The Revenge of Nature

Image for representational purpose only (by Barroa_Artworks from Pixabay)

I only have a hazy memory of that fateful day.

Night, rather.

It was 29th October, 1999. A monstrous wind, unseen and unheard of before, ripped through Odisha, a coastal state of India, blasting doors open, flinging roofs several meters away and dissolving the exposed earthen walls. Thousands perished in the viscous darkness of that damp night, unsure if they were dying or dreaming, their tiny lives…