"Assam Afire" screams the headlines of a local paper. October 30 will go down in the annals of Assam's history as Black Thursday. 12 bombs exploded across the state out of which 3 were in our city. We are no strangers to explosions but this was the worst ever!
So many deaths and the toll going up now in hospitals and in nursing homes. Heart-rending stories of victims and family members, looking for missing relatives, many charred beyond recognition.
With incidences of mob violence, one area was under curfew for a few hours the past two days.There's an uneasy calm right now. Schools remain closed and most people remain con- fined to the safety of their homes. And as the days pass and life limps back to normal, we can only hope for safe times and pray for those innocent lives lost for someone else's selfish cause.
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau