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Friday, 12 May 2017

A Rainy Day in Karachi

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After various heat waves which make Karachi hell to live in, and compel the residents to crave for showers, the rains come as a great relief, a great boon and a great blessing. The burning roofs and walls become cool. It becomes pleasant all around and a wave of glee runs from one end of Karachi to the other.

As it begins raining young girls conic out in open on their rooftops and young boys and children in streets, lanes and roads to drench in the rain. They rejoice, laugh and enjoy the downpour. The remain bathing for hours in the rain gossiping, giggling and amusing themselves.
Small children enjoy the rain the most. They come out shouting, laughing giggling, chasing each other and doing all sorts of mischievous. They dance, jump, frisk and try to push each other down. Elderly people sit and look at the rain and the amusing children.

Shop keepers generally shut their shops and go home. Hawkers try to get some place to save their goods from being wet and get rotten afterwards.

But soon the source of pleasure becomes a source of troubles. Gutters overflow and since arrangements for the rain water to flow away are lacking, waist deep water stands on the roads. The buses, the taxis and the cars are toward as they stop due to breakdown. With the first shower, there is a breakdown of electricity and it may take hours to days to get the fault repaired. So darkness and heat trouble the residents of Karachi during that period.

For days after the rain the trouble continues. Children gather on the road and throw stagnant water into the passing buses and cars drenching the occupants with muddy water. Buses, taxis and cars passing along the roads splash muddy water and spoil the clothes of the passers by and the poor passersby are helpless. They content themselves by abusing and cursing the drivers or showing their anger by gesticulation.

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