How to Live on 3 Hours a Day


How to Live on 3 Hours a Day


t is the burr of generators that lulls Gharapuri to sleep each night. The Arabian Sea is right there, lapping at its feet but the chorus of the machines often drowns it out as the residents of this tiny hamlet end their day.

When the din starts at seven every evening, other voices join in: televisions come to life, kitchens become frenzied zones, and everybody rushes for the plug point. They know that the deadline is approaching, at ten the generators will die down. Gharapuri island, home to the Elephanta Caves and an hour’s journey from India’s biggest metropolis, Mumbai, does not have power supply till date. Three hours of electricity generated by diesel-powered generators is all that the 1,200 residents of its three settlements get.