Ramadan Traffic Mayhem

On the first day of Ramadan it’s 3:30, although more then four hours before one opens the fast with a soft, sweet date still everyone on the road is impatient. Switching lanes, blaring horns, and motorcyclists rushing as if they are on a mad race in a virtual dimension where they have several lives before it’s game over. And cars Screech-halting on every signal and a few even running through the red light.

Day two, 1:30 PM, on the flyover which goes from sahrah-e-faisal to Allah Wala chorungi, A motorcycle on the curve stationed perpendicular to the road, as I approach 40km/h in high speed lane, The motorcycle swiftly moves and slams on the tight median and comes to an abrupt halt right in front of me. I barely missed hitting him by swirling to my left. I am still unable to understand if it was some stunt or a suicide attempt by the stupid bikers.

Day three, I let a motorcyclist pass through in peace on an intersection and in return he halts his bike right in front of my car and curses me for God knows what throwing his hands in a gesture which suggests he want me to run him over, but I refuse to budge and continue to stare him in disbelieve. He soon gives up and disappears.


Day four, 5:00 Pm, by the ground opposite Baitul Mukaram, Hassan square. A new civic, parked in the middle of the road, by the side of a row of the push cart venders selling fruits, the owner apparently nowhere nearby his car, bikes passing from between the parked car and the row of pushcarts, while cars are jammed in a gridlock. 


Day Five, 5:30 Pm, On the road from Mukah Chouk, headding towards Gulshan -e-Iqbal passing through Aziz-abad. 3 Kids on a bike ridden by a 12 year old, going recklessly on the road, barely maintaining it’s balance. The same day, on the same road a speeding car coming to an abrupt halt, in the right most fast, lane barely having a narrow escape from being hit by a truck which was following it and then suddenly making a left turn almost hitting barely missing a motorcyclist, only to stop at a samosay wala’s stall. 


Now please remember in the month of Ramadan if your don’t reach home for the Aftaar believe me you wont die and if fasting is getting to your nerves and you want to curse and abuse people who are being nice to you, or if you are so hungry and impatient that you want to reach home and get everything done in the blink of an eye just because you can take only so much, I have a little suggesting for you. And please take it seriously because I mean it. Fasting is all about self control and if you cant have that self control on your nerves, your temper and patience please don’t fool your self by starving all day and ending up by the dusk with a bag full of sin.

11 Comments so far

  1. saadibrahim on September 8th, 2008 @ 12:10 am

    Nice Post!
    i have also come across many such people in the past few days, these people by doing all this make other people go crazy in anger who are behaving normally otherwise

  2. zeeshan on September 8th, 2008 @ 3:05 am

    Bikers are BAD news! I wish we could ban them but that’s not possible so we are probably going to live with these mad people!

  3. human01 on September 8th, 2008 @ 3:57 am

    Jamash, bro you need to print leaflets and banners of you advice & have them posted on every stop light in the city, I bet those desperate people that you mentioned, won’t read this blog. Any ways nice post & good observation here. I don’t know why our imams of massajids don’t talk on such issues. They have every thing to say except the very basics of our Deen.

  4. Tariq Khanani (tariqkhanani) on September 8th, 2008 @ 7:02 am

    @Jamash lol
    why every biker wants you to run over him? :p
    well on my way home daily, traffic isn’t that bad around 3 pm from aisha bawany to jail road, i takes max 15 minutes of drive
    about bikers, well we save lots of lives every day by not running over them.

  5. judge on September 8th, 2008 @ 9:12 am

    jamash seems like you are rich to afford a car by death of someone rich in your family not through your hard work warna pehlay tum bike istemal kartay uss kai baad ke car khareed saktay

    am sure you have no idea of misery of motorcyclist laykin yeah bhi baycharay keya karain they learn to drive in bylanes of mohalla and am sure 80% of bikers do not have any driving licence so they have no traffic sense aka road sense jo kay car walon ko bhi nahi hota.

    traffic is not that chaotic as expected thanks to moustupha kudal of launching the community police activity

  6. wkhang on September 8th, 2008 @ 6:37 pm

    Nice Post !!!!

  7. wkhang on September 8th, 2008 @ 6:39 pm

    Some Golden Saying of Mohammad PBUH, we should start these all from now on….

    * "God has no mercy on one who has no mercy for others."

    * "None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself."

    * "He who eats his fill while his neighbor goes without food is not a believer."

    * "Powerful is not he who knocks the other down, indeed powerful is he who controls himself in a fit of anger."

    * "God does not judge according to your bodies and appearances but He scans your hearts & looks into your deeds

  8. saadibrahim on September 9th, 2008 @ 11:17 pm

    @judge i agree with you on that community police part.
    its strange that no author on kmb noticed that and wrote about the wonderful job community police and "i own Karachi" volunteers are doing throughout the city (two thumbs up for them!) , instead the authors on kmb keep writing about mqm and altaf hussain :@

  9. d0ct0r on September 13th, 2008 @ 6:07 pm


    Both these topics were noticed and covered on KMB,i think you missed those posts



  10. saadibrahim on September 13th, 2008 @ 6:11 pm

    Oh sorry yeah :D

  11. maha (mahasyed) on September 18th, 2008 @ 9:09 am

    @ zeeshan
    Puting a ban on bikers is not solutin anywayz. The problem is with the person riding the vehicle, not the vehicle itself. Hav’nt u come across with peolple driving big cars madly, and that even poses more danger to the pedestrians and other vehicle drivers. Well i’ve come across many while driving. I muself has suffered many times cuz of these bikers but eradicating them is not a solution!

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