Photo of the Day: Suggest a Title

Posted on May 4, 2009
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Owais Mughal

khayaal-e-Khatir-e-ahbab chahiye har dam
Anees Thes na lag jai aab-ginoN ko

The truck here is transporting earthen clay pots (called ‘matka’ – singular) which are used to keep drinking water cool. Being made out of clay, one would imagine not to try transporting them without any packaging BUT that is the beauty of Pakistani transport which continues to defy the norms of Aesthetics, Physics, Mechanics, Capacity, Luxury, Hilarity, Logic, Poetry, Center of Gravity, Speed Limits etc.

What do all these fragile matkas hanging so precariously remind you of? Can you suggest a title.

The photo is from April 26, 2009 taken on Sukkur bypass by Jehangir Khan.

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47 Comments on “Photo of the Day: Suggest a Title”

  1. ASAD says:
    May 5th, 2009 10:24 am

    Seems like a metaphor for the state of the nation.

  2. Samad Khurram says:
    May 5th, 2009 10:35 am

    Articles of the Constitution of Pakistan

  3. Daktar says:
    May 5th, 2009 10:49 am

    I am amazed and awed by how they must have loaded this on to the truck?

  4. Aamer says:
    May 5th, 2009 11:09 am

    If ONE of these were being shipped here (USA), they would have used bubble wrap and peanutes, which would be the size of all of these ‘matkas’.

  5. Nazish says:
    May 5th, 2009 11:09 am

    The picture tells that the world is full of possibilities so stop blaming the lack of resources.

  6. Aamer says:
    May 5th, 2009 11:10 am


  7. Atif says:
    May 5th, 2009 11:32 am

    “Fetching pail of water”

  8. zia m says:
    May 5th, 2009 11:50 am

    “Pakistani Ingenuity”

    No problem we can’t solve,no challenge we can’t meet.

  9. May 5th, 2009 12:03 pm

    Interestingly, the comments on this post are far more and furious on ATP’s Facebook site.

    Since many of our readers here are not subscribed to the facebook site, we thought we would just highlight a few of the more interesting comments there:

    “Pot – freely available in Pakistan.”

    “carry POT-ter.”

    “WOW @_@………….IM SO AMAaaaaaaaaaazed!!
    I wish I could pack my suitcase like tht ;)”

    “The situation is ‘fragile’ in Pakistan :)”

  10. Owais Mughal says:
    May 5th, 2009 12:06 pm

    I liked the ‘Carry Potter’ title. That is imaginative and creative :)

  11. Sajjad says:
    May 5th, 2009 12:23 pm

    “Carrying Fragile stuff on a Pakistani truck….Pricelesss “

  12. SH Kavi says:
    May 5th, 2009 12:25 pm

    After years of wondering, I could not figure out how Pyramids were constructed and now this

  13. Anwar says:
    May 5th, 2009 12:25 pm

    NA succumbing to Talibans…

  14. aTii says:
    May 5th, 2009 2:38 pm

    How about “Matka Unlimited”

  15. Owais Mughal says:
    May 5th, 2009 2:39 pm

    I always thought, ‘matka’ was a fragile product. I’ve had honors of breaking a couple in our home while playing cricket and practicing with ‘ghulel’ (don’t know the English word for ‘ghulel’).

    Then one also sees ‘matka’ as the first victim of sacrifice in Lollywood movies whenever ‘haq’ fights with ‘batil’ and a few village ladies are shown running for safety after dropping a ‘matka’ EACH from their heads.

    Sometimes romance in a movie also starts when a hero breaks a ‘matka’ on heroines head by a calculated mistake. Later on he usually offers to repay by getting a full water tanker supplied to heroines home from the local Water Board (where hero works) and thus the lady becomes for-ever-his’ :) It all starts with a ‘matka’

    The photo above broke all my stereotypes of matka, hence I chose to share the photo here.

    Looks like when combined together they become objects of strength and don’t break so easily.

  16. Owais Mughal says:
    May 5th, 2009 2:46 pm

    One possible Title:

    ‘matkay and jhatkay’ – No Problem

  17. zia m says:
    May 5th, 2009 2:49 pm

    Technology used in loading and unloading could be even more interesting.

  18. Owais Mughal says:
    May 5th, 2009 2:59 pm

    Who ever said

    “I wish I could pack my suitcase like that

  19. AF Ahmad says:
    May 5th, 2009 3:04 pm

    Zameen se ubhra
    truck mein latka

    … matka

  20. Owais Mughal says:
    May 5th, 2009 3:08 pm

    AF Ahmed, to continue in your ‘qafia’ here is more:

    Zameen se ubhra
    truck mein latka
    paRa zor ka jhatka
    par woh na chatkha
    na khatka
    matka !

    aadab arz hai!

