“Padhoge likhoge , toh banoge Nawaab”

Many fellows act as if education gives them a license to disregard others. I hardly complain to illiterate & so friends accuse me of being anti-educated. Thankfully these daily stories give me a strong reason & save me from the typical “you generalized” accusation..

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2007/04/aprilmb/signal-thumb.JPGIts sunny & the sun is your enemy. You are on your way from Saddar towards MA Jinnah towards right after signal, blue arrow (1). Traffic is coming from Numaish towards Eid Gaah (2) & its opposite traffic is coming from Eid Gaah towards Numaish/Mazar (3). There is a small lane in front of you (4) from where motor cycle & rickshaw’s appear once in a while.

You realize the traffic jammed & its halted. You think its heavy traffic or the signal is red. The former being true the later wrong. You wait. Now its well over the expected time. The traffic is moving slowly/hardly. You reach near the turn (towards right). The next scene makes you . . . What the (pick a sweet word from dictionary).

A young , smart looking, obviously educated (sarcastically) fellow has got his car right in front of a public bus. The fellow & the bus driver have an argument. I tried to see from opposite side if his car is hit or any small accident but no. They have an argument for the sake of argument (young fellow just saved himself from being hit by bus & is angry now on him).

This fellow parked his car right in the middle & made the traffic stop from all 3 directions due to being near signal. He is arguing with a bus driver who is seemingly the one at mistake listening/explaining. O wait, this is not impressive the fellow thought. He takes out his fancy mobile & calls someone. Interestingly a poor traffic wala is trying to cool him down but no. Hell with anyone. He is telling the bus driver & traffic wala about what a big TANK’s son he is. He wants the traffic wala to take the bus wala to task. The whole traffic is in a mess but no, after all, thats the best chance he has got to prove the product our system is produces in 16 years. The guy is dictating the whole chaos. The poor traffic wala standing baybus. Does the end story matter, here ?

This reminded me of Padhoge likhoge , toh banoge Nawaab I finally came to know why we want to be educated & boast about it. So we show disrespect for manners & there would be no one to object ?

28 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 1:25 pm

    yea thats a big problem bigshots settling the accidents right in the middle of the road and causing traffic jams… i mean just move the car on the side road and fight as long as you want .. why create drama in the middle of the road…(rarely i have seen some nice people who got bumped from rear park on the side of the road with hazard lights on so that on traffic coming from knows that your car has some problem and isn’t moving…)

    lately with influx of so many latest imported fancy cars and banks providing leasing facilities every tom dick harry has a car or two at his disposal and most of them have no clue on how to drive them and simply no road sense…

  2. d0ct0r (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 1:30 pm

    proper insurance is other thing that comes to my mind.. there is no concept of proper auto insurance… if vehicle gets bumped.. exchange insurance detail and let the insurance co settle it… instead of settling it on the road..

  3. Tee Emm (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 1:39 pm

    Let me narrate a real-life comments I heard from a senior rank lady police officer who had something to do with the traffic wing of Police a couple of years ago.

    She said, she is yet to find an educated driver who behaved in a civilized fashion and did not start telling who does he know in the ‘upper ranks’. She said that most of the time, the ‘jahil’ and uneducated drivers are often more civilized when it comes to police-citizen interaction during a traffic violation/accident.

    Yes, one can say she might be covertly stating the fact that these uneducated ‘co-operate’ well with the police but I think she meant what she sounded.

  4. Manish (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 2:01 pm

    @MB…..I think the incident mentioned here, has more to do with manners, than education.

    Being “educated” has two sides, one is the formal education, taleem, and the other one is what you learn at home, tarbiyat. Here, it is pretty evident that this particular youngster was not given proper tarbiat, and not even his education(?) could do much to help the situation. He chose not to let his education help him, not the other way round. So instead of criticizing education, we should try to teach better manners to the youngsters, right from an early age.

  5. Imran (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 4:10 pm

    these type of people have an ego that as we are more educated and higher up in the class then we have the right to do everything our way and rest are all crap.
    one incident i remember is similar to this that at peak time some bigshot started arguing with a bus driver, and the end result, the pissed of traffic police came and starting beating the crap out of the big shot … took the big shots mobile threw at oncoming traffic so that it definitely gets broken and “saved the day” … and this police man was just an ordinary person working on such a hot sunny day i mean not some higher ranked officer.
    i dont know what may have happened to the officer later on, but at least i, with th rest, were happy that the big shot got beaten up.

