Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Wire Less

I lost Internet connectivity on Sunday night at about 10.30 pm. Well, the fixer guy came by Monday and told me that someone had cut the wires and stolen the copper wiring on the inside! This was the case the previous dozen times I lost connectivity too. And, he says, its very common. The thieves steal the copper wires, melt them all together and sell the copper!

I went to see the wire and we found a cow settled down by the pavement chewing on the plastic outer casing! It was almost completely gone! Only In India, I thought!!

I walked down the block and suddenly realized that there were tons of wires lying everywhere - on the road, sidewalk, on trees, on walls - all exposed wires that had no right being left unattended. I have been oblivious to the many wires lying exposed EVERYWHERE! Here are some really scary photos:

A cut wire:


Open wires on the pavement:


The maze of wires from various houses:


An open box:
And another:

And if the wires didn't get you, maybe the pieces of glass will:

21 comments:

Bharti said...

WHAT does the government do in India man. Why don't things ever improve?
It was like that years ago when I visited frequently and it still hasn't changed.

Arundathi said...

Hmm... I assume they're taking bribes to fix it, and sitting back and drinking marie biscuits dipped in sweet tea! :-) haha!

vegeyum said...

It is so quintessentially Indian - that tangle of wires that go who knows where.

The Self-Proclaimed Wordsmith said...

Not sure you read it in the paper, but recently there was an article that talked about putting all wires underground on major roads, to be accomplished by the Chennai Cable Consortium. They've finished on Cathedral Rd, and they're working on Radhakrishnan Salai and Uttamar Gandhi Salai (Nungambakkam High Road). Eventually they'll reach the residential areas of the city.

Arundathi said...

Vegeyum - Yes it is, isn't it? I've started noticing them everywhere now!

The Self-Proclaimed Wordsmith - That is wonderful to hear - thank you for letting me know. It gives me hope!

Madhuram said...

This sort of news really makes me feel bad about our country. I think it's not going to get any better.

Arundathi said...

did you read the previous comment, madhu - it IS going to get better! :)

Tulip said...

Hi Arundathi, thanks for leaving your comment on my blog. Thought I'd nip over and take a look around here! Great site, I'm loving all the diffrent food entries. Will be back again when I have more time!

Arundathi said...

Tulip - Thanks for stopping by - love your blog!

Vibaas said...

And i still love chennai :-)

Chillpilgrim said...

Hey Guys,

Calm Down! Its all for the greater good. We all know India's Population is quite high compared to western countries... This is destiny's way of restoring balance... People who survive all this survive time itself... Darwin's Theory really :p

Arundathi said...

Vibaas - :-) so do i

Chillpilgrim - hmm. how does nature restore balance? by giving bad quality amenities to those who survive? :-)

edson_dias said...

it's time to get a wireless connection. :-)

Arundathi said...

Edson_Dias - That was supposed to be the pun on the title.

indosungod said...

Arundathi, I am glad I landed here. Its very entertaining reading about your experiences. I am tired of perfect and it is actually refreshing to read about imperfection.

See everything through rose colored glasses as far as home/India is concerned and not to downplay the seriousness of it.

Arundathi said...

Indosungod - thanks for stopping by. yes, india is full of imperfections, and if anyone says otherwise, i'd love to hear it. but india is india, and you just gotta love it.

friendz said...

hi nice blog!!

Arundathi said...

Thanks, friendz

workhard said...

Hi.. this is a really cool post.. i know its kinda scary to see wires lying around like that.. kids unknowingly touch it.. and these are a real threat in the rainy season.

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Arundathi said...

Workhard - Yes, and in summer time too when the kids are playing outside.

workhard said...

How careless can these people get dude.. and the funny thing is.. every body gives a blind eye to it..