Most of Punjab is suffering from a heat wave and the scorched earth begs for rain. The forecast on TV shows eminent rain and winds, but nothing is happening. It seems as if, like everything else in Pakistan, even the weather is against the poor, who do not have access to air conditioners at work and at home. We, the lucky few just want to enjoy rain. I work at a Call Center at night, and dress for rain in the morning every day, which never comes. The weather app on my cell phone predicts showers that never come. We all pray for an end to this heatwave before the arrival of Ramadan.


Lahore, June 19.