During the summers the days are hot and made hotter still by the lack of electricity and in winters the days and nights are cold but made colder without any gas or electricity.
Pakistanis have become familiar with the many shapes and forms of suffering and each new season brings with it, its own set of challenges. This time around it is a mixture of two problems that usually greet the people at different times, yet now it seems
the two have been wed and come as a couple.
In the summers there is power load-shedding, and to some extent the people of Pakistan were prepared for gas load-shedding. What very few anticipated was having to deal with both of them at the same time.
There are areas in Rawalpindi and even Islamabad where there is no gas at all, which is bearable as long as there is electricity so that people can use electric heaters. To be honest though, very few people actually have a back up to the good old fashioned
gas heater, so the percentage of the population who had the electric heater can count themselves fortunate.
However, it seems that the Pakistani government did not appreciate that fact and wanted a sense of ‘equality’, and so, in order to compound the daily issues the general public has to deal with, added power load-shedding to the list…in winter!
One can understand load-shedding in the summers when almost every commercial and residential building has an Air Conditioner running, but in winters? True, that the nights are longer so the need for lights to be switched on around the house is greater, but
one has to doubt as to whether or not a light bulb can add the same load as a split AC unit.
In the end, one has to wonder if they ought to install a fireplace in their homes. With the likelihood that the load-shedding is set to continue, it would only make sense to find alternate means of keeping ourselves warm. It almost makes one wish for the
summer heat, at least one could take a cold shower then.