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on April 19, 2012

If there is any organization that has to be rewarded for its punctuality, it must be Tamil Nadu State Electricity Board. I am sure most people in TN (may be except those leaving in Chennai) will agree with me. For the past couple of months, they have been extremely prompt in cutting electricity. The schedule is fixed. There will be load shedding DAILY between 9 am to 12pm, 3pm to 6 pm, 7 30 pm to 8 15 pm, 9 45 pm to 10 30 pm, 12 pm to 12 45 am, 2 15 am to 3 am and between 5 15 am to 6 am.  Once I was surprised to see the power being cut at 2 45 pm instead of 3 only to realize that the wall clock had stopped functioning. How could I doubt the work ethic of the person working in TNSEB!

When I was a child, I used to dread days when there would be an announcement in the newspaper about load shedding. Looking back those days seem better. After all they never used to cut power during the night-time. Over the past couple of months I have realized how difficult it is to sleep under pressure. You know that if you don’t sleep in next one hour, you can’t sleep for another hour after that as there would be no power! UPS is also of not much use as there is not enough time to charge it.

Not all is that bad though. I am able to get up at 9 am without any alarm (thanks to the heat) when the power goes off. Whenever there is an IPL match involving CSK, there seems to be some sort of concession and that’s the only reason for me to support CSK this year. There seems to be some understanding between the drinking water supplier and the electricity board thankfully. ( Water comes only once in 10 days, imagine if it is supplied when there is no electricity, we could not fill the overhead tank!). And some people have found better ways of utilizing this time as indicated in this article: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-openpage/article3316342.ece

Couple of days ago, when the Gaylestorm struck Bangalore, people in my place were more worried by the fact that there was no power cut in the evening. It felt unusual to have no power cut. One of my neighbor actually started cursing the EB for not cutting power! ( That was of course because she was worried if we would see power failure at some unscheduled time). And that was the first time when I enjoyed 20+ hours of electricity in TN in past couple of months.

Things have become normal since. We are again witnessing 10+ hours of power cut daily…

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