In the hilly region of Himachal state torrential rain, cloud bursts and flash flood happen annually. Lives and property are always at risk but the recent Himalayan Tsunami is unprecedented. The monsoon this year came early and fast and furious 400% more than the average rainfall. This year too thousands of pilgrims had flocked in the famous Kedarnath



temple and other sacred temples. Thousands of devotees were rescued but thousands are still trapped and missing. Though though the management and coordination of the state machinery left much to be desired acts of bravery by the men in the armed forces silent but determined risking their own lives to rescue the elderly, the young and the infants could bring tears in the eyes.

The rational and tangible causes for such massive can be attributed to the tampering of the environment, the mountains and the valleys. Unplanned development to promote tourism and inadequate infrastructure for handling a deluge of pilgrims also contribute to such occurrences.

The intangible and invincible causes are attributed to the Almighty’s wrath at the human greed and wrongs committed.


Its never too late for us to be sensitive and pay heed to nature, the ecology and preserve the environment in whenever way we can. We also need to salute the large number of volunteer groups who have reached the disaster area to help and supplement the state rescue machinery.


P.S. I wish to share a photo showing “A bridge of human courage” picked up from my blogger friend’s blog

Cheers to these selfless soldiers who do such acts in the “line of duty” to save lives! πŸ™‚


About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are music and growing culinary herbs. Love to play golf and do yoga regularly. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

39 responses »

  1. What an encouraging story thank you so much for sharing! Loved it !


  2. Erco Travels says:

    Great post! Indeed, These are the real heroes and true soldiers.


  3. Novroz says:

    This is a great post. I always admire people who help other people.


  4. jlpiallat says:

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  5. I was also very saddened to hear about this news….my prayers and thoughts are with all the pilgrims, their families and friends. May all the courageous acts of the brave be rewarded ten-fold by the Almighty.


  6. Can I steal the following phrase from you ‘bridge of human courage” ? It has just trigged a thought in my heart . =)


  7. Salam .It’s a story that tells a lot about nature ‘s generosity when punishing man for meddling with it’s secrets .It also speaks volumes about man’s generosity when trying to save the life of his fellow men and both man and nature share their search of survival .I truly enjoyed reading your story ,thank you for sharing it.


  8. ladyfi says:

    A heart-warming story of people helping others. Hope the floods die down and don’t cause too many problems.


    • dilipnaidu says:

      Hi ladyfi welcome to this space. Yes its good wishes and hope that’s matters.

      Now the good news is that most of the stranded have been rescued and many are under medical care.

      Thank you.


  9. nirbhayasindia says:

    Great post.
    It’s time to go to root causes – crony capitalism that has led to the most blatant and horrific kind of construction in the Himalayas. Plus, however politically sensitive, the number of people allowed anywhere needs to be strongly regulated. God will understand!


  10. By showing respect to nature & its ways we help ourselves.


  11. By showing respect to nature & its ways, we are helping ourselves.


  12. renu says:

    Nature nevr forgives those who abuse her..


  13. Madhu says:

    Such a tragic loss of life Dilip. Yes nature does bite back when she is abused beyond a point. But the price is often paid by the poor common man while the real culprits get away scot free. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.


  14. SUHAS says:

    I was sad to read , hear & see this catastrophy, My prayers go out to those who suffered . Have never seen a bridge of humans.
    Hats off to those who risked their TODAY for others TOMORROW.
    Real selfless service
    Great photo indeed.


    • Dilip says:

      Yes indeed Suhas!


      • SUHAS says:

        I am really sorry to write again.I put the photograph of selfless service on my FB. .
        I received a cryptic comment which is presented here.

        Quote,” Kavim Bhatnagar wrote: “These are TWO Separate Photographs. The Human Bridge snap is from Japan sometime back. However, that does NOT undermine the Rescue Efforts of IA in the second snap.” Unquote

        A close look indicates some foreign faces; may be Japanese. Also feel the joint of these photographs.


        • Dilip says:

          Yes on closer scrutiny Kavim’s observation is correct. You will surely agree soldiers from all armies in the world have one common attribute – SELFLESSNESS & COURAGE πŸ™‚

          Thanks Suhas πŸ™‚


  15. Binky says:

    I hadn’t heard of this. I certainly hope most of the missing will be found. We so often do things we shouldn’t, like building in the flood plains, and then, sooner or later, suffer the consequences.


  16. Kotts says:

    It is not “Nature’s fury”! Rather it is human ignorance, compounded by arrogance!!


  17. I was saddened to hear about this catastrophy, [and from a place very dear to my heart -Rishikesh]. My prayers go out to everyone who suffered / suffers this situation and all the brave people helping out.


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