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Sigh of relief!

Sitting here, continents apart, it was surreal to watch the events in Chennai unfold last week. Intellectually, I knew the monsoon was happening in Chennai, yet a part of me was surprised every time I stepped out of the house here in the US – what happened to all the rain I read about? why am I not carrying an umbrella? Why are people around me not talking about what’s going on in Chennai? People are in distress, the city is drowning, how can we go about carrying on with our lives? Suffice to say that I was living more in the virtual world than the real one.

We were getting scraps of information about my family. We knew they were safe but we didn’t know if they had basic amenities. Were they able to manage with all the dependents in the household? Even as I was preoccupied with the well being of my family, it was inspiring to see citizenry in action. My friends, my cousin, they were all out there, providing what relief they could. I was beaming with pride as I saw Chennaites embrace the principle of Nammake Naamme. In so many ways, the calamity strengthened the spirit and character of the city.

After a week of not being able to get in touch with them, I was relieved to speak to my family last night and this morning. They said their neighborhood wasn’t as badly affected as some of the others and that they were able to manage with what they had. I am immensely thankful for the little mercies that touched them this past week and saved them from further hardships.

As the city is reeling back to life, I send my prayers for my family and the city so they can overcome the tides of the aftermath – the water contamination, the mosquitoes, the corruption, the scarcity and other unexpected challenges. Take care Chennai.

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2 thoughts on “Sigh of relief!

  1. UL says:

    Glad you got to speak with family and they are well. Happy for them, happy for you. I am sure it must have been a huge relief for you. Our experiences are in direct correlation with those dear to us. What affects them affects us and vice versa. So it is not surprising that when we are miles apart from those we love, the environments feel starkly different. Prayers and thoughts continue for those in Madras….

    • Maha says:

      Thanks UL, you said it well. I also think it was the effect of seeing all the pictures and updates swirling in social media all day!

      On Thu, Dec 10, 2015 at 8:55 PM, Thoughts Unlimited wrote:

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