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New York On My Mind

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Three years ago when I first moved to Mumbai for my two year stay there, I remember writing a post that compared that city to the big apple.  Today, I can call it my highly romanticized post. I was looking at Mumbai with rose colored glasses (because I needed to). Definitely.

I also recall the period in my life a few years before that when I was thinking about the distant future quite seriously and after a couple of decades of living in small town, USA (in the south no less), I decided that I was going to retire in New York City. I was going to live right there in the middle of Manhattan in my twilight years so I could feel its energy and have a completely contrasting life experience.


After that brief period of craziness (in other words, every one I knew told me I was crazy), I abandoned that dream.  

Now, well I am not so sure it was that crazy of an idea.

Last week, I spent a bit of time in “the city” after a long, long while. Granted it was for a very special occasion, but now I still have New York on my mind.

I can tell you with complete confidence that there is not a single, other city in the world anything like it. Nothing compares. Nothing.

Its energy is pulsating, palpable. It’s a living, breathing, dancing being. That’s what it is.

There is so much to do, people to watch, lots to see, loads to experience!

My time in New York on this recent trip was all too brief.

But it has me thinking. I do believe that I need to revisit my period of craziness after all.

(Anthony Weiner notwithstanding,) New York, New York – you simply rock!





Photo Credit –

Statue of Liberty: By Kadellar (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons


[PICS] Dealing With A Super Storm – Wow!

October 29, 2012.

I watched and listened in horror as CNN and The Weather Channel broadcast the anticipated arrival of “Super Storm” Sandy onto the densely populated northeastern shores of the United States.  

I may have been half the globe away but it felt like my world was shaking. I hoped that the forecasters were wrong, as so many have been so many times. I hoped that the media was simply hyping a bad situation as they are apt to do. But I was wrong on both counts.

It is hard to imagine how the storm could have been any worse or affected any more people.  The economic damage estimate so far exceeds $50 billion!

More than 80 lives lost, millions without power, untold property damage, massive infrastructure destruction, huge business losses…the selected photos below capture some of the rampage. 

[Click on a picture below to view as a slideshow. If you are reading an email post, click here for the gallery below to be more accessible and to view photographs showing off Sandy’s terrible wrath and aftermath].

What stands out for me out of all of this though is how the country responded. How, especially its governments (at all levels) and its people rallied, came together and dealt with the disaster when Super Storm Sandy came bearing down on the most populous regions of the United States.  Before. During. Soon After.  The best example of this was seeing how the first responders worked day and night to help the people affected.

As bad as the crisis was, the immediate situation was brilliantly managed and executed.

I watched in awe.

And I will always remember.

[And if this is the so-called “big government” that the GOP has demonized and been railing about…bring it on! In fact, bring it on, on Nov 6th.]

It’s not over yet. Not by a long shot. Recovery, restoration, rebuilding – the country has pressing needs for these critical efforts to continue, now more than ever. But what we have seen demonstrated so far shows promise – that the administrators will deliver a lot of what is required at this time.

Two days (just two days) after the storm, state and city officials started taking steps toward considering major infrastructure changes that could protect the city’s fragile shores from repeated disastrous damage.

And private industry stepped in too, such as in the form of the media. Communication was paramount throughout. And it was nonstop and uninterrupted, as it should be. 

Another example was Google with its Google Crisis Response team (part of it’s non-profit arm) who assembled a Hurricane Sandy map to help anyone track the storm’s progress and provide updated emergency information. Wonderful!

Live updates like this one had to have been essential and incredibly informative for those who were directly or indirectly impacted.

All of this got me thinking…

I have previously compared Mumbai to New York City, including it’s physical geography on the coast of a country. This is my temporary home now.

What if we had a Super Storm that barreled down on Mumbai? How would we face it here – the anticipation, preparation and communication, living through its disastrous wake, and the aftermath?

And, most importantly, how would the government have helped?  Just how would we have handled it here?

Frankly, it does not bear thinking!  So, let’s just change the subject, please.



Photo credits: All photos from The Weather Channel and Huff Post

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