Reading about the ongoing nature’s calamities happening in the US and in India in the form of Super storm Sandy and Cyclone Nilam, I just recollected and would like to share you my experience of travelling to the southern tip of Dhanushkodi, where Indian Ocean meets the Bay of Bengal. To reach the tip, one has to travel a distance of 22 kms from Rameshwaram, which could be done only using a 4×4 through marshy lands and sand strips close to the sea. The day we travelled was cloudy, and even though it was noon time, it was getting darker and darker with strong winds and waves reaching closer to the trail of our vehicle. The photo in this post is an abandoned fishermen’s point. The confluence of both the oceans became invinsible as it started raining heavily and we were left with no option other than to abandon our stay there, without even coming out of the vehicle for even a few minutes. Although, I had taken exteme caution to protect my camera, it became totally difficult for me as the wind and rain started covering me and my equipment all over, and we felt it is no more safe to be there.
If it was the case on a normal and calm and quite day, imagine, how it would be on a day when the nature is at its full fury. It made me realise one important point. At certain point of time in our life, we just can’t do anything, just watch and undergo the motions as it happens.
I pray for the safety of all those people who live in the path of these two natural calamities at this point of time and those who are currently in the sea for fun or profession to return safely.
A photo taken at Dhanushkodi, taken on 23rd October, showing reminiscence of a church which was destroyed during the cyclone of 1964. The devastating 1964 cyclone regarded as one of Asia’s fiercest cyclone of 20th century destroyed the village Dhanushkodi on Rameswaram Island. The place can only reached by foot or with a 4WD vehicle. Sri Lanka is about 31 kms away from this tip which joins Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal.
For a Pravasi (non-resident indian) from a gulf country, this was one of the greatest site to remember for a long long time. With hardly any rain where I work, the rain clouds and the heavy rain that followed the breeze, although dangerous for our drive ahead, was really a memorable event. Who’s the person who wrote – rain, rain go away……I wish, he was here with me enjoying the hot summer.
Mid-day break rule would help companies provide shade to workers By Ramesh Menon, Gulf News Reader Published: 16:35 October 27, 2012
The summer holidays are over and work has returned to its regular routine. The mid-day break rule enforced strictly by the authorities was a success and apparently most of the companies involved in its implementation followed it strictly.
However, the heat has not fully disippated and thus, the unpleasant and totally appalling condition of a minority set of worker.
I am talking about a group of workers I happen to see every noon at a prominent sewage maintenance project happening in the heart of Abu Dhabi city.
These workers rest on the road and under the sun in a very sad state. From what I understand, now that the enforced rule is no more active, they are given a choice to rest wherever they can. If possible, companies involving construction workers should consider their field work conditions and assist them accordingly.
I humbly request the authorities to extend the rule as per the average monthly temperature prevailing in each region. I am sure this would provide sustained relief to workers who are involved. –
The reader is a technical officer, based in Abu Dhabi
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