E-Z Cures

I’ve been noticing for the past few days that apart from ladders stretching up into jaamun trees (what’re jaamun in English? I don’t think there’s a word) and the increasing proliferation of challi wallay (which is never a bad thing :D), there are men with a wooden box mounted on the back of their parked bicycles, with small plastic bags containing pieces of pink-red something hanging from their handlebars. After a day of trying to guess what they were- candied flowers? some kind of aam-papar equivalent? rat poison?- I asked my driver (who is the fount of all knowledge, it seems, flowing forth regardless of solicitation).
It’s goat lungs!!! The baggies have bits of chopped goat lung that people can buy to utaro-fy nazar, or for sadqa. In other words, you buy it to transfer the effect of dodgy magic or the evil eye into it, sort of, and then you toss it to the birds. Kind of like a mini-sacrifice of sorts. Innn-teresting: salvation in a box.

6 Comments so far

  1. Mars (unregistered) on July 27th, 2005 @ 6:40 pm

    ooh, that is definately new info for me…

  2. Darwaish (unregistered) on July 27th, 2005 @ 7:17 pm

    :o> .. n if that doesn’t work… one could always consult with a “Bengaali Baba or Aamil Najumi Naagir” for any kind of nazar/jadoofying thing…that jus reminded me of that wall chalking … mehboob qadmo mein or shaadi in 6 months..haha …someone should write a post about that kinda wall chalking in lahore… :o)

  3. Jangli Jagga (unregistered) on July 27th, 2005 @ 11:13 pm

    though i saw such things near my place.. you know the area filled with thousands of lawyers (read liars) for all kinds of miseries… i reckno they don’t believe these lawyers alone enough!

    btw i know an aalim in the area.. interested parties can contact me!

    just thought of sharing another tiny bit with you guys. read a while back ‘shadi jahan marzi karwain video hum se banwain’. take that!!

  4. Jangli Jagga (unregistered) on July 27th, 2005 @ 11:17 pm

    btw that’s new to me as well.. i always wondered what the heck were these things..

    you can find a number of such dumping places (especially the poles b/w high court and state bank) on fane road

  5. mina (unregistered) on July 28th, 2005 @ 8:44 pm

    yeah, i’ve seen those wall chalkings too, and actually adverts on the back of rickshas, all with the same guy advertising his skill with producing baby boys for you, or the marriage you want…dumping places? do tell

  6. Leftistoe (unregistered) on July 30th, 2005 @ 6:02 am

    ermm…that and german health centre at yateemkhana chowk….

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