What If Today Is Lost, There Is Always Tomorrow..

lostI spotted this kid right outside expo center, sitting by the foot path. His humble merchandize, a dish full of Chola chart spilled on the dirty roadside, while he cried over his loss. I gave a few bucks to him and moved on. The next morning on the same spot I saw him again with a fresh dish of the same kind of chola chart, happy and giggling when he approached my car and I asked him “Aren’t you the same boy who was crying right there, yesterday” and he answered back with a broad smile “yes Sahib, this is all a routine of life” ….

45 Comments so far

  1. firstofficer on April 13th, 2009 @ 4:35 am

    Well… this kid should have worried about it just collect the chick peas back to the dish and start selling again … Who knows were they came from till the masala is tight and tasty. ;)

  2. Asim.Net.Pk (asim) on April 13th, 2009 @ 7:51 am

    Inspiring@ May Allah Bless him
    every person comes across same situation
    when you lost everything and then you began a new begining
    Life must Move on…against all odds!

  3. glaxzy on April 13th, 2009 @ 11:09 am

    When u saw this?. I also spotted this boy about a month or two back with same condition at same spot. A dish full of Chola chart spilled on the roadside, while he was sitting in same style over his loss. I asked my driver to stop the car to give some bucks to this boy, but my driver told me that this is a trick to take money as he has seen this boy many times with same condition.

  4. fasee on April 13th, 2009 @ 11:35 am


  5. fasee on April 13th, 2009 @ 11:40 am

    @ galaxy.

    copngrats for growing up man….mostly our people are so naive , ke taras ata hai.

    its one of the oldest trick in the book….spill your chat, choala or gol gapa ka dhabba….adn all will flock to give you bucks….and presto..you will end up with more bucks then if u wud have sold the real merchadise u wudnt have fetched.

    humari over emotional malka-e-jazbat qom…:D:D

    dukh sirf is baat ka hai ke agar koi mustahiq hu tu woh is "profiling" me mara jata hai

  6. MB (kar_munib) on April 13th, 2009 @ 12:43 pm

    Thats why KARACHI rocks !!


    Add "WHY KARACHI ROCKS" category Jamash

  7. MB (kar_munib) on April 13th, 2009 @ 12:44 pm

    O theek hai yar, even if its a trick
    Jab president har 6 months mai yahi drama kerke 1.5 billion ki bheek leta hai USA se toh log es ko "sifaarti kamyabi" (DIPLOMATIC SUCCESS) kehte hain

    What a contrast . . .

  8. fasee on April 13th, 2009 @ 1:17 pm

    @ MB.

    you kill one guy and you are a killer, you kill a million and you are a conqueror.

    by teh way whats the minimum base line killing figure to ean that distinction

  9. ڈفرستان کا ڈفر (duffer) on April 13th, 2009 @ 1:32 pm

    felt so much sympathies after watching this picture
    and after reading the post in full, i personally want to thank you so much as this is me to whom you helped.
    May Allah bless you, اٰمین

  10. fasee on April 13th, 2009 @ 2:39 pm

    @ duffer.

    dats the spirit me boy..chal 10 rupay ki plate bana ke white corrola me pohanchaa…papri double rakhna…….cold drink sari white rakhni hai

  11. Tariq Khanani (tariqkhanani) on April 13th, 2009 @ 2:41 pm

    Why try selling cholas all day when u can get more money by spilling them in a matter of minutes. Smart boy.

    Why we always look for shortcuts?

  12. burhaan on April 13th, 2009 @ 7:45 pm

    Seems like i encountered this guy too- and to be more precise, a lot of similar ones. Initially i was fooled, but soon I learnt about the new trick in the town.
    Unfortunately, no matter how much i want to help them, I have stopped donating to such sort of drama kings and queens and would rather drop a few nickels to the senile looking guy who i am sure is another pawn in this game.
    With begging and playing with emotions being so much a flourishing business, you never know which one is deserving.
    Fool me once, shame on you…. Fool me twice, shame on Me!

