Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A taste of desert heat

I was blissfully asleep at 4am when suddenly I woke up to find myself soaking in sweat.
I could not see anything in the darkness, not even my specs, but immediately realised that the damn power cut has struck again in Sharjah. Thankfully, the AC turned on at 6am again.
But the happiness was shortlived. At 10 again the power went off.
I wanted to follow the Salman Khan way by going half nude, but there was a family sharing my flat. That option out, colleague Raghib suggested reaching office early.
“Lemme grab some grub and join you,” I told him and rang up Agnel.
“Lunch at Bombay Garden,” I told Agnel.
When I reached the restaurant, the sight of Agnel was more pathetic. Fully drenched in sweat, he said there was no power supply there either.
We almost emptied an entire tissue box, slapping tissues on our forehead, shoulders, hands…everywhere.
By the time I reached office, an Arab gentleman commented: “This is just a taste of hell.”
“Is it? I had already tasted this before,” I said.
“I used to travel regularly by 2nd class train between Mumbai and Chennai with family. There is a huge Andhra stretch we cross where the mercury remains relentless. I survived that. I may survive this too,” I just smiled, though fuming inside.

22 comments:

  1. Oh!! Sad! Power cuts here as well. But the weather here is pleasant.

    fuming inside but all smiles outside?? Keeza vizundalum meesai la mannu otta koodaadhu....eh?

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  2. I thought it happens in India only. But why power cuts in such a rich nation?

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  3. Power cuts can really sap you. But, even I am surprised that you have those in the gulf.

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  4. ha ha... yeah, I have also survived noida which is like 10 times dangerous that Andheri.

    Good to hear we have international standard heat...:P

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  5. Power cuts in Dubai, can't believe it!
    Anyway in Bangalore you have power cuts when there is no rain, there is power cut due to rains, here we don't know when to expect what.

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  6. So its happening everywhere? Damn! Mumbai is good then! You are missing out some awesome rain...Him is coming to town on 23rd! :D

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  7. Looks like we are blessed among the lot!
    We haven't had a power cut in months now!
    Thank God for small mercies!

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  8. did you say power cuts...! OMG...!

    THEY ARE DRIVING ME NUTS TOO HERE IN J&K.
    maybe i should stop cursing the electricity dept. here..!!

    the climate here is damn humid...!! all sweaty sticky..! yuck

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  9. It was shocking to hear about power cuts in Dubai. In Kerala, I used to hate the one hour power cuts but when I came to Noida, I had to somehow make peace with over 9 hours of power cuts! Tell me about it, bro! There are stretches of summer nights when you can't sleep and worst part is a child can't sleep in such bad weather. Toss, turn, toss, turn becomes the formula.

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  10. Power cuts are horrible. I hope it doesn't happen too often. Chill:-)

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  11. The monsoons are here...no more power cuts for us in AP.

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  12. power cuts are like ARGHH! We are having a string of em nowdays...!

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  13. We are better off at Muscat! Yayy no power cuts here. my office id is sujatas@deenarmedia.com. Please tell your friends to mail me their cv and we will take it up from there.

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  14. Its much worse here in mumbai...

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  15. revathi ji.
    am not able to reach yr blog..wishes..

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  16. Blackouts! It is prevalent in your part of the world too! I'm surprised.

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  17. he he..
    I did not make the mistake of calling you to hear the same plight about light!

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  18. It seems just the same in India, Dubai and Canada. Here, we don't even need a reason to be left for days without power.

    But glad you keep on smiling, even if you are fuming inside...hehehe!

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  19. oh gawd...the power cut is still on???????????????????????????????? jus heared the temp is 50 smthng...is it????

    phew phew.... tak care...

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  20. I find it a bit difficult to believe that you have power cuts in Dubai too.I thought this was the monopoly of the Indians only

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  21. Power cuts kill you! When I was in Guj I had started taking 24 hrs of electricity supply for granted! It was my trip to UP that made me value the whole thing!

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