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Beyond The Legal Boundaries Of Public Land

No one can predict the climate and in this world as we are living today, at some places there has been show case of very avid and strong change of climate and at some other places we do find more and more cooler and complete change of climate what it has been there before few years back. In this august Sunday morning as I woke up early to go for a brisk walking all around the city and into the sea beaches to experience the real beauty f nature as well a to have the most clean air in the morning time so that I could feel at light at heart with it.

In the mid time, I move towards the so called VIP road where the road is being precisely cut short through the presence of encroachment of people where during each and every place we could see persons are being encroached and new and newer shops are being created out of it. This is the principal road to connect to capital and towards moving at the sea beach and for this there has been more and more interstate vehicles roaming here and there and most of them unaware of the situation in its place tends to move the vehicle at high speeds.

What the authorities should ensure is to replace these encroached arenas and make the road wider so that it should be easier for people and pedestrians as well as cyclists to move these way in much more comfort as from time to time more and more vehicles used to come here and most of these are inter-state vehicles and they have little ideas about local conditions.

In the mean time, at the entry of this VIP road of Puri, the Vishal MegaMart is there and it is a tall building and god known who have permitted this considering the fact that these route is to be used by most of very important personality while moving to Governor’s house of Puri and most of them probably at times Z plus security and while they move through these roads and here is one building at the entry of Vishal Megamart which is probably taller that requisite permissible limits and o that so how come this has been constructed.

This four-storied building just opposite to Punjab National Bank is of one of private person and continue to be stay at a deserted land for years and then suddenly in what so ever circumstances it then began to clean that place and build the four-storied building which is at greater height and must not be there in public places where people live there. Such a tall building at the side of the national highway just not be imaginable considering that this road is enrolls to Governor’s house of Puri.

In the mean time the road has been shortened and the traffic comes at the side of it make it shorter and the people dwelling out there, feel the crunch of the situation and that makes living out there impossible for most of us and for this it is indeed one of the most difficult living considering the height of the building that has been made ignoring all such rules and regulations.

Apart from this in and around Salbega Lane of Puri, after evening and most of time, many anti-social people gathered till the night nearer to this four-storied building, people makes noise and disturbs the peace loving people. It seems there has been support of some people or at least influential ones out there. Then, when you walk across this road in the morning, there most of municipal people having cleaning the road and they are doing some of the most important works considering the amount of unwanted tiffin vendors in and around sides of the road making the place difficult to walk in these high-traffic zones.

In actual still the point of Subhash Bose square there has been entire stretch of road that needs to be one way traffic but the size of the road is such that it has to be made or half sized to make it half and that makes the walking of the pedestrians extremely difficult in these zones. Then considering the width of the road for the movement of so many three wheelers such as auto rickshaws makes the journey of the people to move here and there difficult. If you look at these batch of three wheelers, most of them are without proper registration boards and how come these vehicles and especially these are commercial vehicles are allowed in these roads without proper registrations.

In the side o the roads which are meant for pedestrians to walk in and out and out there we could see the presence of unauthorized vegetable vendors out there and that makes the walking or running in this morning difficult. One needs to be careful while walking towards watching the vehicles crossing and running here and there and most of times without any traffic rules and then on the side of it there can be municipal persons sweeping the roads and thus making the artificial dust storm and one needs to cover the mouth and nose in order to stay out of these air dusts.

One needs to be extra careful of these and the good thing is that after crossing Subhash Bose square, we tend to reach towards the most convenient part where there is a foot path for pedestrians and we tend to move between these places without any such difficulties. The footpaths are nice and one could easily walk through this and for this it is important to move between these paths with due care as well as one could avoid the traffic jam out there.

Then, you reach at the sea beach though in between you could reach nearer to some shops which are covered at the roads and this make walking across these roads extremely difficult and one need to be extremely cautious while crossing these roads. Though in between marine drive roads and on its footpath the tourists covered these places and one needs to be extremely slower while walking these routes as well as there are many hotel agents roaming here and there with motor cycles and asking the passengers and tourists passersby about room availability.

