Letter From Flavia
This is a response to all those who wrote to me between 25 July and 3rd August. Since it has made national and international headlines, I am sure you are by now familiar with an obscure place called 'Kalina' in suburban Mumbai, located near the domestic airport at Santacruz (East). That's where I live and that's where Majlis office is located.
Through the grace of almighty not much damage has been caused to my personal belongings as well as to Majlis property. But the entire area was marooned and cut off from all communication-landlines, mobile phones as well as basic amenities like water and electricity. I happen to live on the sixth floor and also happen to suffer from acute asthma, so you can imagine the rest.
And a note to those who sent mails from South Mumbai. It is now clearly evident that Mumbai is divided into two-the priviledged South and the under-developed North.(North-South developmental equations are inverse here.)
Life is limping back to normalcy, yesterday the phone started working and today the email. The lift is as yet not functioning as it is badly damaged by the flood waters.Since yesterday was a day of sun-shine (today again it is overcaste and there have been some showers since morning, don't know what the day holds!) we went to the surrounding waterlogged places and discovered a slum called Shastri Nagar which is totally ravaged and the people are without food, water and electricity for nearly a week now.
Majlis has decided to do relief work in this area and any of you who can contribute to this project can make cheques in the name of "Majis". Majlis is a non-profit organization and also has 80G exemption and hence donations are tax-exempted.
We will be concentrating on helping people to claim compensation from the government for loss of life and property in the area between Santacruz (East) -Bandra East and Kurla which is one of the worst affected areas.We are also planning to distribute school books and uniforms for children in Shastri Nagar and other nearby areas. So do contribute and help us in this venture.