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December 14, 2008

Of cattle and cow walks

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Of cattle and cow walks

* Sahiwal’s Sohni and Mahiwal

 

By Syed Fawad Ali Shah

 

KARACHI: Fashion is a necessity for the few and a luxury for the many. And in a reserved country like Pakistan, catwalks, skimpy clothes and basically anything to do with beautiful long-legged models bracing the runway is considered to be a social taboo you secretly like to watch but you wouldn’t want your daughters doing.

However, when it came to the recent cat walk, there was actually a crowd larger than three sitting and watching the beauties trotting the runway. Rich and poor, young and old, people with fashion sense and without came from all over Karachi to watch the beauty pageant. They ogled, commented and enjoyed what they saw. They even titled a few beauties. Sohni was declared beauty queen and Mahiwal beauty King. Please don’t assume the two to be the romantic lovers of the past, these are sacrificial animals, cow models to be exact. The queen and king of the animal catwalk held at the Cattle Mandi, just outside Sohrab Goth, on the Superhighway.

Funny as it sounds, with Eid-ul-Azha right around the corner, its raining goats and cattle in Karachi. Sacrificial animals are pouring in to the city form all parts of the country. And this ‘cow walk’ intended to show off the different animals available in the cattle market. It isn’t hard to imagine that Sohni and Mahiwal belonged to Sahiwal. After they were crowned they became royalty, and were tagged to be the most expensive pair in the market. Their worth was raised to Rs 2,000,000 each making them elite of Cowville. The worth of goats in the human society was not ignored in the event and Shahensha the Bakra, was named the prince of the night.

Rising by 300 percent, the prices of sacrificial animals are hitting the roof this year Jumma Zad, a cattle dealer, stated that the minimum value of small animals such as goats is not less than 20,000 while the lowest price for bigger animals is 55,000.

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