After the Pakistani Chaiwala, the Nepali Sabziwali who is being hashtagged as Tarkariwali has proved to be another lustrous gem that social media picked from the, otherwise neglected and ignored heap of the working class. The trends like chaiwala and Tarkariwali are a testimony that being beautiful as well as being from the working class at the same times is just breaking.
The way social media has branded the Chaiwala and Tarkariwali, it establishes the notion that beauty is a virtue that must be a monopoly of elite class only (Perhaps, this was the reason why black people became slaves to the white people). An ordinary human being who makes tea on a Dhaba or a veggie seller who works in the vegetable market along with her parents to support her family can’t be beautiful and if mistakenly both these persons are good looking enough to grasp the attention then it must make for a social media trend.
The way social media labels the people according to their social status is an alarm for reconsidering the centuries-old tradition of naming the newborn babies. The reason for this is that dominant communication portal in the form of social media that is also going to act as identification platform, will just rule out the famous Urdu phrase “Naam he Kaafi Hai” ( the Only name is enough). A new precedent has been set to introduce the uniqueness of a person. As in the cases of new social media trends beauty is identified with attributes of being a Chaiwala, Naanwala, Rikshawala or Sabziwali.So, naming the newborns would be a matter to be decided in later stages of the baby’s life.
It is the point to lament that actual achievements of these people that can otherwise prove to be a motivational story for others are pushed backwards. As in the case of Kusum Shrestha, famous as Nepali Tarkariwali, there is much more to the story; she is 11th-grade management student who is working along with continuing her studies and adding financial worth to her family.
This world is no short of beauty admirers by any means as it not only enchants the onlookers but also acts as strength, virtue and merit of a possessor. Admiring beauty is not a bad thing at all but objectifying a person by his being beautiful is just to discredit his actual potential and perhaps his being a human in a discriminatory way.
Tracking the pattern of the popularity of both the Chaiwala as well as Tarkariwali reveals that it is not intense efforts, struggle to make the both ends meet and human traits to stand in the face of adversity that makes someone earn a high rank in society. One has to be good-looking, charming and attractive enough to grab attention from the community.