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!