  13. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on April 13th, 2009 @ 9:18 pm

    Definitely a trick! He’s gonna be our future President.

  14. firstofficer on April 14th, 2009 @ 4:33 am

    @Adnan Siddiqi

    Agreed… Jis nay awam kay emotions ka faida uthana seek leeya us ka future bara bright hay pakistan goverment key higher posts us key mun- ta-zer rahay gee

  15. yahudi4 on April 14th, 2009 @ 7:45 am

    The city govt’s planned signal free and fast traffic system will surely leave no room for these traffic signal Beggary….

  16. fasee on April 14th, 2009 @ 12:19 pm

    @ yahudi

    where do you live my friend….either you are outside karachi or fly in a helicopter or something.

    have you never seen beggers on bridges, or on flanks of roads

  17. glaxzy on April 14th, 2009 @ 3:56 pm

    Today I again spotted same boy with same condition at same spot (Expo Center). Mr Driver added that the chola chart is not fresh, but the left over of yesterday that they get from the rehri wala’s at free of cost.

  18. firstofficer on April 15th, 2009 @ 3:16 am

    Kid is a star of metblogs.com

  19. بستنی (wasiq) on April 15th, 2009 @ 11:49 am

    @glaxy…your driver seems to be correct….because…they are too many…not just one plate and too dry….

    @ff….you should meet the one that’s been banging my door for years….he has tried everything….from samad bond sniffing to…asthma pumps….to impress me…..I call him the hero…and he care very little about…the police,rangers,cia(both),navy,marines,army,talibans,private security ,neighborhood watch and even the pardosan’s new armed guard….he has been beaten up or scolded by every macho in the neighborhood….and yet…he comes…lol

    Earth, wind, water & fire
    Cause I would ride through stormy weathers
    Just to show you how much I love you

  20. fasee on April 16th, 2009 @ 12:46 am


    Sir we all have our local heros….godaaam bhara para hai is maal say

    Will tell tomorow our local bacha

    Is KMB allowed…not to ban me like they do almost daily

  21. بستنی (wasiq) on April 16th, 2009 @ 5:24 am

    @fasee sab….sir woh kehtey hain na kay…"ghar ka bhedee lanka dhaay"…are you sure that Mrs KD has nothing to do with your roz roz ka ban on KMB…..maybe she doesn’t like KD following you here….and not being there for her…

  22. fasee on April 16th, 2009 @ 10:31 am

    @ wasiq.

    good to see me un-banned today….now i knwo how shaoib akhtar feels…..janay kab kahan kis gali me shaam hu jai sorta thing….

    khair bout the topic…there was this mullah who kept coming after every few weeks…her baar un ki pani ki motor kharab hoti thi aur namazi becharay wazoo nahe ker parhay kinda thing…..like i give a damn if some bearded fanatics cant get wet before namaz…humbug……havent they heard bout "tey-mum"….anyways i alwsy said know……just once out of curosity isadi i wana see your masjid where it is……and mr fasee was baffeld when he said he came from a majid in korangi….:S:S:S……damn it thast 20 km form my house……..anywasy after that he hasnt came again asyet

  23. بستنی (wasiq) on April 17th, 2009 @ 12:05 am

    @fasee sab…..I don’t know if it was my starting to visit an under construction mosque or the promotion according to the jail manual from lower class to a higher….but they stopped even in ramadan when all hell break loose….

  24. fasee on April 17th, 2009 @ 9:41 am

    @ wasiq….

    are you the same saint that punjabias walk bout….

    sharibyaaan na bottle chadee di oyee
    sharibyaaan na bottle chadee di oyee

  25. بستنی (wasiq) on April 18th, 2009 @ 1:27 am

    @fasee sab….I realised very late in my life….. that somebody is deperately seeking a tempest….and care very little about the prospero…I think its too late for me to play a saint of any degree….even the sunday saints….because everybody knows me inside out…thankGod there was no internet for me a dacade ago…

    Come unto these yellow sands
    And then take hands
    Courtised when you have and kissed
    the wild waves whists
    Foot it featly here and there
    And sweet sprites,the burden bear
    Hark Hark !

