JE Menon wrote:Tx doc, I have an open mind on that... No idea about the motivations, nor ascribing any for the moment. But my thinking is that going forward, if western clothes become ubiquitous, mindsets might begin to change in some ways - like tendency for technology absorption; I gather from your comment that cheap Chinese/Indian made Western clothes are less expensive than the traditional shalwar? That in itself is interesting to note. Certainly this is more prevalent among males, but wonder if its prevalence within female demographic is growing...
Couple of points that I noticed. Was looking at Sialkot, supposed to be a relatively rich city with $ 1 Billion of exports (paki numbers so take it with as much salt as you want
). Looked very ordinary town. No real affluence in terms of shopping malls or buildings that showed up. To compare and contrast I wanted to look at a similar Indian town (please don't beat me up was not trying to do equal equal just that I have been away from country for 15 years so wanted to get some level set /calibrate my ideas) so I looked at Ludhiana. It looked lot richer and more affluent take that pakis.
Also compared Rahim Yar Khan with Jaisalmer (since both are pretty close to each other) paki city was very bland nothing of interest showed up. Just one Chevrolet showroom and some fancy Petrol pump. Other than that seemed like a very poor town. I think it is also a big military / air base so was hoping to see some development but saw none.
One thing to notice is never saw a single factory anywhere. Just shops and even in that most shops are for home goods like plastic ware or utensils etc. Very few shops selling Electronics / home appliance goods. Saw very few LG boards none for Samsung or other cheeni brands.
Cars: Suzuki seems to rule pakis streets. Maruti 800 and Omni equivalent are everywhere. I don't think we have that many Omnis ever. Some Toyota (corolla or yaris sedan types) did not notice any other brands in huge numbers in smaller cities. Roads did seem wider to me. Perhaps faujis have some plans or interest in them.
Definitely more Shalwar Kameez than Pant shirts in smaller towns though as Shivji pointed teens were wearing tee shirts and jeans. Hardly any fashion sense on streets of smaller town (not totally shocking). Road side eateries were filthy might do some search on what people eat later.
Another interesting fact. No cows on road absolutely. Looks like paki owner of cows don't trust their people of faith with cow roaming by herself in the town without male relative. She could be molested / raped / killed or all of the above depending on which Abdul takes her as his right hand possession. That fact stood out when I was watching Indian cities else I would have missed it completely.
One thing that I would also want to highlight is they have a Navy museum in Karachi where they have their submarine
Hangor and some smaller frigates along with a nice park. They have a tour inside the sub. I think IN should have something similar. Also that museum and malls have family days (some days of week) when single males are not allowed. That seems to be only way to keep women safe in public.
Thank you guys for feedback and guidance