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One exercise in patience that everyone who visits India must get used to is the occasional absence of power. What a few weeks of this exercise imparts on you is a rather serene acceptance to the situation. Yesterday the AIG jointly experienced an eight hour blackout along with 300 million others as most of the north of India lost juice. Stop and ask yourself what chaos would unfold if the entire United States (excluding Alabama and North Carolina) went dark? Here in India, a few commuters were a bit late for work and the newspaper headlines read: “India wins Bronze in the 10m air rifle”.
Update: Today we experienced a cut that affected 600 million people. Some traffic jams were observed in central Delhi and we had a rather unexpected wait at the cafe for lunch.