October 14, 2009

Did you know that Quetta embraces both 'new' and 'old' times? By old I refer to the time-change that happened once-upon-a-time close to a year ago. As it turns out, Balochistan says 'fie' on the new time and they continue to maintain their clocks as before. What that means is that people like us who come in from Islamabad have to keep asking the locals 'what' time they refer to: puraana ya naya, when anything time-related comes up in the conversation. This be most confusing, but-what-can-you-do, like when dealing with most other afflictions of the land of the pure one just grins and bears it.


Salman Latif said...

That's not so with Quetta alone. Majority of the common masses tend to adhere to the 'purana' time rather than moving on to the new setting.
Same goes for mosques, shops and old people.
People hate having to change, you see :D

Desert Mystery said...

We are the odd ones in the subcontinent, the only fools who have daylight savings time. Even if DST does save electricity, it should have ended Sept 30. Its just insane to have it up to Nov 1. I thought you were in Isloo, back in Quetta so soon?

Xeb said...

SL: I'm with them on the don't-like-change business, but it's still bloody confusing.

DM: I took an unscheduled trip into Islamabad over the weekend to shop for furniture and ended up staying back for meetings and such. Back to wrap up the project here and then bye-bye Quetta for a bit methinks! :)

pishipotty said...

I meant to write something about this a little while back.

I met this guy who claimed that daylight savings was introduced my Musharraf to confuse people so they wouldn't be able to pray on time.

True story.

-the sheikh

Salman Latif said...

Oh that it is - and oftentimes, it gives birth to some pretty hilarious situations :D
Imagine such a misunderstanding in marriage etc :P