Daylight Savings Time

On Saturday afternoon, my better half informed the father-son duo that our humble abode will observe The Earth Hour later at half past eight. The three year old did not care and I told myself that using battery powered devices such as iPhone during the Earth Hour would be well within the spirit. Then we both forgot about it.

At 8:15 pm, the two of us were reminded that we had fifteen more minutes to monkey around. It was then I realised why the campaigners had chosen half past eight. It was a cunning plan to put people to bed 🙂 and save energy for more than one hour.

After some persuasion, the person who considers himself most powerful in the household was made to understand that it was indeed time to bed by the person who does not have time for such considerations. I informed both that we will wake up to losing one hour next morning to Daylight Savings Time. After that we all managed to fall asleep.

I am up since one am, which is now two am. Going to be bed too early meant I had observed the twice a year ritual of a clock change LIVE for the first time in nine years since I moved to London.

Whatever may be the reason to observe Daylight Savings in the northern (and also southern) regions, I continue to like the tropical way of choosing the standard time and sticking to it all year around. But I will put that preference aside.

Does UK, at least England and Wales, make the best use of the limited hours of sunshine? I don’t think so. Left to me, I will wind the clocks to GMT + 30 minutes for the whole year.

No. It has nothing to do with the Indian Standard Time being the only major standard time which is not a one hour multiple. I just find the daytime, observing British Summer Time, in Jun-Jul-Aug to be too long and the early evenings in Dec-Jan-Feb, observing Greenwich Mean Time, too dark.

Moving to Europe has made me wonder why the eastern residents of India continue to suffer the hegemony of its more populous western India neighbours? Surely the folks in Arunachal and perhaps even Bengal do not like to wake up when Sun has already spent a few hours in the backyard nor would they like to stay awake far too late when rest of India enjoys its Prime Time entertainment!
India’s Eastern provinces need a separate time zone.

In the urban areas all over the world, it is the alarm and not the rooster nor the early sunshine that wakes us up from slumber. This is partly because we all wake up to the standard time chosen for us that decides the office time, transport schedule, entertainment hours etc. The advent of light bulb resulted in the death of ‘local time’. We have lost our heritage observed universally over several millenia.

It is time for England and Eastern India to wake up to appropriate hours suitable to their geography. It is also time for me to force myself to sleep because the man who considers himself such and such will be up at the same time tomorrow morning oblivious to my concerns about spending the day according to daylight hours!


One thought on “Daylight Savings Time

  1. Rhymester

    The need for Eastern parts of India to have a separate time zone is obvious. Half past the hour funda makes Indian Standard Time unique. Good reading this one, Mr Pandit.


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