Thursday, June 27, 2013

To the Jawans in Uttarakhand: WE Salute!

Uttarakhand as we all know has been in a disturbing state of gloom ever since flash floods and landslides hit the region a couple of days back. The only significant ray of sunshine has come from the brave men in uniform, from the Indian Air force and Army teams who have been working relentlessly to rescue the stranded people from the Char Dham Yatra areas. And such has been the illumination of these rays that a no-poet like me was moved enough to pen down this one. Read on...

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O Brave Jawan, I salute you!
Your works of bravery kindle my hopes anew.
No fear, no wrath, no terrain seems to be stopping you.
You are rocketing ahead like a bullet clear of all blues.


Efforts by the Indian Army men in the floods of Uttarakhand region of Kedarnath

Army Jawans skip their own meals to help the flood victims.

O Brave Jawan, I salute you!
For our safety, we are indebted and owe you our dues.
You endure hardships, you face the dangers,
And beam when you see the joy on the face of a worried mother or unite 2 lovers.


A mother unites with her son in Uttarakhand floods
"I will never forget how these jawans have served us, better than our own relatives could have," ~ A survivor.

O Brave Jawan, I salute you!
By calling it all a call of duty,
You give us a sneak peek into your humility.
Actions pure with no hidden malice,
I rather choose to call it the highest form of self sacrifice!


Saving a woman - Indian Army Rescue in Uttarakhand floods
"Yeh kaam hamare ghar ka hai, duty ka nahin (The rescue work we are doing is personal work for us and not a part of official duty)" ~ An Indo-Tibetan Border Police jawan.

O Brave Jawan, I salute you!
To the fury of nature, you proved strong and daunting too.
She tore the buildings, you built the bridge,
She burst the clouds; you passed the trapped, rice and porridge.
At a time when she has hollered and left us in spirits gloomy and tense,
You have taken on the battle and fought her back with sturdy physical and mental resilience.


Building of a bridge by Indian army in Kedarnath floods, Uttarakhand

Army Jawans built a human bridge
to help victims cross where bridges collapsed.

O Brave Jawan, I salute you!
I feel proud of all the work that you do.
To all those who say superheroes are the likes of Superman and Spiderman,
I want to tell them, 'Hey! You aint seen anything yet,


Someday you should meet My Indian Army and Air Force Jawan,

Indian Army Jawan - Pencil sketch

A Brave heart to the core, HE is my hero and I am HIS fan!

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Since this is one of my one-off poetry pieces, written in a rare moment of stimulation... for the immense pride I have been feeling on reading all about the Indian Army and Air Force Commandos over the past few days... kindly excuse me and ignore all grammatical and other poetical mistakes, if any. While I salute the brave men, I also pray to God to give strength to all those who have lost their near and dear ones to bear this irreparable loss. Let us all do whatever we can!

Helpful links and contact numbers for Uttarakhand Flood Crisis:

Mobile tracking: To get location details of your loved ones stranded in Uttarakhand, try these helpline numbers: 9818003057, 9958976317.

Indian Army's website providing updates on the location of stranded people in Uttarakhand, list of rescued people, helpline numbers and more: http://suryahopes.in/

Searchable database of survivors from govt. records: http://aamjanata.com/official-data-released-uttarakhand-flood-crisis/

Google crisis map that shows relief camps, medical centres, drop off centres etc. http://google.org/crisismap/2013-uttrakhand-floods?gl=in

Give and share information to help the people in flood-hit Uttarakhand: https://www.facebook.com/helputtarakhandonline


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59 comments:

  1. A very apt post Arti. Yes we all salute the jawans of Indian army for their selfless service in war and in peace. Thanks for writing this post and bringing attention to the unsung heroes of India.

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  2. Arti, Thanks a lot for your post. Our salute to the Jawans and all who help flood affected people. Prayers...

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  3. Spelling does not matter in poetry, poetry is purely a thing of the heart. Your words and pictures are amazing and this poem is truly wonderful, it should be published in a newspaper or something.

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  4. good work. the army jawans deserve the top respect in this country. nice work by providing the contact numbers at the end of the survey.

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  5. Hi Arti,

    Have been watching the devastating floods over in India and was thinking of you.
    This is so tragic and my thoughts and prayers are with those that have lost loved ones and their homes.

    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  6. I listened to the tragedies occurring in India just today on the news. Prayers to you and your family members for safety.

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  7. Unfortunately our country remembers these brave men in times of crisis and forget them when all is well! We must learn from nations who are always in gratitude for men in uniform regardless of times, good or bad!!

