Our Power Supply guys should be given Param Vir Chakras 🙂
I make this statement in lieu of the amazing audacity with which they seem to take on nature’s fury head on, every single year. As the sun gets blazing on high octane (actually it’s more like Hydrogen and Helium… hah, like you care!), come the unforgiving summer, something in the Power Supply guys instill them to stand up and say… “ That the best you can hit us with, you pipsqueak… Who Daddy Whoooo! Let’s show the summer our resilience with power cuts for hours everywhere! Baah!” Great Warriors like Attila and Alexander seem like Bugs and Daffy, in front of such extreme war schemas! Anyway… Sunday saw a power-cut, in accordance to the war plans, in my area for about an hour. As the TV I was watching went dark … some dark corners of my brain drenched in light….
The following is a true story. Certain parts of the text may be unsuitable for little children, babies and other semi-intelligent pets. No gory details have been edited, for viewer discretion. (Infact they have been touched up, to ruin your lunch/dinner). If ‘above 18’ Click here to continue.
The story was told to me by my cousin, one rainy afternoon (like the other 364) in Kerala. This was in turn a story that was told to him, by another of his cousin, on yet another rainy afternoon (like the other 363).
As narrated by cousin’ cousin’ (with special inputs from me, swaadanusar)
It so happened that a man walked into an electronics shop, with a wrapped up box in his hand. The contortions on his face, as he lifted it, indicated it to be something between the range of a truck and a soap box. After 13 minutes of doing knotty knotty stuff, a TV was revealed! Err… did I say TV… sorry it was a black box with smouldered plastic, and a peeling ‘deocon’ written on one side.
The shop owner: What happened?
TV dude: Need Repairs.
The shop owner: No shit! I thought marriage gift. So tell me… what happened?
< Readers…swear on FLOYD…once again… this is a true story>
TV dude: Lightening struck. Power went out. TV won’t start.
The shop owner: < looks at the TV that looks as if it has recently returned from a pleasure trip down the holey Vesuvius > WHAT THE F*CK HAPPENED.
TV dude: Sigh!
TV dude: Sigh!
TV dude: Sigh!
TV dude: < looks around, lowers voice and begins > So yesterday, the Rain Gods were heady on the sweet rain ( In Kerala, every other guy is a poet/sahityakaar and a drunk hence the build up!) As they partied in frenzy a stray thunderbolt found itself on course with my TV antenna… and added the extra zing to my Kittex Lungi Viewer’s Choice on Asianet. For a minute I thought I lost my eyesight, but slowly realized that the power had been shot. I quickly reached over to my Kajaa beedi, beside which my Ship matchbox rested. A match was struck and a candle soon found its ass on fire. ( Note: given the frequent outages, people in Kerala usually carry a candle along with their beedis ). And like an idiot I rested the lit candle atop the TV.
The shop owner: Gasp! You what???
TV dude: As soon as I let go, the candle rolled, and fell into the TV through the slots in the back!
The shop owner quickly looks to see the slots and retorted.
The shop owner: But, these are so thin…
TV dude: So was the candle… (Mallu logic… brillyend eh?)
TV dude: (continuing) the candle didn’t go out I guess … then the TV set started smouldering…. And then….
The shop keeper: And then…
TV dude: my wife quickly got some water and poured it over the flames to stop the fire!
The shop keeper: YOU BLASTED MORON! It’s a TV…not a haystack…
TV dude: thankfully the fire stopped, otherwise my whole house would have gone up poof!
The shop keeper: I don’t think, anyone could repair it after…
TV dude (continuing to continue): Then after a while the power was restored.
… We then switched the TV on to see whether it was working or not…
The shop keeper: Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!
TV dude: Power went out again, short circuit maybe, and TV burned while I searched for candle…but we didn’t pour water again, but smothered it with a thick blanket instead!
(As the near comatose electronics dude hit the ground)
TV dude: could you repair the set please???
Kerala celebrated yet another bandh that day, and somewhere, as an electronics repair guy was being haunted by the ghost of a TV, that underwent excruciating trials of the order (Fire, Water and Electrocution) that it made Schindler’s List look like Baby’s Day Out!