“Choona Laga Diya!” Did China Just Send Pakistan a Bra as a Face Mask?


“Choona Laga Diya!” Did China Just Send Pakistan a Bra as a Face Mask?

Illustration: Aishwarya Nayak

China seems to be hustling its way out of the coronavirus pandemic. It promised to send N95 masks to its “little brother” Pakistan, but the consignment instead contained masks made out of undergarments, eliciting an apt response from an enraged Pakistani news anchor. “China ne choona laga diya,” she can be heard saying in a video that’s doing the rounds on social media. What we can see in the video looks more like a DIY mask made out of a bra.

In another video that went viral on Facebook earlier last month, an unknown woman is seen cutting a bra into two, using one of the cups to make a mask. Yes this can work as a face cover, but unlike the N95 mask it one doesn’t have a filter that prevents you from breathing hazardous particles. And it’s unlikely to protect you from the coronavirus.

The news of defective equipment coming in from China unleashed a flurry of jokes on social media, with Indians being too used to “China ka maal” that lasts for only a few days. Here are some gems:

Ye andar ki baat hai.

That’s one way to put it.

This is business.

The horror.

But Pakistan is not the only one complaining. Earlier, Turkey, Spain, and Czech Republic had to reject Chinese testing kits because of “inaccurate results”. The Netherlands also announced that half of its testing kits were faulty, hampering China’s attempt at coronavirus diplomacy.


“China ka maal dariya mein daal”… a slogan we can all get behind.

Mind = blown.

When India decided to procure 10,000 ventilators from China, the reactions were…


We feel you.

But if there is no N95 available, worry not. Take a cue from Dr Jerome Adams, US Surgeon General, and find a way to cover your face with a T-shirt, two rubber bands, or hair ties.

DIYs for the win!