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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Eventful day...

I had a very interesting day today. I changed my clothes half a dozen times during the day. The first was when I changed for my run in the morning (managed to do my 6km run in some really nasty weather, it was pouring and there was water logging at certain places), second was for getting to work (I got badly drenched, had to walk, run, take multiple modes of transport to finally get to work, including lotsa wading through knee length water, third was when i got to work and changed again to catch my flight for a work trip, fourth was when I changed on the plane, getting myself ready for some tough weather, fifth was when I got back to office - substantially drenched and the sixth was when I got home late in the evening, after watching a super flick - Die Hard 4, just love the attitude of Bruce... a true cult movie (well series, could watch them over and over again) and this time I was partially drenched as the rain & water logging had subsided.

The highlight of the day was sitting on a plane for 3 hours and finding out that I had to deplane after the long wait as there was no chance in hell for it to take off. The tarmac had ankle length water at places and the visibility was almost zero, Bombay was truly submerged, Again, but it was a first for this season. Bombay is not complete without having its major roads and junctions submerged atleast once a year.

6 comments:

beanz said...

And we thnk we've hads lots of rain!

Girish said...

Yes it was bad, the drains in Bombay can take about 40mm of rainfall in an hour, and yesterday at some places it was closer to 150mm in an hour. So this coupled with the morning high tide, created havoc. Can't do anything to protect the city from this kinda stuff. But the traffic cops, municipal guys and neighbourhood kids did a fab job to help people out.

Anonymous said...

You are right, usually the cops, municpality and general public step up whenever it pours in BBY. The spirit of the city shines through... :)
I recall one year it was so bad that people were stuck overnight - people gave food and shelter to those stranded. Complete stranges helped people - God sent folks if you ask me!
-GM

Girish said...

Its sad that we can't be that way all the time, and need a calamity to bring us all together from time to time.

Anonymous said...

It is human nature to feel that ones own life/problems are big as most people are climbing up Maslow's heirarchy trying to meet lower level needs. They do not have the time or the resources to worry about others. Only when one reaches self actualization, can they rise well above the mundane. When a calamity strikes, it shows people that there are bigger issues in life and one must rise to the occassion.
-GM

Girish said...

Well said GM.