18 Days to Darkness
For the first time in ages, I am afraid. One of my worst nightmares is coming to life. And I don’t even have time to prepare – it will hit me in 18 days. The black death. Dark ages. The darkness. These are just some of the names given to my nightmare. You might know it as load shedding.
For ages I have been waging war against the powers that be. Or, to be more specific, against the Kerala State Electricity Board. For the longest time they have been trying to keep from me the very force that’s critical to my existence – this thingy called electricity. I have even tried to reverse time itself to escape from their clutches.
This battle has been a stalemate for some time – my powerful UPS battery was more or less a match for their constant power failures. But now they have broken through my defenses – they have given me an ultimatum – 18 days. 18 dismal days. 18 dark depressing days. 18 dispiriting, discoraging days of desperation. OK, OK, I’ll stop – stop hitting the monitor.
Yesterday when I was having coffee, my brother handed me a paper with the ultimatum from KSEB. He pointed out the relevent article…
Water level in the Idukki reservoir has fallen considerably, raising fears that the hydroelectric project which supplies nearly 50 per cent of the electricity generated in the State will have to be shut down if the situation continues for 18 days, a top official of the Dam Monitoring Cell at Cheruthoni said on Tuesday.
(Sorry about the pun – it just came out – couldn’t stop it in time. This is no time for joking.)
My Only Hope
Currently, I am trying to hook up my cycle’s dynamo to my computer. I would have hooked up a bike – but oil price are up – because of me. So cycle and muscle power it is. Wish me luck.
If you are not seeing any update on this site after 18 days, know this. I will not give up – I will go down cycling.