Switch Off ~ With Pleasure!

So, there was this huge initiative about conserving the Earth. "Lights go out across the planet for the Earth Hour" as reported by CNN. Well, I observed it too. But I have to mention that it was a joint effort by the Municipality and the Electricity Board of my city. I have great respect for their concern towards containing global warming (probably even more than Mr. Al Gore has ever shown!).

Firstly, some Municipality folks come over and dig up the entire street. Old, worn out cables being replaced with new, they claim. Since it's an improvement whatsoever, the people living around, don't mind hopping out of their homes, on precariously balanced wooden planks, to the street. Once the replacing work is done, here's how they cover up what they have dug out. Pile everything back into the pit so that we now have makeshift speed breakers as soon as we step out of the main gates! Again, I must mention the point to be noted here (I know you would overlook it)! The Municipality has its own ways to keep a check on reckless driving! How would we get caught for speeding on the roads when we can't even take our vehicles out! I am genuinely all praises for their commitment to the society. Like the popular advertisement, "What an Idea Sirjee!"

Then, in the process of replacing cables, our bright folks tinker with the electricity ones and there you go! Thus began our "Earth Day" (not the Hour obviously, because the power was gone all day. We are better citizens!). Now, the people from the Electricity Board come over (after numerous pleas and phone calls). I found these guys to be more concerned about all this "Global Warming" than the Municipality folks. I will tell you why. A little wire fixing work that technically required like half an hour to complete (as the pit was already dug up!), took them around four hours to fix. Anyway, their dedication towards a better and safer planet for our future generations is commendable!

Cheers for the planet Earth.. Hip Hip.. (blink! oops, power cut) beep beep beep.

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29 comments:

Sauron said...

Kaddu... nice one! And quite the opposite happened to me yesterday. The campus was awash with lighting because we had the Annual Convocation, and there were VIPs all over. Hence, requests to observe Earth Hour were disregarded. :|

Karsub said...

All for a good cause I'm sure. The people of Earth thank the Municipality and Electricity Board of wherever you are. All other municipality and electricity boards should follow their lead.

Kruthika said...

That's India! :D

Hemal said...

Well, it is similar situation every where in India. Well, you would be lucky. We face 8 hours of loadshedding every day. It is just for elections that we are not facing loadshedding for last two days and will last till the polling ends. Votebank politics, you know.

Hemal said...

BTW, your new design is awesome. I just liked the look.

pisku said...

That's indeed a very aware municipality!
well written!

Prerana said...

We should export some of our Elec Board guys to the "DEVELOPED" countries. They take electricity for granted!
We don't need earth hours, we are already in the DARK almost on a daily basis.

Liked your new layout, btw. Cool and uncluttered, and I love the white BG! Your disclaimer got me in splits, do you add to it periodically?

Kadambari said...

Sauron
Like you said in your post today, we can conserve the planet in our little ways!

Kartik
Lol! True.

Kruthika
:D

Hemal
Yea, somethings never change! And thanks!

Pisku
Thanks! :)

Prerana
Lol! Indians could revolutionize the Earth! With such skills!
And thanks. I wrote the Disclaimer just yesterday with a little help from the web.
:)

acp said...

i believe we indians should not be bothered about Earth hour coz on an average day we shed more power out of compulsion than the entire world does in a year with all the media campaigns. The digging holes can be a very innovative way of traffic control, dont share the idea with the muncipality they will take it as an excuse to keep them exposed forever heheheh nice post

Kadambari said...

ACP
Lol! True. They just need excuses to avoid work (that is, if they do any!)

Vyazz said...

Hahaha...frankly this time when I went back to India, we had a total of 8hrs load shedding per day.
Like you said...we Indians are way ahead of the west when it comes to power saving!!!

Anand said...

Hey there...U write well with those funnies included. I like !!

I'll be back.

Anand. :-)

Kadambari said...

Vyazz
8 hours! That's bad! Yea, but that's how Indians manage to conserve energy!

Thank you, Anand.
:)

Parv Kaushik said...

hey man my electricity was over-bred with the idea of electricity conservation... they wer so charged up(pun intended) tht we had no light frm the beginning of earth hour to 4 straight hours... thy wanted to show the world tht we can conserve the most energy!! lolzzz..

Kadambari said...

Lol! We had Press taking pictures of various cities before and during the Earth Hour. They should have taken a few here. It would have been the same.
:D

twilightzombie said...

Its the same situation everywhere in India. I live in the HITEC city in Hyderabad which is having a dedicated power project yet the area face a load shedding of 7 hours daily.. Now do we need to celebrate an Earth Hour separately??
P.S. Impressed by your writing Kadambari

Kadambari said...

Seven hours daily! And the cost of generating power from Diesel is more expensive! Bad statistics.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by, Ravi.

twilightzombie said...

ya, my college claims that they are spending 10,000 rupees daily on diesel to generate power for the college.

Gautam said...

hey...
really a very nice blog...
and ur thoughts are impressive...
check out mine at http://gdhameja.blogspot.com

Tandoori said...

An honorable mention - the telephone guys who complete the picture beautifully!

Ameya said...

These special days or in this case special hours, somehow don't appeal to me.
Conserving essential resources require every day efforts like taking stairs instead of lift if only 4-5 floors are to be climbed,
closing the tap when brushing teeth or shaving...

But then, I hope these 'Earth Hours' are part of larger efforts to save Mother Earth.

Kadambari said...

Yea Ravi, it negates all the 'power saving' effort!

Thanks Gautam. I'll check your blog out too!

Tandoori!
:)

You're right Ameya. We've got to start somewhere. Every little effort counts.

LAN said...

hey; thats a cool blog u have!! keep it up!! nice topics!!

TW said...

Hey K... nice blog.. did you redesign template recently? looks pretty and i love the choice of colors.. bright and lively!

Kadambari said...

Thanks LAN! :)

And yea, I changed the way it looked! Got bored of the earlier one. Thanks!
:)

rads said...

Really Indians don't have to follow the Earth Hour, probably CNN didn't know bout it. A power cut of atleast 2 hours is what we see normally everywhere in India as far as I know. And moreover, especially in IT companies a lot of power can be saved if just employees shut down their laptops before leaving for the day.

Kadambari said...

Yea! Indians unknowingly conserve the Earth but in other ways.. ruin it too.

A said...

Haha all too true. Boarding school was worse, there were whole days we didn't have power because we were too far away from civilization for the municipality to care.

Kadambari said...

Hey, Aareet, that's why, we don't need to set aside hours for shutting the power down! :)

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