But what has come to pass in the past week is quite incredible. As someone put it, it has been raining almost single-mindedly! Yesterday, I came to know from some friends in Pune that their company had asked them to leave by noon. And they are having an off-day today!!! What a midweek! Plus the predictable Rediff.com article which opines that Mumbai has overtaken Cherrapunji as the place in India which has recorded the highest rainfall in a single day.
One of my father’s friends has stay put in Mumbai airport for almost two days now. When my father recounted this, I couldn’t help being reminded of Viktor Navorski in The Terminal, except that in this case, no one could venture out or fly away. My father’s friend should have reached Chennai yesterday evening, but all flights have been put off. And the authorities indicate that the earliest the airport can swing back to work in 3 PM tomorrow. This person has to sleep on the floor, has no access of medicines, clothing or proper food. And he is in Mumbai on a business trip!
In the face of nature’s wrath, any system is liable to fail miserably. So to speak ill of the various otherwise-efficient systems is unwarranted. Let us pray that Mumbai returns to normalcy as soon as possible.
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