The story titled Nawabdin Electrician written by Daniyal Mueenuddin is a narrative about an electrician known as Nawabdin who is recognized and renowned for his treacherous acts of assisting his neighbors and other villagers cheat the company supplying electricity by limiting the electric meters revolutions as well as his abilities to repair anything using mango sap and a thick piece of leather. He is a father of twelve girls, and he realizes that despite his success, he might not be able to afford their dowry. He, therefore, comes up with a plan for acquiring a motorbike that would help him cover more area and thus, receive more work. However, the idea fails, and he almost loses his life.
The lies by Nawab comes up with indicate that he is not immune to the gratitude power. They play a role in enhancing the theme of corruption and low development in the state. It suggests the greed among individuals as well as their desire for wealth. With his passion for wealth and intent to raise dowry, Nawab facilitates corruption and hinder development. This is stealing which is a vice in any society. While the issue of fiddling and tampering with meters with the aim of stealing away electricity may be standard, it shows the level of poverty in the community.
The lies also enhance the theme of hard work and passion. Nawab is determined to provide for his vast family. He is therefore willing to cover more ground and serve more people with electricity as well as repairing abilities. He is determined not to disappoint his family by failing to meet their dowry needs and to cater for his basic family needs. The zeal to cover more ground is an indicator of his willingness to work to his limits.
From another perspective, some cultural insights are evident throughout the narrative and focus on its primary themes. While the world is made up of the first-world digital development and modernity as well as the third-world role and indigence, Nawabdin is seen as a median of the two extremes. Despite working for a landowner whose only care and area of concern were the issues that revolved around him touching on his comfort and those which are of significant interest to him, Nawabdin is conscious of the hardships and situations his fellow countrymen were facing in the impoverished country. This gave him more desire to assist them to cope with the developments that would cost them more while furthering his cause.
Nawabdin is of metaphorical significance in the story as he thrived on the signature technique of his ability to cheat the electric industry through slowed and limited revolution of the meters. The words and diction used in the story paint Nawabdin as a local genius or savior as a result of his crude innovation and improvisation. He is employed to represent a section of the Pakistan community whose aim and the objective is clogging the progress and development wheel of modernity. With the use of medicine-man like knowledge and prowess of mechanics, Nawabdin is a businessman who can survive in Pakistan while at the same time living a workday which if viewed from the air would appear aimless and pointless. The slipping of his motorcycle is an explicit representation of what would happen to people like him in the post-industrial and digitized era. This means that Nawabdin should not have lied but ought to have sort other means of taking care of his family and meeting the dowry needs for his twelve daughters. This is because, despite appearing to help people, he was after his gains and interests while facilitating social evils and vices.
While the story explores the cutthroat and feudal community in which the wealthy landowner who had employed Nawabdin lived, it is clear that it was survival of the fittest. It depicts a complex web of patronage underlying the small society dominated by families, servants as well as opportunists. Under such conditions, Nawabdin, who is an electrician, excels in his area of duty as well as at home where he raises his twelve girls and a son through the use of his virtues of cunning and ingenuity. These qualities which he had gained over time enable him to survive and triumph in the society that is entrenched by poverty community as well as outlive the robber bent life which would propel him to stealing to meet his needs as well as those of his family.
This, therefore, means that we ought not to blame Nawabdin for his desire and act of seeking revenge against his attacker because he was on self-defense. Consequently, the attacker had ruined a means that would allow him to cover more ground and hence earn more. He had used his cunning skills to acquire it, and it pained him losing it. Furthermore, in a society ridden by social ills, women tend to be the most vulnerable especially with the absence of family protection as well as marriage ties. His failure and inadequacy to meet the needs of his family needs and pay his daughters’ dowry would put them at risk in the society.
Conclusively, the story Nawabdin Electrician by Daniyal Mueenuddin is beautifully composed and offers a small peep into the life in Pakistani which could seemingly be new and strange to most of the western readers. However, to some extent, it resonates with and revolves around the humanity that we all ought to appreciate.