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.

load-shedding in Bangladesh
One of the worst victims of load-shedding is the students.

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.

Update

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  1. I never knew it was a big deal when you said it. Now I come to realize how hard it is. Although we are both in the third world country but we have still something to consumer maybe because we are in a democratic country. I feel sorry for what happened to all people in Bangladesh. But haven’t the people gone to revolt yet?

    PS: I guess its man-given not God-given.

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    1. Nope it is God-given; because God has arranged the country in a way that we can never get out of this political chain. There are two major parties either of which will be the winner in every election and they all are the same.

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      1. Nope, at least I don’t hope for the better and I know many intelligent persons don’t. Those who say that they do, they actually say it because they might love the country and they hate to think that it won’t be better, at least not before a disaster.

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      2. Does the Country’s history plays a role on your current condition? I know I am in no position to suggest, but aren’t there any attempts to solve the issue? Or are people afraid?

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  2. this is a major problem … my cousins are now used to the load shedding already..they know precisely when the light will go out…hope this problem ends soon!

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  3. Once in a while I experience an electricity cut (whenever there’s a storm) and come to the realisation that with no electricity… I almost have no life. But that’s not so often as in the place you live (not at all, really), so I can imagine what a hell it must be… How much hot are your summers there?

    Here in Argentina, the ones that have important problems with electricity are the big cities, like Córdoba or Buenos Aires. The thing is that, although the territory in my country is huge (Argentina is the second largest country of South America after Brazil, and the 8th largest country in the world), the majority of people live in the biggest cities, which become overpopulated. Thus, there’s not enough power for everybody and the cuts begin. My grandma who lives in Córdoba suffers it quite a lot, because the heat is unbearable and as she lives in an 11th floor, she has to take the stairs to go up and down the building. And she’s almost 80 years old. People have to throw meat to the garbage and those who have shops and sell food lose a lot of money because of this problem. Are there nuclear plants in Bangladesh or what source of power do you have?

    BTW, very interesting post! And here is the comment you were expecting xD haha. Xoxo! -Guadi.

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    1. What we are used to in here, many people from other countries will be sick to death in just a day of experience. Average, summer heat is around 34-35 C. But we feel like 45 degrees or so because of no electricity at all. I’m very sorry for your grandma. She doesn’t deserve such a situation. 😦

      We don’t have nuclear plants and power plants are our only source. I’m not sure what they produce power with, but it’s not nuclear for sure.

      I’d like you to read further posts and leave your comment as well. 😀

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      1. Well, in summer we also have very hot days, sometimes nearly 40 ºC… the only way to live those days is in a swimming pool xD

        Anyway, it’s not so bad not to have nuclear plants 😛 Side effects are sometimes catastrofic! Look at what happened with Japan 😦 Of course, lacking power is not any good either.

        Sure Sajib, I’ll keep reading your posts and commenting! I really enjoy it 🙂

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  4. It is enlightening to hear about the struggles you go through on a daily basis to have electricity. We are quite spoiled here – we take it for granted in the US. People make a big fuss here is a storm takes out the electricity and they have to go without it for a few days. It would be good for all Americans to think about how people in other countries have so much less than we have here. Thanks for opening our eyes a little bit.

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  5. Well, here in pakistan its the biggest problem too.We face load-shedding upto 10 hours in this hot summer season.You’r so lucky that in your country it has some time table, that you not face it after midnight.Here in pakistan there’s no timetable.Whenever they want, they cut the power.It has affected badly our education in particular.

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  6. But you’ve told that we did’nt face it after mid-night till late morning, brother.In pakistan, even its a muslim country, they did’nt respect even prayer times.Yesterday when we prayed the asar prayer then after prayer light comes, similarly light was off during maghrib prayer too and when we prayed, light came immdietly.This is a muslim country.Similarly there’s no respect of the sleeping time too.

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  7. Tessa. Me gusta leerte. Sos una uruguaya que no le da vueltas a lo que pensamos y lo dices llanamente. Gracias por escribir.Me hace feliz el haberte derbscieuto.Un abrazo

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