A Real Smart Move?


Planning and thinking ahead?

I wouldn’t have thought the administration of this country would have it in them. I don’t think anyone did. Think that this administration had it in them, I mean. But they just proved us all wrong.

Yep. We had no inkling. These people are actually very smart.

You know how there are numerous attempts to conserve and preserve the Earth’s scarce resources? And how there are moves towards sustainable energy and renewable resources and all that jazz? And how there is a danger that in the future, the Earth might not have anything left to give us if we continue how we’re continuing?

Well, this administration realized that the picture is not that rosy. Especially not for a country like Pakistan. We have so many problems that it is not possible to think about creating alternatives to energy. So, what to do?

Seems like they do have a solution.

Since resources are scarce and people have problems with conservation, the people should just start in living how they used to before the advent of technology and inventions and all that crap that the people rely on so much these days.

Simple and brilliant right?

And so, there are unplanned and random electrical cuts for hours at a time. So long that the UPSs give up and generators run out of petrol, something that is already too expensive for a majority of the population.

Obviously, this concerns only those who have such luxuries available. Only yesterday, during one such power cuts interestingly, my sister was wondering how her teacher ‘survived’ as she didn’t have either of these in her home. Just goes to show, doesn’t it?

In any case, the point is that we are being trained for the future. The future where there would probably be no electricity available to the masses of this country and we would probably have to sit with torches and in candlelight. Of course, there would be no TV or computer or internet or cell phones or any other electrical appliances etc etc. Well, not for long anyway. And there would obviously be no vehicles for transport and we’d finally be trained to use bicycles or our feet.

At least in this respect, the ‘stigma’ can be removed, you know. I mean, imaging saying: I use my bicycle because I care about the environment. Yuck!

And in the end, there would come a day when we would be used to the stone-age life. And if and when all resources dwindled down to nothingness, we would be ready.

That, my friends, is the very very smart plan those in power are executing quietly. I’m sure they realized they would take a lot of heat over such things. But they are willing to sacrifice their good names for the greater good. Salute!

Author’s Note: Ironically enough, the electricity went three times while I was in the process of writing this little piece. So, I’m just posting this before it happens a fourth time. Also, this piece sounded better in my head. It’s certainly not the comeback to the blogging world that I imagined it would be. Maybe I’m losing my touch. Oops.

Home is Where the Heat is.


I think we should all accept this fact already.

Pakistan is a hot, hot, country to live in. Always has been. Always will be.

We, who are natives and have lived here for the most part of our lives at least, are obviously used to the high temperatures. Our skin is tough. Or at the very least, already tanned. It’s in our genes already: how to battle the heat.

I mean, sure, we sweat and complain. How can we not? But then we complain about global warming and go about our daily business, be it that of a labourer toiling away with the back of the neck sunburned or that of a high-grade official sitting cozily in his centrally air-conditioned office. True, the former obviously has more right to complain but obviously, life isn’t fair at all.

The point is, ever since time immemorial, we have played hosts to electric load-sheddings. It has become as much a fact as the statement about Pakistan having an extremely hot climate.

I remember cracking open one eye in the middle of the night when I was little, uncomfortably sweaty, to see my parents sitting next to my brother and I, using hand-fans – pankhees – so that we can continue sleeping peacefully. In the feeble light of the emergency tube, their faces were a reassuring sight in the dark, stifling room, even though they were clearly not comfortable themselves.

I am now in my twenty-third year (yikes, I’m aging fast!) and the situation has not improved. If anything, it is getting worse.

29th June’s news update by WAPDA was that the electrical demand would match supply by 2018, effectively putting an end to the need for constant outages. (http://tribune.com.pk/story/198147/electricity-load-shedding-to-continue-till-2018-wapda/)

Ha!

What is interesting is that there is absolutely no mention of any concrete measures that would be taken that would support such a statement. It’s all talk, like always.

They totally deserve their offices to be trashed and/or burned, like the other day. They leave us no choice.

How long do they think asking people to switch off ‘extra’ lights or using air-conditioners on 26 degrees is going to work? Or even, to what extent are these effective, in any case?

These are short term measures, people-in-charge.

Before I die of this heat like so many of my countrymen, I would really like to see a new dam project started, some investment in solar energy – the sun doth continue to shine more – or some speculation in wind energy power generation methods.

Even a discussion or a mention perchance would do.

Maybe these people think they won’t be around in 2018 to take the heat?

Well…they probably won’t be.