To paan or not to paan

Umer Zaman brings our attention to something we have started taking for granted, the paan stains. They are everywhere. I just don’t understand what kind of satisfaction do people get by spitting out the red juice on roads, floors, walls, just anywhere. Can’t you just resist this urge until you get at a place where you can find a washroom or something? Why do you have to spit on road, or where ever you happen to be at that moment? Is paan more addictive than smoke? So addictive that people don’t even realize that your face with paan juice drooling out of your mouth doesn’t look all that attractive? Has our city government not recongnized this as a problem or has it never occured to them? Would placing “paan peek receivers” at different spots around the city help? Any other suggestion? For readers who do paan, how do you get rid of the peek?

12 Comments so far

  1. YO YO (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 6:49 pm

    Umar…please don’t try to shake our core Karachi culture..:) I can only think of increasing tax and duty on cigratte and PAN.

  2. JAY (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 7:40 pm

    I would like to bring our attention towards Gutka,Maawa etc as well which is more addictive and DANGEROUS i would say, not for the person who is chewing it but for other as well.How ? Here it goes.
    Once i was coming from Airport to home on my motor bike.50 feet after turning from star gate when i was on Sharah-e-Faisal, in a split second my bike threw me on the road and i saw her skiding away from me, crashing into the foot path, then flying in the air doing a 360¬∞ turn and crashing on the road again.Fortunatly, not hitting any pedistrian or vehicle.I saw all of this while i was on the centre lane of the road, lying Flat and hoping that there is no M21 kind of bus coming towards me…
    Finally i got up and saw all the people staring at me and most probably thinking that this guy doesen’t know how to ride a bike or he must be trying to pull some stunt! Grace of Allah, i was not hurt at all but was asking questions to myself that what on earth has just happened. I went and dragged my bike at roadside wondering if there was any oil spilled there. The road was clean and all dry. But when i went near to the spot where exactly it happened, i saw a patch of ” Peek (i would say it a KULLI) ” and in the centre there it was, the tyre prints of my bike.
    At that moment, i was unable to understand to whom should i complain or even take out my anger on anyone….
    Life goes on… so i did.

  3. Doctaha (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 8:26 pm

    paan problem at its peak

  4. TEE BEE (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 9:30 pm

    i agree with yo yo…either people should need to realize themselves that this is a BAD habit of spitting paan anywhere/everywhere they go….the best way is to increase the price/tax on PAAN and Cigarette as well.

  5. Ganda Bacha (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 10:39 pm

    aray jaooo Bur-khudar Paan ka bagair Jeena bhia koi Jeena hai ( PIDC ka Metha Pan Kiya bat hai)
    i love that PIDC paan

  6. Saad (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 10:49 pm

    … But then we need to ban people throwing snot on the road, those peeing against the walls, those littering the streets, every big eid people throwing carcases to rot. List goes on… I have a solution to all that. Let robots take over the world.
    In the short term, how about an instant fine of Rs.500 per spit?

  7. SWA (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 11:40 pm

    Singapore banned chewing gum because people would stick it in places and make the city dirty. Karachi and Karachiites did what?

  8. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on July 21st, 2006 @ 12:04 am

    Jay – my heart goes out to you, but at the same time I threw a fit reading the story.

    You were damn unlucky to land on that soporific PEEK to throw you off like a hellish roller coaster.

    Being a dentist I cant stop telling you the horrendous conditions I see on a daily basis thanks to the Pan addicted society of Karachi.

  9. mansoor (unregistered) on July 21st, 2006 @ 12:09 am

    jay: glad your okay after that!

  10. Zain (unregistered) on July 21st, 2006 @ 10:06 am
  11. Adnan K (unregistered) on July 21st, 2006 @ 11:25 pm

    Ami’s paan rules!!!
    I havent had it in a few yrs but i do think of it :)
    Seriously having spent quite a bit of time in texas i can tell you that tobacco chewing is pretty big here and they need to spit out the liquid every now and then as well. But most of these guys carry empty bottles with them so they can spit in it. It doesnt look pretty but Id rather have it in the bottle than all over the place. I wish we could get that culture going in karachi. I have no issues with the paan, just where people dispense with the leftovers once they are done.

  12. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2006 @ 3:51 pm

    The core problem behind this is miserable literacy rate. Have you seen educated people (read graduates) doing that?

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