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Driving in the monsoon

I got out at around 7am this morning and found everything dark, wet and dangerous. It was raining so hard and visibility was so poor that I had to turn on the headlights of the car. All the roads had become raging torrents and even the main highway looked like a swollen river.

I turned on the car heater to keep the windows from fogging up, yet the same car that usually gets too hot for constant air conditioning, failed to heat anything. All this the very next day I washed and waxed the car. Just as well since the wax made the windshield repel water and visibility would have been close to zero if not for that. The wads of dirt under the car that I couldn’t get to while washing it are also washed off.

Things seemed better around Pindi since it wasn’t raining as hard, but they’ll get a lot worse once the traffic builds up and the runoff from Islamabad reaches it. Islamabad is relatively better positioned and has a good drainage system that prevents water from collecting for too long, but it all ends up in Rawalpindi with nowhere else to go.

Looking on the bright side, at least the recent water shortages will be over.

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