Monday, September 25, 2006

The close of day 1

Thank God I've now found a chance to operate my PC, although it's uncertain when this chance would 'vanish'. The whole day yesterday went to the country wide power breakdown. It was so bad! no fault tolerance, no contingency planning whatsoever. This was yesterday. Today too, the Karachi Electric Supply Corporation gave nightmares to Karachi. The whole day, Electricity continued playing hide and seek and it too was a pathetic day today.

Anyways, like yesternight, tonight too Tarawih prayers were offered under the nuisance of the hum of electric generators. I took a day off from university to catch up on my sleep :) (I only slept for two hours before Sehri yesternight). So, had a nice meal in the morning, recited a little bit of the Holy Quran after Fajr prayers and slept till 11:00 a.m., only to be woken up by the notorious KESC. The Iftar time was great and we had lots of fruits and pakoras and samosas.

Usually, there's a lot of courtesy amongst the faithfull during the holy month, but KESC managed to make a mess of it as it made people a hell lot of impatient.

However, there was a newsreport today meant to soothe nerves. That the federal government, through the tility Stores Corporation, had decided to subsidize daily consumption foodstuff to the tune of Rs. 650 million. This, they say, would cause a price differential between the USC and open market prices of three to eight percent. But the common man, as usual, remain skeptical. I mean there aren't very many USC stores spread around the country and the existing stores generate a rush witnessing which one can only deduce that the stores aren't selling foodstuff but giving it away in charity.

Well, life's always like that. We only hope that by the end of Ramadan, sanity keeps its place and people come out spiritually refreshed, which is the goal of the whole exercise, inspite of all that goes against the sinking in of the lesson of fasting.


Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

I read about teh black out in a swedish newspaper, they wrote that Lahore and Islamabad were affected mainly?

I too hope you keep your sanity! :) Glad to have you back blogging.

Destitute Rebel said...

I know how frustrating it can be with KESC. heard the whole country was out of power. I hope the rest of the Ramadan is better for you guys.

RIJJU said...

There is no trusting the KESC, just hope that the weather is not as hot as it is here in UAE

Syed Sibgatullah said...

Nobody trusts the KESC. Nobody trusted KESC when it wasn't privatized. Thank God, the weather is a bit bearable.

The whole of Pakistan went off the national grid!! Imagine the whole country in a blackout. Here in Karachi, electricity went out at Zuhr, around 1:30 and was restored at 12:00 a.m.