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BLESSING IN DISGUISE: Less TV and more time for family talk.
BLESSING IN DISGUISE: Less TV and more time for family talk.

M.P. Praveen

Families happily stay away from TV during load-shedding

KOCHI: Those huddles are back in the drawing room. From serious family affairs to Barack Obama’s future in the forthcoming U.S. presidential elections, are topics in those huddles formed around the flickering candle light.

Thanks to the half-an-hour load shedding daily, families now have found time to sit together and talk, which, they should have done in the first place, without waiting for the Kerala State Electricity Board to come to their ‘aid’.

“It came as a saviour from the irritating serials and reality shows dished out by television even if for a short period,” says Jayadeep Narasimhan, who works for a private sanitary wares company.

Earlier when he used to come back from office, his mother, who sat glued to the television set, had little time to talk to him. “Now there is nothing else to do during those 30 minutes, but to have a talk,” he says.

He also feels that it has helped to refurbish bonhomie with the neighbours. There is a lingering fear in every family that thieves might make use of the darkness to break into houses.

For K.G. Santhosh, who is otherwise kept busy by his business, has found the load shedding a blessing in disguise.

“There are always events in our extended family I often fail to keep up with owing to my busy schedule but my parents always keep track of. So I come to know of marriages, deaths or even visits by guests during our chat during the load-shedding. It is so heartening,” he says.

C.J. Antony, a sales tax official, is a firm believer that the 30-minute darkness in his household has definitely helped to build a sense of togetherness, which was long lost before the idiot box. “For once KSEB did us a favour, though unintentionally,” he says.

K.S. Paulose, an executive with a plywood company, feels that even otherwise people were beginning to realise the support system offered by the family. The time they spend together during load-shedding would only help reinforce this realisation, he says.

People should realise that we are in for tough times and that the prospects of going without power for hours together is too real to ignore, Mr. Narasimhan warns. And that is why he supports continuing load-shedding for an extended period.

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