Well.. I thought am going to be back to the blogging world with a bang and introduced a series called The 4-Line Motivation Series and then Mother Nature couldn’t take it anymore. She got so furious that she came back with a bang too and literally destroyed our city with a terribly huge cyclone and heavy rain!
And, that’s how I went back to the 1900s! 😀
- We didn’t have electricity for an entire week. So many trees had fallen down and many transformers were destroyed by the heavy winds and rain.
- No water because we couldn’t run the bore-well motor.
- No source of news/entertainment because obviously the TV didn’t work.
- No source of communication because all networks were down.
- Even if there was a weak signal, our phones’ batteries died.
- No lights, fans or air-conditioning as the UPS died down after few hours.
- We couldn’t inform our worried relatives and friends that we were safe.
Nothing with the latest technologies was functioning, it was like the darkest of times. The days were short, so there was not much sunlight and it was cold all the time. Had we had such experiences before, I think we would have handled it better. If you have read my earlier posts, you would know that I come from a place where 24°C is considered as winter! No Kidding! We hardly have winter and we always have bright sunlight all the time!
So the cyclone was hard to handle as it was all so new for us.
It was like we were going back in time!
But it was really so much fun and awesome!
Time Travel – Here’s My Life In The 1900’s.. 😉
- We drew water from the well manually. Yes, we did!
- Everyone in our apartment came together to help each other! We made pulleys using ropes to pull up the water buckets to different floors in the apartment. One would draw the water, others would stand in line to pass the buckets and pull them over to various floors in the building through stairs!
- We had to clear the blocked roads and couldn’t wait for someone else to do it for us. We took our own equipment and cleared the fallen trees by cutting them down manually and moving them off the roads.
- Since we had no internet or TV, we all had great family time.
- In the meantime, apart from all the physical work; I read several books! I read at least one book a day, which is nearly 400 pages a day! (Awesome right?!)
- In order to save the candle light, we all sat in the same room all the time. We sat together for dinners and teas. We were seeing each other’s face while talking and not our phones for text messages.
- We washed clothes and dishes sitting next to the well in the backyard (just like the olden days!)
- We used Water like Liquid Gold!!!
- We helped people in our neighboring apartments by sharing the water from our well. We had so much social networking going on without internet!
- The news about the weather, power and network availability was shared from street to street through word of mouth just like the early 20th century!! 😀
- Most importantly, we all went to bed by 8 pm! (well there’s nothing much to do in the dark, and the peace and quiet makes you sleep like a newborn puppy!)
The list is endless!
Living in the 1900’s was not so bad. In fact I was very comfortable without phone, internet and electricity. Wish we had battery-run radio just for weather updates and news. We have become so dependent on our smartphones and laptops that we didn’t even think about a blackout and emergency equipment. It was a wake up call. 🙂
Well well.. everything is back to normal now. I literally had to fight with the network service provider to fix my phone and internet connection and finally all is well!
In 2015 December, we were struck by heavy floods and 2016 December we faced a terrible cyclone. Hope 2017 would be calmer and peaceful.
Wish you all a wonderful New Year’s Eve.
~Yuvathi ❤ 🙂