Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Humans of Jhelum: Ghulam Rasool Dar

If nicknames came from the most frequently used word by someone in his speech, Ghulam Rasool Dar would have been Ji Jaan Ji. Running a medium sized bicycle shop on a busy road near Bilal Town Jhelum, Dar is keeping the art of decency alive at a work place where young mechanics are
usually called Oye Chotay idher aa. Dar does not employ chotay, instead he has a team of workers who are called with not only their names but also with a ji. So Ibrar is Ibrar Jee and Nauman is Nauman Jee.
Dar makes a client when he or she is usually 3 or 4 years old. The toddler which buys a tricycle from his shop also buys a full sized mountain bike from him. He has a sharp memory.
The census department in Jhelum may not know the number of kids a person has in Dar’s area, but he surely knows that how many kids were born in a family and which kid used the elder siblings’ bicycle. Dar feels proud in the fact that his product served two siblings because of its durability.
Guests are treated at the shop with homemade tea, hot jaleebi from a neighbouring and samosas.

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