No electricity might mean no TV, no Refrigerator, no Xbox 360, no computer, and no Air conditioner. Well, for me, and many people like me in the middle class families, no electricity means no TV, no refrigerator, no computer, and no ceiling fan. Imagine what the hell it feels like if there is no electricity during a hot burning summer when the sun outside is trying to burn everything down to ground!
I don’t mean nonexistence of electricity. In third world, it is called load-shedding. You run out of power frequently because your country’s total power production is a couple of times less than the demand. In Bangladesh, there are numerous power plants staying inactive and the government is actually doing nothing to activate them and establish more power plants. Over here, load-shedding is marked to be one of the biggest obstacles in the development of Bangladesh. The government tries hard to show off that they’re working hard to resolve the situation over the past many years but we — the people with one more eyes of intelligence surely understand that they don’t care about the electricity problem simply because they don’t even know there is electricity problem in our country. Why? That’s just because the places they live in, the places they go to never experience a single moment of load-shedding. They don’t wake up in the middle of the night sweating all over because the ceiling fan above them is off due to load-shedding. I’m dead sure they don’t even know that our country has a big crisis called load-shedding.
I’m not gonna lie to you; trust me. In these summer days, we spend everyday our of electricity for a minimum 8 hours of time. Each time the load-shedding stays for a minimum period of 1 hour. The electricity is restored and taken back within less than an hour. This starts in the dawn and ends in the middle of the night. Luckily, after 2 or 3 AM, you don’t experience load-shedding until 8 or 9 AM in the morning. This we call is a grace period. Probably because those appointed to turn the power off go to sleep during this time.
From a previous post, as one of my readers called Nancy explained, I came to know that the west is having a charming spring. Well, 14th of April is the end of spring in Bangladesh and the beginning of a new year in Bangla calendar with hot summer. Looks like now you understand how the hell it feels when the ceiling fan above our head dies multiples times a day and night as the power is cut down.
If God asked me for a political will, I’d say him to turn off the power to wherever our prime minister, ministers and all other political persons live. You won’t believe me but it’s true. They never experience a single moment of load-shedding while the entire country — especially the people who are unfortunate enough not to afford an IPS or Power Generator — experience a little bit of hell during the hot summer days. You come out of your work to your home sweating all your body but there’s no electricity to cool you down. You have an important exam tomorrow morning, but you have no light and fan (well you have them but you don’t have the power to run them). How does that feel?
Unfortunately for us though, if you – as a tourist – come by Dhaka, you too won’t feel the heat because you’d live by a several star hotel and that surely will have power backup.
So, in a nutshell, load-shedding is a God-given curse to those who have been living in Dhaka and various other parts of Bangladesh. If you want my advice, never come to live in Dhaka. It’s not only the worst city in the world to live in, but it’s also a trial of hell on earth.
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