Love In An Elevator

For the last 12 days we, the residents of Jewel Spark apartments of Jewel Homes, have been suffering as the old as the pyramids elevator finally died and the motor needed to be replaced. Unfortunately, the elevator manufactures have a spare motor only in Gujarat and it would take them all these days to bring it via a truck or some big vehicle to Cochin.

Hence we didn’t have the services of the elevator for all these days. I live on the 7th and top most floor. There’s two sets of stairs for each floor. My thighs hurt, my lungs cry out and I sweat a bucket load as I make my way up in this sweltering heat and that too after a long day at the office. It was making things very difficult. My 71 year old dad couldn’t manage and hence went to stay at my sister’s apartment until it was fixed.

I’m not surprised that the motor conked out. Some of the kids in this building use the elevator as their personal toy. There’s a small kid who won’t eat food unless he is fed while going up and down in the elevator! When some of the neighbours had guests over in the vacant apartment (owned by one of the other tenants) next to mine, they kept going up and down, up and down (as 3 brothers have apartments in this building, in different floor) and the elevator would be crying by the end of a day.

Well now it’s fixed! The new motor came in last evening and technicians spent most of the night fixing it. There was fuse that also needed replacement and that was done this morning just as I left the building to go to work. So this evening as I came back, I took the ride up from the ground level. Smooth as babies bottoms! Not a sound from the slick, new motor. It was like riding towards the clouds.

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