6 November 2012
Why India loves a good electrician
By Anu Anand BBC News, Delhi
Some wiring could do with detangling in Kolkata
Many Indians seem to be proud of their ability to deal with inefficiency - but how long can a country that projects itself as a global powerhouse continue to put up with a situation where anything that can go wrong, usually does?
It has been two years since my family and I moved to India full-time and, when I look around the boxy, expensive flat we rent and reflect on how I have spent my time here, inevitably I feel a bit tired.
On the bright side, I have managed to produce a second child, work and have some amazing adventures - but I also see many lost hours spent endlessly repairing things.
I have lost count of how many electrical sockets have melted. For the past month, strange electrical fluctuations in our sitting room have turned it into a discotheque. We have even had light bulbs explode above our heads.
No wonder my electrician has become my best friend, visiting us on average twice a week. (...)
Full text: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20170776