Wednesday, July 13, 2005

And the Power goes off…..

Last night we did not have power from 6p.m to 9p.m. Our whole apartment complex, just blacked out, not sure of the reason. In India when the power goes off we just need to worry about the sultriness and mosquitoes. But here, we need to worry about food as well. No power no food, for me an extra item no phone as well, since I have a Vonage phone connection. We have experienced this power failure twice, once it was during a snow storm and we with a 5 day old baby, no heater, no food, no hot water, it was a terrible.
Though the power never goes out here, but when it goes, it paralyses life. Imagine the East Coast power failure, thousands were stranded, here basic things like power, water are all in abundance and works so well, but once it fails, the system breaks, it is because they are over dependent on all this. In India though we lack with basics like power failure often, water scarcity, life will still go on.

23 Comments:

Blogger ioiio said...

yaa yaa... I too experienced this. Within a couple of hours.. I returned to stone age from the land of dreams..

Ellam irundhum edaiyum use panna mudiyala

9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi AF...
I came to US in August 2003 and we had that huge blackout during that time....I had to climb 15 floors, Use the mobile restrooms, no phone, No dinner, no gas in my friends car...I wont forget those 2 days...that too 2 days after coming to US...Current ellati enga makkal adi poiduvanga.......enna sollunga India India than
kaush

10:12 AM  
Blogger PVS said...

yep, no electricity, no life :))

Surprising..I was thinking abt the first power cut when u had a 5 day old baby only yesterday and you have mentioned it in your blog :))

3:59 PM  
Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

Yeah...agreed 100%, life has become so much dependent on electricity.!

I had a power problem a couple months back and felt miserable.

I didn't even know where the flash light was..to lightup a candle.!

4:31 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

people lose their resistance power towards some strange occurances (which are normal in India), if they are pampered too much with many facilities.

good that you are highlighting it with your recent experience

11:45 PM  
Blogger Ms Ch said...

Ouch! The dependence is the handicap!

5:49 AM  
Blogger AF said...

@PVS: That is what is called telepathy.

@Sir: Yes very true, intialy we used to sit in the dark since no candle etc. But now We have made sure we have some candles and matches.

@Ram: Yes in India life is more simple and less complicated. But now things are changing, but even then its good I feel.

8:11 AM  
Blogger Me said...

today experienced a similar thing....half way through brushing my teeth water stopped...i was lucky to get a half a bottle of water from the fridge.....

not even a drop for drinking, cooking, .... and i called up the univ ppl and they said they had to stop the supply for an emergency....

this was for my post today ...how life comes to standstill....u beat me...

4:23 PM  
Blogger monu said...

hmm...
whenever power goes and life came to a stand still, my grandfather used to say that in those days..there wasnt this kind of dependancy on electricity...

but yes..in india life still goes on.....
:)
only if the motor doesn't run, we wont have water....
:(

1:10 AM  
Blogger TJ said...

Similar exp for me. I was working from home last week. dhideernu power off. modem went down, so couldnt connect to office VPN.
ennennavo nondi parthein. Fuse/Trip ellam! after a lot of effort finally found electricity that prepaid balance became 0. Apporam emergency credit la pottu konja neram ottinein.

6:01 AM  
Blogger Suguna Purushothaman said...

electricity - independent variable
we - dependent variable

7:14 AM  
Blogger Vivhyd said...

ya af.. I remember couple of instances that occured at my place.. 1st ofcourse the NorthEast blackout. and other during a snow storm.. there wasn't power for 3 days in my apt complex.. however powerful this country is.. a power cut and whole life comes to standstill... hmm

12:56 PM  
Blogger Ansh said...

the east coast power failure...man i was there...was a crazy fun day...leave alone food, water, heating...we had to worry about house break-ins!

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