Town Of Literate People

A noticeboard put up by the CDGK claims the town is the ‘Town of Literate People’.

We can surely call Gulshan e Iqbal the educational center of the city. University Road is an appropriate name not only because of Karachi University but some notable educational institutions among others on the road are:
• NED University of Engineering and Technology
• Usman Institute of technology
• Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology
• Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology
• Institute of Business Administration

But does this really make the town itself qualified for that title? Does any town in the city qualify for the title? How does one define literate people?

A blind beggar at the Gulshan Chowrangi provides the answer in his own way. When he made way to a university bus rattling his stick against it, the following conversation took place.

Student A: BabaJee, University ki bus hai. (Old man, this is a university bus.)
Blind Beggar: Mein bhi University jaaon ga. Mein Bhi parhon ga. (I will go to university too. I will also study.)
Student B: aap kia perhain gay baba jee? (What will you study, old man?)
Blind Beggar: Too mera mazaq urata hai? too jaahil hai. mein jahil nahin hun. too jaahil hai (are u making fun of me? You’re the illiterate one. not me.)

Was the blind man right? Are the literate people educated too? What does Karachi need? More literacy or more education?

12 Comments so far

  1. cube11 (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 1:03 pm

    the blind beggar was right..we need more education..we need to teach our people common sense and respect..


  2. darthvader (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 2:03 pm

    WOW – there it is again. more food for thought for those who care , for those who aspire to a higher ground of understanding . yet another post by yet another brilliant author at KMB . posted to inspire us all . Not everyone can look at something as commonplace as a noticeboard and conjure up a train of thought so deep in it’s philosophy and so purely transcendental . WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW
    i must admit , being the shallow materialtistic soul that I am , I never thought about it : what makes gulshane-e-iqbal so derserving of the name ??? in fact , what makes us literate ( or not ) …..Hmmmmmmm.. and than the anecdotal account of the blind beggar ( right out of some Alif Laila type of kahani i read as a kid ) . the dialogue between baba ji and the student makes a materialistic grinder like me wanna eat my heart out . and than , Nazreen , the final parting thought – the $64K question ……..what does karachi need ???????? more literacy or education ??????? haiiiiiiiii
    a post like this deserves a noble prize if you ask me .
    only thing missing was the signature of ” Deep thoughts by Jack Handy “….
    only if there were few more Sids in the world….

    DV


  3. MB (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 2:15 pm

    Gulshan-e-Iqbal is town of literate people as our National assembly is, no big deal.

    And yes the beggar did teach the student a lesson he never knew. And it was not student’s mistake either. Probably, all he was told during his +-15 years of education is that education is to get good marks, a good degree & then a job etc.

    Food for thought.


  4. JAY (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 2:56 pm

    I know this has nothing to do with this blog but i wanted to share this report issued from World Bank in which Pakistan and specially Karachi is one of the best place to do business in South Asia. I believe one of you bloggers should cover this story. The noticeble fact is, Pakistan is on the top among its competitors in this region.
    Read: http://www.doingbusiness.org/southasia

    Source:http://www.doingbusiness.org/Documents/SouthAsia07/DB_in_SA-Regional_FINAL_without_embargo.pdf

    Doing Business in South Asia
    This is the third report in the series of South Asia regional reports based on the methodology of the annual global Doing Business report.

    The South Asia report covers 8 countries. The top ranked countries in the region are the Maldives (53) and Pakistan (74), followed by Bangladesh (88), Sri Lanka (89), Nepal (100), India (134), Bhutan (138), and Afghanistan (162). As a region, South Asia performs comparatively well in business start-up and protecting investors. It lags far behind, however, on the ease of employing workers, enforcing contracts, and trading across borders.

    In-depth examination of indicators in key cities provides helpful details that can be seen in the tables below. Hyderabad has the most business-friendly regulations in India, Karachi in Pakistan, and Dhaka ranks best in Bangladesh


  5. mansoor (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 3:59 pm

    dv: lol! please go ahead and nominate us :p who knows.. a couple more misguided souls like you and one of us might actually win it too.


  6. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 4:11 pm

    Me thinks that the ‘Town of Literate People’ accolade should be given to the area where a bigger percentage of highly educated reside and not to the area, where there are mor Educational Institutes.

    After all, G-e-I, though having a bigger population, many of our area’s residents are illiterate, with many only ‘literate’ enough to just sign their own names.


  7. original-anon (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 6:58 pm

    I’ve said it once – I’ll say it again;

    At night, when all the world’s asleep
    The questions run too deep
    For such a simple man


  8. Dee (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 9:19 pm

    @Sid……….> I think baba ji was high on bhang and DV has explained it very well.

    Dee


  9. Dee (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 9:21 pm

    @Sid……….> I think baba ji was high on —-and rest is explained by DV very well.

    Dee


  10. Dee (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 9:24 pm

    Cool both of my comments made it i thought first one was held for moderator’s review.
    Dee


  11. abul-faizi (unregistered) on February 18th, 2007 @ 11:44 pm

    do not be fooled if you dont know who lives in gulshan. dont you think if this area is close to universities, those who teach there and those who study there want to live in the neighborhood?

    so who lives here – unpretentious cultured folk who prefer to live among real people. that’s right those people who think DHA scores low on many of these counts.

    culture dwelleth in gulshan.


  12. abul-faezi (unregistered) on February 18th, 2007 @ 11:54 pm

    do not be fooled if you dont know who lives in gulshan. dont you think if this area is close to universities, those who teach there and those who study there want to live in the neighborhood?

    so who lives here – unpretentious cultured folk who prefer to live among real people. that’s right those people who think DHA scores low on many of these counts.

    culture dwelleth in gulshan.



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