I write this with the hope that we have all been enjoying the holiday season with our respective families, and also gaining prosperity in our respective businesses and professions in this season of celebrations…

India as you know has had to face a grave nightmare due to the ocean bed earthquake and subsequent Tsunami wave. Being the first and only Tsunami faced by India in modern history, we were, and remain, quite shocked by the over 24,000 lives lost in South Asia, among which southern India accounts for over 7,000 lives, with over 12,000 lives claimed in Sri Lanka.

All this is a matter of 10 minutes. Guess that is a lesson in time… What 10 minutes can mean to a person. To millions. To everybody. Nature does indeed have a way to remind us time and again, that we are but pawns in the cosmic universe. Mere specks, akin to dust grains, in the vast expanse of the universe.

While I am sure (at least hopeful) that my friends the worldover, are aware of this human catastrophe, if the global media has given it at least some coverage, I pass on this url to you so that you can read some of the heartrending stories of what is termed the fourth greatest earthquake in man’s history: http://us.rediff.com/news/2004/dec/27toll.htm

Those of us who want to contribute in their own little way, and extend support to the anguished and displaced families, please visit http://us.rediff.com/news/2004/dec/27tsunami8.htm

Also visit http://tsunamihelp.blogspot.comThe SEA-EAT blog for short News and information about resources, aid, donations and volunteer efforts to know what people around the world are doing to cope with this disaster, and also to help those affected.

May God be with you.