1999 Super Cyclone in Odisha

It was the time when I was just 4 years old. That's why I don't have a full memory, but I remembered a few scenes from that incident. This year that cyclone completed 18 years. That was the last cyclone of 20th Century. Maybe nature did it in a huge amount. 

Durga Puja was finished at that time. We were 6 people at my home, me, my parents, my little sister and one of my aunty with her daughter. At that time, my was too small, even she couldn't talk. I don't have any idea about the starting of the cyclone. When I woke up in the morning I saw, a small house beside our main house was broken due to heavy rainfall. In that house, we had our kitchen and cow-shed. My father shifted the cows to another room of our main house. He couldn't shift all the items from the kitchen. Luckily we had shifted all our rice bags from that room to our living room. That house was totally broken. Some of our trees were grounded over the night. 

At that time, there was no electricity in our village. So people couldn't get much information about the cyclone. A number of people lost their home. At that time, there were not many buildings. The people who lost their houses went to our High School because, at that time, there were the cement buildings. Even we had lost that house and had only the room vacant. The other was occupied by two cows and one buffalo. At that time we had a small radio, which helped to get some idea about the flood in all over Odisha. All the papaya trees and banana trees were grounded inside our boundary. Those papayas and bananas were our food in those days. Since that was the rainy season, people had made some water root to the canal. That's why more water flowed to the canal thought that way. 

After the cyclone, the relief came from different sources. Polyethene and some foods donated by some people. At that time, we saw a number of helicopters in the sky. 4 to 5 helicopters were flying on the sky per day. At the end of the cyclone, a huge number of monkies died in our village. A number of trees grounded in that cyclone, but luckily, anyone didn't get any hurt from that. Maybe that was due to god.

 It was a long year to that cyclone, but people have not forgotten that fear. Even they bring some foods for the next seven days when this 29th October comes every year. The last cyclone of the century gave a huge fear in everyone's mind.



Insects inside Ice-Cream

Once, Nidhi Aja had shared a photograph of ice-cream seller in twitter. That picture was a small ice-cream seller who used to sell ice-creams by travelling with a box carrying ice-creams through their cycle. Those type of ice-cream sellers were used to buy the ice-creams from the ice-cream factory and sell in villages.

It's the time when I was a small child. I was suffering from Eosinophils, that's why I didn't have the permission to eat ice-creams. Since I was a child, I used to demand ice-creams every time. That's why my mother had told me that, there are insects inside the ice-creams. From that days, I used to think about that and stayed from ice-cream. I had a fear that, those insects would eat my teeth. 

But, I lost two of my teeth due to those insect attack. After that, I bought one ice-cream at school, because there was not my mother. But, again I lost another tooth. After that, the fear increased inside me.



Raja Hata

"Hata" refers to a temporary market where different types of shops sell their good. This process of temporary shops is started from years ago. In past days, there are not the permanent market facility, so some people decided to make a temporary market for the nearby villagers to buy their good. This temporary market opens for once or twice in the week. There is some specific place, where the temporary vendors open their shops. Some Hatas are open at daytime and some in the evening.

Now-a-days, the permanent market raises, but till now this "Hata" or the temporary market opens at various places. There is also a temporary market nearer to our village. It's situated just 4 Kilometers away from my village. There is a specific place where the temporary market open for two days, Sunday and Wednesday in a week. Different types of people come to this temporary market to sell their goods and some also come to sell vegetables from their farm.

During the festivals, the demand for temporary market increases. Mainly during Raja Parba, Prathamastami, Bada Osa, Dutibahana the crowd increases at this temporary market. Raja Parba is the main festival of our village. In 2012, it started on Thursday, so Wednesday is the Raja Hata. Since my father was not available on that day, I went to the market. I had the experience to buy goods from the Kirana shops, but not the vegetables. But, I went to the market with 3 bags riding a cycle. I didn't keep my cycle at the cycle stand to avoid the charge. So, I kept my cycle from a distance, where a number of people kept their cycles. And I went inside the market. There were several shops opened due to Raja Parba.

