The Call of Nature

Every time I decide to give up a good book in favor of looking out of the university bus to take in the sights and sounds of the city, I am disappointed. Why so? Because almost all over the city, I see people peeing against the wall. Today, I decided to count the number of people I see being a public disgrace. Three in a thirty minute ride. It was then that I acutely realized the dearth of public restrooms in Karachi. But then again, even if there were more, would these people really use them?
Even though, the issue above is public knowledge and doesn’t need to be pointed out, but it’s a shame how the authorities have never given it a second thought.

34 Comments so far

  1. Kashif (unregistered) on January 15th, 2007 @ 10:39 pm

    People have been forced against the wall, what else they can do :)

  2. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on January 15th, 2007 @ 10:51 pm

    You should not suppose to stare at them, while they are … :)

  3. Farhan (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 1:36 am

    don’t they read the writing on the wall ” Only SOBs pee here “

  4. Raheel (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 4:16 am

    Welcome to karachi =p

    This shows how lucky we are as citizens of Karachi and how disciplined we are.

  5. AH (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 5:48 am

    True for Karachi, true for Mexico City, true for Mumbai, true for most third-world cities.

  6. Abdullah (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 9:15 am

    tehnically, most people in karachi don’t have access to washrooms, public or private. People who do don’t have water in their taps. So, this issue is basically a division to the larger issues of sanitation and water shortage.

  7. Keep Walking! (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 10:00 am

    Keep… hahhhahahah Sid man, what is this? get a life yaar. Becharey pee hee to kar rahey hain!

    On a serious note, yes they don’t have any option. As far as I remember, there were various public restrooms in old areas like Kharadar, Saddar, Keamari etc but then Govt or whoever responsible for cleanliness/maintenance, did not maintain the rooms properly and they did not build more around the city… hence the public restroom died its quiet death..

  8. Karachiite (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 10:53 am

    Arz kia hay:

    Payshaab say agay topic or bhi hain
    Uff toba, sari dunya mein shehr ki bayzati kharab kar di

  9. MB (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 10:56 am

    Because the gov. has decided to pee on our requirements people in their stupidity think they can take revenge by doing the same. Get the basics right so people can pee at home. What they are suppose to do when they don’t have water at home. They go to a nearby mosque or do their task mid way somewhere. Also many of them are hawkers, raidhi walas & thailey walas & they don’t have any option.

    The educated pees at system & the jahil do the same on walls, simple.

  10. MB (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 11:32 am


  11. JayJay (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 12:31 pm

    One does not see many women attending to the call of nature at public places. If they can hold it, surely men can hold it as well. It is just an act of lethargy at best and unashamed macho-ism at display at worst. Men do it because they can. Why wait to reach home or a suitable toilet. No matter how many public toilets you provide you will still see men marking their territory, so to speak.

    I don’t see men peeing against a wall different to their ‘hobby’ of incessantly scratching their dangly bits in full public view.

  12. karachiite (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 1:22 pm

    Dangly bits? You mean ears?

  13. powerslave (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 2:57 pm

    I think peeing on the walls is fun. Its the call of the nature you should let it out in nature. Nothing says you love the city like watering piss on its roads. As another option you can also pee on flowers, the urea rich piss can do wonders as fertilizer!

  14. JayJay (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 3:31 pm

    Ears? Yes, if someone has droopy ears and they itch all the time and they …

    Well, you know, …what I meant, didn’t you?

  15. mansoor (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 6:26 pm

    jayjay: being a much more male-dominated society, you dont see women out for the whole day (except for offices, or for shopping). Men on the otherhand, are usually on the road for nothing less than 12 to 13 hours a day.

    Im not defending the habit, rather pointing out that the ‘holding’ pattern is not possible for a long period of time. Everyone has to go :p

  16. UZi (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 6:38 pm

    ermmmm..mansoor miaN, I’m out on the road at least 12 hours a day.. then I spend 6 hours in the office, and the remaining 6 at home. the point is, I STILL DON’T PEE ON THE ROAD!!! HMPH!!! :-P The fact that I’m a woman may have something to do with this, but the fact that I find marking territories all over everywhere gross and “degenerate” is more important.

    I totally agree with JayJay’s post above.

  17. Arifa (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 7:10 pm

    If women can hold their bladder for a long time why can’t men??? I don’t see men peeing anywhere else in the world, why so? As there is a fine if you do so in other countries. There should be one in ours. My dad actually hit a guy in the back with his car (not to hurt him) while he was peeing ON THE ROADSIDE near the KESC Office in Defense Phase 4.
    I am out of the house from 7:30am till 7:00pm, I DONOT use the public restrooms anywhere as there is no washing system in the WEST but I can hold my bladder, why can’t men??

  18. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 7:48 pm

    I dont agree with Arifa, “I don’t see men peeing anywhere else in the world”, I have seen restrooms in Canada and America allover the places in each and every mall, all frenchise like mcdonald, wendys, TimHortons, etc etc, even at the long highways there are facilities of restrooms after some exits. So no need for any one to hold it for long hours.
    Whereas in our country there is no such facility.

    I dont agree with Arifa “there is no washing system in the WEST”, A wet tissue is enough after a pee.

  19. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 8:17 pm

    @Arifa, I am surprised that your dad has hit a guy while he was peeing, and you are saying that it was not to hurt him ? how can you hit somebody with a car and it will not hurt him ? huh ?? no matter what he was doing.
    There should be a big fine on doing that too.

    If you think that he should not suppose to pee at the road side of KESC office, then I would say that everybody has to pee there at KESC office.

