Tsunami rides on memory waves
He was found on a beach in West Godavari district few days after the tsunami. In tattered clothes, he appeared to be in a daze.india Updated: Dec 25, 2005 02:17 IST
He was found on a beach in West Godavari district few days after the tsunami. In tattered clothes, he appeared to be in a daze.
Repeated efforts to elicit his name and whereabouts failed as he was in no position to speak. As he appeared to be a victim of the killer waves, people in the area started calling him Tsunami. And the name got stuck.
Tsunami, in his mid-twenties, has just completed 11 months in the government mental hospital in Visakhapatnam. In the hospital register, he is a homeless lunatic, who was found on seashore and referred to the hospital by the local revenue officer.
All he possesses now is a pair of clothes, a mug and a glass given by the hospital. And of course, a number tag — his official identity. The other inmates, however, call him Tsunami.
In the past few weeks, he has shown signs of recovery. During one of the treatment sessions, he recalled that his name was Saheb Singh and that he was from Etawah district of UP. He also gave an address.
On the basis of these, the hospital authorities sent letters and a telegram to the address given by him. But there was no response.
"Either the address is wrong or no one seems interested in taking him back," says hospital superintendent Dr Bhagya Rao.
But the hospital has not given up. "We are now trying to take police help to trace his family. We will request the Visakhapatnam police to get in touch with their counterparts in Etawah and help him," Dr Rao said. The hospital wants it to happen soon as it is not allowed to keep a patient after he has recovered.
Meanwhile, some NGOs have evinced interest in helping Tsunami if his family is not traced.