Hudhud...... A self analysis
From the pen APN
SITUATION 2 (6 DAYS AFTER HUDHUD CYCLONE)
Many trees that stood tall for ages are now lying flat with their roots out of the earth cave. Power saws are put into action to cut the fallen trees into transportable sizes. Logs are still lying by the road side and I drive past by them. Some men are working on restoring the electricity. A transmission cable is lowly hanging down. My car now stops at the cable. Two men come forward and hold the cable up with their raised hands and I move through the arch of their hands. I put the window glasses down to say the words of thanks to the men who are diligently fighting with the wrath of Hudhud. I see the sweat covered faces of those men and behind them I see houses whose roofs are blown by the gale.
(This is how I experienced the after effect of Hudhud on my return journey to Malkangiri)
SITUATION 1 (ON THE DAY OF HUDHUD CYCLONE)
During Hudhud cyclone I am at Bhubaneswar. The state capital has nothing to worry about. The malls are open and people are seen marketing. On this day I change the covers of my car seat because the cobbler is relatively unoccupied on account of Hudhud. It is raining hard but life is normal.
On my return, my wife gets inside the car and insists on taking her to a mall. I choose to get her wish fulfilled. It is raining. The music is on the play and the roads are with lesser traffic. The ambience is wonderfully romantic. And the only mother of my only child is smiling charmingly. In the mall she gets all her chosen products in return of her smiles and ungrudgingly I have to empty my wallet.
It is too late to cook food in home so we dined in a restaurant where dimmed lights and instrumental music accompanied our dinner.
SITUATION 3 (8 DAYS LATER HUDHUD CYCLONE, IN THE COMFORT ZONE OF HOME)
Sitting before the laptop I write and repent. I analyse my shortcomings and insensitivities. When I am in SITUATION 1, I never think of SITUATION 2. I DO NOT GO VOLUNTARILY TO DROP A CHEQUE OF DONATION IN PM’S/CM’S RELIEF FUND. SHALL I CONTINUE LIKE THIS????????????