Our school closed on May 14. We had been planning both at home as well as with our friends how we should spent the vacation this time. There were many proposals. My parents wished to go to our home town and be with my grand parents for about six weeks or so. My friends had a trekking expedition up their sleeves. While my class mates wished to go to some hill station on an educational tour for which our class teacher had also given consent. I wished to avail of all the three proposals.
A snake charmer is a person who has snakes with him all the time moving from place to place. He can be seen in every nook and corner of Pakistan. Some snake charmers have now adopted this profession to earn their livelihood. They go about from place to place displaying their snakes which they keep as a precious treasures. No one knows from where they come and where they go. Probably they have no fixed habitation. They keep on moving from place to place. Usually they have a basket which they sling on their shoulders and in which they keep their pet snakes.
Teaching is a very noble profession. Since the ancient times teachers are highly respected in Pakistan. In reality the teachers are the pillars of a nation. They make the future of a country bright by teaching the citizens of tomorrow. The ideal teachers can produce a nation of educated and disciplined people. According to Plato a teacher is the doctor of the mind. He removes the ignorance from the mind of the student and teaches him knowledge. An ideal teacher teaches with the spirit of a missionary. He pursues his profession in a devoted and dedicated manner.
A person who is aware of his duties and rights in his society is a good citizen. He knows that he is a member of a group with which he is associated by a thousand and one tries. He realizes that he should live in harmony with other members of society. Man cannot live without a society . He cannot live alone. He must live with his fellow human beings. But living in a society means co-operation with other members of that society. When you live in a society you have to live as others live. You have to accept the condition and traditions that a society prescribes for its members.
A hawker is a very common figure in Pakistan. He sells his goods from place to place. He does not have a shop. He carries his wares with him and keeps on selling at all places. Hawkers are everywhere. They are to be seen in scores on the streets of Karachi and other large towns. Sometimes they carry their goods in a tray suspended in front of the body and sometimes spread them out on a blanket on the pavement. Another name given to his brotherhood is Cheap Jack for they mostly deal with the cheapest kinds of small articles.
Pakistan is an agricultural country. Our prosperity depends upon our agricultural production. For this the Pakistani farmer's contribution is great. Pakistan as a matter of fact is a land of farmers. They live in villages more than 70% of our population lives in villages and they are attached with agriculture. Pakistani farmer is respected by every one. It is he who produces grains for the rest of the country. The whole year the Pakistani farmer is busy in tilling the fields sowing seeds and reaping the corps.
Jugglers are a very common sight in Pakistan. They provide us amusement and fun. They are generally found in small towns, villages and at fairs. In big cities like Lahore we come across very few jugglers because there is not much open space where a juggler can give his performance. Besides there is much hurry about every thing and a great rush of traffic. The polite does not allow them to show their feats which may attract big crowds. People have so many other attractions and means of recreation that they show no interest in the antiquated tricks of the jugglers.
Beggars are very common in Pakistan. They are found in almost every village, town and city of Pakistan. The main centers of their activity are the places of worship and bazaars. They squat on the sides of the roads in front of the mosques and other places of hectic activity. They roam from street to street, from one locality to another and beg for alms food and money. They accept whatever is given to them sometimes they pursue the people so doggedly that people are fed up with them. Some give alms to beggars in order to ward off the nuisance and not out of charity.
All over the world there are post offices. They make arrangements to deliver the mail all over the world. The person who delivers the letter from house to house is called a postman. A postman is considered the most important public servant. He is found in every nook and corner of the country. Whether it is a city or a town or a village. The postman is a very popular government servant. He is always welcomed because he brings us letters, parcels and money-orders from our friends and relatives. Although he does not always bring us good news or money. We wait for his arrival very eagerly.
Everybody knows the policeman. He is seen doing his duty in crowded streets, on big railway stations, in fairs, public gatherings and at crossing in cities. He looks very active in his uniform, blue cap black shirt and khaki pants. He wears round his waist a leather belt with steel plate bearing his number. He has a short strong heavy stick and a whistle. He is usually tall, strong and well-built. Of all the public servants the policeman is perhaps the most useful. His chief duty is to keep peace and order and see that the law is obeyed. He must find out criminals and get them punished.