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When chaos rules, Skype (and life) becomes difficult

Dear All

Since I joined WP, I have shared many stories of my life and my community. But today I wanted to tell you something about the city that I am based in these days. Its Hyderabad - a city in southern India and it is now being ruled by chaos.

The city of Hyderabad is the capital of Andhra Pradesh (AP) state. Now, people here don't want to stay in AP any more, they want the federal government to create a new state ('Telengana') with Hyderabad and a few nearby districts.

The government is acting the way all governments do: weighing political pros and cons and having talks and consultations. But meanwhile, the supporters of Telengana are going berserk with their demands; schools and colleges are closed every second day; for over a month there was no public transport and worst of all, there is a non-cooperation movement under which government employees are often staying off work.

Among many disruptions and difficultlies that this movement has created, one is acute power deficit. The plants from where Hyderabad gets its power, has seen a big drop in production and so, long hours of power cuts have become a daily evil.

Everyday, the power goes off at about 6 am, comes back by 9/10 and then goes off again for 2 -3 hours at about 12 noon.
These are the routine cuts. Beyond this you have the power cuts in evening as well, though not everyday.

And when there is no power, there is no internet as I use LAN (I had an internet stick - a data card, but I can't afford it now).

Though my LAN is really strong and reliable, I am worried that this power cut will make me lose big time, including that group Skype call, we are supposed to be having next week.

It will be a shame if that happens, but I hope you all will understand the situation I am in and that we will be able to work around it some way.

For the community, I also want to give a message: come what may, we will not lose the hope. not over a few hours of power shutdown!


Paulina Lawsin's picture

THe electric power may shut

THe electric power may shut down but not the feminine power of Stella Paul. Am sure you'll manage gracefully.



Hello Stella Paul,

I can understand what you are going through due to the persistent power cuts because this is what I am going through here in Uganda. However, just like you have rightly concluded, there's no stopping. We have to go through this journey to the final destination.

Good Luck

Grace Ikirimat

"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."

Monica Clarke's picture

Dear Stella Paul, and the

Dear Stella Paul, and the folks of Hyderabad,

This is to send you strength. I do remember my life of chaos and darkness, when we tried to organise against heavy odds, and keep our spirits up at the same time. I also remember one little way we managed to keep our vision on our goal: celebrate the small victories each day, and make sure we share them with each other.

So, if it is real heavy and it seems that our goal is being shifted further and further away from our sights, then we talk with each other about what happened today what was good. This we do when we meet in the street, in the cafe's, at the market, on the bus. We make sure that we share what was good and what can be built upon. This helped for our collective will to keep strong and to grow, despite the darkness, because we were reaffirming that we are in everything together and walking hand in hand.

We walk hand in hand with you, sister Stella. I want to hear your voice, so please do phone in if the internet is down. I'd like to touch you with my voice.

Bon courage! Monica in France

Monica Clarke, Writer & Storyteller, bringing human rights alive.
I wish you 'Nangamso', that is: May you continue to do the good work which you do so well.
(A blessing from my ancestors, the Khoikhoi, the first people of South Africa).

usha kc's picture

Dear Stella,, I can feel

Dear Stella,, I can feel your worries form here darling. The same problem Power cut off is mine too. I said yes for orientation call but dont know power will give me that chance or not.

stay blessed.

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