Saturday, May 31, 2008

Here we go again...

I had almost forgotten. Today's the last day before we switch to a daylight saving time and push our clocks one hour forward in an attempt to utilize more daylight and in turn, save us some of that precious power. It was when I paid a visit to the market today that I found out that it was the talking point of the day, and everyone was busy giving their opinion of the whole time-changing thing. Some thought it was a futile attempt at fooling people into thinking that the government is actually trying to do something for them, whereas others were a bit more hopeful and thought that it might actually work this time.

Whether this attempt will fail like the last one remains to be seen, but you're likely to run into a lot of confused people in the next few days - most of them, sadly, poor who couldn't care less tbh. A friend regaled something funny he encountered on a bus the last time we did this daylight saving thing. While on his way to work, he inquired the bus conductor about what time it was, to which the conductor asked back: konsa? naya ya purana wala? :)

In my opinion, it is a very useful thing indeed - provided it is utilized properly and the masses are educated about it. If everyone starts doing things one hour later then there's no point in it. Except for namaz, everything should be done at exactly the same time. Some public service ads aimed at raising awareness ought to help IMO. With filthy rich telcos around these days itching to get some attention, it wouldn't be hard attracting sponsors for these ads either.

I guess we'll have to wait and see. Meanwhile, here's something that oughta put a smile on your face:

7 comments:

SAWJ said...

It won't really matter. We need to increase the amount of power generated at any given instant, not work on that consumed throughout the day.

Razz said...

How about doing both simultaneously? Saving a little power won't do no harm, but, like I said, whether this whole exercise bears fruit is yet to be known

Cling & Clatter said...

nice cartoon...these things take time to settle in...the idea of daylight saving makes sense...we need to be able to sell it long enough to reap benefits

Fahad said...

daylight saving is good for those countries where they know what is the demand of the country and how it can be met. Here the problem is we dont know how much is required, how much is stolen, how much is generated..and the list goes on. Our any govt. is not serious in giving electricity otherwise I dont think that there is any lack of resources which is blocking their way.

Razz said...

@Fahad
I think we know how much power we need and there's only one way to do that - increase power generation. Now whether the government's serious or not is open to debate, but it'd be foolish to think that they'd shoot themselves in the foot if they were not to take this thing seriously. DST, in my opinion, is good nevertheless - just think how much LESS power you, alone, must be consuming in DST. If everyone doesn't do things by the "old time", this may end up saving some of those precious megawatts.

Asma said...

It seems fine till now. Not much of change apart from in Namaaz timings ... we'll make it to Aug 31, I'm sure, easily =)

The toon is hilarious =D

UTP said...

I heard the new CM for Punjab just say that we have a shortage of 5000MW!!! Crazy...

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