Dead_Rat.jpgI recently had the chance to visit Melody Food Park to get myself some Iftar stuff. I usually don’t buy stuff off make shift shops because of the hygiene conditions and all the “efforts” that go into preparing the meals. However, as I had no other option that day so I decided to risk it and reduce the damage by avoiding any street side shops. I saw some fruit on a fruit stall but all my enthusiasm to buy stuff from the vendor evaporated when I saw a dead rat lying a few yards away squat in the middle of the pathway. People were so callous about it that most of them did not even notice or bothered to take notice. One guy stepped on the rodent and I had to bring it to his attention that sir you just stepped on a dead animal with your slippers and have dragged it along with you over a few feet. Flies on rats were joyfully changing positions with the pakoras, samosas, and all the fruit on the stalls nearby. I talked to one of the shopkeepers that there is a dead rat lying right in front of your shop and are you going to do anything about it? Needless to say he gave my rant a cold shoulder, so I had to ask for a couple of plastic bags which I wore on my hands and removed the dead rodent from the spot myself.

Close%20Up%20Of%20Dead%20Rat.jpgCase in point, have we become so casual to hygiene and cleanliness as a nation that we don’t even bother removing dead animals from places where food is being sold or cooked? Are we so callous that we see filth in front of our eyes and choose to ignore it? I guess our minds have gone rotten just like everything else that’s found on our streets…I guess our nation has become so used to seeing gore and apathy that we don’t really care about health, well being and hygiene anymore. Small episodes like this just go on to demonstrate our outlook towards quality of life. Next time you go on the road and buy stuff off street vendors, do take a look around….just to be sure.

11 Comments so far

  1. SELF (unregistered) on September 24th, 2007 @ 10:03 pm

    backpacker…you are too picky. :P

  2. Ablai (unregistered) on September 25th, 2007 @ 12:08 am

    No its bad, we should do something about it. Where are all the cats of Pakistan?

    By the way you should see New York City subway, its much worse

  3. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on September 25th, 2007 @ 12:47 am

    Ahhh, but they appear to be INTACT with no part missing ;-)

    So whats the worry, chill man!!

  4. Fauzan (unregistered) on September 25th, 2007 @ 9:19 am

    Talk about hygiene going down that drain. This is an alarming yet sad state of affairs.

  5. ALLKNOWING (unregistered) on September 25th, 2007 @ 11:32 am

    You are a good man, Backpacker.

  6. Sajjad (unregistered) on September 25th, 2007 @ 3:47 pm

    For your noble efforts and thoughts, you must have been rewarded strange looks by all those around you. Such is the harmony that we have created among ourselves and these filthy rodents, flies and other forms of pestilence. Off course, talk about harmony among fellow humans and you’ll get those looks again.

  7. Ramla A. (unregistered) on September 25th, 2007 @ 5:31 pm

    You did just the right thing; thank you.

    This Sunday, a friend of mine who is studying community health as part of her MBBS studies shared her research with me. I noticed that the family she visited had kept a clean house – but the streets were messy. I pointed that to her – the families themselves were not keeping their houses squalid, but if, as a community, they didn’t look beyond the house into the streets, they were still going to be sick.

    She described in detail that in particular, worm infections spread through dry or putrid garbage in the streets; and children often contract infections through their feet by stepping over such filth.

    I can’t say what’s the larger solution – that’s not my field. Yet my views was that, above all, we have to focus on the SPIRIT of being clean – it’s all in the mind and the intention.

    Thank you for showing us an example of where a person who saw a problem stood true to his intention and took an action. You’ve inspired me.

  8. Ayesha (unregistered) on September 26th, 2007 @ 5:34 pm

    OMG !! dont believe it that you ACTUALLY did this !
    If only everyone in this country had a fraction of the same spirit..

  9. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on September 27th, 2007 @ 4:15 pm

    BTW, are you the new Rat Man in the town??

    Wow, Islamabad has a super hero now :-)

    Nice work btw, apart from jokes!

  10. mo0hamed ali (unregistered) on September 28th, 2007 @ 11:15 am

    funny how some of u pretend u never seen rats before

    we in pakistan live like pigs sorry to say that but its true
    how many idiots throw food and rubbish in the streets?
    how many garbage cans have near your homes?
    how often does the garbage man come to pick up yo sh’T?
    the original poster dont seem to live in reality
    wake up and wash yo own assho*le for a change

  11. The Artist Formally Known as Phil (unregistered) on September 29th, 2007 @ 8:36 pm

    Master Splinter got owned! ROFL.

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