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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Mumbai Crumbles



Nature picks a new victim each time she decides to display her fury. After wiping lakhs of lives off the face of Earth during the Tsunami, wreaking havoc in Gujarat with the floods, it is now Mumbai that is reeling under the forces of Nature. It was downpour like India had never known. 94 cms. in 24 hours!!! Shocking figure. It has brought out the vulnerablilities of the city that is the commercial capital of the nation, and my favorite. The dreams of the city to emerge as another Shanghai, came crashing down, after it couldn't withstand a day of torrential rain.

Total collapse of communication infrastructure caused anxious moments not only for the city's residents, but for their loved ones all over the world. I was on the verge of panic, when Saahil called and informed that he was safe and sound! The ground floor of their hostel was inundated, but the top ones were out of reach of the water. It appears today all the water has receeded and Mumbai is on its way to normalcy.

This was one of those times that was fraught with examples of the noble as well as the flip side of people. There were the crooks who took advantage of the situation and openly harrassed girls; then there were those who handed out eatables to the stranded. All in all an unfortunate event, where the rest of the world could do nothing but pray. The rich usually pull themselves out of such circumstances; it is the poor who always bear the brunt. Hope Mumbaikars tide over this period soon. Begging dear Lord Hanuman to keep my Saahil, and also the others, in His merciful care always.


Comments:

Hmmm....this was the first time (and hopefully the last also) that I felt that being in Lucknow was better than being at home in the great city :D. As for normalcy, yes, Bombay, as per what I was told by every1 there yesterday, is back to normal. Or at least, returning to normal :D

Cheers!
M
# posted by Blogger Darth Midnightmare : Friday, July 29, 2005  


yeah right...i heard ppl were swimming, wading, walking and wut not, to get back to homes! despite the mess that was created, i still long to live in mumbai someday! :)
# posted by Blogger Vidhi : Friday, July 29, 2005  


mumbai will always be home for me too..this was just an unfortunate incident. good to hear that Saahil is ok..i had the same panic when I didn't hear from Neeraj.
# posted by Anonymous poonam : Friday, July 29, 2005  


Dont worry.ache logon ke saath acha hee hota hai.waise ek movie mein suna tha yeh dialogue , dont know how credible it is .i think we better pray fr their safety.
# posted by Anonymous abhinav : Saturday, July 30, 2005  


don't know what to say....but i agree with everyone here....i wished i was somewhere else when it happened..but i still want to live in this city...
# posted by Blogger Rajat : Saturday, July 30, 2005  


@poonam...rains again in mumbai, but this time hope the ppl r well prepared...

@abhinav...tumne jo suna, sahi suna hai...

@rajat...hope u r fine now...and ur apartment? hope it was water-free..!
# posted by Blogger Vidhi : Monday, August 01, 2005  


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