Monday, October 28, 2013

Fountain pen

I thought to write this post with my new fountain pen, welcoming it back to my life

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Miracles Play - II

I happened to see the work of supernatural early this year and had shared my experiences in the post miracles play, which can be read here.Being a non believer and a strong follower of the book ‘GOD delusion’’ by Richard Dawkins, it is very hard for me to believe in miracles and supernatural. My inhibitions and doubts are well explained in this book. I don’t know what to make out of them when I see miracles happening to my friends. The miracles are well explained in the book but may be it is beyond my mind's gasp to hold on to the theories and the practical experience simultaneously. Personally I haven’t experienced any miracles in my life till date. Do I have to think them as an obvious scientific happening or the work of some supernatural God?

One of my close friends grandma who was 92 years old fell ill and was in ICU for few days. She was very fine until few days back but her sudden illness was quiet surprising to all. She liked her a lot and like every child, she was much attached to her grandma. Upon knowing the news my friend was very upset, which was obvious. When my friend called me to tell the news, she just mentioned to me the bad omen, she had in her dreams for few days before she was admitted. I did not know what to make of that. But one day the old lady had stopped breathing and was put in ventilator. My poor friend was so much confident about the old lady coming back to life again and felt very strong of that feeling that she would come back again, maybe for a short time. This type of feeling is inexplicable and best can be felt and explained to self.  My friend is a hardcore theist and a lover of GOD and there is a hardly any day passing without praying to the Gods. The next day, she called me again and said that her grandma has started breathing and ‘’Miracles do happen’’. Unfortunately she had to depart within few hours. I am really sorry for her loss. But the connect, I am trying to make here is, her dreams few days back before the old lady getting admitted, then she stopped breathing and again she started.  All this time, she had terrible faith on GOD and hoped for a miracle to happen and it did happen atleast for a less time.  What is the connect of the thoughts which were coming true? Was it just a coincidence ?  I guess I have to wait even more. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Cyclone Philian

We can’t avoid natural disasters, can we? Unable to do anything, knowing and able to judge the havoc which can be caused, we just sit protected in our rooms. But what about the poor people, who don’t have good strong houses? I saw two natural disasters in my life of 27yrs and both were cyclones. One in the year 1999, when cyclone had hit the coastal belt of Orissa. The speed was around 120 to 140 kmph. It lasted for an hour and killed so many people, rendered many homeless. Actually it was a surprise for the people. They didn’t expect it be such huge and the worst thing was they didn’t have the idea of what a cyclone is and what it can do. They just thought it is going to be raining all night and the wind will travel faster. The cyclone hit around 11pm and the next morning, all the electric poles, big trees, small houses had fallen. We didn’t have electricity for about a month. Thank god we were not attached to many electronic goods during that time.Each one helping the needy. Faith in humanity was restored.

Again a cyclone nick named as Pilian hit Orissa in the mid of October. This time, IMD had predicted its intensity and timing perfectly. I don’t know if they got lucky or the lesson of 1999 had taught them well. They evacuated nearly 200000 people to safer places. The speed this time was expected to be 200 to 240 kmph and was expected to be huge. It was compared to the bigger cyclones which had caused havoc in other parts of the world. That is the reason; deaths were very low this time. It was near to 100. In terms of havoc, electric poles were twisted, bent and had fallen. Huge trees which were very old fell, few big trees fell on nearby houses and shops. But the bigger problem was the third party people, who hiked the prices of vegetables and other groceries, as everyone was hoarding it for 2-3 days. The potatoes price increased from 10rs in the morning to 40rs by 5pm.There were long queues at petrol bunks, and if we wanted to buy from any other vendor, it was 10rs extra. After the cyclone, the people who made lot of money were the ones renting generators, they charged about 1000rs per hour and the generators from small to big, all were in demand and ran 24 by 7 at some or the other house. The funniest and money minting business was mobile charging. I guess reliance opened a stall for charging mobiles and chaged 20rs per hour. Each extension board was connected to many other extensions. Shows us how we were dependent on mobile phones. Thanks to Bsnl for taking the lines underground, unlike last time, we atleast had landline connectivity this time. But I had my fun, as I wanted to experience the cyclone and have a feel of the energy it had. Went to my terrace and stood on that wall and was sure not to drift and would have fallen in a safer location. The intensity of the wind was tremendous so as the shunting from my mother. Anyways the havoc has ended and I don’t wish to see any natural disaster again in my life!!! Very few snaps the next morning. 

Few trees inclined due to the winds 

Many trees had fallen across the city on cables and houses

the bent and twisted electric pole. 

Few fallen trees 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Khandagiri & Udaigiri.

I had visited Khandagiri and Udaigiri in my school days.Its located in Bhubhaneswar, Orissa. It is partly natural and artificial caves with historical and religious importance.Back then it looked clean and good. But when I visited few days back it was very dirty and badly managed. I dont know when  people will learn to preserve their historical importances. Few snaps of that place.