I stay near Sikkim (read Falakata) and experienced those shock, aftershocks and tremors.For a while our life is shattered and we are now collecting ourselves.
I stay as a Paying Guest to a very honest, loving Bengali family. They are not rich and to aid their financial condition they adopted me as a guest. So though technically I stay alone I am really with a caring and loving family. During this earthquake their (read our) ancestral home got damaged….water supply system ruined.Electricity had gone during my last posting and came just an hour before. There was no network for three days. We were forced to lead a primitive life for a time being.
But we are thankful that we are still alive and with proper health. Rescue operation is going on but initially was slower due to remote location, transport and network problem.
The day was an auspicious occasion of Biswakarma Puja, Hindu God of engineering and mechanics. Everyone celebrates the day with vigour and zeal. It is a custom to stop vehicles and machineries for the day and worship them as God. Which actually made the earthquake situation more critical. One astonishing fact is that each year Biswakarma Puja is celebrated on fixed date of 17th September..this was the year of exception.Some religious enthusiasts mark this for the underlying cause for the earthquake. Some took it as a symbol of “earth come to an end in 2012”.
One of my friend was on her honeymoon in Gangtok and got theshock of her life. She and her husband is rescued two days after. Thank God they are OK.Rescue operation is going on and we hope everything is going to be fine. God bless us.