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Let there be light …

Today has been a pretty horrendous day actually …

We had no electricity for almost 12 hours …
From about 12 in the afternoon to about 12 now …

It is a pretty sad experience really – something we haven’t faced for a while …
There was a time – about a year ago, when there would be no electricity for 4 hours daily in the summers due to load shedding …

Thankfully, that situation has improved tremendously now – and electricity disappearing has reduced quite a bit …

Anyways, what was really cool today – was the experience of it all …
Allow me to get a bit philosophical (and a little kooky) while I try to explain what my experience was …

Before I get started, just a little background information …
Our house has two floors and each floor has its own UPS (inverter) backup which allows us to run a couple of tube lights and fans for 4 – 5 hours …

When initially the power went out, it was still bright outside – and everyone — in the optimistic anticipation that power would be restored soon (it generally does by around 6 P.M.) – spent the back up electricity running fans when they could actually do with some discomfort – in order to save the power up for later …

However, when the inverter beeped and let us know (at around 7 P.M.) that it was almost drained — and there were no signs of the power coming back, we cramped up into two rooms (from four initially) to save up on the remaining power …

After a while, when the inverter complained again, we were forced to move into the drawing room to further save up on power …
And we eventually had to switch from the single bright tube-light to the very dim, power saving lamp — when the inverter started beeping – notifying us of its final stages …

This is a pretty depressing feeling – knowing that you’re at the end of your line …
The inverter would give up any second now – and we’d have to spend the rest of the night in complete darkness …

At around 10:30 P.M., the inverter finally croaked. All of us gave up, switched off the lamp and went to bed.

A lot of work still had to be done.
Mail had to be replied to. Some coding was still left. My brother had to do his assignments and journals.
Everyone felt so helpless…

I somehow could relate to the movie “Children of Men” – in which there was no hope for mankind even at the peak of their civilization — when all the women become infertile.
(However, I related to it at a slightly different level)

At around 11, I crawled into bed – anticipating an extremely hot and humid night – with the guilt of leaving tonnes of work incomplete — that needed to be done by today.

Suddenly, just as all hope was exhausted, the inverter clicked – letting us know that power was back on.
Electricity was finally restored!!!

The street lamps outside — slowly came to a glow, televisions were switched on in the neighbourhood and the fans in my house started rotating again…
Suddenly, out of nowhere – I felt hope …

I don’t know how and why … but I felt everything was going to be alright …
Whatever the worries – at home, work, about the future, etc – I felt everything was going to be okay …
(This is the kooky part I was mentioning about)

I am not being an idiot by pinning my hopes on the state government – and every time they restore power – but on a more general phenomenon …

So many times in our lives, when we’re feeling down and out due to situations not within our control — something miraculously happens and everything is back to the way it is supposed to be…

Though this may not happen everytime – it does give us something to live for…
Perhaps this is something which makes humans – humans…

As ‘The Architect’ from the Matrix aptly put:

“Hope, it is the quintessential human delusion, simultaneously the source of your greatest strength, and your greatest weakness.”

Or as I would prefer to put it:

“Everything will be alright in the end. If it is not, its not the end!”

:)

[ Min number of posts to go till Mar 17, 2008 : 77.]

Comments (6)

  • Rishi Agarwal 10 years ago Reply

    I am commenting on your blog after a long time :)

    Anyways, let me add, hope and belief is what keeps this world moving. Just like Shaggy says in his song – Hope :

    ” And this hope
    That keep me holding on
    And on
    And this hope
    That makes me carry on
    On and on ”

    And that’s why I hate when someone shatters someone’s hope , belief !

    P.S. : I was going to write a blog on ‘Hope’ , but I guess you beat me to it ! Still, it will come soon ….

  • biks 10 years ago Reply

    hey hey hey…
    hope???
    saurabh what the heck is wrong with you dude? getting all philosophical over electricity? hope and electricity?
    man you need to relax a little… you seem to be too connected learn to live without technology for a few days… id recommend a trip to mahabaleshwar for a few days without a cell phone or a laptop to interrupt your peace of mind…
    heck it wouldnt be a bad idea to plan it out for a weekend…
    you interested? we guys could head up there for a couple of days and just put our feet up and enjoy some quality time… ask the others if they would be interested…

  • Saurabh Jain 10 years ago Reply

    @Bikram:
    Dude, now that you are in Mumbai, I think “losing power” seems like an alien concept ..

    You have no idea how much heart-ache and trouble this causes. Especially when you have projects due and cannot work on them …

    The euphoria, on the electricity coming back on, is completely justified in my opinion.

  • biks 10 years ago Reply

    hehehe
    yeah i know… but theres a charm to it all that you do not find with the constant supply of electricity in mumbai…
    life is meant to be full of unexpected twists and turns, not the mundane reality of the inevitable…
    the grass though, is proverbially greener on the other side…

  • Yuvi 10 years ago Reply

    You draw too much analogies to the Matrix.
    I think it was good that I never saw that film.
    I think me not seeing it was bad as well.
    So, I hope it was good that I never saw that film.

    And, I know how it feels, ‘coz that happens here as well :)
    Fortunately, no UPS here (not even for the comp).
    So, no hope to lose to be gained back.

    When power goes, sit down, play on the cellphone, wait.
    Repeat till power on the cellphone pukes.
    :)

  • imelda 9 years ago Reply

    Waiting for the day when there will be no more brown outs. It brings so much inconvenience especially at night when i am about to sleep from the whole day’s tiredness.

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