Friday, 3 July 2015

Nepal Quake! Where were you?


 
Where Were You? #NepalEarthquake


 
It is said that everyone remembers where they were when a tragedy strikes. I remember I was 11 years old when the Mumbai terror attack happened in 2008. I have a vague memory of my parents worriedly phoning my cousins to check if they were safe. And an uneasy atmosphere at my house with everyone glued to the television news for the whole day. I was too young to understand back then but it was pretty disturbing.

It seems to be true for earthquakes as well. I'm sure most of us remember where we were when the last major earthquake struck. I was 5 when the Gujarat quake happened. I couldn't pay heed to my father's scream to run because some person named "Bhukamp" had come, of which I had no idea about and was later lectured for not listening to him.

The Nepal earthquake, was fortunately not damaging in Chandigarh area, although we did experience some aftershocks. The funny part is that I seem to be a part of the few people who didn't experience even a single tremor and hence I have only a vague clue of where I might be at the time.

Therefore coming back to the matter, everyone remembers where he or she was when a tragedy like an earthquake strikes no matter what. I'm sure that any social survey would prove me right. The bizarre part is that more intense and damaging the disaster, more clear is our memory of it.

The Nepal earthquake was in no way different. It was my Facebook feed that told me that I had already gone through four earthquakes while most of my friends have a very vivid recollection of it. The visuals of the catastrophe on news channels were so horrifying that I still feel shaken by them.

So where were you during the quake? I'm sure you'd have a clear memory of it.

 

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