If you take a stroll inside the GCDA Shopping complex lining the Marine Drive in Kochi, it is hard to miss the red colored contraptions kept outside the shops. They are carefully placed so as not to obstruct the flow of traffic into the shop! Wires run from the body of the contraption and magically disappear into the shops.
This red colored contraption, known as generator set, is a saving lifeline for most of the shopkeepers here! How can you sell your wares if a prospective customers cannot see it adequate light; be it natural or artificial? The blackouts or the power cuts can be overcome with these. The side effects of the generator sets are the irritating hum of the motor and the smell of the burning fuel in the air!
Neither the sounds nor the smell bothered me when I visited the GCDA shopping complex on the eight day of Onam. What intrigued me was the number of generator sets to be found in the corridors of the shopping complex. The shopping complex has been operational from the 90’s. But still, it lacks a central generator set that can power the entire shopping complex inconspicuously.
There are still certain small things in Kochi which has not changed over the years. Unfortunately, it is me who has started demanding more from the city!