So, while walking there is hardly any space to more here and there comfortably due to presence of large number of such vendors who tried to get out some money by luring visitors to stay into nearby hotels and in this manner entire road has become one of joke standards for all of us. Though journey towards these routes has been full of adventures or so called adventures where I have t time and again equipped with many hurdles and obstacles and in the process after reaching at the sea beach the beauty of it makes me feel happier and wonderful and no doubt some very rare glimpses of flowing of sun inside of the sea water and the touching towards horizon has never ever been so wonderfully beautiful as ever.

As we learn from Bhagbat Geeta that all that well that ends well and in the meant time I could see the presence of sea and in the sands slowly it is been overtaken by some of unauthorized vendors and continue to obstruct towards moving of sea but still I could find the solace at the sight of sands and the dazzling sea in between. The glow and the presence of seemingly peaceful environment make me remember the presence of Goddess Laxmi and the tranquility I found there is still unbelievable and cannot be written in words.

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Life in Puri, Odisha remains paralysed two days after extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani

Today is 5th May, 2019 two days after onset of extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani touched the coast of Puri town of Odisha, India. Even after onset of two days there was no active governmental help and when I went to morning walk after two days I saw the vivacious destruction of nature at the hands of extremely severe cyclonic storm of Puri town.

It is unbelievable how my native place gone backwards at least 20 years as there is no train, no bus, no electricity, no water, no vehicles, no petrol, diesel and other essential utilities. All ATMs are shut off and there is no chance of activation within shortest span of time. There are surge of selling of candles, torches and the cost of these are on higher side.

In meantime it seems time were not running at all and all these are in the state of absolute stand still. In the meantime, I heard the flying sounds of helicopter and aeroplanes which signifies that aerial survey is there and it provides hopes at some point of time there were chances of aid from these sources.

The sounds of all of these flying machines up and above the sky tended to remind us how my native place Puri town gone into the state of absolute solitary and it seemed the people all around there were in the state of complete standstill. In the meantime cousin brother reached at home and he told that how his hotel faced su h devastations and how there were complete destruction to pent hourse and other glass and windows shells and the hoarding of his hotel shell flied anywhere around out there.

While walking during morning walk I saw the state of absolute difficulties faced by people and how most of their valuables are lost forever. Some people were talking about how Lord Jagannath moved His sword and removed everything at the ration of similarity from poor as well as from the rich.

6th May 2019, aftermath of three days of severe cyclonic storm Fani:

When I look around here and there it seemed I reached into an unknown territory and from the far and wide side eliminated and making entire root in the absolute case of difficulties. To day I got up from bed after 5 to 10 minutes of alarm. This means I felt the state of absolute difficulties due shortages of everything and this makes movement and even thought processes are corrupted with different thoughts.

I stopped alarm and got up from bed. During that day ours out of order tube well was still in the state of non-functional. So, i manged with bathing with one bucket. The force of cyclone Fani uprooted asbestos from wall at terrace and that is whtg even at half past five the power of heat of rays of sun is tremendous and it reached nearer to home for this.

Fr the first time I realise that even there is no electricity still I found that the presence of natural light courtesy sun provides exemplify lighting nearer to star cases as well as nearer o master bedroom.

The state of M.G.Park or Nalco Park three days after extremely severe cyclonic storm of Fani in Puri town:

I went to morning walk and move by the side of VIP road and reached nearer to Gandhi Park and I saw its entrance was blocked due to fall of a large tree. Side wall fell and it blocked half of foot path to the entrance of this park and inside Gandhi Park there were huge losses as the side trees of there fell and most of trees fell and entire waling foot path is not walkable three days after cyclone Fani.

At side of entrance there were tow room with asbestos for caretakers. Bothe the asbestos of these rooms flied to nowhere and leaving both rooms in the state of complete The trees bewilderness.The designer side small bushes which provided nice design while walking or jogging now sadly everything wiped out due to severe wind and storm of cyclone fani.

Most of trees which aimed to provide shades to save from scorching sun were uprooted and this made direct fall of sunshine, into joggers and this made walk more difficult for all of us. It felt sadness to all of us as we beloved entire park and wanted these losses to repaired at the earliest.

This times I found that at the right side wall of boundary completely broken which was nearer to sky light building. It felt extremely sad and sorrow to me but still I felt proud and wonderful while walking inside footpaths of M.G. Park. I found very few people were walking and most of them presented a sad and sorry figure as they were trying hard to recover from the state of abject situation caused by extreme ferocious severe cyclonic storm of Fani.

