Yesterday, in the midst of the busyness that seems to be an inevitable part of this season, I noticed that Rashmi of Soul & Spirit, hadn’t been by in a long time. I’m used to her going silent for a week or a few days at a time. Her life, with a military husband, has her on the road and moving around more than most people. But this was a particularly long silence … 12 days of silence.

So … recognizing my tendency to lose track of time and become completely absorbed in my moment — forgetting that other people are entwined in their own problems — I wrote her to find out what was going on and if she was okay.

She is okay, if by okay you mean alive. Not okay, because the area in which she is currently residing has been hit by epic floods, the worse in living memory. There has been much loss of life. Many people are homeless, so that even those who have survived have lost everything.

You can find out a lot about it by Googling “Chennai floods 2015.” It has been in the news in the U.S. too, but speaking of self-involvement, it hasn’t gotten much play in the press. Here’s the articles from Wikipedia and there is much more online.

This note from Rashmi gives a more personal picture.

“In our part of world Chennai floods have created havoc. Two of my friends have lost everything in the devastation. Their house was submerged, dogs drowned. Somehow, they were evacuated in time, save by a timely alert. A colonel & his wife could not be saved. We knew the couple and the news came as a shock. Army camp was badly affected. One of my friend’s son has not yet been traced; he was in one of Chennai’s hostels. We have an intuition they are going to receive only his body. Things are worst for the victims and there are so many. I’m feeling so sad. I’ll be back in a day or two.

Thank you so much for the concern. It reminded me I haven’t talked to my fellow bloggers for more than 10 days. Thanks for keeping me in your thoughts. It means a lot, I swear.

Regards, Rashmi.”

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On 2nd of Dec. India woke up to watch dejected,  traumatized, hopeless faces of innocent people of Chennai. 

Everything was absolutely fine till 30th Nov. I posted my last post on WordPress and went to school in the morning, came back, felt happy to see the pictures of the couple, both senior army officers and dear friends, enjoying in Mumbai. They were to leave Chennai and now posted to Mumbai. All their stuff was packed and they had gone to Mumbai to do initial formalities before shifting finally.

God had different plans for them. On the very first day of Dec. Chennai recorded 374mm rainfall and it was supposed to continue for the week, declared weather forecast.

The scene was changed by the evening and Chennai was set to face its worst floods in 100 years.

As  I watched the mind numbing pictures on TV and scary scale of disaster…

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15 thoughts on “PRAY FOR CHENNAI

  1. So tonight in Paris, an overwhelming majority of countries agreed to sign up to a target treaty. It may be well short of the mark – a bit of a fudge, but the fact that so many countries signed means that some intangeble progress has been made. 190 nations have come to an accord. Lets celebrate that for a few hours at least and be heartened that so many have tried to move the stuation forward.

    The conference could have broken up in discord, but instead they have come together in an extremely difficult situation; recognised the challenges ahead, and have vowed to tackle the problems together.

    That’s better than nothing in my book.


  2. While we kibitz about trivial things, the really important and devastating things are going on right around us. Those of us that haven’t experienced any kind of flooding, torrential rain, hurricane, tornado, tsunami, earth quake or volcanos have no realization as to what sudden, super strong powerful acts of nature can bring and the resulting total devastation to lives and property.


  3. Rashmi, i ache for what you must be experiencing, both you and your friends. Marilyn’s right, our self-involvement with our own problems (as a country) tends to allow the media to pick and choose the disasters they want to cover. It’s a big world, and we seem to forget that. Take care, I hope you and your family are out of danger…

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    • Yes. This has always been my finding. I’ve lived through a tornado, an earthquake and an avalanche–all three of which devastated the area I lived in but never my own house. Very lucky. But in all cases, people banded together to help each other. It was wonderful.

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  4. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to support me during the tough times, for all the concern, wishes & prayers. Victims really need it. This post has shown that you are a kind hearted person & a great friend. Keep inspiring.

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  5. I watched it on BBC. I hope that she and her family and friends will be fine. I lived in India for a few months, the flooding during monsoon can be terrible in South Asia. I shows natures power each and every time.


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