“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one” ~ Albert Einstein.
25th April, 2015 : The day man-made aftershocks won over natural aftershocks.
Two back to back tremors in Calcutta around noon today brought us all out of our buildings onto the roads. For a while, we were all dazed and then after necessary precautions went back to work.
I spent the next hour calling and texting people to ensure they were safe.
Then I came home and checked the news and read all I could about possible aftermaths of the quake.
After a long day, when I finally surfed through social media, I realized I had missed out on the most important task to be done after such an incident!
I forgot to update my Facebook status about how, why, where, when I felt and survived the quake! I forgot to share my survival strategies. I forgot to tell people via my Instagram account how the Calcutta skies looked pre and post storm today.
I realized I wasn’t cool enough like this guy who updated his status as “Feeling tremors. Earthquake?”. He was asked by a friend as to why he was updating his Facebook status instead of running down towards safety. His reply? “I am too lazy to run down 10 floors.” He should thank his stars the tremors felt in Calcutta were not destructive enough. Or else his laziness would have made him pay the final price. Very, very cool. I could never be him, try as much as I may.
Oh and do you know it’s also ‘Happy Earthquake Day’? Another status informed me this. People around me are so intelligent! I wonder where they get their brains from.
These are just two gems out of the countless sparkling stones lying around!
I had so many things to do. And instead all I did was feel gut-wrenchingly sad about all those people who lost their lives, saw their lives fall apart within seconds, are still trying to locate their loved ones, have been stranded and are waiting for help, are looking for the gleam of hope through the mount of rubble, are seeing the might of the Earth first hand. Where’s the proof that I did feel this? Where’s the evidence on the internet about it? I guess this is my evidence.
I did it. I did what all of us so calmly do these days. I just reduced the loss of countless lives to a few dozens of words.
P.S. : How will our souls ever rest in peace?
The menacing social media subtly defined so.
I am not sharing this because I have been phubbed (phone snubbed, for the unaware ones like me) by my younger cousins, almost avoided getting hit by people who’re busy looking into their phones and walking down the already narrow and half dug up footpaths of Calcutta, have spent times with friends where we are busy updating statuses on FB, Twitter, Whatsapp about where we are, with whom, and having oh so much of fun instead of talking to the one who’s actually in front of you! Yes, all this and so much more has happened to me, but that’s not all. I am sure a lot worse might have happened to you. Maybe, we’ve done worse to others!
Close your laptops, phones, iPads, tablets right now. Just put it away. It can live without you for an hour or two. But can you?