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The waves

As the Wind Blows

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Location: Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

03 September 2005

Even as the why's are reverberating through the American skies, one finds the New Orleans misery still a puzzle. and almost all TV channels - at least the news channels -are covering the devastation non stop. And the more you see them the louder the cries of why's echo around you.

The TV journalists - even though they are trained to be impersonal and stay emotionally away from the stories that they report, many of them couldn't control their feelings in front of the camera. One CNN reporter today was almost choking as he described the trauma talking to people and reporting back to station. He pulled out a chair which had a huge hole in the center and described how people were making round holes in chairs and keeping a bucket underneath - to use as a toilet. " what they need today is basic needs - water, food, shelter, cloths, sanitation. why couldn't they get it even after 5 whole days after Katrina hit them. Observing the visibly shaken reporter the anchor from the station asked, " you have witnessed many flood affected areas across the world, what is the difference you find in New Orleans today?" The reporter was nearly at a loss of words again. " yes," he said, "I have seen and reported many devastated areas and have witnessed several scenes of misery. But this is America. One doesn't expect this to happen here." Another reporter said, elsewhere, " You have heard things like this in third world countries or elsewhere. But this is home."

And that precisely is the crux of the matter. natural calamities causing Devastation; trauma ; death toll, chaos, disease; - all elsewhere. Not here; Not in United States America. Nobody expected this to happen here. and hence the Shock.

And what irked me more was the smile and "ok. I hv heard enough" look from Mr. Bush's as he listened to the brief from the heads of various agencies. Well, one doesn't need to put on a grave face all the time. But somehow his countenance seemed inappropriate at that time. And worse so, his words of " We'll overcome... rebuild and prove to the world...." etc sounded so hollow given the back drop of buildings still sunk under water, people crying for food and water and tears all around.

As one NBC reporter said, " ... this disaster has changed this country." I don't know if it has. But it certainly has left questions unanswered.

Photos and

Stories on

Katrina

and

aftermath.

Particularly the photos under the caption " Growing despair and the ruins" in Washington Post are very disturbing

5 Comments:

Blogger sanchapanzo said...

I think George Bush's behaviour is really strange during crisis-times(and otherwise as well)!

George Bush's speech after this New Orleans disastor:
"Here's what I believe. I believe that the great city of New Orleans will rise again and be a greater city of New Orleans. (Applause.) I believe the town where I used to come from, Houston, Texas, to enjoy myself -- occasionally too much -- (laughter) -- will be that very same town, that it will be a better place to come to. That's what I believe."


His reaction to Sep 9/11 bombing also was weird(source: Michael Moore's documentary 'Fahrenhiet 9/11'). And most of his speeches like 'terrorists are trying to change our way of life', the same line which was later used by Tony Blair after 07/07 are really pathetic!

6:07 AM  
Blogger Aruna said...

sanchapanzo,
Political and administrative bunglings seem to be the culprit. Check out some of the responses in my Tamil Blog also. - I take the liberty to assume that you read Tamil :-)

6:44 AM  
Blogger sanchapanzo said...

Sure, will take a look into your tamil blog!

7:26 AM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

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I have read through one history
Each of you has your personal story; it is your history. Keeping a diary or writing your feelings in a special notebook is a wonderful way to learn how to think and write about who you are -- to develop your own identity and voice.

People of all ages are able to do this. Your own history is special because of your circumstances: your cultural, racial, religious or ethnic background. Your story is also part of human history, a part of the story of the dignity and worth of all human beings. By putting opinions and thoughts into words, you, too, can give voice to your inner self and strivings.

A long entry by Anne Frank on April 5, 1944, written after more than a year and a half of hiding from the Nazis, describes the range of emotions 14-year-old Anne is experiencing:

". . . but the moment I was alone I knew I was going to cry my eyes out. I slid to the floor in my nightgown and began by saying my prayers, very fervently. Then I drew my knees to my chest, lay my head on my arms and cried, all huddled up on the bare floor. A loud sob brought me back down to earth, and I choked back my tears, since I didn't want anyone next door to hear me . . .

"And now it's really over. I finally realized that I must do my school work to keep from being ignorant, to get on in life, to become a journalist, because that's what I want! I know I can write. A few of my stories are good, my descriptions of the Secret Annex are humorous, much of my diary is vivid and alive, but . . . it remains to be seen whether I really have talent . . .

"When I write I can shake off all my cares. My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived! But, and that's a big question, will I ever be able to write something great, will I ever become a journalist or a writer? I hope so, oh, I hope so very much, because writing allows me to record everything, all my thoughts, ideals and fantasies.

"I haven't worked on Cady's Life for ages. In my mind I've worked out exactly what happens next, but the story doesn't seem to be coming along very well. I might never finish it, and it'll wind up in the wastepaper basket or the stove. That's a horrible thought, but then I say to myself, "At the age of 14 and with so little experience, you can't write about philosophy.' So onward and upward, with renewed spirits. It'll all work out, because I'm determined to write! Yours, Anne M. Frank

For those of you interested in reading some of Anne Frank's first stories and essays, including a version of Cady's Life, see Tales From the Secret Annex (Doubleday, 1996). Next: Reviewing and revising your writing

11:41 AM  

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