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Friday, November 28, 2008

Why Only Us?

Come a Calamity from the (Un) human kind- we fail..
We fail to defend ourselves...
Be it a large scale well executed one or a so called minor badly planned one.
Where is strategy?
Why the repeat attacks?
Why are we targets?
Where are those who go on hunger strikes for inter state issues, intra state issues or even world issues?
It's not about blasts in a city like Mumbai or Delhi or Bangalore. It is about all of us. Everything ploughs back to the country in effect.
We can fight for every thing except critical emergencies.
Come a natural calamity...
We are yet again unprepared.
Continuous rains... (that's the dustbin that floated to the middle of the road)

Cities waterlogged... People wading through the water- these are our main roads in posh coloniesPoor visibility for motorists...this is at 5.00 pm Vanishing Pavements...And Contrasting Signals -While one road is dry the other side is waterlogged Trees fallenA median broken down at various points to allow water flowWater that does not soak in inspite of supposed rain water harvesting...
Water invading homes, farms and our prawn farm... And that's the Raj Bhawan- what an equalizer todayEconomic losses...
No electricity...
No water supply...

It's happening to people whom we know or who have touched our lives in some way or another.
Our heritage sites are targetted...and we can only talk about it.

We can't get the basics right....

So what are we really talented at?

Oh Wait! Is that the dark clouds leaving and white clouds struggling to defeat it?

11 comments:

Monika,Ansh said...

I don't know.
I had expected a lot more agility. NSD was called only post midnight & only after we lost a gallant officer.

Ritu said...

We have this chalta hai attitude that is so detrimental to us and our country ....

Monika said...

oh see the tv and u will know what we are talented at sensationalize everything... playing the blame game at the time when we are needed to stand together... its been 36hrs that some dozen people have created a havoc and we are still grappling to tackle them... shameful

Monika said...

i have linked ur post to mine

Mamma mia! Me a mamma? said...

Cribbing and criticising. That is where out talent lies.

This kind of laid-back attitude and unpreparedness is appalling.

How do we know said...

i LOVED the last question.. if we are not good at the basic taks of making places livable and safe.. what exactly are we talented at?

Itchingtowrite said...

m, ansh- and it was so terrible. wish there was a way to strategise better. perhaps in his shoes he had no other choice

Ritu/ mama mia- why dont we learn from US?

thanks monika- remmebr the fire in calcutta that went on for a week?? what a shame

how do we know - thats my q exactly

Devasena Hariharan said...

Hi, These rains and the pics that u have posted humbled me. One thing that i feel is, atleast we have a roof above and food to eat.

I just used to wonder about the daily wage workers(fruit sellers etc), whose daily existence would have come to a stand still.

I always feel we are blessed in all aspects.

trying2beperfectmom said...

OMG the pics, I can easily imagine how TN must be now, have already survived a tsunami there.

Curry Pan said...

oh my god! is that madras? how're you guys managing? this must be so difficult!!

lumi said...

My friend pinged me on chat and told me to click over to NDTV. I cried when I saw what was happening. Although I am American, I cried because India is my second home and home to the only family who claims me as one of their own. I cried because I have been to all the places hit in Mumbai and lived in Vile Parle while there. I cried because I saw my friend off to Mumbai one week before this and cried again when he called to say that he had left Colaba 30 mins before the attacks. I cried for the families of the innocent, I cried for Mumbai as a city, I cried for India as a nation.

Mother India and its people will survive and move forward but when will it decide to invest in itself rather than sending its richest assets abroad. It is not for lack of intellect, ingenuity, or capital. Change has to come from within and rather than waste time pointing fingers as to who is at fault or the breakdown in response serious introspection and investment must take place. Somehow, I hope to be a part of that.