Power Struggle – Electricity, KSEB and Me

James Bond Villan

After my announcement about retirement from active rat racing, KSEB have begun a campaign to make me regret my decision. I can see them sitting in fancy chairs and stroking white felines saying stuff like So, Binny thinks he can escape the rat race, huh. We will show him, won’t we.<Evil laugh>

After laughing for a while, they will turn to the nearest henchmen and say Mr. Jaws, would you mind throwing the switch?. And Jaws, never a man to turn away from challenges, goes over to the switchboard. Amid the many blinking lights on the switchboard, there will be one big red button with the words Danger! in big, bold typeface. Jaws, ignoring the sign with the ease of George Bush when he was ignoring the words of UN, pushes the button.

Meanwhile, about 40, 50 Klicks from the above secret hideout, I will be working on my computer. The moment the button is pressed, a device I have kept on the ground will make a rather annoying sound to alert me to the fact that all is not right with the world. That some where, some evil henchmen have pushed a big red button with the words Danger! in big, bold typeface.

Then I will be forced to shutdown the computer because there is a power failure, and my UPS will continue to make that annoying noise until I turn it off. This was the trend for the last 3 days. No power from 10 in the morning to around 5 in the evening. There is very little to do when there is no electricity. Sure, you could read a book(I am reading ‘Quick Service’ by P G Wodehouse), but its not a permanent solution.

I know this is going to sound stupid but I resigned from work to get some work done. Not to sit at home to follow the adventures of Jeeves, Bingo Little, and the other protagonists from the works of Wodehouse – no matter how humorous they are.

I have been forming a plan to counter this threat. I call it Total Time Reversal. Or TTR for short. More details in the next post.

Comments

  1. 🙂

    I know exactly how it feels. If you are going for freelancing long term, I suggest you get the following.

    1. 2 computers at least. You never know when the harddisk crashes!

    2. Some solid power backup. I know it is costly. But in Kerala, there is no way around.

    3. 2 broadband lines. For example, get Asianet line for Rs.199 and BSNL line for Rs. 500.

    Happy freelancing! 🙂

  2. BinnyVA says:

    1. 2 computers at least. You never know when the harddisk crashes!

    Please don’t use the words ‘harddisk’ and ‘crash’ in the same sentence – it gives me nightmares 😉
    Anyway, I have 3 computers. One is busted – but 2 are in working condition. 1 belongs to my brother but is available in case of an emergency.

    2. Some solid power backup. I know it is costly. But in Kerala, there is no way around.

    Hmm… I have an inverter – but it is not hooked up the the computer.

    3. 2 broadband lines. For example, get Asianet line for Rs.199 and BSNL line for Rs. 500.

    I have a Tata broadband connection – and Reliance Land line. In emergency, I can use reliance to connect to the net. Sure, its dial up – but enough for emergencies.

    > Happy freelancing!
    Thanks for the advice – its stuff like this that one don’t consider while jumping into freelancing. Most people learn these stuff the hard way(as I am doing now)

  3. […] In the last post, I promised to show you the way to beat KSEB and their nefarious schemes. I called that method TTR – or Total Time Reversal. But in the days between the promise and this post, there is a small change in plans. I found that total time reversal was not for me – a partial one is enough. The difference between the two? In total time reversal, 12 AM becomes 12 PM. In partial time reversal – the difference is not that big. […]

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