Wherever we go, we see people showing off their new brands with gusto. If a person is not carrying or wearing a branded product, he or she is considered backward, or worse poor. Winter is near. It is the season for some people to show off their expensive jackets, sweaters and cardigans. A jacket is something to make you warm, not a statement of your wealth, prestige or station in life. Life is not a catwalk. -YUMNA HASSAN, Karachi, via e-mail, October 7.