  6. Concerned (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 5:05 pm


    A serious question, do u have a job? do u get paid to do this?

    Its good tht you contribute alot but making a diagram of the whole thing is a bit much.

    Also as far as giving the bus driver a thrashing is concerned, I am all for it. Most of these drivers deserve to be taught a lesson.

  7. Concerned (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 5:08 pm

    It was probably not done properly and caused ppl problems but the traffic wala should have done something about the driver.

    dont just blame the educated guy.

  8. d0ct0r (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 5:14 pm

    @Concerned some people never learn to be appreciative…

  9. Concerned (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 5:16 pm

    Hey its not about being appreciative, I do appreciate it. But I seriously want to know wht MB does.

  10. BitterTruth (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 6:34 pm

    Somebody is really concerned about the job :)…in either case whats the intentions? if he hasn’t, will you provide one? or if he has will you tell his boss he is stealing time :).

  11. Concerned (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 6:54 pm

    There doesnt have to be an intention, I am just curious.

    And read the followig letter published in DAWN today:

    Public transport system

    ACCORDING to a news item (April 16), the Sindh ombudsman has directed the provincial transport secretary, DIG (traffic) and secretary of Regional Transport Authority to submit reports regarding complaints filed by an NGO about public transport, particularly buses.

    What is complained about the buses is equally applicable to other public transport, i.e., minibuses, coaches, etc.

    Strangely, the ombudsman has sought report from the DIG (traffic) and other officials who never travel by the public transport and are, in fact, responsible for traffic mismanagement.

    The traffic police contribute to traffic muddle in Karachi by the patronising transport mafia.

    If the ombudsman travels incognito from Korangi to Orangi and/or North Karachi to Keamari by a public transport, he would know the true story as to how the public transport system operates.

    The ombudsman would observe that:

    — The bus/coach terminal (‘adda’) is under control of the man in charge of ‘adda’, who controls arrival/departure of vehicles at the ‘adda’. No timetable is followed. The criterion is full load — even it means accommodating passengers on top of vehicles.

    — The adda-in-charge charges each vehicle a certain amount on a daily basis, a portion goes to the traffic police. The remaining amount is for the adda-in-charge who provides protection to bus driver/owner in case of challan, accident, etc.

    — While on the road, the drivers break all the rules in the book and the traffic police look the other way. The conductors push, pull, humiliate and fleece the poor passengers, including women and children. In case of an accident, the driver is seldom convicted, the poor victim is always at fault.

    — Public transport is operated mostly by semi-literate, illiterate people from the upcountry. It is said that they double the investment in a year or two.

    Only poor people travel by public transport. If the system is made comfortable, convenient, affordable and fast as in Europe, many people who now maintain their own transport (cars/motorcycles — though some hardly afford) would opt for public transport, thus reducing the congestion on roads.

    Sincere and honest traffic policing can produce a good transport system.


    I wouldnt even object, if the educated guy had slapped the bus driver around a bit.

  12. Sameer (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 7:01 pm


    r u blind to see that not only its mentioned in post that it waz bus driver mistake but he has highlighted the manner n attitude side 4rom that guy

    y people just jump into replying without even reading properly. u jus proved what he says da educated nd their license to abuse huh

  13. Sufi (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 7:05 pm

    There are biases in the above story. You have assumed that the bus driver has not had formal education and the ‘tope’ lad has had formal education and the story is pretty much one-sided.

    I am sure just like you have biases against the ‘educated’, that lad has some against the bus drivers. I personally think that most of these bus drivers deserve to be taught a lesson. I dont have any statistics, but I am sure you would agree that these bus drivers are responsible for more than deaths than these ‘educated’ car drivers.

    As for the ‘tope’ lad, mentioning his big ‘tope’s, that’s our culture man. I know people who have no big tope’s and have avoided certain situations with the ‘tullas’ by just mentioning the big tope names that we all read in the newspaper. That is how our system is. I rarely see any ranting about the system, if it works for them.. but for those it doesn’t work, they are always cussing. But if it worked for them, theyd be at peace.. Not sure if I made sense.

  14. Concerned (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 7:09 pm

    Sameer Dude,

    I dont think you read my earlier post, I have already said THE WAY the guy did the whole thing was wrong but WHAT he did was right.