  26. fasee on April 18th, 2009 @ 9:07 am

    @ wasiq.

    why dont you become a repenting saint…who is sorry for his 90 years of being reincarnation of casanova….

    if imran can do it…so can you sir

  27. بستنی (wasiq) on April 18th, 2009 @ 12:38 pm

    @fasee sab…..I detest when jealous people of pakistan and commonWealth of nations… who call Khan sab….with such innuendo’s…because he only love those who chase him….so unlike casanova….

    Dr jones dr jones wake up now…

  28. kabirdas on April 19th, 2009 @ 2:10 pm

    @ wasiq

    These days Mrs KD is too scared of Taliban to worry about KD and his activity on KMB.

  29. بستنی (wasiq) on April 19th, 2009 @ 8:46 pm

    to worry about KD and his activity on KMB.

    @KD sarkar….so what are you waiting for…?

  30. kabirdas on April 19th, 2009 @ 10:14 pm

    @ wasiq

    Sir, this is strictly between you and me. KD himself is now somewhat scared of these lunatics though he does not admit so infront of Mrs KD. So right now I am waiting for them to start their march towards Islamabad and I move back to Karachi pronto. At least there I will have some, who have the courage of their conviction. I will join them to fight these lunatics to the bitter end.

  31. بستنی (wasiq) on April 20th, 2009 @ 7:04 am

    @KD sarkar…..Only a lover can fight the lunatic….running away should only be the strategy not the willful surrender….(wasiq on april 19th 09)

    I hope that you may never have to leave home this way…..I am personally becoming a fan of saein’s last minute maneuvers…to avert the crisis…as he did to save the bloodshed in your town recently….now I pray for his success more than my failures….
    GOD Bless America.

    Janoon sey aur Ishq sey
    Milltee hai aazaadi….

  32. kabirdas on April 20th, 2009 @ 10:14 am

    @ wasiq
    " God Bless America"

    And its angels of mercy the drones, ameen sum ameen.

    Shifting back to Karachi will not be a big deal for KD. After all he has spent more years of his life in Karach than in Islamabd. All his child hood and young days friends are there. And then it will be for a cause KD believs in most passionately, freedom and liberty. There he will be able to fight the fascists. There is not going to be much of a fight here as history of this area tells us.
    Punjab never put up any resistence to such hordes from north west in the past. In fact it joined them and facilitated their march to the east of India. They were only stopped and confronted at Pani Pat. This time I wouldn’t be surprised if the last battle of Pani Pat takes place in the streets of Karachi. I want to be part of this last battle of Pani Pat at Karachi, which is though no more a city of lights as such, is a city of light illuminating the pathway which we all have to follow if we want to survive as a free, civilised and democratic country.

    " Only a lover can fight the lunatic…."

    I doubt it. A fanatic perhaps yes. A lunatic no. Love has no meaning for a lunatic. The only love they seem to have is for Hoors in Jannat for which they are even prepared to sacrifise the natural love of their mothers, sisters or wives here on this earth.

    Yesterday I came across a very interesting statement of Pascal about love at his death bed, when flipping through The Pleasures of Phiosophy by Will Durant. I want to quote it for you. I will do so after relocating the page where I read it.

  33. kabirdas on April 20th, 2009 @ 1:17 pm

    @ Wasiq

    Laplace, dying, rebuked the friends who tried to console him with the fame of his discoveries and his books; these he told them sadly, were not the important things in life. "What then?" they asked. And the old scientist, fighting for one more breadth, answered, " Love."

    ( LOVE by Will Durant in Pleasures of Philosophy)

  34. بستنی (wasiq) on April 20th, 2009 @ 1:40 pm

    @KD sarkar…And its angels of mercy the drones, ameen sum ameen.

