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How I fear for the well being of my countrymen (A resident of Nepal's account after the Earthquake)
I am from Nepal and my heart goes all out to the people who suffered from the massive Earthquake. Since it was a weekend I was lolling on my cot till 10 am. Immediately after ten minutes I could feel my stomach rumbling out of hunger so I stood up.

Instantly I could see my piled clothes of about a week in the messy room which constantly had been irritating me for a week but officially weekend was the only time when I could force myself to do the chores. I got up all unhesitant and started cleaning the table rapidly.

As soon as the table got cleaned my stomach rumbled louder this time. I walked out of my room towards the Kitchen and opened the casserole which I found all empty. Living in a hostel or paying guest had never been a piece of cake for me at least where you are struggling for almost everything and anything.

As soon as I sat on my bed with a newspaper in my hand I felt my head spinning and it happened again. Within a minute I witnessed a sudden clamour outside the room. It was Earthquake!

My phone buzzed "The epicentre of earthquake is reported to be in Nepal".

Hailing from the place which is supposedly the epicentre of earthquake it was not easy to allay myself and see the huge massacre happening in my own country. Miles apart from my own family people and country I could think nothing at that moment. The news telecast certainly shook me, seeing the buildings fallen and the mass running I was left unhinged.

I rushed to my room my phone was flooded with message where mostly seen messages were from my old friends asking me and my parents whereabouts. I dialled my mom's number apprehensively. It was unreachable after dialling it for the tenth time it ringed. Having spoken to her for a minute all I could hear is her feet stepping louder as if she was running somewhere. I realized what it feels like being closer to death.

All she said was "be safe and don't panic". Someone justly said "a mother knows everything of her child". She exactly knew my dismay at that juncture. As soon as I kept down the phone I wept; tears rolled down my eyes in fear. The pain and fear pulled my tears out feverishly. Sitting alone in the room I was all numb, nothing could occupy my mind. The fear which I sustain every day; a fear of being away from parents, a fear of losing them, a fear of being isolated and now it aggravated even more. I was burst into tears with the pessimist thought occupying my mind.

My phone kept ringing for another two hours. In the stint of two hours I got a call or at least a message from a number of people whom I stayed in touch for years. Some were my childhood friends while some were lately introduced to me. Somewhere down the lane it was a deep solace to have seen their concern. One thing then I realized was hard time gives you a bigger realization of people around.

While in the interim I had been trying to reach two of my very old pals in Kathmandu. They were absolutely elusive as calls were unreachable and it further made me agitated. As they say "Every cloud has a silver lining"; keeping the thought in my mind I began to message all their near and dear ones. In another couple of hour I was updated that they were safe. It was a big relief and I could find myself in a greater comfort after knowing their whereabouts.

However it was heart bleeding to know the mishap in the place where I was born. Amidst the turmoil all I could do is reminisce the busy roads of Kathmandu, the clustered buildings of Patan, a day long shopping in new road, drive in the King's way, and a tiring walk to the slopes of Swayambhu nath.

My prayers for Nepal...

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