In most of the ways, village life anywhere in Pakistan is the same, simple and backward. Traveling to a village in Punjab demonstrated a lot of cultural aspects, typically of the village life in Pakistan, hence proving that there are a lot of beautiful places in Pakistan to visit.
“Dagora”, located almost 15 km away from the noise of Faisalabad, is a serene village of unpaved paths and kacha roads. On the way, you come across road filled with dust that could block your windscreen view however, on reaching the view gets clear and perfect. Green trees, blue sky and fresh air.Trees of oranges and lemons, vast meadows and crops of sugarcane, bushes of jasmine fill the air with their fragrance fused with the smell of cow dung. Streams flowing in a linear path through the meadows add to the scenic beauty of this area. The point where the sky meets the earth is the resting place for the sun, and on the way there’s usually a mirage for the people heading towards their destinations. The rising and setting of the sun, leaves a healthy influence on the lives of villagers.
Houses of farmers are made by mud with roofs usually made by iron rods and straws. Nevertheless there are many well-constructed homes too. However, the ratio is too less. Animals bathe in canals like these in the pictures. Even in summers, children gather and enjoy playful activities and swim in the canal water beating the heat of the scorching sun. Due to lack of infrastructure and resources people do not long for a lot of things. They work to earn and their earning is to fulfil their appetite. This is how simple their lives are. And the surprising fact about this is that almost all villagers are contended with this lifestyle. They love staying close to nature and greenery and no doubt living from the urbanized cities makes them less prone to getting any respiratory disease due to pollution. Turning up to their fields early in the morning and working feverishly the whole day in the scorching heat of the sun is indeed strenuous. Some villagers who can afford make their houses of bricks and cement.
Jobless, aimless and idle, they lie on their charpoys and smoke hookah, which is a part of the culture of “Dagora”.Khanabadoshlive in places just like camps. People use wood, charcoal or cow dung which they knead into melon size balls and dry it in the sun to use as a fuel to cook food. Astonishing it is, even in the house of the numberdaar wood is used as a fuel for cooking meals.
Water for everyday use is taken from the nearest wells. The only source to obtain ground water is a hand pump. It is very surprising that the drinking water in Dagora is astringent in taste and yet the people of the village are used to of it and are not developing any water borne diseases. Their immunity is strong and their health is good enough to combat viral infections and diseases. They eat healthy vegetables and breathe in the clean air.Usually very few villages have proper hospitals but the people of ‘Dagora’ are lucky, they at least have a good dispensary. Most villagers depend on their traditional remedies. They like their traditional home remedies of cough, flu and certain other health issues. Other than that they retreat to the hospital in case of any mishandled situation or something beyond their own comprehension.
Having visited this place has enlightened me of how people live within limited resources yet they still enjoy their lives, they have their own particular ways of excursion and they like the simplicity in their lives. This sunset captured across the fields does not really show how beautiful it actually looked. The scenery was serene with lush green fields and trees and the cloudy sky with a sharp outline of the sun setting with its all its glory.
As for children’s education, the only school build here is by the government and is just a building of two rooms which does not attract many children to study. Reason being, many children grow up watching their parents and family members working in the fields struggling to earn livelihood, they tend to develop the same habits of working in the fields. Villagers consider their children as assets to assist them to work in the fields. While they gather, sing and feel enthralled on hearing the echoes of their voices due to the emptiness and unavailability of furniture in these rooms. It is less populated due to the absence of staff, however, the curiosity in the eyes of children revealed that they were interested to learn how to read and write. People in Dagora are superstitious but honest, welcoming and extremely homely. You see a lot of laborers and hardworking people.
The locals are religious minded people who at times gather and sing ‘Qawwalis’ in praise of Prophet Muhammad and his family.Talking to an 80 years Noor Deen Baba about his hardships made me wonder who is to look after these people.He was so calm while he revealed that there is not much safe drinking water yet they survive because their bodies are strong. He incredibly remarked that I probably couldn’t survive there, only the beauty of the village could keep me going.
Village life in Pakistan depicts a true picture of the majority of the population. Other than the major cities, we have a lot of cities to which small towns and villages like Dagora are connected. Villagers live in a very beautiful and clean environment surrounded by green orchids and lush crop fields but life is not easy. Village life is a life of struggle and poverty, the villagers do not long for luxuries, they have simple habits and limited needs. They expect their basic necessities to be provided. Their lives requires more struggle than the relatively modern lifestyles in the cities. No matter how tough their lives are, they are extremely tolerant people, are hospitable to visitors and tourists and are thankful to their Lord proving that even village life has its own charms!