Thursday, June 10, 2010

Slurring Education or How To Get "Neat" School Supplies

Even though Five Rupees has already blogged this, how could one go without sharing it?

Geo News reports on what notebook covers in Lahore's Urdu Bazaar are being made of. Hil-ar-ious!



Don't miss the repeated naming by Geo anchors of the "Red Label" and "Black Label" brands (Johnny Walker couldn't have got such advertising even if they paid for it!) and Ghareeda Faruqi's forced pun on "what kind of label" this attaches to education. As Ahsan points out in his post, the concern also seems to be especially over the fact that it was advertising for "ghair mulki sharaab" (foreign liquor) . . . as opposed to the local brands? My particular favourite is when anchor Salman Hassan asks the provincial education minister:

"Kya kahein gay aap ke jo maasoom bachay hain unn ko issi umr se pata chal jaye ga ke market mein kaun kaun si sharaabein available hain...?" (What would you say to the fact that innocent children will get to know at this age what brands of liquor are available in the market?)

Indeed. They should wait at least until they are 18.

But I have a few other questions for Geo to find out the answers to:

1) Are Black Label notebooks more expensive than Red Label ones?
2) Is whiskey getting preferential treatment? What about vodka, tequila, rum, wine and beer?
3) Are there any Single Malt notebooks?
4) Which brand did children have a preference for?
5) What does happen to the hundreds of thousands of cartons of foreign liquor discarded in Pakistan?


Post-Script: Would add a whole new meaning to teachers telling students to keep their copies "neat", wouldn't you say?

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's our fault that we make retard people in-charge of our state, media and other regulatory bodies. when are we going to stop churning out absurd conspiring theories and ridiculous musings?

Anonymous said...

Can I have a large notebook with ice and soda, please?

Ahsan said...

I usually rely on my elder brother for, uh, purchases, but isn't Red Label more expensive than Black? Again, could be totally wrong about this...

XYZ said...

@Ahsan: Yes you are. Red is about $14 in Dubai duty free, Black about $24. Of course I only know this because I, uh, happened to glance at prices while buying chocolates.

Magnum said...

Drunk on education? This should be a positive thing and agressively encouraged.
Now, if only Geo reporters and the mullahs stop getting high on maswak joints and halwah ....

Anonymous said...

I have the bestest bootlegger ever. His day job is with the ANF :D

Anonymous said...

"garmion kee chhuttion may in kee maang barrh gai hai..." says the anchor. i suspect the supply is up too ;)

nayyares said...

Tuba tuba kia zamana agia hey!

Pehlay hamary bachey GEO per sirf condoms key commercials dekhtay thay...aab woo Red/Blue/Black lable wali notebooks bhi kharid rahey hain :(

where is Ameer-ul-Momin (the Big F)?

Tayyab Mahmood said...

@nayyares.... bohot aala.... you summarize it well... I use a phrase for Pakistani mind set...

"Conservative Mind & Liberal Peni*"

gane sunte hain aur usko haram kehte hain...Taliban k hilaf hain lakin unka Islam chahte hai...sharab ki openly sale k halaf hain lakin pete bi hain....

nayyares said...

@Tayyab, Pinu* sey yaad aya, "Size doesn't matter it matters how you use it" :D

Liberal one is acceptable world wide ;)

Anon_frm_hell said...


“This fear of finding oneself in bad company is not an expression of political purity; it is an expression of a lack of self-confidence.” -Arthur Koestler

Anonymous said...

Yes, with this nazarya e Pakistan is in danger..! It's a conspiracy of libarals, west, amreeka, englend. Let's come out on the streets and kill a few kafirs. Chhee Chhee Chhee. Call a conference of the Ulema. They will protect and guide us! The liberal conspiracy complain about the killing of 100 Ahmedis but they are silent about this zarb on our iman! Kaffirs, all of them! Hic