Light and Darkness...

Friday, July 25, 2008

I'm in Kerala for my annual holidays and I'm experiencing power cuts again.

Power cuts are like siblings to me. After all I grew up with them!

They are really not so bad. In fact, they are much better than the other power failures. Those are like unwanted guests that come at the least convenient moment and you never know how long they'll stay.

Imagine having come to the crucial part in your cooking, where you need to just grind and add that stuff and pop! goes the power! Or you are about to send an urgent mail and off goes the internet connection. You are watching the most interesting part in a movie and there it goes...only to be back the moment the movie is over! So I really cannot think of anything kind to say about those...but these planned 30 minute power cuts are different...

I have very pleasant memories of power cuts during my school days. It used to be a bonding time for the family. Thirty minutes every evening of keeping all your duties aside and just relaxing. We used to sit in the balcony and listen to all those sounds you never heard when there was power. Sounds of crickets and other insects, sound of the rain water falling on the roof, or dripping from the sunshade. My father and I used to play antakshari and word games or I used to describe the pranks the boys played in class that day or we both used to find some reason to pull my mother's legs.

Now, I'm staying with my mother in her apartment. I find that power cut has become a time for socializing here. The ladies from the apartments come out and sit on the stairs talking and laughing. The children have fun playing. Today, we had the kids give music and dance performances. Its fun time and the kids have started looking forward to those 30 minutes.

I must be getting soft in the head... I almost love power cuts now...It must be age!

10 other wanderers:

Tys on Ice said...

nah, u r not getting old...its our indianess, we tend to make the best of a situation...in our house, we used to take mattress and put it on the balcony and lie down and watch the night sky during powercuts...it also helped that the house is on top of a hill surrounded by the estate and not a soul around...u cud touch the sky...

miss that.

WannabeWriter said...

Tys: WOW!!! Haven't been so lucky...having grown up in the town in the 'Nagars'..I bet you miss it!

Reflections said...

in Kerala huh....annual vacation I take it:-P

Power cuts are fine with me but not in summer. And have u noticed that during these powercuts u can hear the mosquitoes so clearly:-P

But ur powercut sounds really idyllic. I guess, when u know that power will be back in sometime u tend to plan accordingly & so none of the usual discomforts will affect u like it does otherwise.

taupixels said...

Oh.. I love those days!!!! and agree about the socializing and getting together part. It was really the time of the day the family had together.

Reflections said...

U've been tagged:-P

Anonymous said...

You have jotted only the bright side of life during a power cut...have u ever spared a thought on those sales ladies who work in various showrooms in the city rushing back home during those "dark hours"...especially, if they are living in the city outskirts like vypeen, chellanam and such places where they pray to all gods to reach safe home during those dark hours !!Could you ever imagine the theft and murder that occurs in the dark hours...even the murders and anti social elements could draw a plan for their activities due to the pre announced cut...!! Look around and you see the hard realities...Thank god that you are still able to relax on the balcony kidding with your people and cherishing those memories....

Kerala is God's Own Country !! (or Godmen's ???)

I scribble here said...

thankfully power cuts are a thing of the past now, but as u said i have memories of powercuts, which would last fr hours during summers, and it would be a time to socialize
came wandering to ur blog and love the background..the red colour

WannabeWriter said...

@anon: I totally agree. That was just a light post. But I agree with you about the inconveniences and the dangers associated with the power cut and also lot of other things in the God's own country!

@i scribble here: Thanks for the visit :) and glad you liked the colours! :)

WannabeWriter said...

@anon: I totally agree. That was just a light post. But I agree with you about the inconveniences and the dangers associated with the power cut and also lot of other things in the God's own country!

@i scribble here: Thanks for the visit :) and glad you liked the colours! :)

Reflections said...

helllooooooooo.....where r u? High time I see a comment or TWO from u on my blog:-/
p.s- atleast put up the TAG

 
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