  21. Ferouz says:
    May 5th, 2009 3:33 pm

    Suggested Title: “All Pakistan Politicians’ Meeting”

  22. May 5th, 2009 3:42 pm

    Some more interesting comments posted on this on the ATP Facebook page, and not here:

    - “its good tht theae all r matkas…yahan to kabhi kabhi insano ki b is tarhan ki haalat hoti hai mostly in buses.”

    - “Metaphor for population in Pakistan:)”

    - “matkaas on long drive…!!!”

    - “mutak mutak key chalney waley mutkey ;)”

    - “DESI WATER COOLERS! Works even in Load-Shedding!”

  23. FoxTrot says:
    May 5th, 2009 5:16 pm

    Matkay pay matka, jhatkay pay jhatka
    Ooper bhee atkaa, neechay bhee latkaa.

  24. sidhas says:
    May 5th, 2009 7:15 pm

    the couple at the start is beautiful and captivating. the title has to be ‘aabgina aur tahees ka intizar’.

  25. Nihari says:
    May 5th, 2009 8:43 pm

    Kash hum LOTAY hotay

  26. Sajjad Junaidi says:
    May 5th, 2009 8:48 pm

    Beauty of this load is that in case of big Jahtka only few of them will break because they are packed so randomly. If they were packed in an appropriate manner, weight of one matka would be depended on other and so on, with one matka breaking right at the bottom would bring the whole load down. Just like Karate experts have to brake just one brick and rest is done by ………… whatever.

    Could some one with science background please explain.

  27. Allah Wasaya says:
    May 5th, 2009 8:52 pm

    seems like Jetendra and Sridevi are making a comeback in Bollywood, they would need a truck load of matkas for their catchy song numbers!!

  28. Thinker says:
    May 5th, 2009 10:51 pm

    @Owais Mughal: “ghulel” = Slingshot/Shanghai/Katty ;)

  29. DuFFeR says:
    May 6th, 2009 3:22 am

    ab Sohni ko pareshan honay ki zarurat nahin
    Sukkur k mashoor o maroof, mazboot gharay
    Buy 1, Get 1 Free
    Limited Time Offer

  30. IRFAN says:
    May 6th, 2009 3:33 am


  31. Samiur Rahman Shah says:
    May 6th, 2009 4:10 am

    It’s by no means a comment, but I feel that this means of transport is a good quality control check. All “Matkas” that survive this ordeal shall guarantee the buyer/user a long and trouble free service.

  32. bilal hydrabadi says:
    May 6th, 2009 4:30 am

    yeh pyas hai badi!

  33. Monkey says:
    May 6th, 2009 6:05 am

    Awesome photograph.
    And Nihari has come up with a brilliant caption :)

  34. Farrukh Shahbaz says:
    May 6th, 2009 9:25 am

    koozay mein darya

    It is highly unlikely that these matkas will break due to jerk unless they fall off or hit by sharp object. Structurally spherical shapes are very strong. But one must wonder how they will be unloaded and are they empty. I dont think any policeman will dare detailed inspection at check post

  35. Maskeenel says:
    May 6th, 2009 12:24 pm

    Irfan, Wo din door nahi jab siasasdan bhi isi tarah hoon gaytr
    truck main jali kai under

  36. readinglord says:
    May 6th, 2009 8:26 pm

    I wonder how the would they unload it safely.

  37. Umar Shah says:
    May 6th, 2009 11:14 pm

    “matkon ki baaraat”

  38. Abbasi says:
    May 7th, 2009 1:10 am


    How did they loaded all these matkas?

  39. Harris Siddiqi says:
    May 7th, 2009 9:31 pm

    Come on people, all of you have it wrong!

    It is a load of our politicians headed for the delivery to the “establishment” to get new spouts (toonti) fitted in order to become LOTAS!

  40. Bilal Naeem says:
    May 8th, 2009 6:42 am

    Pakistani skill….

  41. May 10th, 2009 2:51 am

    I told you people that all rules go to hell here in our country.
    What physics gonna care about?

  42. Syed Nusrat Ali says:
    May 10th, 2009 7:01 pm

    Matka wo katka ke jis pur matka matka
    Lota wo lota ke jis pur lota lota

  43. Syed Nusrat Ali says:
    May 10th, 2009 7:04 pm

    Ammendment ; please read ;
    Matka wo matka ke jis pur matka matka
    Lota wo lota ke jis pur lota lota

  44. Sarmad says:
    May 13th, 2009 10:27 am


  45. Abdul Wadood says:
    May 14th, 2009 12:35 pm

    @ thinker and owais
    catapultis the first word which came to my mind for ghulel btw, slingshot is a better choice, sounds more like it and has a feel of action.

  46. Abdul Wadood says:
    May 14th, 2009 2:18 pm

    @ thinker and owais
    catapult is the first word which came to my mind for ghulel btw, slingshot is a better choice, sounds more like it and has a feel of action.

  47. Owais Mughal says:
    May 14th, 2009 2:34 pm

    thinker and Abdul wadood. I agree. slingshot is the most appropriate word for ‘ghulel’

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