Not Dizzy, It’s An Earthquake!

A two-minute tremor felt like a never-ending one. Father and I were sitting on the sofa – reading the newspaper, suddenly, we started feeling dizzy. In a fraction of second, we realized what was going on – we weren’t dizzy, it’s an earthquake! My mother and my little boy – both enjoying their conversation in the kitchen, came rushing to us.

The earthquake

The earthquake… the tremor

The floor was shaking – the entire room on the 2nd floor was vibrating, and the walls were swinging. I wondered, “Should we hide under the sofa? Or run outside?” It was the first time in my three decades of existence I felt an earthquake like this one. My child screamed out of fear – fear of the unknown, which alarmed us all. Father stood like a log for a second. It was then that my mother tried to remain calm and directed us towards the stairs.

I found everybody in our apartment eventually made it to the ground floor – on the road. There were so many others – a chaos on the streets, a thousand people in the lobby, as if the battle of Armageddon will just begin.

The tremor stopped after a few seconds. It began to pour from heaven, as if the rain was washing away every bit of our anxiety, every drop of our fear. We dispersed, quietly came back to our apartment… Life for us was usual the rest of the day.

My story is not massive and deadly – in fact we are the privileged one (this time)… We turned on the television, shocked to find the earthquake struck Nepal and sent tremors through several parts of North and East India, killing more than 1,400 people, touching off a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest and toppling a heritage tower in the capital Kathmandu!

There were reports of devastation in isolated mountainous areas after the midday quake of magnitude 7.9, Nepal’s worst in 80 years!

Television footage continued to show disturbing images of large numbers of offices and homes that had collapsed in Kathmandu, while roads had been split in two by the force of the impact. Internet is down, television not working and parts of Kathmandu having no electricity…

I came to my room and closed the door. Sighhhh!!! When such disasters strike, we are forced to take some time off our hectic schedule to think how minute we are compared to this large vast expassive Universe!

This again brings us back to the question of our existence, some thing I ask myself a lot these days! That we are just a tiny speck of dust in the vast universe, with just a life of breath in it and before you know it, everything can become nothing and man returns to dust where he once emerged from!

All I could do is, bow down before the Creator in deep humility, acknowledging the truth that we live because of him. My prayers with all those affected and whose lives have been disrupted by the massive earthquake!

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by H S Eswara on April 26, 2015 at 6:24 am

    My dear Sohini,

    As an aftermath of the devastating earthquake I am still pondering over our futility in the face of enormous power of nature and the will of God. It is a matter of great satisfaction to me that you and your family are safe by the grace of Almighty. I fully endorse your sane message:
    “That we are just a tiny speck of dust in the vast universe, with just a life of breath in it and before you know it, everything can become nothing and man returns to dust where he once emerged from!”
    Further, there is no disputing your acknowledgment of ‘truth that we all live because of him.’ But I am wondering at this point, at what enormous cost we realize this truth and how suddenly we tend to forget it? The egotism, the pride, the selfishness, the vanity, the self love with which we are all endowed with receive a jolt in times like this, but the very next moment we tend to reverse back to what we were before and the ego begins to haunt us. That is perhaps the essence and the paradox of life!
    Let’s all pray at this moment for those affected. Let God show his mercy to them and all.

    Affectionately,
    HS Eswara

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  2. Posted by Ruma Paul on April 26, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Aptly said. It was a scary experience for me and my brother as we were returning home from the art class. Suddenly felt the earth was shaking. We were safe too, but let us all pray at this moment for those affected.

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