This is a harsh, aggressive and unforgiving society and I make no apology for saying so.In my time here I have seen things that have made me shudder, that have shaken my belief in the common good, that are so inequitable as to be monstrous and unacceptable.
The capital is in the grips of a heat wave. The temperatures are soaring, the streets are empty, the sun is too strong and harsh for people to be out in it. 47 C yesterday and how that affects me is that my A/Cs don't work because the power is not strong enough, so they emit hot air, the power simply ceases about 8 times a day as the consumption levels go through the roof and there are few places that you can escape to. I have a pool, a house, a roof, occasionally a fan and A/C and a back up generator. SO MANY DONT.
I think about my house girl in her small practically windowless room which is cooled by a desert cooler many years old, I think about the fruit sellers standing in the sun trying to sell their fruit, ( I cannot understand why they elect to park themselves in the sun) I think about the manual labourers who are on the building site next door especially the women, toiling in these temperatures, where the water is hot from the sun, where there is no shade, no shame, no sanity.
And yet in all of this harshness, all along my way today, the common man with others to help had set up stalls offering drinks to every passer by. A drink called Ruhapsa and Sharbat ( sherbet to you and me). The drink is cloudy pink and supposed to refresh you, to act as a tonic, a pick me up. I stopped to check it out and this young boy rushed over to give me a cup. Then you start believing again though I have no doubt that lives will be lost to the sun this time.