Winter bids goodbye. It had been unbearable this year because one had to be careful in using gas heaters owing to the high cost of gas and prohibitive cost of electricity. Summer is just round the corner with a face as stern as that of the Minister of Power who seems to have a bag full of unwanted tricks. The first, and most unsavoury too, is loadshedding that started with a bang yesterday. Last night a storm hit Lahore and the electricity in our area was gone for twelve hours, from 6:30 PM to 7:00 AM the next morning. As summer creeps nearer, one starts shedding clothes looking for things to fan one's self with. With the price of hand-fans (and candles) rising, an old newspaper often comes in handy. Our power minister says that loadshedding would be over by the end of 2009 but one has to take that with a pinch of salt. We still believe that he could save lot of electricity while flooding the market with Energy Savers, which he promised to do. There are, then, the steps like declaring Saturday & Sunday as holidays and also closing down the markets at 8:00 PM. Perhaps our rulers should also be given a taste of loadshedding so that they could appreciate suffering of the public. Somebody once said, "winters in Pakistan are too cold to work and summers too hot. In between weather is too pleasant to work. So Pakistan is a land of lotus-eaters". -COL (Retd) R.M. AKHTAR, Lahore, March 28.