    Sir I rest my case….and the uncle wins the war….so what about love..?

    I dreamt a dream! What can it mean?
    And that I was a maiden Queen
    Guarded by an Angel mild:
    Witless woe was ne’er beguiled!

    And I wept both night and day,
    And he wiped my tears away;
    And I wept both day and night,
    And hid from him my heart’s delight.

    So he took his wings, and fled;
    Then the morn blushed rosy red.
    I dried my tears, and armed my fears
    With ten thousand shields and spears.

    Soon my Angel came again;
    I was armed, he came in vain;
    For the time of youth was fled,
    And grey hairs were on my head.
    (The Angel by William Blake)

  35. fasee on April 21st, 2009 @ 9:11 am

    @ KD & Wasiq.

    jin ko roti na mili wo roti ke liye rota hai….jo pastery khata hai woh "tun-asani" say pareshan hai….

    west me sex milta hai, love nai milta woh love ko rotay hain.

    apnay east main, sala love ki poetry parh parh ke majnoo bana dala…her larki love ka dawa kerti hai..per sex bola tu sirf shadi ke baad.

    ustaad sai bolta ey…

    jis ke pass jo naseeb nai usi ko sala rota eee…:)

    tabi tu fasee sakoon ke liyee dawai kha ke sota hai….

    oyee ye tu sher hu giya..:D:D

  36. kabirdas on April 21st, 2009 @ 10:21 am

    @ wasiq
    " the uncle wins the war….so what about love..?"

    After the uncle wins the war then we follow the advice of Omar Khyyam:

    Oh, love! could thou and I with Fate conspire
    To grasp this sorry Scheme of Things entire,
    Would not we shatter it to bits–and then
    Re-mould it nearer to the heart’s desire!

    And what else could be the hearts desire but what he says in another rubai:

    Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough,
    A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse—and Thou
    Beside me singing in the Wilderness—
    And Wilderness is Paradise enow.

  37. بستنی (wasiq) on April 21st, 2009 @ 2:52 pm

    @fasee sab….sir hum log toh roti ko uss kay mantaqi anjaam tak ponchaney kay lian pastry khatey hain…..aap ney yaqenan mahawratan kaha ho ga…..

    har haqiiqat majaaz ho jaaye
    kaafiro.n kii namaaz ho jaaye

    minnat-e-chaaraasaaz kaun kare
    dard jab jaa.N navaaz ho jaaye

    ishq dil me.n rahe to rusavaa ho
    lab pe aaye to raaz ho jaaye

    lutf kaa intazaar karataa huu.N
    jor taa hadd-e-naaz ho jaaye

    umr besuud kaT rahii hai ‘Faiz’
    kaash afshaa-e-raaz ho jaaye

  38. fasee on April 21st, 2009 @ 4:15 pm

    @ wasiq.

    "sir hum log toh roti ko uss kay mantaqi anjaam tak ponchaney kay lian pastry khatey hain"

    sir bilajawah zehamt….aal you need for taking it to mantaki anjaam is a little enu juice or some isabghol……if not than apnay hakeem sab hain na……aray whoi sadder walay….un ka numebr de deta hoon

  39. kabirdas on April 21st, 2009 @ 5:37 pm

    @ fasee

    Sir, don’t make such wide ranging generalized assertins while you are doing multitasking. Such things need deeper thought and understanding. I would not like to give detailed reasons here for the factual position in this regard as follows:

    1. It is true one longs for a thing which one doesn’t have.
    2. It is true in the west sex is more easily available for various reasons. Also bear in mind it is neither a taboo there nor a crime between two adult consenting partners.
    3. It is incorrect to assume there is no love in the west or they are crying for love.
    4. The secret of our long lasting marriages is not love but other financial and social compulsions and constraints.
    5. It is a mistake to think that the middle class and lower class morality is the same. It is not same either in the west or in the east.
    6. I have a total of 42 (upper and middle class)English friends (college mates) I am in touch with through email. Out of these 42 only two or three got divorced and remarried. All the rest are living happily with their old ladies.
    5. We do have a undue facination for wine and women because of the taboos etc.

