When I went to Kutch Mitra, a newspaper office in Bhuj, I found many people's stories about my book. One of them was about Lucky Ali.
Lucky Ali was only eight months old when he lost his seven family members (including his parents) out of nine in the earthquake. He was saved by the military commandos after 103 hours from the debris which was one kind of miracle and he was popular from that day onwards and he has been given name as Lucky Ali. Today is staying with his grandmother and his aunt (father's sister), which he call her mother. According to his family they haven't received any aids from any agencies or the organizations but today, the house, where they are staying is supported by their community. Today Lucky Ali is studying in standard six and looked after well by his grandmother, aunt and her family. This picture I have taken at his house in June, 2010.
The Lucky Ali, enjoying his schooling and like to watch TV. He is living with his grandmother. Like Lucky Ali, there will be many stories from different disasters, such as Gujarat Earthquake, Tsunami, Pakistan Earthquake, recent massive flood in Sri Lanka, where there will be lucky people who miracle saved their life.
There are many challenges and struggles faced by the Kachchhi people in a decade after a terrible earthquake that struck in 2001. I am summarizing a true story of three girls who were affected during the earthquake diffrently and different places. They met during at hospital during the treatment. Here is the one what I have discussed with them.
This is about willpower, courage, motivation and trust. I discussed with the girls who were affected badly by the earthquake from different parts of the Kachchha and came to a one place at the Bidada Hospital of the Bidada Sarvodaya Trust. They become good friends during the treatment but today are living their life very differently. Two girls lost their one leg while the third girl had spine injuries and due to some wrong treatment they cannot walk today. They were demoralized and one of them was even thinking of suicide, but the excellent long term treatments and the unbelievable motivation support by the doctors, staff and the hospital itself changed the life of two girls and slow improvement in the third girl. One girl is not only able to walk perfectly, but can even dance and won many prizes in Garba during Navratri and different location. She can even drive scooter too without any difficulty. Today she is happily living her life with her family and teaching tailoring to women. The second girl who thought of burden to family was received a love from a gentleman and motivated with that and constant exercises by the hospital she is been able to walk today and happily married with that boy. Even though she lost her leg, the boy never decreased his love towards her; he never allowed her to think that she is alone but continuously motivated her. Their interview was showed on the the IBN TV. The third girl who had spine injuries is still not able to walk and on wheel chair. The Trust committed to provide long term support to these girls as well as many others too. I am in process of writing a book where you will be able to get more information about them.
Same disaster, created three different scenarios, different struggles, different survivals and diffrent situation. Similarly there are many stories how people affected by the Gujarat Earthquake in 2001. Today after 10 years, they have lots of things to share, to tell, to express and to provide others an understanding of sense that they can do if there is a hand for them to hold, to protect, to motivate, ... and then they can do on their own.