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It was December 2004, the 26th morning, I think at about 9 am. I was in Unawatuna, on the southern tip of Sri Lanka with Michael, a friend, when the waves hit. Our hotel was only 20 metres from the sea, and the rooms facing it were completely washed away. Our room was the only one left standing. I still do not know why I am alive when a lot of others died. We were sleeping and, suddenly, I woke up for no reason. I looked out the window and saw the wave coming.
Recollect: Post-tsunami, drawing was an important way for schoolchildren to try to get over trauma.
Again we realised that there were no provisions for the next night, so Michael and I collected money from everyone and went to buy food and water. We got a team of about seven men, but most of them abandoned us when they heard more rumours of another wave. At one point, even Michael and another man who had stayed with us wanted to turn back, but I kept going and they were forced to follow me.
Romila Thapar addresses invitees at the
Southasian relaunch of Himal Southasian,
IIC, New Delhi, January 2013.
China, Southasia and India
On May 19 2013, newly appointed Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in New Delhi for a series of meetings with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The visit is Keqiang's first outside of China since assuming power in March.
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