The ‘Jugaar’ Culture

mdf-rain1.jpgThe recent rain and thunderstorm that played havoc with the city and its infrastructure was too much for this MDF (Main Distribution Frame) of PTCL in one of the blocks in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. When I first saw this MDF coming down to the ground, I imagined a large number of telephone lines getting affected. However, on a subsequent drive past this rain and thunderstorm victim, I noticed that the main cables coming to the box were still intact so I hoped that the box might still be functioning miraculously.

Once the weather was back on track, I expected the poor box to be resurrected, if not out-rightly replaced so that not only it works properly but the passersby could be saved from a daily dose of ‘devastation reminder’.

Image002.jpgEarlier this week, I was shocked to see a PTCL line man ‘sitting’ on the fallen MDF, apparently fixing just-another-day line complaints.

This particular case is just one example of the highly prevalent make-shift & band-aid culture that has somehow found very strong roots in our city. The concept of ‘long term fixing’ seems to have been ‘officially banned’ by the collective conscious of the city dwellers and its maintainers. Patchwork, temporary supports and workarounds have become the iconic symbol of the mega-only-in-size-city. Everybody understands that affordability has to do a lot with this trend but as one thinks hard about the issue, it comes out quickly that the problem, while originating from financial reasons, has now gained strong linkage with the contemporary collective mental attitude.

Look around yourself now and I am sure you would find a lot of these ‘jugaars‘ sticking out their tongues to you certifying that someone thought ‘Pakistan main sab chalta hai’.

3 Comments so far

  1. Mohsin Raza (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 5:01 pm

    may be the line man was fixing some line for the broadband connectivity lolz

  2. iD (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 5:11 pm

    tsk tsk tsk

  3. Syed Umar (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 12:58 pm

    You hit the nail right on! The ‘Jugaar’ culture has somehow seeped into our blood. While I’m still trying to understand the psyche, I think it has less to do with affordability and more to do with laziness (i.e., why do a proper job when you can cut corners and get away with it). And of course, the tolerant nature of the people who should be questioning the “jugaaris” makes matters worse.

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