  20. Arifa (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 11:38 pm

    @KHITORPIT: A wet tissuee!!! eyyeeewwww!!! I guess women are a bit more cleaner than men in that “region”.
    I hope you aren’t a womannnn!!!!
    Yeah, he did hit that guy with his bumper so that he keeps his private parts PRIVATE, the reaosn why i mentioned KESC office in Phase 4 was for thE VERY THING.. IT’S LOCATION, there is no way you can be PEEING in that area without being in full view of passing cars.

  21. UZi (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 12:15 am

    *tries really REALLY hard to erase disturbing mental pictures*

  22. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 12:54 am

    @Arifa, I said “a wet tissue is enough after pee” bcoz as you said that “there is no washing system in the WEST”.
    Its true that we dont have flower-pot in the rest room here in the office so no other choice. :(
    Everybody can’t hold it like you for long hours if they have a choice to use the rest rooms.
    To make it more clear, we use bottle full of water for that big job :)
    Dont say “women are more cleaner”, as the ppl (non-musl) here doesn’t even use wet tissues either, u might know it.

    FYI, its a sunnah also for men to use a piece of cloth after pee, so using a tissue wet and dry is more then enough.
    The thing which I hate about those ppl peeing at the street is they cant clean themselves after doing that.

  23. wasiq (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 2:03 am

    “I’m out on the road at least 12 hours a day.. then I spend 6 hours in the office, and the remaining 6 at home.”

    @UZI……please don’t mind my being..???…what road is that…you must be very rich….(.)

  24. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 10:37 am


    on a lighter note, someone might like to participate in this Serious poll by Halai.

  25. Ali Ahmed (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 10:51 am

    i personally feel there is no point in burdening the bladder
    this is a major cause of many diseases, especially renal ones leading to kidney problems, weakening of bladders and other complications.
    the only solution is of two steps:
    1. the public rest rooms should be installed and maintained
    2. people should be educated to use them

    then if some1 continues to prove himself a savage then kick his ass, rather then being ARIFA’s father and hitting him straight away.
    incase he was getting exposed unethically he should have been told to cover.

    whats the difference b/w the guy peeing against the wall and the guy hitting the car against another guy? i personally don’t find any
    no personaly grudges, but arifa sorry to tell thats how i feel very earnestly.

  26. mansoor (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 2:34 pm

    uzi: read ali ahmed’s comments regarding ‘holding it in’. I’d rather have a pee rather than going through the pain :P

    also, you girls are lucky enough to be around clean bathrooms when you do need to go.. have you ever tried the public washrooms at masjids or our ‘shopping plazas’?? (dont mistake them for malls). they’re enough 2 make you puke even if u just pass them! much less use them :S

  27. Arifa (unregistered) on January 18th, 2007 @ 8:52 pm

    I have never understood one simple thing… Don’t men have any *SHARAM*??? I think pulling your pants down in public requires a lot of *BAYSHARMI*.Pee or not to pee it all it boils down to, pulling down your pants, hey you have a soft bladder go wherever you have to but pray tell me how do decent educated men hold their pee till they get to a shop/office or store or any place else. Did GOD give them differnet bladders? I honestly feel most of the guys who pee along the roadsides are perverted exhibitionists.

    As far as my dad’s concerned, I do agree with everyone here, but well he is the most Vicious 60 plus driver I have ever come across and I can bet quite a few of you must have come across a bearded 60plus GENTLEMAN (Trust me his looks are deceptive)driving as if he is in NASCAR.

  28. UZi (unregistered) on January 18th, 2007 @ 9:14 pm

    @ Wasiq :: That was incredibly lame. Your juvenile sense of humour somehow failed to amuse me. I’m a reporter for a daily newspaper. I *have* to be “out on the road” covering stories, etc for around 12 hours a day.

    Try fishing your head out of the gutter for a change.

    Mansoor :: lol okay!

  29. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on January 19th, 2007 @ 12:39 am

    @Arifa, Educated men can hold their pee bcoz they own a house where they can go and do anything they want. Those who pee at the middle of the street could be a labour who travels a lot, could be poor ppl who does not own a house could be heroinchies, charsies anything. They might not have an intention to show off their private parts, I am not saying what they are doing is right, but they might not have any other option.

    So instead of criticizing the poor ppl you should criticize the munciple govt. who can setup something for the public in this regard.

    And please ask your dad not to hit poor ppl with his car.

  30. wasiq (unregistered) on January 20th, 2007 @ 4:15 am

    @UZI Dear……i hate professional journalist and i abhor nosey professional journalist…so don’t you ever call me “mian” again or i will report you to the senate understanding committee…!

    barish cham cham hoti hai
    naddiya jamm jamm behti hai
    hum toh chola outha kay challey…..

    Btw,your blog is not opening is the link real or is it my browser/sever fault

  31. UZi (unregistered) on January 20th, 2007 @ 6:49 pm

    Wasiq MiaN, here’s the link to the blog:

  32. wasiq (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2007 @ 4:30 am

    attention all metro bloggers…..this is my(kind of..)girl always the first to jump into the bandwagon(drug lord’s) over worked,under paid,and probably more educated than any of us dumb ass net surfers….help me find her a desk job in the new york times…or she will be pee-ing all over “TomHarra Kuraachi”.

    Thums Up….taste the thunder.

  33. wasiq (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 2:10 am

    don’t seem like a fashion magazine type…..thanks anyways!

  34. Pharmacy Times (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 12:30 am

    Not the secret that there are problems about health in the countries of the third world, at the developed tourism it becomes a problem and for US WBR LeoP

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