Erin Morgenstern is the author of The Night Circus.
There are still days when rain flooding the gutters conjures a picture in my mind of a paper boat being chased by a little boy in a yellow raincoat. The boy's name is Georgie and he is about to meet a rather gruesome fate, smiling up at him from a storm drain.
Muslim girls study by candlelight Monday inside a madrasa, or religious school, in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi. Three regional power grids collapsed, causing a massive power outage that blacked out more than half of India.
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An electric power station on the outskirts of Jammu. Experts say demand for power outstrips supply in India.
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The power outage snarled traffic.
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Trains across eight northern Indian states and metro services in New Delhi were affected by the power outage.
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A shopkeeper fixes an electric generator at his shop in New Delhi.
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Passengers wait for train service to resume after a power outage in New Delhi. Indian officials say they are rapidly restoring power, but it's unclear how soon the situation will be back to normal.
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Passengers wait on a train during the power outage in New Delhi on Tuesday. The crisis affected an estimated 670 million people.
Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 1:25 pm
It might be too early to say what the exact cause of India's latest massive power outage is, but in its simplest form, it probably has something to do with supply and demand –- not enough of the former and too much of the latter.
The outage, which left more than 670 million of the country's 1.2 billion people without power, snarled traffic, shut down electric trains and idled some businesses. Indian officials say they are rapidly restoring power, but it's unclear how soon the situation will be back to normal.
Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 10:32 am
The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan drew international attention a few years back for saying gross national happiness should trump gross domestic product when measuring a nation's progress. If you're going to prioritize happiness, the Bhutanese thinking goes, you'd better include the environment and spiritual and mental well-being in your calculations.