Monday, October 30, 2006

Daylight Saving Time

I always forget daylight saving time in Europe and this is happened this time also. I have knocked the door of my colleague one hour before the scheduled time today for going to office and he remembered me that we have one more hour to sleep, so relax.

Its normal for an Indian to forget this kind of funny things, changing time by one hour and apparently it seems ridiculous. But it happens in many countries in Europe and America. Someone who do not know about it, can refer to this link. :Daylight saving time (DST), also known as summer time, is a widely used system of adjusting the official local time forward, usually by one hour from its official standard time, for the spring, summer, and early autumn periods. The term Daylight savings time, although commonly used, is technically incorrect.
DST is most commonly used in temperate regions, due to the considerable variation in the amount of daylight versus darkness across the seasons in those regions.
Governments often tout it as an energy conservation measure, on the grounds that it allows more effective use of natural sunlight resource in summer time. Since there is less darkness in the "waking day", there is less use of electric lights. Some opponents reject this argument also.
Well, coming back to my own experience.
First time I have heard about it once I was in UK and I was utterly surprised to see that the Public Store, TESCO was closed one hour before the scheduled time in London, and I could not make some shopping in the last Sunday of March. We loose one hour in March end and gain that hour in October end.
Next year in March I was in Denmark and listening music in midnight. I had a danish lapi and it automatically updated its time with the CET Daylight Saving Time change. Initially I thought that my clock was wrong. In October, I was in Denmark again and could not remember what happened.
Last year it was shocking . We missed our train from Bergen to Voss for Daylight Saving Time change. Fortunately the ticket was flexible and we went to Myrdal, instead of clockwise, we completed our tour anti clockwise in an innovative way. But our friends in Italy missed Express train for this reason on the same day, and its obvious for the Indians to miss something, specially in March last Sunday when time goes forward by an hour.

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