I have to admit, I am not too fond of the month of Ramadan for a number of reasons.
I don’t mind the fasting aspect, on the contrary, it’s always good to appreciate your environment and be thankful that you are (hopefully) in a comfortable position in your life. I also appreciate that Ramadan tends to be a very family-centric month. I’ve been able to see all my immediate family members each and every day – something which I usually don’t get a chance to do during a ‘normal’ month.
However, what I do not like is that the countries ‘production’ – as a whole – comes to a complete standstill. It’s as if Kuwait just goes to sleep and has a feasible excuse to do absolutely nothing constructive.
Take my example; I’m trying to get a bunch of things done with our various (infamous) Ministries. In the best of times it takes too long – but during Ramadan – can you say – hair pulling, teeth grinding frustration?
By the time the Ministry staff members actually get in to work – they stamp a couple of papers, start looking at their watches and are already thinking about getting back to bed to avoid the ensuing hunger.
I would estimate a grand total of around 2 hours per day where you can actually get things done.
It would be fascinating to see some productivity numbers for the months of Ramadan in Kuwait. I cannot imagine how they would look on a graph. I would guess that full capacity does not resume until at least 5-10 days AFTER everyone is back from their Eid holiday.
Oh well, I guess it’s just one of those things that will NEVER change….Me, I’m just looking forward to getting back into a normal routine again. I miss that daily predicatablity!
Oh and Eid Mubarak! (well almost)……