Power Cuts, Load Shedding, Whatever

Serves me right for saying that there’s no load shedding in Bangalore.

In the last two days, the area where I live has experienced power cuts and not the half an hour kind. On Friday, it was a four-hour power cut straight through from 2 pm to 6 pm. Today, there was another cut, this time for two hours and then another one (don’t know how long), and yet another for about 45 minutes.

You read in the newspapers that there are no power cuts or load shedding, it’s repair work or some maintenance work, or something else. The reality is that as far as the consumer is concerned a power cut is a power cut. It’s inconvenient and irksome, especially when the sun has decided to love us with all its energy.

Sometimes power cuts are inevitable because the grids are overloaded because too much power is being drawn. If that’s the case, then we need to look at how much power we consume and cut out wastage of power.

Remember, if I’m wasting power it affects you, and vice-versa, so it’s a lose-lose situation. I’m thinking a win-win situation would be much better.

Then again, maybe we’ll just blame the proverbial “them”, in this case the power company; life’s just easier that way.

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