This is what we in Pakistan call a “Bakkar Mandi” (goat market), where you go to buy sacrificial animals for Eid ul Azha. Many countries have such markets around the time of Hajj’s end- but why is this picture something you’d find only in Pakistan, or perhaps Afghanistan and Nigeria at most?
Because no other Muslim countries showcase the disparity of income as easily as we do. In the foreground is a man who must have traveled many hours to Lahore with his flock to sell his goats/ cows for sacrifice. Even if they overprice their stock, the profits are nothing to go and apply for a new bank account for.
But look closely in the back. Yes my friends, that is a Mercedes Benz S430 from the previous generation- in a country where luxury cars typically cost 2-3 times as much as in the European and American markets because of our tax and customs/ import duty laws.
Nothing like going shopping for your bakra (goat) in your V8 Benz- especially considering this market is not paved.
If this is your Benz and you’re a a friend of mine, apologies- it’s really not personal. It’s a society thing I’m just observing.
Eid Mubarik, all my friends.
(This photo is unedited – I only added text.)
This is Lahore’s incumbent Software Park, or whatever they will call it. I find contrast in what it represents (high tech research/ tech park) for the future, and the masses playing cricket right beside it- most of whom will never even own a computer. Formatted for widescreen 17″ resolution- download as a wallpaper. Now!
My take on the token Pakistani overdecorated truck picture.
I once had the fortune of attending a meeting in Packages Ltd’s (one of Pakistan’s biggest corporations) main office building. The thing that struck me most was this classy, 60′s yet almost timeless look the furniture in their main office had. I asked the company to let me visit once more, and take pictures of the place in the way I wanted, which they agreed to. Here are some more shots from that day.
After a Pakistani ‘Mehndi’ celebration.