More Loadshedding

I realize there have been many posts about the electricity (or lack thereof) problem in Karachi. Oddly, if frequent loadshedding were done in the winter, when most are happy to open up a window and enjoy nature’s air conditioning, the people would be much happier. For reasons unknown to me, KESC absolutely must torture us all by loadshedding in the summers. Recently, there was a very good post by Umar in the shape of an open letter to the KESC about loadshedding at night, but personally, I’d rather have no electricity at night than none in the daytime. At least at night you can go outside and, even with the minor concerns such as the possibility of getting mugged in the moonlight (which sounds oddly romantic, but isn’t), you can enjoy some pale semblance of wind. In the daytime, to crank open a window results only in the admission of more hot air and to actually brave the great outdoors will result in a sunburn and instant and plentiful sweat. Also, if you’re new to Karachi and are naive enough to actually call up the KESC hotlines for accurate (or any) information about when on earth they will deign to restore electricity to your area, inevitably, you will be told “in one hour”. Upon hearing this refrain hour after hour, you will either want to throw your telephone (which is, at the moment, the only electric object working in your home) or yourself at the nearest wall.

The key to combating this problem is multiple-fold but simple. Use a generator for turning on the blessed relief that are fans during a power outage, if you posses one of these fine machines. The second phase is cold water, in any form. If you have the means, store bucketfuls when its plentiful for showers when it’s really hot and there’s no other way to cool off. Failing that, locate a swimming pool in your area, either private or public, and head on there every time the electricity lets you down. And finally, to pass the time, keep loads of batteries handy for radios and charge up those mobile devices and MP3 players. Believe me, the only way to save your sanity is to entertain yourself. Listen to music or play various addictive games on your cell phone and bitch about the power outage to friends via SMS.

10 Comments so far

  1. Zag (unregistered) on May 27th, 2005 @ 3:20 pm

    Actually the power consumption goes down in winters so the demand and supply is equal, thus almost non existent load shedding in winter.

    btw, generators also can be used to turn on AC…. but i still like the pool suggestion the best… to bad there aren’t that many pools here :(


  2. umar (unregistered) on May 27th, 2005 @ 4:34 pm

    i have a laptop and thats how i posted that morning.

    i am at work all day long and we have our own generators at work so we never face power outage, but at home things are different. i dont have a generator and after a long day at work i am really want to have a good nights sleep. hence the frustration.


  3. umar (unregistered) on May 27th, 2005 @ 4:34 pm

    i have a laptop and thats how i posted that morning.

    i am at work all day long and we have our own generators at work so we never face power outage, but at home things are different. i dont have a generator and after a long day at work i really want to have a good nights sleep. hence the frustration.


  4. Zaheer (unregistered) on May 27th, 2005 @ 7:33 pm

    THIS HAS TO STOP, it is no use trying to cope with this situation listening to mp3 music, I am sure majority of over a core ppl living in karachi do not have such luxuires. I say again, it is VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS pure and simple, it IS torture, it is insane, indecent, inhuman, and it should be Unacceptable. Let us put it straight, now, lets band together and ask a simple question. How on earth other countries can provide continous power to their citizens and make profit on it? Why cant we do it? OK, it may not be possible for KESC to meet all the demand as it doesnot have enough balls to do it, I mean enough generating power, enough supply. But then there are typical desi inefficiencies and corruption. KESC has 25000 employees. Let us ask Musharraf to FIRE all of them, if he can kill terrorists, he can at least fire these electro-terrorists. What political backlash? I feel firing a tiny percentage of corrupt, inefficient, parasites for the sake of over a core residents is eminently justified. Sounds stupid? maybe, but it seems more stupid to me to just lay down there, whining and ventilating our anger through our fancy battery-powered laptops and keep suffering, keep tolerating the inhuman treatment being meted out to ALL of us. I do not think it is impossible to crack this problem. At least not when people like Umar are around, with insight, with energy, with vision, with the ability to get things done. I am all praise for Umar for starting this all. He has given us this great opportunity to start doing something about it. if you have not read my comment on his recent post i’ll encourage you to do it now. Remember it is Action not Words that count, yet words are the seeds of action.


  5. Abbas Halai (unregistered) on May 27th, 2005 @ 8:01 pm

    Is it just me or are the comments, readers and opinions stated on this blog getting more and more ignorant and ridiculous as the days go by?

    First of all, loadshedding serves a purpose. Apologies to all the Defence and Clifton Kitties who go with one sleepless night and start calling uncle to threaten so and so if electricity isn’t restored in the hour. Welcome to real Pakistan, where the majority live without power, food and water, health, or a roof over their head.

    Oh and just so you know, the majority also suffer load shedding or live without power in the winter as well.

    Admittedly so, the country doesn’t have enough supply to meet demand, that is an ongoing problem and will continue to rise as long as little brats want a split air conditioned unit in every room that they live in.

    Mr. Zaheer is talking about removing people from their jobs? Are you mad?

    Oh, and the key to combating this problem is not generators. Is there not a single environmentalist in the city of Karachi?


  6. Misha (unregistered) on May 27th, 2005 @ 8:16 pm

    Mr. Halai, unfortunately you are correct about the quality of this post. When your heart isn’t in it and you post simply to fulfill a quota, quality will suffer.

    PS: Go easy on Zaheer. He’s a bit overzealous but at least he proposes SOME action, as opposed to lazy commentary and shrugs.


  7. KO (unregistered) on May 27th, 2005 @ 11:11 pm

    Is it just me or are the comments, readers and opinions stated on this blog getting more and more ignorant and ridiculous as the days go by?

    There are too many rants.. its a weblog about karachi for crying out loud, not personal fustrations at whatever is pissing you off. .


  8. Ali (unregistered) on May 28th, 2005 @ 9:33 am

    Way 2 go KO. EYE visit this blog 2 learn more about Karachi, which I have never seen. Personal frustrations ruin the xperience.

    BTW – where is the Lahore Metroblog?

    Peace.

    – Ali


  9. Zaheer (unregistered) on May 28th, 2005 @ 11:58 pm

    Dear All,

    mad, ignorant, ridiculous.. I just love these words, and I love you all. All I am asking is a simple question why cant people of karcahi get rid of the disease of loadshedding, by pople of karach I mean all of them, be it defence or lyarri. This is almost mid 2005. we should have other problems to tend to rather than wasting our time talking about this stupid problem of blackouts and loadsheding. The solution? At this point I do not have one, but i am sure as hell that there is one..


  10. Sharjeel (unregistered) on May 29th, 2005 @ 5:56 pm

    A night on my apartment’s rooftop as i remember it. Sometime in the mid 90s. Its a pretty hot summer night. Power is out and everyones losing their sanity. My cousin and i decided to hit the rooftop and try to fall asleep under the stars (and mosquitos). About half an hour later we hear a voice from the building across the street “AA GAEE!” followed by “A/C CHALAOOOOO”. Soon their were noises of about 30 or so airconditioners being turned on in tandem. Tak tak clack clack kat a kat kat kat.. KABOOM! *poof* … and a voice echos “YEH KIA PHIR CHALEE GAEE!!!” Yes sir the PMT down the street couldnt handle the stress from all the AC’s and blew up. We ended up passing out at the rooftop till the next morning. Moral of the story? We should stop blaming the KESC all the time because our own lives are so sad.



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