Power Rewind

It’s a pleasant surprise to come across posts about Bangalore where there is a similarity of perspectives. On a topical note, I wonder what are the odds of such a co-incidence? ;)

Anyway. You will recall my posts earlier on the power cuts and lack of aesthetic sense among the powers-that-be in Bangalore.

I came across this brief but well-articulated writing by Rasheed Kappan in The Hindu here where he bemoans the loss of aesthetics.

Did the signboards, the huge hoardings add value to the city’s spirit of design?

Similarly, Shruthi has this excellent post where she recollects power-cuts in Bangalore over a time-line and the effect they had on her.

Age 15 – Exam time. Just curse the electricity board and continue studying with the aid of an emergency lamp.

All I can say is this: any time a power cut – scheduled or unscheduled – happens in Chennai, its enough to drown in your own sweat. In Bangalore, your exit will be via a different route : mosquitoes.

Enough of these morbid thoughts. Its good to be alive.



12 Comments so far

  1. usha (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 1:10 pm

    on an allied note to powercuts and load shedding, YOu know there is so much voltage drops and surges that equipment burn out. In the past year alone, the mother board of our aquaguard had to be changed twice and TVs had to be repaired twice at enormous costs. Funny the TV is supposed to come with an built in stabiliser but yet this happens. And I have heard similar things happening to my friends too..

  2. Ravi (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 1:16 pm

    You mean all those surges, drops are still continuing? My gosh, that is so sad. I’m scared for the electronic stuff I have to bring back! Chennaites are so damn lucky here….perfect power 99% of the time! Pure co-incidence that its election time, but the wide roads are velvet smooth and overall cleanliness and maintenence on the main thorougfares are excellent here!

  3. rubic_cube (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 1:26 pm

    I have not noticed such destructive power surges. But the other stuff… oh so sad! No amount of mosquito repellants are enough to drive them. Or maybe Bangalore has some special mutated variety that are immune to these repellants.

  4. Shruthi (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 1:28 pm

    Hey, thanks for the kind words, and for linking to my post! :)

  5. Ravi (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 1:31 pm

    @ Rubic_cube : re: ‘mutated variety’…jeez, that is terrifying to me, to say the least!

    @ shruthi : most welcome! Even your latest post is thought provoking. Kudos!


  6. Ambar (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 1:37 pm

    The Bangalore mosquitoes are rather selective BTW.
    They make one’s life hell in Koramangala. But in good old Malleshwaram, even the mosquitoes are “cultured” and considerate. :D

  7. Ravi (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 1:57 pm

    To take it further & I’m ‘hazarding’ a guess here but the reason is that in good old Malleshwaram, people are too gentle? Or, genteel?

  8. Peter (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 8:08 pm

    OMG! I’m going to Chennai and Bangalore in June – just how bad are the mosquitoes? Are they “malarial?”

  9. krishna kumar (unregistered) on April 22nd, 2006 @ 12:42 am


    Don’t worry. they don’t get malarial in june. In fact, these days they aren’t malarial at all. Just make sure your hosts in chennai and bangalore have enough mosquito coil.

  10. Ambar (unregistered) on April 22nd, 2006 @ 12:53 am

    KK, how come you know so much about mosquitoes and malaria? :D

    Anyway, the Koramangala mosquitoes are prolific, but they seem to have picked up the sedentary habits of their primary prey.

  11. rubic_cube (unregistered) on April 22nd, 2006 @ 10:32 am

    Indira Nagar and Airport Road areas are also heavily infested. One cannot hope to walk peacefully after 6:45PM. Even in the dead of the night, one can hear an occassional mosquite bzzing around! God protect you if the power goes off in the night. Not only does it become queasy, but the mosquitoes make it all the more nasty!

  12. BangaloreGuy (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2006 @ 11:49 pm

    All this power cuts, the related problems and yet our media and politicians are still talking about new power projects and not bringing them on-stream. Sigh.

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