Picture of the Day: Saving scheme

Posted on June 11, 2006
Filed Under Culture & Heritage, Photo of the Day
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Adil Najam

The Pakistani Piggy Bank (from Flickr.com by Umair Mohsin; by the way, Umair has a very interesting blog of his own calledWritings of an outsider looking in‘).

These baked clay ‘kujjas’ or ‘gallaz’ are the first piggy banks for many children in Pakistan; certainly was for me.

Since money could only be retrieved by breaking the entire artifact, there was always an incentive not to break it too soon. I wonder if it will still be around now that metal currency is being phased out and a note-only economy is on its way. Don’t know if I will miss the coins; but I already miss my ‘kujja’.

2 responses to “Picture of the Day: Saving scheme”

  1. yousuf says:

    Thks for posting such a beautiful picture. It sure took me on the memory lane when the urge to spend a few paisas would prompt me not to break the Ghalla , but to pry out a paisa or two for the ‘goodies’ from the mohalla shop. I did succeed many a times in my effprt, but believe me it was a hurclean task
    and the feeling of triumph could be compared to a breaking in a bank.

  2. Umair says:

    Hey Thanks for Dropping by… am honoured that you felt my picture was good enough to put up here. :)


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