A cold lager for hot tea

With each holiday’s time, my parents and young sibling tends to travel India and outside whenever we get the time and monetary resources. This has been ours experience of expedition of Kerala backwaters and some unforeseen raveling of truths and some facts which still to be digged in. When I was two to three years old and with my fading memory I recalled the fact of House boats of Kashmir and we stay in one house boat every time and with due course of time there builds a strong relationships as in my child hood we must go to Kashmir once in a year.

Now the time changed and in the late nineties with the advent of terrorism, we ignore going to Kashmir and searched for similar locations and we found the place that the backwaters of Kerala. I am not an experienced travelogue writer but instead a good technology writer but due to the simple fact that From the very first year on this earth I tend to travel across all over India due to my daddy’s interest . Just like searching for words in the dictionary, my daddy always wants explore newer places, see the markets and the rates and also Hindu temples and lots of historical and mythological stuffs.

As always, we will always search for the affordability factors before ours voyage starts and after we reach at Alleppey from my state of Odisha through flight and then through Mahindra XUV, we are maze dot see the cost of affordability and we took a taxi in the morning from Kochi and reach the hub of backwater tourism of Kerala.

The houseboats can be hired for a day along with a cook for eight thousands rupees a day; it is a life time experience in the making. You can hire one local ferries and then you can go with it and reach at some local villages by the bank of back waters and there you can shop for foods and other sea related items and also some less costly foods which you can get with more than happy mindset.

You can hire a ferry, go to Kovalam, and return within one or two hours to Alleppey. After back water recedes and goes back to sea, these areas become more fertile and most of the rich foods of Kerala being cultivated here. Most of the rice and paddy crops are being developed here. In the vicinity we can sea a vast arena of half filled water and some where in between it is being divided through artificial lining of three to four straight-line coconut tress and that is making the entire scenery like deep sea blue syndrome.

The ferry goes on and stopping at some stoppers and then the people goes in to it and out of it and somewhere near at some point we get tea and that is really fantastic as the taste of liquor is being fascinating though some more milk could have added to it. I t may be some personalized thoughts of how to take the taste of tea. The entire trip to Kovallam an back to Alleppe costs individuals twenty rupees and with the journey of utter significance and the beauties and vagaries of nature with a tea cup in my hand has been fascinating and enchanting.

The local population on the ferry has been very friendly and they try to give suggestions to me through English mixed with Malayalam pronunciation. It is a good to listen to them and the way they try to make you understand has been fantastic. The ferry was non-motorized and could hear the sound of weather by the side and also some droplet of water drops on my palm and after some time it becomes salt an absorbing experience.

Back to ours hoe boat and ours designated cook served food with banana leaves. This remembers me some of the old marriage ceremony where we sued to get it at the ge together. The food cushion of the house boat has been fantastic with lot of green and leafy vegetables , sea foods though am not fan of it , steamed rice and other south Indian delicacies. The chutney consists of lots of coconut more than what I used to eat at Chennai during my post management days.

Then we get back to go to the other side of back water views through some human handled boats. Here the back water is very narrow , even on the bank of it we can see the homes and people doing there daily works in between them. I dipped my hands in the water, daddy said to me not to do that, as he had observed that all the dirty things of these house holds also coming out and joining into this water so I stopped from doing this. This was ours third Kerala visit as prior visits are mostly concentrated with reaching at capital of Kerala and joining at various sea locations and enjoying the Kerala urban life.

This time we scheduled ours journey such that we will experience this realm of back waters and how it is being through ours closest eyes. As we moved on inside the boat to advance areas we experience the coconut trees , small groovy islands, lots of birds and flowers blossoming inside the back water, with sun shine reflecting from the water and making the entire arena more whitish to see , it seems like we have been at paradise (swarga) with lots of dreams and void reality. Now we enter into an arena where no house holds are visible and the water is so clean and clear so that we can see through it and watch small fishes being swimming across and some collides with ours boat and making the direction reverse to swim across along with water.

The backwaters of northern side of Kerala has been fascinating, the more you go the more surprise is stored for you. After some time we saw one enchanting lake with clear water and palm tress with sun shine reflecting through it , to the true to my heart it felt me like the Manasorabar, the feeling is deep within cannot be written it can be seen and felt at heart and mind. You can start yours journey from Alleppey and to the further north to explore more destinations , as far as yours finance goes it is strictly in the mode of yours own establishment, try this out , am sure you will have more stories to write and hear than to me.

