Our Queue Culture... By Col.(r) Riaz
23 August, 2013
It was too noticeable not to see the voters pressing hard against one another while standing in the queues at some of the Polling Stations, which is unfortunately a common sight for the queues in Pakistan. People must be sweating a lot in the sultry weather and producing the peculiar body odour to the discomfort of others, but who cares?!
Firstly, we as a nation rarely believe in making queues, but when we do we make them so tight that we hardly leave any breathing space between the two consecutive persons. Is it because of our some unknown fear that if we leave some space in between us two some third one will force himself to grab it or what? In the civilised societies there is not only a reasonable space between the people standing in the queue but also a distinct gap of at least three steps between the person at the window counter and the next one in the queue. This is done to respect his/her right to privacy while he/she is transacting a business or discussing some matte r with the person on the other side of the counter.
But here unless we breath over one another's shoulder at the counter we are bound to find two or more persons just appearing from nowhere and trying to steal your turn at the window.
Patience is the virtue certainly alien to us.
Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)