  15. Salman A. (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 10:12 pm

    Why do we pay attention to spoilt rich brats only? Why don’t our eyes catch the scene created by a public school kid fighting with the bus conductor over some rupees?

    Is our society more status conscious than ever or this has always been the case? I see 99% talking is always about the 1% rich minority. Why?

    Even the title of this post contains the word “Nawaab”. Are we jealous or obsessed with them or may be both :)

  16. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 10:47 pm

    No one was Right either – WHY ?? because the masses suffered.

    Yuck Foo!

  17. FARAZ (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 1:23 am


    I am concerned about you dude.

    1) Why would you ask someone an insulting question like “do you have a job”? Your intention is obviously to insult MB. Don’t try to defend yourself now. “I was just curious”. That’s BS and you know it.
    2) “I wouldnt even object, if the educated guy had slapped the bus driver around a bit.” What the heck? You really believe that’s the right thing to do? Getting into a fight with bus driver, or anyone else for that matter.

    This really isn’t about education. An uneducated bigshot (which there are plenty of) would have done the same thing. This is a cultural thing as somone already mentioned. Even if the bus-driver was at mistake, it no way justfies holding up traffic at a busy intersection and cause headaches for hundreds (thousands?) of people.

  18. Sami (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 12:16 pm

    he helped author prove the issue raised in the post. well done concern lolll ..

  19. mansoor (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 1:56 pm

    Concerned: regarding the article, if you had ever taken time out to understand what the ‘adda’ does, you would see that a very rigorous time-table is followed by all the buses, coaches etc, about when they are allowed on a road, be it with passengers or without.. Let me set the record straight a little.

    Throughout the route, there are various checkpoints. Each bus, on each route, is allowed a certain time to get from one checkpoint to another. They recieve a ticket with the timestamp on it when they leave the adda, and they have to get it verified at each checkpoint to ensure they were on time. If they get late, they are charged Rs. 50 PER MINUTE, to ensure they do not go slow, or overload to get more passengers on.

    During each run, all passengers between the checkpoints can board that bus. He is insured that no other bus wala will come and take away his face. If another bus wala does that, at the next stop he is fined. There is a very strong system of checks and balances which ensure the bus walas dont take each others fair unfairly.

    Ofcourse, since the number of passengers grow exponentially, and number of busses stay the same (more or less), the busses get overloaded during rush hours.

    This system, while may have caused rash driving and all between certain drivers, ensures fairness and regularity, which is why the mafia is so succesful.

  20. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 3:49 pm


    Are you –

    a. the Adda Owner or
    b. the Time Keeper

    Adnan Meya nahi bolay abhi taak Khairyat tou hai na.

  21. Kane (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 3:59 pm

    Chick what ya smoking these days?

  22. faylasuf (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 4:13 pm

    Mansoor your analysis is quite interestein n yea i d like to knw the answer to Jamal’s question my self :P

  23. Concerned (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 7:11 pm

    @ Fraz: Yeah I admit I was trying to be a little insulting. But I am also genuinly curious abt his/her job.

    And I would beat up the bus driver if he pissed me off. Just to tell you a short story, a bus hit the bike of some one I know and his daughter had to go through 6 months of surgery to get back to normal. The driver escaped the scene, no one was ever prosecuted for this accident. So yeah if the bus driver did something wrong, I would beat him up.

    Its not abt education, or any cultural thing, its abt accountability. someones got to hold these ppl accountable.

    @ Kane; Just for the record I aint a chick.

    @Mansoor, thanks for the update on the adda, but I was just quoting a letter in dawn.

  24. Concerned (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 7:15 pm

    Also incase ppl arent reading all my posts, I will repeat. he could have taken the bus driver to the side and then done what he did, it wasnt worth the trouble of inconviencing every one else.

  25. Salman A. (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 11:09 pm

    hey i read, you tried to patronize MB by asking his profession? no?

  26. KANE (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 12:43 am

    concerned you do sound like a chicken.

  27. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 3:18 am

    i guess MB’s profession is posting as many topics on the KMB as possible:)

  28. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 3:54 am


    I agree with you. if there was no order in the way the transport system is run then these of thousands of busse plying the city won’t be able tomake more then one round trip.

    besides, the owners know that it diractly benifits them if they save time.

    overloading is another issue and it concerns the number of busses and the growing population!

    trams/light trains are a must! no major city can do without it!

    i people rememberthe tramsin karachi and the circular railway were shut so tha the transport mafia could benifit!

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