Bomb Bomb Shakala-laka! ZARA HATKE

Mid Day - - OPINION -

Rahul Da Cunha

SO, dear reader, this is not a funny col­umn. Well, it’s tragic-com­edy. Think of me as a mod­ern-day Nostradamus meets Mr Bean. Not that I pre­dict events or in­ad­ver­tently cause havoc… but I do leave be­hind de­struc­tion, of­ten, in places I visit. Let me ex­plain what I mean:

I’ve been in the UK watch­ing plays at the WestEnd. The day I re­turn, Fri­day to be pre­cise, a bomb goes in the Lon­don Un­der­ground, at a train sta­tion I passed through ev­ery day. It has been that way for 10 years now — some­times min­utes, some­times a week af­ter re­turn­ing from a city I have vis­ited, it ex­pe­ri­ences a train bomb, a tsunami, a tremor, a takeover by the peo­ple, or a ter­ror­ist at­tack.

I’d like to say it started with 10/11, the day af­ter the tow­ers came down, but that would be ly­ing. But, two days af­ter I re­turned from Sri Lanka, in 2004, the tsunami de­stroyed its shore­line.

ILLUSTRATION/UDAY MOHITE

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