Cyclone Thane

It’s been few day after cyclone thane passed over Pondicherry, Cuddalore and Nagapattinam. Life loss is about 42 (as said by the news journals and reports), but it left numerous family homeless along the costal line and about INR 2000 crores of property loss in Pondicherry alone. I’m particular about pondicherry since i live here and i witnessed the damage due to act of God. You might want to see photos of cyclone’s aftermath, its here

Pondicherry, a small town indeed, but when compared to the nearest big city Chennai, it’s no less than the later, in terms of financial matter and luxurious life. This aspect of Pondicherry makes people to come here either as a tourist or as a life time settler.  OK, let us come back to our head. the current government is helping its citizen by distributing INR 2000 per ration card (civil supplies card) and most important and welcoming thing is that they started to clean up the streets on the same day of this disaster, normally it doesn’t happen. 😉
In one of the Yahoo! post, an engineering student (unfortunately its a ‘She’) from Pondicherry submitted a picture of the after cyclone and quoted,

This cyclone made me understand the true spirit of New Year when the people of Pondicherry stood united at such an hour of crisis and let it go without taking a huge toll of human lives.I could see neighbours who always fight sharing water, helping one another and being of moral support to each other as they came to terms with reality. These are the people who faced calamity and survived it. I witnessed a New Year in its true sense here at Pondicherry and I wish that we stay united as humans always. Hope Cyclone Thane’s New Year bring a lot of positive changes in our life.

I don’t know what did she saw such thing that she calls it ‘unity’. People try to take away others belonging during this type of bad times and some say it as unity! Great!
My experiences,
Situation No. 1:

my over-head water tank lid was on the street which flew away, i took some couple of minutes to get my footwear by that time the lid is gone.

Situation No. 2:

Two guys wrapped a lengthy tin sheet lying on the road, which belonged one of the nearby fuel station; that sheet ended up to a scrap shop. This is just a typical example of everyday incidents.

Situation No. 3:

about three or four guys loaded the logs of the fallen trees on the streets on to a truck (which is not supposed to be their property neither mine). If you ask them why they are taking them away; you will receive a head banging reply, ‘does this belong to you? WTF you’re interfering?’ 😮

Well, from the above three situations (many more did happen) i hope that you too won’t utter the word ‘Unity’ for these greedy pigs. The real thing is that for some people it does not really matter of the situation or time to these type of acts. I’m sure that you’ll be asking this question, ‘Why are you narrating these things?’. The answer is, ‘If you live here (Pondicherry) i’m just reminding you that these things happened during the recent cyclone and if you’re living here, its just an information about how Pondicherry is! 🙂

i remember a quote said by one of my well known person (please don’t ask me, ‘Who?’)

Pondicherry is a love,

People who visit here, are couples before marriage, you’ll find all sort of attractive things to talk about.

People who stay here, are couples after marriage, where whatever you see it’ll irritate you!

Its the best example I have it in my mind and I often co-relate with the happenings around me and you know one things, it just ‘fits’ so much perfectly! Remember, this post is not a dark humor or black comedy, but a everyday reality. Yet, I love my Pondicherry in any form, now or then! 🙂



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