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    March 08, 2006
     

    Caught in the cross-fire

    The blasts yesterday in Varanasi nearly had personal ramifications for me.

    My parents, two sets of uncles & aunts and my grand uncle had gone on a pilgrimage tour of North India as part of ceremonies conducted for my chitti paati (grand aunt) who passed away suddenly last February.

    Ironically enough, my parents and an uncle-aunt family had no plan of going to Gaya. Their plan was to move ahead to Calcutta and take a flight tomorrow evening back to Madras. My grand uncle and another uncle-aunt family were to go to Gaya, return to Varanasi to complete the ceremonies and then get to Madras. But, after discussions over the last two days, they all decided to go to Gaya. My father in fact informed me by email yesterday morning that they were leaving for Gaya.

    I was blissfully unaware of the blasts. In the evening, I received a call from my aunt who asked me where the families were given that there were blasts in Varanasi. I told her not to worry since they'd proceeded to Gaya. Shortly after that, my brother called me up from Madras informing me that our family was in fact at Varanasi station, platform number six. The blast took place in platform number one.

    Subsequently, the Varanasi railway station was sealed off. Trains began to move and my family & relatives left for Gaya around 9 pm yesterday. They are in Gaya right now.

    The greater irony is that amma called up this morning to inform us that they were safe in Gaya, Bihar. If Bihar is "safe", we can well imagine how Varanasi was from 6 pm yesterday evening.

    Praveen Swami, as usual, has the intelligence angle worked out. Is it the Lashkar? Is it the Jaish? Is it the Harkat?

    Rambled @ 11:48 AM

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    5 comment(s)

    Hey,

    I'm glad Uncle and Aunty are fine. You guys must have had some very tense moments.

    By Blogger Nitin (Mar 8, 2006, 5:39:00 PM)  

    The greater irony is that amma called up this morning to inform us that they were safe in Gaya, Bihar. If Bihar is "safe", we can well imagine how Varanasi was from 6 pm yesterday evening.

    Word.

    Glad your near and dear are safe.

    I'm also glad the stock markets are relatively safe too. Gone are those days of political events affecting the stock markets. oops... let me say "Touch wood" :D

    By Blogger Suraj (Mar 8, 2006, 7:23:00 PM)  

    nitin: It was definitely tense until around 9 pm when they confirmed that they were on the train to Gaya.

    suraj: Umm, the Sensex _and_ the Nifty dropped by 2% today. Coincidence?

    By Blogger Jagadish (Mar 8, 2006, 10:09:00 PM)  

    hi jagadish!
    good to know ur parents r fine..
    btw I have linked to ur blog from mine (fyki)

    By Blogger Ananthoo (Mar 8, 2006, 11:17:00 PM)  

    Thanks ananthoo. I went through some of the posts. Interesting. Do you live in Mylapore?

    By Blogger Jagadish (Mar 9, 2006, 10:39:00 AM)  

    I'd prefer if you posted comments with your real name to add more credibility to your opinions. Obviously comments containing offensive and unsuitable language will be deleted. The opinions in the comments are your own views. You are welcome to provide a URL to your own blog, especially if it discusses issues you find here.

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