Rushing and Waiting

18 Oct

There are two big reasons why it’s been a month since my last post: One, it’s very difficult to write when you’re holding a baby in your arms, and two, the electricity is going off every other hour, without fail, for a grand total of twelve hours a day, so that by the time I’ve lulled the baby to sleep and I am free to sit at the computer, the light is being cut off again.

The energy situation in Pakistan, in addition to everything else, is getting worse every day, something that I did not think was possible. It seems like we spend our time rushing to get things done before the light goes off, and waiting for the light to come back. So-called democracy has done very little to improve the lives of ordinary people here.

I have a lot on my mind lately, and I want to write about it, but I’ll have to be quick and lucky if I am to write anything at all. In the meantime, I want to point to the essays of the novelist Elizabeth George, because she expresses pretty much everything I feel about the coming presidential election.

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