I was watching a TV series when a thought came into my mind.
Why do the characters go out and check their electric meters when the lights go out ? check if the entire area is out of electricity supply.It is not as if your previous 10 generations were electricians and your is the 11th generation.
Now, you may be wondering why this came up, so let me give you a sneak peek into my thought process.
In Pune (India), where I live, electricity cuts are very rare (contrary to popular belief). Which means, whenever there is a power outage, it is usually announced well in advanced. The possible causes are mostly maintenance, power cuts across the national grid or first drop of rain (don’t know why,but it always is the case).
Now, whenever I face such an outage, I first peep out of the window to check if the apartment next to mine has also gone dark. If it is day time, there is usually a house wife who is talking on a phone explaining to the other house wife that there is an outage at the other end.
Once confirmed that there is an outage, then I proceed to call the electricity board to lodge a complain and find out when the power will be restored.
If, however, the surrounding apartments show no such signs of outage, then I do not proceed to check my power meter.
Long exposures to such TV series / Films have taught me that there is always a killer in waiting. I proceed to call the electrician and have him look into the matter, albeit for a nominal fee.
So, Beware …
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