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Sunday, July 31, 2005

What I see on tv news...

I have been watching news sitting here in Madras. And I see different television channels reporting different, even somewhat conflicting news. NDTV 24*7 says the situation is not so bad and asks people to stay calm and avoid venturing out in the rains. While Aaj Tak is going on making it seem as bad as last week's downpour, strongly criticizing the government at the same time. Video shots aired by channels also seem to send out conflicting messages - I guess, depending on which area they were shot in. Somewhat like the blind men describing the elephant.

My neighbour in Bombay says there has been no water supply in many areas of Vashi for the last three days. And people have been buying bisleri for purposes other than drinking too. Wondering about those who cannot afford it. And about what will happen when there is shortage in supply...

Am stuck in Madras, all flights cancelled, no bookings open till Thursday earliest. And not knowing what the scene really is like there. Airports now open, now shut again.