NOTICE For five days, electricity will be cut off for an hour starting 8:00 pm. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
In a small town of Boston, Massachusetts, a line had gone down in the last snowstorm, and the repairmen were going to take advantage of the milder evenings to set it right.
The notice informed them that it was a temporary matter. The work would affect only the houses on the quiet tree-lined street, within walking distance of a row of brick-faced stores and a trolley stop.
It’s good of them to warn us, but they should've done this in the day.
Shoba and Shukumar had lived in this neighborhood for three years. It has always been this way every winter-falling lamp posts and difficult snow tracks caused by snowstorms or strong winds.
When I'm here you mean. When will the repairs start anyways?
Like the notice says, the electric line was cut at exactly 8:00 pm. Shukumar has been cooking dinner for his wife since January, when he decided to work at home- trying to finish his final chapters on his dissertation on agrarian revolts in India.
As Shoba went home from gym, she saw the notice on the lamp posts and in their doorstep.
Shoba goes to the kitchen and scans the corkboard as if it was the first time she saw it. As the two conversed, Shoba tried to sound as concerned as possible.
March 19th, that's today, isn't it?
You have a dentist appointment Friday next week by the way.