Sunday, September 04, 2005


Role Reversal ? India offers Army men to US
Times of India article Sunday Sept. 4th 2005
NEW DELHI: Disaster is a great leveller. In a reversal of usual roles
following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, India has
offered a comprehensive assistance package to the US,
the world’s largest relief donor.
The offer was formally communicated to the White House by Indian
ambassador to the US, Ronen Sen, on Saturday.

Tapping into its experience in combating large scale disasters, India’s
three-pronged package attempts to export a combination of materials
and expertise. Apart from a $5 million contribution to the American
Red Cross, India has offered to fly across Army medical teams to
New Orleans. Army, rather than civilian, relief teams are being offered
keeping in view the worsening law and order situation in the city.

India reckons water purification will be urgently required in a city where
contamination would be rife, causing water-borne diseases. As a leading
producer of bulk drugs, India is sending across a large consignment of
medicines. After attending to numerous large-scale disasters, including last
December’s tsunami and last month’s Mumbai flooding, India now has
acquired considerable expertise in combating such large-scale disasters.

A Jazz Capital Lives Forever
Close your eyes and listen to a few notes from the musicians and
you'll get that Big Easy feeling. The city may be washed away but
its heart lives on through its music and cuisine which fascinate
To a person like me, born and raised in India, words like 'Cajun',
'Zydeco' 'Po Boy' and 'Gumbo' have as strong an effect on my senses
From various agencies and also in the Times of India Sept. 4th 2005 :
New Orleans is the home of a diverse group of entertainers that includes
Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., the Neville Brothers,
Britney Spears, Dr. John, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, Ruben Studdard
as well as celebrity chefs Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse.
An Indian Blogger in Turkey
Long before Katrina was even heard of, Aakash in Istanbul wrote : 
"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which
you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself,
"I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." . . .
You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

And let your best be for your friend. If he must know the ebb of your tide,
let him know its flood also. For what is your friend that you should seek him
with hours to kill? Seek him always with hours to live."

Houston Chronicle Blogger :
What's Wrong With This Picture ?
"This is, apparently, an absolutely true fact: the singer, actor and
New Orleans native Harry Connick Jr. went out Thursday and spoke to the
suffering, hot, hungry, sick and occasionally dying crowds of people at the
New Orleans convention center. These are the people who had, up to that point,
received no aid or succor at all, none whatsoever."

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