- The number of foreigners helping out is really amazing. I was surprised/stunned to see people postponing their vacation or flying down here just to help with the Tsunami relief work. People from USA, Canada, Belgium, France, Germany to name a few were down there with us, doing a lot of work. A real big thank you from me to each and everyone who spent time and effort to help the affected. This raises a couple of questions that I've not been able to answer myself...
- If there is a disaster in a foreign country, how many of us would go there just to help?
- If you were on vacation when a disaster struck, would you hang around to help or take the first plane out? Or if you were planning a vacation to a place before the disaster, would you go ahead with your plans?
- Our team at a point had 4 Indians and 6-7 foreigners. We take pride in being a huge nation, but then when it comes down to doing work, we are absent. I'm not saying there isn't any Indian/Indian organisation involved, in fact there are many, but I was expecting "our people" to be out there in force and numbers.
- Just saw an Ad in the Sunday Times where the TN govt has appealed for everyone to help. They've also given out some cost estimates(like a shelter for 50 families would cost Rs 75 lakhs and one for 1000 families would cost Rs 1500 lakhs). You can also help by building other things like Community Centers, Schools, Hospitals and other things each of which will require atleast an investment of Rs 50 lakhs. Another sign that they're truly going into the rehab/rebuild phase now. I hope they give out boats as well. Real soon.
Hail Marat Safin!!!! He kicked Lleyton Hewitt's butt in the final of the Australian Open. He really deserved to win this time after playing superb tennis throughout and unlike last time, wasn't a spent force in the final.
Out of the last 38 hours almost 31 were spent travelling by some mode of transport or another. Trip to Kerela was fine. While returning, our bus got stoned for no apparent reason and that caused a delay of about an hour. Finally when we were on Hosur Road, the whole rear windshield (which was hit by the stone earlier) broke off. Heh.