Before going to the market, I had asked to my mother, which vegetables should I buy? She repeated the name of all the vegetables and asked to buy some cheap one. I didn't have any experience of buying vegetables, so I bought until those three bags filled up. Since it was Raja, I had to buy some other things form the Kirana shops, so I bought another bag form that market and bought some other good, which filled the 4th bag. After that, I bought some wire from that shop and lifted two bags with the back career of the cycle. And lifted two bags with the handle of the cycle. When I reached home, all laughed at me, because I bought vegetables of 970 rupees. Since I didn't have any idea to bargain and I hadn't counted the total amount at the time of buying. This news spread like windspeed to our village people and who saw me at that time started to give some advice.





* I used to write in Odia. So, I wrote this and make an image for them, whose phone doesn't support Odia fonts. But some of my friends, outside Odisha, asked me to write some in English. So I translated it from my Odia writings.


My 1st Picnic

Everyone loves to go for a picnic. When I went for the first time, I couldn't memorize all the things, because I was 3 years old at that time. That picnic was the last picnic of my father's school and the 1st picnic of mine. At that time, I used to go everywhere with my father. Even to his school, market. In that picnic, my brother was also there. I remembered some people from that picnic are Nabaghana Bhai, Bisua Bhai, Narana Sir. At that time, Bisua bhai was reading at Jagannath University, Puri. Since we were going to Puri, he came to meet us.

I used to vomit in Bus journey, so I slept throughout the journey. That's why I don't have any memory form the roads.After reached Puri sea beach, boys bathed there. Girls were not allowed to the sea water. Since I was a child and that time was the winter season, I was wearing sweaters and Nabaghana bhai took to the water, but I hadn't touched the sea. I remembered the scene of the waves coming towards us. 

After that, we went to the Jagannatha Temple. But I didn't go inside the temple. Every people, except me and Naran Sir, went inside. We went to the nearby shops. Naran sir bought me a small Biscope, which was looking like a camera but shows some photographs inside that. Maybe from those days, I started to love for cameras and photography. Apart from that, I bought some more toys for me.

After that, we went to Chilika. I remembered only one scene from Chilika. That was the motorboat. I saw the boat for the first time as well as the boat with motors. At that time, I didn't have any about both the boats. But when I grew up, I got to know about that.

Bisua bhai had come to meet us. He brought a yellow colored balloon for me, that's why I remembered his presence at that time. I had only one picture from that journey and that was with Bisua bhai. But, I don't have any idea of that balloon where it was gone or burst.

Like that, my first picnic ended with some slight memory. Even I don't have any idea, when we started our journey and when reached home. At that time, I used to sleep for a long time and now also I'm sleeping like that. A number of things have been changed with respect to time, but this sleeping nature hasn't changed.





A Hunger-Free World

Today, when I was scrolling my Facebook Timeline, I saw a photograph of a little girl child who was offering some food form her plate to someone. I don't have any idea about the place, where this is taken and also no idea about the photographer. From the photo, it seems that the child belonging to a poor family who couldn't arrange their food easily. They are also not like us. These people are struggling in their life to survive in this world. 

It's very difficult for them to arrange a meal for a day. But, they are humans. They share that small amount of food with other. A person who goes through some problem must understand that pain. They could easily understand the pain of a person for food.


In our society, there are a number of rich people who waste more than 50 percent of their daily meal. They could feed to the poor who couldn't arrange a daily meal due to their poverty. But they are doing such things. Even they refuse to the hungry person who begs in front of them. They had never gone through this kind of condition to understand the pain. 

Once a teacher asked a girl in a school who was belonging to a rich family to write an essay about their driver. She wrote like this: "I'm *&*#### belonging to a rich family. We have a family driver named %$^&^&*. He is poor. He has a small car. In that car, he used to drop their child in schools. (and so on)." That's not the fault of that girl. Since she was rich, she used to see other from their family view. She didn't have any idea about the driver. She never felt the problem of his children. A frog in the well thinks there is nothing outside of that well. Like that, they couldn't feel the real problem, till they don't go through this.

This photo is not to criticize others. This picture shows a number of bright side of this world.

  • This girl could feel the pain of hunger. We could share some from our meals.
  • A child doesn't have any covet, but when they grew up, they become greedy.
  • If you go through some pain, they could understand that pain within others.
If we could offer some form our food, then the percentage of death from hunger could reduce. Before we waste some food, we should think about those people, who depend on dustbin food. We should thankful to God for giving an opportunity to serve people. We are responsible for this world and we could make this world, "A Hunger-Free World".


