The heat of summer is in full force now, and the load shedding is getting worse every day. InshAllah, soon the rain will start and it will help cool off the city a bit. :-)
So here are a couple of quick tips for heat/load shedding survival!
These are one of your best friends when the lights go out. I love these woven fans, we usually have plain ones for our own daily use and some pretty colored ones on hand for guests. Also they are very cheap-15-25 rupees, so when the kids break them, they are easy to replace.
Emergency lights! Plug it in and turn on, then they automatically turn on when the lights go. Much safer than a candle, and on a full charge some get up to 8 hours of continuous use. We have hooks placed in certain rooms of the house, so you can just pop the light on the hook in the wall and not have to worry that it will fall off a table or something like that.
Water coolers. We empty our 5 gallon bottles of water into the cooler, and drop in a bowl of ice. We don't bother with ice cubes, they would never last! Instead we keep 4-5 bowls of bottled water in the freezer and then just dump a new bowl into the cooler. It does have to be cleaned out fairly often, so that is one of Tariq's chores.
A generator. Worth more than it's weight in gold. The normally run on petrol/gasoline, but here in Karachi they can be fitted with a converter to run off of CNG, like the cars. This one is strong enough to run all the lights and fans, the TV, and the pumps to fill the water tanks, but not the AC, the refrigerator, or oddly the iron. So if you have a function to go to, better to press your clothes early, as the lights will almost surely go out while you are getting ready!