To the Western eye, much of the wiring in most of India looks like a random, shocking disaster mess. It seems like a marvel that things often work, even usually work! If we saw anything like this kind of wiring in the west, we’d hold our breath and wait for the electrical fire.
Bangalore became a place of “solitary confinement” for me, in that after a few days I found it necessary to have no interaction with the locals whatsoever. I have experienced many challenges everywhere in India, mostly to do with scams and cheating, but this was the only place in India in eight weeks of accumulated travel so far, that I ended-up having to completely avoid and ignore strangers (ie.everyone). It came to the point when I had to assume everyone wanted to cheat and steal from me, which was a horrible feeling. I would have been a lunatic to adapt any differently than I did.
Because of this I invented projects to fill my time, taking photos of sidewalks was one such distraction, and on this afternoon I decided to take photos of wires.
I am not suggesting that Bangalore electricians are not highly-skilled professionals who take pride in perfection in all aspects of their work. I’m just showing you some wires that I found in one afternoon walking around downtown. You can come to your own conclusions. Personally, I would not suggest HydroOntario set-up a recruitment centre here, but that’s just my opinion.
If you have a good little climber in your family, these can also double as jungle gyms! These little localised transformer stations are everywhere, often blocking the sidewalks sending pedestrians into the road with the very safe traffic.
Perhaps the true purpose of the beautiful, mature trees is to serve as pylons to carry wires. But actually, if they’re already there, why not use them. Not sure why they are also used for extra wire storage though.
Another commercial application on the busy sidewalks of Brigade Road. I just wonder, if you are with little ones, do you need to be careful that they don’t end up playing with frayed wires? Especially when it rains? These carry 220v too, not the sissy voltage we use in North America.
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