.

  11. faylasuf on May 5th, 2008 @ 3:15 pm

    hahaha i d like to side wid doc and bozz, thou its kinda odd combo but still ;)

  12. barristerakc on May 6th, 2008 @ 10:47 am

    Shoaib Mian’,

    Believe me I have to check thrice before agreeing with Doctor Sahab (although he(s) a darling of a character here).
    We all need to see different side, shades of “fiction” which doctor sahib comes up with and some of it is ‘reality’ – although during that time ‘we’ drown in our biased ego(s) of ours.

  13. بستنی (wasiq) on May 7th, 2008 @ 12:48 am

    @doctor….thanks for the pta ad i mentioned.
    kids are pulling your…ops!

    @Bozz…..i dont really got what you mean by the’ my screen’ could you please enlighten me…?

    Dear readers of this blog…..

    when my phone rings from an unknown number i want to see the callers profile and where he/she is calling from the pinpoint address….
    when it comes to the prank or wrong number calls i am the fascist…the phone Nazi.. when you buy a new sim i want the caller id’s tattooed to any part of your body of every sim you buy….what i dont want is to have to pick up an unidentifiable call no matter how important it is for me,my family or the future of Pakistan…got it..?

    ps:according a news in dawn back page 7million sims will be blocked for no proper identification of the owners…..stop wasting money on sims get a slipper if you are a sunday Baazar.

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