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Mumbai Monsoons and Misbehaving Appliances

I am an electronics engineer and I live in Mumbai. Atleast I used to, until I shifted to Pune, but since my parents live there, I visit Mumbai very often. Of the major cities I have been to - Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune - I find Pune's climate among the most pleasant of them all. Bengaluru's would have been comparable had it not been for the pollution. Mumbai (and Chennai's) humidity levels are always unbearable to humans as well as machines. No matter how well you design a machine, it will always die out a lot earlier in Mumbai as compared to its exact same counterpart put to use in a dry city like Pune. No wonder cars used in Mumbai have a lesser resale value - who wants a second hand car which has been tortured by humidity for many years! I am a fan of mechanisms. The word mechanism has two definitions: A system of parts working together in a machine; a piece of machinery. A natural or established process by which something takes place or is brough