My family and I have been living as an Indian electrician for two years. I am feeling tired looking at the expensive, boxy flat that we rent, and reflecting on the time I spent here.
The bright side is that I’ve managed to have a second child, work, and have amazing adventures. But I also see endless hours spent repairing things.
I can’t count how many electrical sockets have melted indian electrician. Strange electrical fluctuations have transformed our living room into a discotheque over the past month. Even light bulbs have exploded above our heads.
- My indian electrician is my best friend. He visits us at least twice per week.
- Too often, as we get ready for school or work, the water supply suddenly stops.
Another one of those frustrating Delhi problems. Is it possible that water is leaking from an overflowing storage container onto the roof, but there is no water at the taps?
As unflappable and stubborn as ever, our landlord had an innovative suggestion. He suggested we thump on the taps. So while my husband and me went upstairs to do this, my three year-old son ran into the marble-clad bathroom, which opens directly onto the floor.
He slid under his foot and felt his foot rip shower plumbing. After landing, he was dazed and shivering and began to yowl for almost 20 minutes in true agony.
It wasn’t the “thump”, as my landlord thought. I was furious when I looked for signs of concussion.
I was able to save my son, but I wonder often how long it will take me
My toilet flush is causing problems as I type this. Yesterday’s new metal cake stand doesn’t fit together. I also discovered that every balloon in the pack I have inflated for my children has a hole.
This is in addition to judici the broken pavements and the wild dogs that wander free from nightfall in fearsome packs.
Indian Electrician is an Emerging Force
I know, it’s true – the indian electrician is an emerging force and a poor one. It doesn’t matter if there are stray dogs or dodgy party balloons. Chronic inefficiency can have a devastating social and economic impact.
Yes, malls and fancy cars are available in India, but Indian’s upper class regularly fall ill from food poisoning, water contamination, and mosquito-borne diseases.
As they, I have also hired a large number of domestic workers to keep the problems at bay. However, I can’t help but think that if roads, water, hospitals, and courts were all working, we could all do more important things.
Curiously, Indians, much like my landlord, seem to be proud of their ability to handle inefficiency. Many people suggest that this is an advantage and encourages creativity in problem-solving.
However, this suggestion is increasingly being laughed at by entrepreneurs in the burgeoning economic sector who want to create jobs and fight death by 1,000 cuts.
One internet entrepreneur shared how his company survived a tough start-up and predatory Monopolies, but then succumbed to raw sewage. He was not compensated for late rent payments.