What use is the sign?

By the staircase in my building, i saw this sign posted outside a utility closet.
Guess my surprise when just below the sign, i saw multiple paan stains. If you guessed i was not surprised at all, then your absolutely right! I was almost expecting something like this. Not only does a sign have no effect, it actually serves to draw people to do excatly the opposite of whats written there. The surrounding area was still pretty much clean.

But, there’s also another dimension to this story.

What is a person supposed to do if they wish to dispose of something, be it a wrapper or a cigarette butt, or as is culturally a norm, dispose of paan pheek? There are no dustbins in or around the building in question. What are being used however, are the surrounding gamla’s and similar signage to dispose of their waste.

I, on countless occasions, have had to throw away stuff in either a corner or on a junk pile, just because i couldnt find any proper disposal facility.

So i ask you, who is at fault? The building association? The people in question? Cultural norms? Westernization? (now im just throwing stuff out there [pun intended]! but feel free to think outside the box).

9 Comments so far

  1. MB (unregistered) on September 6th, 2006 @ 2:45 pm

    Being a person who hates “gundagi” to its core, i have been facing the same situation as you did, which is where to throw the kachra when there is no place/dustbin/box for it.
    What i do is if its something that i can keep with myself like small wrapper, a plastic package, paper wrapper, a small box or anything that i can keep in pocket or bag or anything I can keep it in and then throw it into office or home etc dustbin and if that’s something that i cannot keep with me and i am on the road i look here and there nearby if i can dispose it off or a corner where its not inconvenient for pedestrians to move close to. That’s all that i could do and i do and if I still fail in finding a solution, i do what other 160 million do, as a last resort. And then i curse the city govt. and any others who are responsible i.e the building association etc.

  2. Sa'ad (unregistered) on September 6th, 2006 @ 4:09 pm

    Its not a strong reason to puke around snot, urine or other excretions just because there is no dustbin around. Bad nose, take a napkin with you from home and blow your brains in it. Eating Pan, well don’t eat it on the road, do it at home where u can dispose it or drink what you chewed on. I’m still amazed at those donkeys peeing on the side of walls thinking the whole world is their toilet.

  3. IllusionFS (unregistered) on September 6th, 2006 @ 8:11 pm

    Why dont all of the residents/occupants of the building contribute some money and buy a Dust bin. It is the duty of the local administration *government* to provide with large dustbins, but instead of waiting forever for them to do so, why not you guys get into Action.

    Where theres a will, theres a way.

  4. Tee (unregistered) on September 6th, 2006 @ 8:37 pm

    its the same at KU too….we do have dustbins here and there and usually they are so well hidden that it takes a hardcore like me to find them, but at most times, i am forced to stuff the wrappers and juice cartons either in my pockets or in my bag…..m glad i’ve never had to dispose them in a corner….obviously…me doing so wud make no significant difference in the heap of rubbish lying arnd everywhere.

  5. Ameen (unregistered) on September 6th, 2006 @ 10:04 pm

    @ IllusionFS
    My point Exactly….!!!
    Yes You all residents/owners of that particular building must do it yourselves. I am sure you can easily find some people in that building that thinks the way like you do, so start a campaign…..Go Ahead, our prays are with you.

    @ TEE
    Well done,….a appreciate your act of keeping the stuff to your bag or pockets if u couldnt find a Dustbin, I also have to do this a lot of times.

  6. Haseeb A (unregistered) on September 7th, 2006 @ 2:21 pm

    I’ve seen people urinating right under the “Yahan Pishaab Kerna Mana Hay”. hahaha
    “The Faithful here need education… the educated need Faith” .. hey i just made this quote up!

  7. mansoor (unregistered) on September 7th, 2006 @ 5:11 pm

    haseeb: good quote :D

  8. suhail (unregistered) on September 9th, 2006 @ 7:32 am

    SO Mansoor, we are waiting for the good news from you.. that u found some like minded people to put some dustbins around your area, (pics would be even better)…. you might be able to do it….
    however the bigger challenge would be to get someone to clean it every day…
    a multi-tenant building like yours, is easier to be kept clean, all it needs a few more Mansoors..

  9. mansoor (unregistered) on September 9th, 2006 @ 11:54 am

    suhail: i plan 2 take up the matter with the association at the next meeting.. or with the supervisor if i can get a hand of him.

    Till then, im using the dustbin in my office :p

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