The other side of Eid

I was wondering on the first day of Eid, what it is that makes Eid so special for all the people. I asked a few people and while some people were thankful for the much needed break they needed from work, others were looking forward to meeting all the people they hadn’t seen in ages. Others, still, were celebrating the end of the Holy Month and thanking God for blessing them with a chance to cleanse their souls and bodies. Some others were overjoyed with the Eidi and the new clothes.

One sentence that you’d hear from the older people though is “Eid to bachoon ki hoti hai”, meaning it’s the kids that really enjoy the Eid. I, on the other hand, came across another group of people who had genuine reason to celebrate Eid. These were the people who went around collecting Eidi door to door. These included the Sarkari Jamadaar (official sweeper), the postman, the street watchmen, the laundry guy, the gardener, the street grocer, the garbage collecting boy, his boss, etc. On Eid, when everyone is in good spirits, people contribute generously to their Eidis.

It is these people, I realized, who had a really reason to be happy on Eid when they could sit down with their families and have a hearty meal on this festive occasion, thanks to the 10 or 20 rupee bills they have been able to collect from every house they serve.

But, when I was told today that the price of tomatoes jumped from Rs 80/kg yesterday to Rs. 160/kg today, I was left wondering if those that had planned on cooking an Eid meal today went to bed on empty stomachs yet again, hoping that maybe tomorrow things might change for these people.

Hope all the readers have had a good holiday.

6 Comments so far

  1. Dictator (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 1:19 am

    this is how our people are my friend

  2. Straight Talker (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 2:15 am

    No need to talk about Tamatar and Piyaz’s price on this occasion. There is already loads of talk going on about it for ages without any luck.

    What is the cause of infaliton? That’s a separate discussion. I don’t think any able person who could answer this question would come on this forum.

    So for people like me and you, we should just celebrate Eid and give to charity as much as we can.

    God Bless Pakistan!

  3. SS (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 4:16 am

    and what about all those bhikariz from all over Pakistan? I heard Raliways run special trains for them, like loola express, langra express and such.

  4. MB (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 11:00 am

    There is a need to talk about tamatar and piyar MR straight talker.

    there are people who have to worry about it ever day, be it EID or else.

    No one gives a shit to EID if he/she has nothing in hand to celebrate. You cann’t fill tummies with spiritual lectures on EID.

    As the time passes, i see eid becoming LESS RELIGIOUS AND MORE A FAN-FARE affair.

  5. Straight Talker (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 11:55 am


    We are all equally worried about the ever increasing price of Tamatar and Piyaz but let’s not talk about it now. After all, we as a nation are on the down hill and don’t have much left to celebrate. Hope you get it this time.

    And by the way, there is no such thing as “Special Class” in our dear Pakistan.

  6. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 12:36 pm

    18th onwards,

    situation will become critical this time the regime of PPP will ensure TOTAL WIPE out of White collars and Middle Class,

    there will ONLY be Previliged Class and Non Preliviged class, rest will be wiped out..

    Dilemma would be who to choose Talibani Islam or enlighted moderation,

    no go-by in between

    look back, first it was fresh milk, from open TUBs,

    now in tetra pack no less then Rs.30 / Litre

    So it was Flour ( Atta ) then 15 now Rs. 23 / kg

    Tomato then Rs. 15 now – 140 / kg

    – has consumption gone LOW ??? – ask your neighborhood outlets,

    ! Anarchy & Street war for essentials will soon be at our door step we are looking at no good green picture we see it as BLOODY One heading our way

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