‘Lights Out’ – Lubna Shahid

Imagine living in a dark, congested, sweltering hot cave with no access to water and peace of mind. But than again, if you’re living in Karachi, you don’t have to imagine it ‘coz KESC is darling enough to make YOU live like this. I received a joke the other day which goes something like this, ‘If you’re in darkness than pray to God to show you the path towards the light, but if you’re still in darkness than that means you’re in Karachi’. Even darkness is somewhat bearable, but if you’re so hot that you’re almost melting, you temper is sure to shoot very very high. Since this up rise in heat and decline in steady electricity, almost every morning I see people shouting or fighting on the roads. Traffic jams are already torturous enough, but combine it with angry and impatient drivers, foul mouthing passengers and Heat( yes I know I used capital H because small ‘h’ is not portraying how HOT it can be) you’re in for a huge treat. And this latest bouts of rain and dust storms made matters a bit more complicated, since rumble of walls and poles are strew across the roads that are liberally sprinkled with potholes and every type of holes imaginable.

Everyone is angry over KESC, this load shading is proving to be painful for many people especially students and business folks. But I wonder, shall this be our excuse to ransack buildings and restaurants. For the life of me, I just couldn’t understand that whenever there has to be a protest, KFC either is burned to ground or serious damage is being caused to it. Commercial area near the place I live, consist of many banks and offices made up of huge pretty windows and recently EXACT software company constructed this state of art roundabout. Few days ago, many of those building’s windows were broken and that roundabout looked pitiful after the treatment it received from the angry mob. The reason for this destruction? Because there was no electricity! I wonder if any of those in mob realized that by causing destruction, electricity could not be produced. We south-Asians are emotional lot admittedly but being vicious and destructive is I hope we are not. Unfortunately, recent events are proving otherwise. KESC is facing some issues and loads of problems after privatization, plus many of it’s equipments are old and already lived their expected life and now in dire condition to be replaced, which obviously needs money.

I think instead of being the part of problem, an alternative way should be sought. Huge investment can be made in electricity being generated by solar energy. Many countries are already successfully working on it. Why can’t we? I’m sure this can not be the only solution, there are many just waiting to be tapped. Lights out shouldn’t be the reason for our sanity bulb to go off as well! At least that’s what my logic says…


10 Responses to “‘Lights Out’ – Lubna Shahid”

  1. July 3, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    Nice post Lubna.

    Some days back I receive a SMS “Karachi, City of Lights (— to b4 Privatization of KESC) …….. Karachi, City of Generators and UPS (After privatization of KESC–till now)

    I think u guyz would love to see these pics

    1) http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/v/2005489620845595149

    2) http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/v/2005470188932737216

  2. 2 Ahsan Zawar
    July 3, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    its very well written…

    i read in one of the articles in dawn that ” where people in karachi spend restless nights, people in Islamabad are still Unfamiliar with the word Load shedding”.

    thats descrimination at its possible height…i don’t know what is the exact crime that we have committed that we are treated so unfairly in our own country….

    Perhaps KESC should cease to produce the electricity, atleast this will put an end to the agony that light will come frequently.

  3. 3 lubz
    July 4, 2007 at 7:35 am

    Thank you Ahsan 🙂 …Though I cannot say that I want to be in Islamabad at te moment, for once its not Karachi where disruption of peace is a common thing….

    Err Ammar, read my article again…. and its full of stupid mistakes… plz be an english teacher for few minutes 🙂

  4. July 4, 2007 at 10:51 am

    @ Hassan

    sorry man bcx of ur frequent use of links wordpress consider ur comments as spam … thats the resaon of ur comments not being posted on ma site asap. Badaway nice lnks to the cartoon.heh 🙂

    @ Ahsan

    You are talking abt Isloo ask ppl living at CANT.. acc. to ’em power failure is experienced once in a blue moon and only for an hour or so. Discrimination. yes but watchya gonna do !! eh?? ur only awam 😛

    @ Lubz

    i didn bother chking ur article for stoopid mistakes as It was coming from someone who write sevearl times on the piece of paper before posting smthng on the web 😛 nice article badaway.

  5. July 5, 2007 at 3:58 pm


    Ahmmm well What can I do to avoid this? Dont tell me that I dont post the links, give me some other solutions.

  6. July 5, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    you dint have todo a thng man 🙂


    i will try to remove the sam sign on you as soon as i cud .. sorry for the inconvenience ba da way.. blog on !!

  7. July 30, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    Untill a couple of years back we faced the problem of power cuts in Delhi but after privatisation of the electricity board the conditions are much better. All of us in Delhi still have invertors and Generators.

  8. July 30, 2007 at 7:21 pm

    In Karachi the situation has gotten worse after privitization. In the coming years every house will have a generator or UPS for sure.

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