Friday, January 08, 2010

Death and Survival - all by chance

A man flung himself from the high rise building to kill himself but landed on the man who was walking on foot path below. Pedestrian died on the impact, the man who wanted to end his life survived .

Today, Japan newspapers reported a man aged 93 years who had survived both Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombing passed away. Yamaguchi San was in Hiroshima on a business trip for his shipbuilding firm on August 6, 1945 and suffered serious burns when atomic bomb detonated. He returned to his hometown, Nagasaki , which suffered another atomic bomb three days later.

A young man from Mumbai was not so lucky during 1992, when string of terrorist deadly bombs unleashed on Mumbai. He was at Bombay stock exchange when first bomb triggered causing many casualties. He survived and was happy. He called up his home telling them about his being safe and carried on his next visit to Oberoi hotel where another bomb blast awaited him. He didn't survive this time.

I have great fascination for Salmon and Octopus , two species who embrace death with fair degree of certainty and willingness. Most human beings with the exception of few are unaware when death strikes them or even brush past them giving a fresh lease of life.

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