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It is indeed a bad time for Bombay. A city hyped so much has to face some realities. at least bombay is getting the attention and reinforcements needed. Think about being stranded in the not-so-famous towns of Baroda and Surat, and Goodness knows what other village of Gujarat. Ahmedabad though unharmed was also effected with the rain water. I know of people sitting in a train on their way to Bombay, stranded in those overnight, no pantry car trains for days on end. Of men, women who would do anythign to save their children fromt he floods.
Water so high that you could not see anything except rooftops. 14ft (unofficial figure) of water in desert-kind land is no joke. Water so high that army workers got washed away and are missing...considered dead - these are ppl who have re-inforcements and have special training to face such cricumstances. Air force has also been of limited help. Military has been spending day and night incessantly to help. I know men who have not eaten or slept for days continuously in their valiant effort to help the ppl.
River which is totally dry though the year, a standing joke of a river, is overflowing. People here are just recovering fromt he after effects of riots, earthquake, and now this. All pharmaceutical companies here have been hit hard, what with most of them having main offices/plants in Gujarat.Not to mention other industries.
Bombay has been no better, with ppl stranded in offices. Those venturing home have had to walk through water neck deep. And to top it all, no one can beat the Indian Male. There is eve teasing in such circumstances. Imagine wading through neck deep water because you cant turn back, at 10 in the night when you get eve teased by a groups of men in a city like bombay where no one will ever come to help you? Then there are the sordid tales of no food. Hotels have run out of food. Surviving for a few days with only a packet of biscuits, when you can very well afford good food anytime. No drinking water, because all drainage systems are infected. Infact, so much so that because of most ground control being situated in Bombay, flights from Ahmedabad and delhi have also been effected. (Aside - talk about the consequences of putting all eggs in one basket)
Its been a bad monsoon for India in all. One of the highest capital earning states of India gets effeted by record floods. The 'nerve center' of the country (Bombay) gets record rainfall, and one of the few oil rigs catches fire. Ayodhya gets a terrorist attack, Gurgaon the upcoming office city of India gets bad international press with riots and lathi charge between police and Honda workers. Remember also the Tsunami, and the latest earthquake in Nicobar.
Small incidents which can add up to big changes.
My clients cannot reach me, their visits cancelled as have their flights. Who would like to do business with a company which is constantly riddled with natural disaster, apart from the famous notorious governement and working conditions (re-inforced by above)? The pros may outweight the cons for the moment, but for how long? What do we need to change in this ideal country of ours? Us? Natural disasters are somethign that we cant do much about. What about the man-made discrepancies.
"I was put on this earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I'm so far behind I will never die."
Update: 4th August 2005: Mail from the Times of India, they might publish the letter. Update awaited by me.