Its a National Holiday. The constitution of the biggest democracy in the world came into force about 60 years back. As a 20 year old, growing up in a metropolitan city, it was a day off. It was a day to enjoy a game of cricket in the last few days of winter before the scorching summer heat takes over the western state of India.
I was tired. I didn't feel good. I was recovering from a broken ankle and jogged with a limp all morning. I kept my feet up in the air when I could. I had to do it. I had to get away from the crutch that I had been using for a good 6 months now. I had to get back. I had no time left to waste.
I took a break. I had to. I heard a rumble; no a roar; a deafening one. I look up, I see around. I'm loosing balance; I could see the world lift up and come down crashing onto me. I shut my eyes and prepared for the worst.
It stopped after a couple of minutes. It was calm. It was calm like never before. I was still standing. I open my eyes; and everyone is around me huddled together. It wasn't me alone. They felt it to. They saw it to. It was an earth quake. It was 7.9 on the Richter. I was at the safest place when it happened.
The city that I spent the last 15 years had a new landscape to show. In just under 2 minutes, everything changed. Everyone was shocked. Towering buildings that once reached for the skies were gone. Poof. Vanished in thin air (ground). A few stood crooked. A few crumbled and on the verge of extinction. I was seeing this side of Mother Earth for the first time.
What followed had been one of the worst time that I have witnessed. Extreme emotions, sadness and despair. I have never been anxious and happy to see my parents. Alive & Safe. Horror stories and aftershocks followed for weeks. It felt as if the world was coming to an end.
Hope is one of the best feeling a human being can ever have. Stories of survival and life emerged. The collective mood of despair had disappeared. No one though about themselves as victim.
Stories of help and aid made us felt, we are not alone in this.
What happened in Nepal a few weeks back, took me back to 2001. Every bit helps. If you haven't, please help. It doesn't matter what you can't send. What matter is you helped. It's more then enough.
There are several medium by which one can help. A simple search on Google, Bing or Yahoo will show you all possible channels to send help. I used Apple Pay in two taps - It just took me two taps.