India Trip, Day 13: damn electricity

October 26 (Fri) - Day 13:  damn electricity

Living in India teaches you a lot of things.  How to keep emotions under control, how to deal with difficult people, how to respond to sarcasm... and to live in different conditions.  Like, getting used to electricity cut for a few hours every day.  Was speaking to a friend today and she said this 7-9 am and 2-4 pm electricity cut in Hyderabad this year at her husband's factory causes so much problem in the production.  The client does not care about the power cuts, just wants his goods on time.  But with the electricity outage for couple of hours every day, it is slowing down the production at the factory and they just can't help it.  It sucks.

I had last seen the 7-11am and 1-5 pm (total 8 hours per day) of electricity outage (load shedding, as it was called) during my vacation in Amravati several years ago.  Things kept in refrigerator, and even the refrigerator, used to spoil because of the constant temperature changes.  Clothes had to be washed in the washing machine ASAP during lunchtime.  Every alternate morning, around 6 am, some 'meetha paani' (drinking water) came from underground and they would get the motor (installed underground) running to transfer water to the tanks, meanwhile they would fill up 'matke' (pots) with the drinking water before the motor went off.  Only limited number of tube lights and fans at low speeds could be switched on while using the inverter during the hours the electricity was cut.

Of course, I must not complain.  Life in villages and slum areas is even worse; at least we have all the facilities here.  And though as much as I hate this electricity outage everyday, I am telling myself to be positive and to think of it in terms of learning to adapt to circumstances.  'Adapting to any kind of circumstance' is a commendable quality that everyone should have.

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1 comment:

  1. Well said! Adjusting to circumstances and remaining grounded is the best quality one can learn from "Gandhiji".

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