A Sleepless Summer Night
Summer is the most terrible season of the year. The sun shines brightly in the sky. Its scorching heat is unbearable. Everyone perspires from head to foot. Hot winds blow during the whole day. Day and night are equally hot. The heat makes life extremely hard. Birds and animals thirst for water. They look for cool and shady corners for rest and relief. Everybody looks tired, dull and lazy under the influence of heat.
A summer night is very horrible. It is difficult to have an undisturbed sleep. When there is a cut in the electricity supply, life becomes hell. The condition goes from bad to worse. I have also faced a numberless sleepless nights. But there is one particular night which I can’t forget in my whole life. It was the month of June. One evening it was almost close. There was no whiff of air. To add to our woes, suddenly the electricity went out. The fans stopped. It became difficult to lie in bed.
I kept tossing in the bed. The mosquitoes began to bite. In the scorching heat, it was difficult to cover the body with a sheet. Sleep was out of question. I had neither mosquito net nor mosquito repellent. I had to use hand fan but there was no relief. The throat was getting dry every now and then. I drank liters of water. Little children in the neighborhood were crying because of intense heat. Their jarring cries made me uneasy.
Everybody was feeling like a fish out of water. There was no sign of electric current. The people were constantly phoning the electricity complaint centre. A major fault in the electricity supply was reported. The heat was tortuous. I went to the bath room and took bath twice. I came out and began strolling in the lawn. Time was passing very slowly. Thus I had to spend a sleepless night.