This picture from DAWN online edition is funny but sad at the same time. If you haven’t seen these vegetable carts before, here’s the gist of it. In most big cities in Pakistan, especially in the province of Sindh, men sell vegetables by going door to door with 4-wheeled carts like this. They are called “Sabzi waaley“, i.e. vegetable people. They get up early in the morning to go to the main vegetable markets to buy their stuff, and then walk around selling them at a slight premium. This is a great service for the Pakistani housewives/home-makers who find it culturally and otherwise difficult to go too far from their homes for grocery shopping.
In the hot summer days, the job of walking the streets with the cart can be gruelling. In this picture, it seems one such cart-owner has fallen asleep – but lo and behld a flock of roosters/chicken has descended upon his goods to have their taste. The sight itself is funny, but its sad because for most such vendors live on a daily earning and their vegetables destroyed in this manner can cause great financial harm. I do hope though that the man wouldn’t just proceed to sell this stuff any how…There are many stories around the unhygienic nature of vegetables sold in this manner but let’s save those for later.