Wednesday, November 10, 2010

On a Sugar High

Asalam Alaikum,
This situation is getting ridiculous, when we first came to Karachi we could buy sugar in the market for Rs.45-55 per kilo, today the price is Rs. 125 per kilo. It seems like every couple of months there is a spike in the price, especially during Ramadan. Last year it got so bad that it was difficult to even find sugar in the market unless you went right at the time the delivery was coming off the truck. Tariq would have to go sometimes two to three times during the day to try to find sugar, and most of the shopkeepers wouldn't sell him more then one or two kilos at a time.

At one point when the shortage was really bad I remember watching the news and seeing a police officer in a room filled with sacks. He cut one open to show a white substance, then dipped his finger in to taste it. It was like a scene from a movie where the cop finds a shipment of cocaine. I thought it was a drug bust at first, but then Tariq translated, it was sugar.

This video from Al Jazeera from Ramadan last year shows how it was last Ramadan.

The problem seems to continue getting worse. Every time the price spikes afterward it doesn't return to its previous level, but ten to fifteen Rupees more than it was.


Heather said...

I'd send you some sugar supplies but I have a feeling they might not make the full journey. :)

Lindsay said...

i was going to suggest the same as heather... maybe you could start an underground sugar supply co.... all us out west can start sending it to you disguised as yarn... that's it! it'll be cotton candy spun and disguised as yarn LOL

Adventurous Ammena said...

funny.. hubby commented yesterday how cheap carrots are in UK compared with Pakistan.. his reasoning?? its a winter veg, and its always generally winter somewhere in this country lol :D