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I guess not.

 

In my last post I’d mentioned that I’d be going to Kerala. Well, yeah, that happened. Didn’t get to do much there. Thanks to the monsoons. Came face-to-face with one of my biggest fears (More about that in another post).

Got back from Kerala and now… I’m in Oman. Was a little apprehensive about coming here, apprehensive about seeing what had become of this country. I must say, life has gone back to normal for most of the people, especially for those who weren’t affected to that great an extent. I heard that besides all the infrastructure damage, which was mentioned by the main stream media, not much has been said about all the lives lost. I remember one of the news channels mentioning a 20+ figure but here they say it is definitely in the thousands. I don’t know if that is a good thing or bad (here I’m not talking about the fact that lives were lost…but the fact that the full extent of the damage done was not explicitly stated anywhere).

Work is on full swing to restore all the damage done. There are only very few parts within the city where you will actually see any remnants of what had happened. Its still quite depressing to see the Qurum area. Shops are slowly re-opening now. Things are getting back to normal.

The Muscat Municipality and other concerned authorities have been working their butts off! Doing this kind of work in this kind of heat!! Hats off to them.

Well, besides that… our phone line’s gone kaput, which means no internet! It was only last night that I figured out that I could use my cell phone connection to access the internet. Woo hoo!

You’ll be seeing more of me now! 🙂

Mumbai schools ban girl-boy touch

Students keeping a distance from each other !

Mumbai:They may be co-educational schools in metropolitan Mumbai, but are still insisting drawing on a line that divides the boys from the girls.

Two schools in Mumbai issued notices this week asking girls and boys studying there not to touch or hug members of the opposite sex.

What has this country come to !! Why bother having co-ed schools at all ?!?!

I think majority of the crimes (eve-teasing, rapes, etc) that happen are due to one reason only – Lack of proper boy-girl interaction and education and awareness about what makes them different from each other.

School authorities say the rule will “discipline” students, who are easily exposed to and influenced by violence and vulgarity on TV and other media.

I don’t really understand why we need to have all boys or all girls school. Would it help the child in anyway? I don’t think so. Will scrutinizing each and every move made by students help in anyway? Would there have been a need if these kids were given personal growth and sex seducation classes at the right age at school and at home ?

“You know, they are in school as of now. Un logo ko abhi se hum agar in batoon ki soth de de, toh woh kahan par jake end hoga that’s beyond our imagination, (They are in school now. If we start ignoring these things, you just can’t imagine where it will lead them to),” Richa Bhatia, whose children go to one of these schools, says.

Are schools and even the parents being prudish? Definitely YES !

The Cyclone has passed. But the damage its done is unfathomable. The mainstream media has not justice to this episode at all. I was watching the evening news in one of the Indian channels here and it said everything’s back to normal. BACK TO NORMAL????? If only.

Like Amjad said in his latest post, It took 37 years to build Oman to what it was and its all gone. This is a video (which is on Amjad’s blog too) posted by HemiOman. A heart-wrenching video of what has become of Oman.

My source of regular updates on the real story was from Ali’s and Amjad’s blogs. I take this opportunity to thank them. If it weren’t for them it would have been really hard to make it through the past couple of days. Communicating with my family back in Muscat was not easy. Their regular updates atleast gave me some idea as to what exactly was happening there. The mainstream media was of no help what-so-ever !

Daddy update : He finally got to go check on our apartment. The area surrounding it is still completely under water. They hadto take help from the Omanis there to get to our house. Not much damage to our flat except the little amount of water that seeped in. All the people living in our apartment have moved out. Its still not in a live-able condition.

On a personal note, I think…Oman didn’t deserve to have to go through this. A country that has been so kind to its people and also to all the expatriates. It is going to take a couple of months atleast to recover from what has happened. 

I hope and pray Oman receives all the support and strength it requires to get back on its feet. 

I recently watched Kabul Express, a Bollywood movie about the experience of two Indian journalists in post-Taliban Afghanistan.

Kabul Express

It was after watching this movie that I realised I didn’t know a lot about Kabul, Afghanistan or even about the Taliban. Wikipedia , as always, is where i got all my information from.

I’ve always found it annoying that a lotta people still think that back in India we’re still pretty backward. And that we don’t have any modern amenities. I’ve found it annoying that people still go by what they read in newspapers or watch on television. There is a lot more to a country than what u see in the news. Its always the negatives that are in the news, not the positive. It usually the thoughts and views of a few that are portrayed in news item, not the views/thoughts of the majority.

It is now that I realise that i’ve been as ignorant as the rest of the people. I’ve been doin the exact same thing that I’ve hated about other people.

I’ve made amends and taken one step forward to change this. I have learnt my lesson.