Days and Days and Days OFF!

Has anyone else ever noticed how long it takes for things to get back into the routine after the holidays and Isloo-ites more than usual?

Example? It’s been three days since Eid has been officially over. Three days in which most government institutes and offices have reopened and people have returned to work, yet it is the routine tasks and issues of life that are still suffering from holiday overdose. Household services such as auto mechanics, plumbers, electricians etc are hard to find. Those shops that are open usually have most of their people basking in the winter sun, lethargic themselves because their workers have not returned from their villages. Those who are at work, drop by to listen to your complaint and then charge you for the visit and their inability to finish the work because the hardware or spare parts’ shops are closed. Similarly, lots of such services simply tell you that they will reopen on Monday itself since that is when the people working for them are due and people like me, whose set of four wheels is desperate for an overhaul clunk back home.

The biggest issue for most housewives though is the absence of the maids. Most would have disappeared last Friday and although some have returned most are still enjoying their holidays and will probably return Monday. It makes me think what it is about holidays, especially long weekends or Public holidays that has Islamabad moving in first gear refusing to up-shift till at least another few days have passed.

Oh well, here’s hoping that Islamabad wakes up and revs into gear once this weekend is over. Take care all!

9 Comments so far

  1. JayJay (unregistered) on January 6th, 2007 @ 2:54 pm

    “…people like me, whose set of four wheels is desperate for an overhaul clunk back home.”

    Don’t whine, plan your car’s maintenance better. Should have got it done before, not after, the holidays.

    “The biggest issue for most housewives though is the absence of the maids”.

    They should learn to live without maids/domestic help. Most of the world does not have this luxury.


  2. Phil (unregistered) on January 6th, 2007 @ 2:57 pm

    This is where ‘slums in cities’ model of a city plays a huge role. People of not so affluent background cant live in Islamabad. Yet, their services are of high value for the people who do. Karachi and Lahore have a huge population that live ‘outside’ in the so called satellite districts from where this workforce hails. All Islamabad has maybe Golra Shareef and Saidpur.

    Expansion of the city might add to this problem, as not everyone working in Islamabad, is from Islamabad.

    Like it or not, I would like the ‘Bakra Eid’ to be shortened to just one day!


  3. Jaded (unregistered) on January 6th, 2007 @ 6:34 pm

    @ JayJay: maybe I should have asked my car to make sure it broke down before the holidays?

    And secondly, whether or not the rest of the world has this luxury or not, it is very much a part of the lifestyle here in the city which is what this blog is about so what should or should not be is not the issue.


  4. Abrarism... (unregistered) on January 6th, 2007 @ 11:05 pm

    well… i am happy the way city is looking….feels like back in old times when the roads were not overcrowded, people were scarce, peace and calm in the air!

    ONE thing..you people forgot to appreciate the POLICE which is still on roads, at traffic signals..doing their duty!


  5. JayJay (unregistered) on January 7th, 2007 @ 3:47 am

    @jaded: Now you are changing your statement (and the goal posts). In the blog your have clearly mentioned the word “overhaul” but in your comments it become “broke down”. Well these are two very different situations. Think what you want to write before posting it.


  6. Phil (unregistered) on January 7th, 2007 @ 8:02 pm

    @ Jayjay: What difference does it make. Both of them require skill technicians, not? :/


  7. JayJay (unregistered) on January 8th, 2007 @ 3:05 am

    @Phil: Overhauling/maintenance can be planned, breakdown repair can’t.


  8. Phil (unregistered) on January 8th, 2007 @ 11:35 am

    My question still stands, both of them require skill technicians, not? Answer this troll.


  9. A for [pine]Apple (unregistered) on January 8th, 2007 @ 11:50 am

    hey, jaded you may have asked the “qasayi” maybe he was a mechanic-turned-qasayi ;-)



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