“Please do not try to make a story on me, rush help for my sister and her family instead,” bang comes the staccato reply of Ambala-based Sarika Nayyar on the telephonic talk whose sister Sonika, brother-in-law Kamal and their two children are stranded in Kathmandu area after the Saturday’s devastating earthquake.
“I do not know where and how are they, communication with them has been difficult as the lines are awfully inaccessible, you please help them as we do not know whether they are getting drinking water, food or medicines,” continues Sarika, a resident of RK Puram, Ambala city. All she says is that her sister and her family are stranded in some parking lot in Bagbazar area in Kathmandu area with no medical, food or even drinking water reaching them, since the quake. “There are many other people too, please help them,” she said, adding that Kamal has book business there. “Or he had one, as all is feared to have been gone,” she breaks down before hanging up.
Sonika who has a teenager daughter and eight-year old son have been in Nepal for the past about 15 years, she says.
Miraculous escape for Anita
Meanwhile, noted mountaineer Anita Kundu, who too was in Nepal to scale Mt Everest, was safe. “Parmatama ki kripa hai ke uski team ne China ki taraf se expedition shuru kiya tha,” says her brother Surinder, a veterinary doctor practicing in Hisar, meaning that fortunately Anita and her team began the expedition from towards China area which escaped the avalanche which killed many. He said his sister who had scaled several peaks had scaled Mt Everest two years ago too and was again on the expedition. “She is a brave person and pride of the family,’’ he said, adding that though she was safe, it was upto the official machinery whether to continue the expedition or to return.
IAS officer on his way back
Meanwhile, the Rajasthan cadre IAS officer Vikram Jindal, who hailed from Jind (Haryana), who was also a part of another expedition team gone to scale Mt Everest, was safe and on his way back home.
Talking to HT, Vikram’s father Satpal Jindal, who retired as headmaster from a government school, said though the news shell-shocked the family initially, his son was quick to contact him and they were “sort of relieved’’.
“Mein to mar hi gaya tha, par ishwar ki kripa se sab thik hai aur abhi thodi der pehle hi usne bataya ki voh safe hain aur laut rahen hain,” he said meaning that the news of the quake almost killed him though with the grace of Almighty he contacted him late Monday afternoon, informing him he was safe and on his way back home.