Water Problem

Today, when I was scrolling my Twitter timeline, my eyes got to focus on two tweets. One tweet shared by Nishta Bhai on some water project at Burla bus stand and another is by Pratik Sahoo about a photo at Redhakhol forest. 

In the first tweet, Nistha Bhai shared a photo, where the tap for drinking water at Burla bus stand was broken and someone put a plastic bottle under the broken tap. He mentioned that there are many drinking water projects in the city are like that. Those are not functioning since months. 


Whereas in the 2nd tweet, Pratik bhai shared a photo of a parrot captured at Redhakhol forest. That parrot tries to open a water bottle to drink some water.



In both the tweets, the main problem is water. The government planned some purified water for the people and in the 2nd case, there is no water for a parrot or for some animal. We destroy the natural water resources and making for us. But as a result, we all remain thirsty due to our irresponsibility.


Raise Your Voice

In this world, everyone is depending on someone. Maybe you are not the same person on which you depend, he may depend on you. But he may be dependable on someone else. It's the rule of this world. You couldn't live in this world without the surrounding. That's why we are survived in the earth. There are no such things present in other planets. So a normal human being couldn't survive there. As a social animal, we all know the importance of dependability.

For a healthy life, we are depending on the oxygen provided by trees and trees are depending on us to take care of them. And everything is interrelated to each other. We always depend on someone else and he is depending on some another thing. So, we all are linked to each other. If the interlinking and the dependability process get some change, then the total system may change and more difficulties arise to this world.

Today, I'm going to share some views about a YouTube video shared by RJ Naveed. He made this video by the help of three small girl child. The video is based on child kidnapping and abuses in public places. Since years, we are listening about the kidnapping of small children from the public place and public ignore it.

In a public place, in front of some person, Naveed asked a few girl child one by one about their parents and offered them some chocolates and all were seeing the drama silently. And he approached them for a tour in his car and the girls refused to go with him, as their parents advised them not to go with any stranger. But he offered more chocolates to them and finally, the girls agreed to go with him. And some people ignoring them and some noticed but remain silent. Yes, it's a video, but if such things would happen in front of us, then we may ignore those. If something like this would happen to us, then we could realize. As we know precaution is better than cure. So we should raise our voice against these type of incidents.

But all are not some, if all would become like this, then we also couldn't survive in this world. Some also protesting against this. But the amount of these type of people is a few. So we should stand together in such incidents and should raise our voice, so the victim may get another chance to live a normal and happy life like us.







I would like to thank Naveed and these three girls for making such a video and also appeal to the readers and viewer to raise your voice too against such issues.

Thank You for reading and please share with others to create awareness about this.

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan


Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Odia: ସ୍ୱଚ୍ଛ ଭାରତ ଅଭିଯାନ) was initiated by honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji on 2nd October 2014. It completed 3 years yesterday. At the beginning more number of people took part in this mission. I think that was not for the cleaning program, but some participated for free publicity. More number of actors and politicians joined this campaign and got a huge publicity through the media. But a number of people joined this program voluntarily and till now they are working to clean our environment. More number of NGOs are working with a huge number of volunteers national wide and they are really cleaning to make India a clean country.

As compared to the 1st year of clean India program, the love for this campaign has been reduced. In the first year, more number of volunteers joined this program, but now only a few people are taking part of this mission. But, I saw some people celebrate Gandhi Jayanti and organize some cleaning program.

The school children cleaned the nearby areas and some volunteers also joined in that cleaning program. And some social workers also start the cleaning program with some volunteers. I love their work and their initiative also. But, it’s a work of one day, it’s a work for everyday and not for only a group of people to clean continuously, it’s the work of every person, who is depending on this environment. But we should teach the school students and create awareness among people, so that they should clean the places nearby them. As Mother Teresa advised to clean the front door of our home, and if everybody does that, then the country must be cleaned automatically. After the Swachh Bharat Mission by Sri Modi, there are various facilities are available to through the garbage. And we are responsible for our environment.

Everybody should focus on this program and should learn to clean by themselves. We must do the needed things by ourselves. So we must take care about our own environment and we should think about the life time happiness not the happiness for a second or for a certain period of time. We should know the problems arise due to the polluted environment.


  

  

  



(Photos from Hari Narayan Mohanty and Sovendra Majhi sir.)