Friday, December 01, 2006

A Fi(e)ry End to the Month

As I came out of office, I saw a Fire Brigade rushing towards the Infy main gate.."Fire? In infosys". It was impossible. It is something like what people used to think some 94 years ago - "Titanic is unsinkable".. but titanic did sink.. and one Infy building did catch fire yesterday..and coincidentally it was the infy building which is shaped like a ship - u can call it titanic.


From Today's TOI: Fire at Infosys, Chandigarh


There was thick smoke coming out of the Hostel block - which houses the hostels, and a part of the food court. The fire seemed to be out, but within 15 minutes I saw 3 more fire brigades rushing, suggesting it was not a minor one.
As I reached home, witnessing some more sirens and revolving red lights on the way, I put on the TV in anticipation of some news about the incident. But a much bigger fire had caught the attention of all news channels. Dalits, angered by the insult to the statue of Ambedkar in Kanpur,were in rage all over Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka . They burnt a train, caused havoc, disrupted normal life.



Though it may not be the case, but there are high chances that the same statue had the fate of a normal statue in India - rotting away, used by birds for most part of the year and coming in use only on birthdays/death anniversary of the great soul. This incident caused death of 2 young people. I guess this is more insult to the departed soul than spoiling his statue.
Later on in the night there was another news on a car suddenly catching fire, in Delhi, killing the occupant. A burning building, train and now a car- it was too much of fire for me for the day...

4 comments:

Cuckoo said...

Yes, true, very sad it is. Though the building and car incidents were actually accidents, the train incident wasn't. It was planned, atrocious and ghastly murder I can say. How many more such 'accidents' this country in general & Mumbai in particular has to see?

We might be progressing in the field of science & technology but unless & untill we grow ourselves out of these nonsense issues, we can not move ahead.

Hey, So many posts have popped up here. Will read your other posts later. Have a nice time. :))

Fleiger said...

When I saw that picture of burning deccan queen in paper, I thought of this song...

SiD said...

@fleiger: how ironic.. that movie was coming on tv yesterday!!!

Fleiger said...

If it was "The Burnign Train", I would have said that's where people got the idea. Life imitating art...