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Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Fani at Puri of Odisha

Cyclone Fani touched Puri coast of Odisha on 3rd May 2019 at 8 am. Initially the speed of wind was 180 to 200 km per hour for about half an hour and then slowly its speed increased to 280 to 330 km per hour destroying houses all over inside Puri town. Power supply cut on 3rd of May 2019 at 7 am when at the initial period of cyclone Fani.

Then, all the electricity poles and wires uprooted from the base. All the cable lines cut and fly out anywhere. Asbestos of houses fly anywhere and many people become homeless. The speed of wind touched to 330 km per hour and at Puri we experienced the presence of small seconds of earthquakes but to our utter surprise seismometer not detect it at all.

It was for two day since the advent of cyclone Fani, where we the natives of Puri town became homeless, foodless, no electricity, no water and even the help from government agencies are almost no.

5th May 2019, two days after advent of Cyclone Fani:

No rain is there. Slowly, the heat of sun making difficult to live. No electricity and scarcity of water everywhere. The summer is out again. We were waiting for electricity at Puri but there was no official word on it. Everywhere there is confusions. We begin to read newspaper as while during morning walk, the paper hawkers used to ask us while purchasing of daily news paper, when will the help from government organisation come.

The general election as well as election for assembly completed. People were thinking that if at all election not complete then the politicians will help at their might to save people but that is not the case this time. The water stock at overhead tank was slowly reducing and this means that within shortest possible of time we will find the absolute state of water scarcity.

We have had borewell with overhead tank and the water comes through electric motor and for this the most necessity fact was to have electricity at ours own perusal. We do not have alternate water supply for us. Our tubewell was out of order and this means within some time we will find difficulties in getting water.

Cyclone Fani falls with its all might at 10.30 am with absolute superfast speed of 330 km per hour and during 11 am two earthquakes came and that shook the walls of ours home and we were afraid as if at any point of time tsunami will come to destroy the age-old civilisation of Puri town.

Cyclone Fani with earthquakes:

During that time at home my younger sister with his four year old son and my parents and myself at home and for the first time in my life I feel the pain of incoming of death and destruction and within shortest span the wind tore away ours doors and windows and that augments fear to multiple times.

Thankfully earthquake comes for few seconds otherwise entire ancient Puri town will submerged into sea water for years to come. We faced losses due to Cyclone Fani as it uprooted terrace asbestos and two asbestos of smaller rooms. After Cyclone Fani gone we searched for these broken asbestos but it flies distant and we do not find any trace of it at all.

For few seconds wind shook asbestos of terrace steps and then it flies like kites within few seconds. large coconut trees uprooted from its base and it broke the large boundary at the back side of ours house at Puri town. The severe of Cyclone Fani was such that we hardly knew the fierce of it as we knew after the cyclone Fani goes over and peace and calmness comes back.

During these absolute difficult times ours cooking was almost stopped and only cooking for my sister and his four year old son was there. My sister undergone big surgery and during recuperation time it is important for her to eat home-cooked food and that is why compulsory home cooking for both mother and child.

The fear during that time was that we have two gas cylinders but one is empty and during refill time the cyclone Fani came and this means we were left with only one half was of full gas cylinder and for my sister home-cooked food is a sure as she had to eat home-cooked food.

It was difficult times considering the hardships we were at and the imminent shortages of water, no electricity and the presence of patience and the small kid was adding miseriese to it. During this time, as there was no clear-cut news about the when will the power restoration and the generators man hiring generator for one hour and asking lump sum of 1000 rupees from people.

No government was there to help us in this very difficult times. As we were realising the level of water at overhead tank was fast reducing and for this daddy hired the generators and it connected to home line and then we started the motor to load water on overhead tank. Within ten minutes the motor stopped as the generator operator came with a light-weight generator and that means it will not make water to move to overhead tank.

In this way this experiment with generator proved to be mea flop show. Even after it stopped working the operator demanded money and then settled with 400 rupees and this means that in the absence of government run agencies, the private operators were demanding money even during such catastrophic situation where even banks after 20 days are not functioning in its normalcy.


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