Christian residents jubilate as Seleka Muslim militias evacuate the Kasai camp in Bangui, Central African Republic’s capital on Jan. 28, 2014. The departure of the fighters was greeted with screams of joy from the crowd of hundreds that gathered to watch them leave for another camp in northern Bangui.
“We are free! This is our new year!”
Seleka became deeply unpopular after they killed and tortured civilians after seizing power in March 2013. Their leader Michel Djotodia stepped down as president earlier this month and went into exile in Benin.
U.S. South gridlocked after rare winter storm hits region
NBC News: A winter storm wreaked havoc on transportation in the U.S. South on Tuesday, canceling more than 3,000 flights and creating 8-hour gridlocks on highways.
Georgia was among the states hit worst by the storm, with state patrol reporting 940 traffic accidents and 104 injuries due to snow and ice. In Atlanta, traffic officers helped deliver a baby inside a car on Interstate-285.
With commuters being encouraged to remain off the roads, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced troopers were being sent to schools Tuesday night where students have remained stranded.
Health workers in full protective gear waited to cross a street near a wholesale poultry market in Hong Kong Tuesday jan. 28, 2014. Officials started a cull of 20,000 chickens after the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus was found in poultry imported from mainland China.
David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris attend Hollywood Stands Up To Cancer Event with contributors American Cancer Society and Bristol Myers Squibb hosted by Jim Toth and Reese Witherspoon and the Entertainment Industry Foundation on January 28, 2014 in Culver City, California.
When chasing Flamingo and Wild Ass becomes the hobby for the day, it does have a terrifying tendency to become the topic for Twitter, the FaceBook and the limited communication that has been prevailing over the Blog recently ..
This I am afraid shall prevail as time passes by in idle talk and ways and means to set up electronic controlled cyber mediums, connecting the world of extended families ..
Boots are always a favoured foot wear, as are the jeans and the eye glasses and the jacket with the most convenient openings for what is commonly called pockets ..
The earth that I stand on is rather unique. Its called the ‘chota Rann’ or the samaler Rann ; the elder Rann being the vast white desert further up North. BUt it has to be said that this Rann has its favoured spots and locations too ..
The soil that I stand on, has dried nest like homes, which form the staple food for the Flamingo seen in remote background - distant because the very sound of human can give them sufficient reason to move further inwards from the edge of the water body, possessing unique qualities !!
…. and the breath of fresh air signals almost all stations have shown appreciation and at the same time a compensation ..
People on the set, inform me that the Punjab has the largest numbers of thrusts for the Mercedes Benz ; many possessing several more than any other region ! Hmm … when the culture is good its agriculture benefits, and vice versa ..
the sun sets on the horizon, painting like and then there is none ..
… it sets on me, bright and delightful and spreading a great message of peace and good will ..
…. the vast blue horizon of the 'chota rann’, the stream of pink and white Flamingo all around … and the locals tell me that these birds that I talk off, are but the proverbial 'tip of the iceberg’; millions more migrate here to nest and start afresh, keeping their appetite open to the algae that forms along the walls of the mud residue, once the water recedes …
…. stalking among the bushes - the great Indian Bustard .. prized species of bird found in this part of the country and perhaps the entire world. A famed hunting necessity among the Arabs and the locals that come to this incredible region.
The Rann is a collectors delight .. to see its construct, its varied colours, and of course the flamingo, the wild ass, and many more that inhabit this territory, one day to be filmed by units from the North and all over …
.. finished for the day and walking back to base camp .. mudded roads, or rather, random lanes … and the well wishers find a way to be here as well - albeit in lesser numbers than what we experienced in Amdavad when there were visits to the Masjid there ..
…. my very basic thatched roof cottage where I reside and from where I pen these lines .. cute simple and most unique ..the cottage I mean …
… the squared and well formed earth, light and easily impression upon it and that vast sea of the Flamingo, running endlessly from end to end ..
Now tomorrow .. the Wild Ass …. for many a name, a name that associates itself with all that could be termed to be dumb, as in the language of those that speak such .. but indeed I am told a most good looking Ass, which is supposedly shy, and very quick on its legs .. at one stage of its gallop it could be running faster than that bolt of Lighting - Usain !!
There is far too much to say to write to observe …
There is far too much to comment upon and to bear reference to what days mean as they go by .. days that encompass us with beauty of monument, beauty of divinity, beauty of the masses and their love and days of silent discussions ..
It befalls upon one, to take decision what one must attend to .. the call of communication to the loved, or the love of the bed for an early start ..
I am filled with so much to say … I am also filled by my sense of duty .. towards work, towards commitment and towards myself .. myself because it is the ‘my’ that governs all of us … take that away and we are left with nothing … nothing to complain about, nothing to compare with, nothing to possess, for, what good is possession if there is no one to show it to ..
And so at the end of it all .. I plead once again to be given the liberty to retire to my bohemian bed, under bohemian roof, owlets and all … and be delivered to the senselessness of slumber !!
The sun it setteth … the clouds they shed all inhibition to dance to their lightest best … and the road to the fresh destination suddenly becomes less travelled ..