Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Rolling blackouts

We've now been in Delhi for 5 days and are finally starting to get used to this place. In the past 6 months, we've experienced the odd power failure here and there but we never expected a daily blackout (twice a day) here in Delhi.

The first time it happened, we thought it was because of the crappy hotel we picked. We realized soon after that this was not the case. Every morning around 9:30am, the first blackout of the day would happen. Sometimes, the hotel staff would ring the bells to warn the guests. Then, you'll hear the generator starting up and we'll get everything back again (minus the A/C) within a minute or so. About an hour later, the power will go off for a split second as they turn off the generators and resume power. Again, in the evening around 8:15pm, all this will happen again. It's amazing how much quieter (it's all relative) the streets are when all the generators are off.

We were surprised to find that Delhi had rolling blackouts. It'll be interesting to see what the smaller cities experience.


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