Lightsout / Blackout - Desi scheduled powercuts: anytime, anywhere

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Lightsout, Gune family dines as powercuts.

Electricity downtime is scheduled into Dasi life. Usually a few hours past wakeup, after kids are off to school and before noon's heatwave. However often outlets go dry and fans stand still anytime, everywhere, especially before elections time (when labor unions want to make their point, e.g Tamil Nadu prior to Jai Lalitha recent victory).

As current ceases many stop their activity, step outside, sit together, talk, rest and relax the eyes.

More on my 2 years of backpacking remote rural India on http://jpgmag.com/people/etand/stories

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