Strong earthquake hits Pakistan, tremors felt in North India too

If my memory serves right, there was another one not too long ago in Pakistan which was felt in Delhi too.

Street Encounters

Several times I have encountered homeless people – men, women and kids on roads. They walk up to me and look straight into my eyes. Everytime that happens, my heart starts to race and a conflict starts withing me. They say in several ways, but their eyes say the same thing – I am a fellow being and not doing well and am not as lucky as you. My mind and heart start to battle between helping and denial that this can also happen.

Living in Delhi for my entire life, I have learned to keep away from people. It is common to be asked for money and them scammed out of valuables from your car or be mugged. Like many people eventually I have been able to stop paying attention to all this solicitation. It took me a while, but now I am able to not pay any attention and just do whatever I am doing. At times, I barely hear them. It is like a construction noise you hear for months on end from a neighbor’s house being re-built.

Once that happens, and the person realizes that I am not going to care, they turn their attention to the next car/person and I am once again invisible. I just wish I was able to help these people. And, I am still searching for answers. I do try to reply by associating myself with some charitable institutes and help kids and/or women. However, every time I see a homeless people I just with there was a way to help them – maybe I just have not found it yet.

IPL 4 – First crash out

Today when Pune Warriors lost to Mumbai by 21 runs, they became the first team in this season to crash out with Delhi, Deccan and Kochi at their heels. After the loss today, they have 5 remaining matches and they need to win all 5 to have any chance. 5 wins from here will take them to 14 points which will see them short of qualifying any ways. Mumbai are already on 14 followed by Kolkota and Chennai on 12 and Rajasthan on 11.

All Pune can do is to make IPL more interesting. They will play Deccan (twice), Kolkota, Punjab and Delhi in their last 5 matches and their wins and Punjab and Kolkata can make the race to top 2 positions very interesting.

Kochi and Delhi have their matches tomorrow – KTK vs. KKR and DD vs. DC. Tomorrow will decide who is the 2nd team to crash out or maybe two of them. Delhi and Deccan have 5 to play and have 3 wins. They need all 5 wins to reach 16 which gives them a fighting chance. The one to loose tomorrow will join Pune in the position where the maximum points they can get is 14 which is not good enough.

But for KKR it is a big day – if they loose they will relinquish their 2nd spot to CSK and loose that prime position with Playoff Qualifier 1.

Big day tomorrow 🙂