About this time, three months ago, a kink that had been acting up in the solar system at the farm, caused it to collapse. It coincided with the lockdown and since it was not considered an essential service, there was little we could do but switch off the electricals and hope for the best. The contractor was in another city and unable to help. The supplier said he could not send an engineer for fear of police. The garden-variety electricians on call feared meddling with something outside their breadth of knowledge. Some amount of back-scratching got us the loan of a diesel generator — there is no electrical feed for residences on the farm — that we reserved for operating the bore well and pumping water for the crops and garden. The cottage, alas, would have to make do without power.
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