As Tamil Nadu is plagued by frequent power cuts these days (Oh no weeks…Oh wait years!), I thought I’d make a short list of things not to do during a power cut. Trust me, one of these tips are bound to come handy for you because I’ve drawn them from my own experience. So, let’s get down to business…
#5 Reading books on mental asylums with a torch light is not going to help you !
That’s right! Electroshock therapies, lobotomies, schizophrenia is NOT going to lift your moods up. I thought I would finish the last part of One flew over the cuckoo’s nest in the torchlight but dang after McMurphy was sent to the Shock shop, I got depressed and shut the book. So here’s a piece of advice. If you are planning on reading a book during the power cut, pick a nice happy book that doesn’t involve mental illness, revenge, murder or ghosts.
#4 Taking close-up shots of the candle
No one is going to give you a Pulitzer Prize for that. The closest thing that you could achieve is getting your camera lens burned or at least blowing your candle light off. I know it can be tough. It is only during the time of power cuts that our photographic instincts take a peek.
#3 Do not sing. Oh for god’s sake no !
We always get the incredible urge to sing out loud when we are alone. Unless you want to get frightened by your own voice in the dead silent house or make the next door neighbour think there is banshee invasion, please don’t it.
#2 Don’t sit on your laptop
Just when you thought you’d sit down and have a small nap, you hear a chilling ‘CRACK’ and there your laptop shudders a bit and breathes its last breath.Oh yes my friends! Been there.. Done that..Your laptop may not have any charge left(because you watched back-to-back episodes of Big Bang Theory) but that doesn’t mean it is useless. So, don’t keep it on the chair. Stumbling in the dark and falling on your laptop isn’t a good excuse either.
#1 Calling the Electricity Board enquiry-line number is totally useless
This is most important tip. There are two reasons why calling the EB guy is useless.
– There’s that sickeningly sweet voice telling you to “Please check the number you have dialled”.
– In those rare occasions when an actual human picks up your call, you hear the redundant answer “In another half an hour Madam”.. That’s probably the 3rd half an hour I’m in. Apparently he was teaching me the time paradox.
So there you go! I hope you found them ‘insightful’ 😉 Have you got any tips that we’d like to hear ?