Navigating in the Markets- Scene after Ban — Amusing
Gutka banned, law says, but is it really banned? Navigate through the lanes & the by lanes
of city and you will find shops laced with sachets of Gutka, displaying different
brands at Nukkad shops under the nose of administration and the law
administrators too relish the taste of it and roads and buildings decorated…all
red, not with color red but spitting tobacco all around.
printed bold in newsprint but in practical terms, there isn’t much difference.
people relishing out of addiction & can’t give up easily or under compulsion.
difficult to get out of it. For me, Gutka means Pan Parag, there are varied
brands now, but for me gutka means Pan Parag. It is an age old product and it
is in market since long and was particularly used by few business class
families. People don’t get offended…it’s my individual experience…don’t try to
prove statistics, I am weak at it. I found the place of Pan Parag in few
families in tin packing and it was sparsely used…I experienced as a child.
initially it was in tin pack, so it moved on few counters.
sachets in 1985 gained popularity, been easy on pockets and in navigation….sachets could easily find
solace in trousers pockets of men, so easy to use and carry and be away from
the prying eyes of resentment.
and the users multiplied….I am writing the facts that my eyes have experienced…indirect
victim of it…few close members became fan of this product after launch of
sachets & my introspection says that sachets would not have been
is truly said, “The more you hate, you are more close to it” and it stands true
in my case for this dreaded Gutka…poses threat to life…direct impact of gutka.
league and the sales boomed and more companies joined the league and the results
of sales was astounding. I am baffled to explore that even company received National Awards for it…I am not going to go in depth. Navigate the links, interested
people can find for themselves, here.
gutka and hold introduction of sachets responsible for it. I have seen both the
phase…time when sachets were not introduced & the time after introduction.
youngsters too have become addicted to it and cases of cancers have sprung up
at a rapid pace. The rag pickers who cannot afford onetime meal chews gutka. The
families faces the music because of addicts.
They lose their lives and the families left suffer under economy crunch, the case is common with low income group.
paraffin wax, slaked lime and sweet or savory flavorings, My say, it is a slow
carcinogenic. Maximum addicted users suffer, rarely one is spared.
It stains the teeth and erodes the gums.
Excessive gutkha use can eventually lead to loss
of appetite, promote unusual sleep patterns, and loss of concentration along
with other tobacco-related problems.Doctors, especially oncologists, say consumption
of gutka is more harmful than any other form of tobacco.
It can cause non-healing ulcerative lesions in
parts of the oral cavity such as cheek, lips, tongue, hard palate, floor of the
mouth and soft palate. It can also affect the food pipe, voice box and kidney.
hither & thither so the impact is on environment too. Murals of gods and
goddesses were painted on the wall so that people don’t spit but not much
difference could be found.
availability in sachets. It won’t come to an end easily until and unless
product in sachets are withdrawn completely from the market of all brands.
warning on packages.