  40. fasee on April 22nd, 2009 @ 10:00 am

    @ KD,

    "Sir, don’t make such wide ranging generalized assertins"

    Sir, fasee was just gettign even for THEY generalise us, bearded, camel riding, 4 burqa clad wives and living in a tent in a desert.

    so whats the probelm if i generalise cascasions as booze guzling, incest induylging, marriage wrecking arseholes.

    yes, i agree we can diffrentiate bewtween the family guys, who rear children, fudn there college education, die still maried to the first chick they scored with.

    but so goes for us, shudnt we be segragated away form the likes of maulvi fazlulah and sufi muhamad.

  41. fasee on April 22nd, 2009 @ 10:08 am

    @ KD.

    "3. It is incorrect to assume there is no love in the west or they are crying for love."

    there is no such thing as 100 % or 0 %, its just a matter of posibilities…posibility of finding a virgin who wud stay loyal to you, and dont sleep woith others, after you or within yourwed lock , i scertainly lower than in east….alhtough the diffrence is decreasing, but still is a considerbale disadvantage

    "4. The secret of our long lasting marriages is not love but other financial and social compulsions and constraints."

    Agreed…social & financial independence has trimed down the moral fabric into a bikini….destoyed marriages and created psyopaths….

    sexual freedom is the natural requirment for single independet individuals….here we HAVE to marry becasue we have to satisfy our libido and have no other venue.

    "5. It is a mistake to think that the middle class and lower class morality is the same. It is not same either in the west or in the east."

    impresionable middle and lower class is the biggest victim….sir vist korangi and you will see more blonde streaked fitting dress women then in middle or upper middle income…poor souls.

    "6. I have a total of 42 (upper and middle class)English friends

    i replied bout it in my porevious mail

    5. We do have a undue facination for wine and women because of the taboos etc.

    part of our facination is due to its power of its taboo label…….otehrwsie half of us taste it and wud have droped it off as " Not my type" thingy

  42. kabirdas on April 22nd, 2009 @ 4:49 pm

    @ fasee
    "shudnt we be segragated away form the likes of maulvi fazlulah and sufi muhamad."

    I suppose we should be. Your anger is understandable.
    Anway I will direct my anger more towards the likes of Moulvi Fazlullah and Sufi Muhammad than towrds them. Lets get our own house in order as a first priority.

  43. kabirdas on April 22nd, 2009 @ 5:10 pm

    @ fasee on April 22nd

    Had some more comments to make but let it pass due shortage of time. Any way I have noticed another difference between them and us. Here you try to hold the hand of a female she will say don’t do it. Koi dekh lay ga. There she will say don’t do it. I don’t like it or it is not proper. See the difference. They do lot of things in the open which we do under cover.

  44. fasee on April 24th, 2009 @ 9:02 am

    @ KD.

    sir, rang gora hu ya kala…..dil, gurda , kidney ke sath sath libido be tu sab hi rakhtay hain na….unees bees ke faraq ke sath…;)

  45. vumair29 on April 30th, 2009 @ 3:05 pm

    @ all, I didn’t read all the comments on this photo, except for a few. I wanna say a couple of things, first; it’s sad to see kids not making an honest earning and using cheap tricks like these esp thinking that they’ll get away with these tricks. They also don’t realize the detrimental effects it has on others, however, I don’t think we should tag others in the same category, if seen in the same situation. So if I was so see another person in the same position, with his daily bread and butter spilled over, I would stop and giving him money even though he maybe faking it. Why? because to me it doesn’t matter, as long as my intention of helping is present, I can live with being fooled as long as I know I wanted to help. Now as for this kid, if I come around and see him again in the same position, that’s a whole different game and I would probably confront him and ask him what the heck is wrong with him and why he’s doing this over and over again. Nonetheless, interesting post.

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