Two guys on a motorcycle outside of Lahore with milk jugs strapped to the back.
In Pakistan, M's family uses milk from water buffalos. They don't refrigerate it and instead keep it in a pot on the stove and re-heat it every time they want to use it. It's mostly for recipes and for use in tea anyway, as they don't drink milk very often. M only occasionally drinks milk, and only a small glass of warm milk at night once or twice a year. His whole family is like that, too.
Milk jugs on a motorcycle in Pakistan.
I think that M's family's system is not uncommon for how milk is incorporated into Pakistani life, and the reason I think that is because it's easy to see milk being delivered around the city throughout the day. Milk is usually carried by guys with big metal jugs on the back of their motorcycles. They have a delivery route and when they stop at your house, you bring a pot to the door with you. He fills up your pot with the milk and drives off to the next house.
In Lahore, on the drive to the Wagah border, we saw a lot of these milk delivery motorcycles because we were driving through the countryside where a lot of water buffalos are. One guy had five jugs, one of which was strapped to his front wheel. Sadly, we also passed by a couple of guys on the side of the road after a bike had toppled over, spilling all the milk alongside the road. I didn't get a picture, and luckily everyone was okay, but the doodh wala (milk guy) was out a whole days' work.
The Milk Delivery guy M's family uses.
M's brother waits for the Doodh-wala to fill up the pot with milk.
M says that doodh walas on the whole are very poor. His family gives all of their old stuff like clothes, shoes, schoolbooks and every extra food to the doodh wala to take home to his family. When M's sister went to Pakistan to visit for the first time since leaving, she even brought the doodh wala a present - a "#1 Dad" t-shirt she'd found on sale at Target. This was when we'd brought our son to Pakistan and M joked that if anyone deserves a #1 Dad t-shirt it was him. He said that the milk delivery guy would just have to wait until they came out with "#1 Doodh Wala" t-shirts.