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  8. my big salute to Indian Army personnel esp ITBP

    thanks for sharing

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  9. Honour ,Salute and respect to the Jawans ... Jai Hind !!

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  10. Salute to our Brave Jawans...It is indeed because of them we are living peacefully..It is their hard work that has helped many people from the death..

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  11. We didn't really follow the floods in your country as we were troubled by haze problems blown over from our neighbour country.

    Purrs to those affected and all who helped in the floods.

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  12. The jawans deserve the salute. Good one.

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  13. Well done Arti! The jaWans actions deserve to be commemorated through photos, their actions lauded with poetry.

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  14. A perfect post to salute them which they so richly deserve.... My salute to them as well.... Thank you for creating such a apt post...

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  15. The armed forces are ultimate. Without caring for their self thay have offered all the help at the highest possible level. There is no match to their courage, dedication.

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  16. Respect and salute to the jawans! Hats off to them.

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  17. These few weeks have been devastating... The place where I did my first real backpacking/trekking is in ruins!

    Are you getting involved in any effort to hep the region?

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  18. thanks for sharing a post in the honour of the ones who are being true messengers of Almighty,dear Arti !
    I salute to the Super Men and Women of the nation who are risking their lives for some of our relatives,friends and nationals ...
    Jai Hind !!

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  19. What a beautiful and fitting tribute. Its heartbreaking that such events occur but the actions of these people and others like them renew my faith in human beings.

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  20. Wonderful tribute to the jawans!
    Nice one arthi

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  21. Nice gesture Arti, I too was working on a Letter to Uttarakhand. Well, loved the way you share the information with a very personal and emotional touch..Hats off to you too... Hats off to all the personnel and local people who are putting in to efforts selflessly...

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  22. Happy that you wrote a post on this issue. I too salute our armed forces for all that have done. Kudos to our brethren fro, Uttarakhand who extended all kinds of support to outsiders despite their own miseries.

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  23. The service rendered by our brave men in uniform in rescuing people sranded at different places in Uttarakhand will ever remain memorable. Thanks for honouring these glorious men on behalf of the nation.

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  24. I always follow the "flood" news, and imagine how the army evacuate 50000++ pilgrim that trapped over himalaya, great work!

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  25. appreciate your gesture...thank you arti...for talking on behalf of everyone

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  26. Awesome. While we have been bombarded with information on Uttrakhand on TV newspapers, and lament , discuss about how, why, God bless the soldiers who fight to keep this country safe but also contribute in times like these. Wonderful salute.

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  27. Yes one must be grateful to the service of these Jawans and their selfless services time again in desperate times. Hope that these heroes are not forgotten once everything gets back to normal .

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  28. Hi,Arti
    I have been reading papers on the devastating floods in India. I was thinking of you. It is so sad that many people are stranded and past away from that disaster.I was also shocked to see a photo on the paper; your idol of the Hindu Lord Shiva is almost submerged in the flooded river in Northern India. My thoughts are with you and those all victims in your country.
    Take care Arti.
    Tomoko

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  29. An apt post Arti,
    well done..
    I am missing a lot here. will try to catch up..

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  30. Apart from securing our borders, be it flood of famine, earth quake or terrorist attack, our jawans are always at the forefront. Apt tribute to those selfless folks.

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  31. Indeed Our Soldiers Deserve All The Respesct.
    Hats Off To Them.

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  32. It's a Powerful post!
    thanks for sharing.

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  33. Unless there is a calamity or a war, we do not remember our brave jawans. But this time, it really is different. I am seeing a lot of people immediately responding to them with their Salute. Even though, these hardworking Jawans may not see or know, but everyone I know have been thoroughly acknowledging this very fact! Lovely poem Arti!

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  34. A lovely tribute to these heroes Arti. It seems amazing that thee brave people (in our country and yours) step up where they're needed during these tragedies. We are blessed that they are there.

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  35. An inspiring tribute..... Jai Jawan!

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  36. we all are indebted to them,very nice poem

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  37. One of the biggest tragedies for our country and our men in uniform serving those in need. Beautiful expression and such heart wrenching pictures.

    Thanks for the links.

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  38. I returned couple of days before the roads got washed away. When I saw the first landslides, I knew this is going to be bad. Did little bit of filming and quickly returned to rudraprayag and and then back to delhi. We mess up and expect the army to clear it. They are doing superb job of rescuing people who are alive.

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  39. Oooooh - i wish i could help everyone! Lokah smasta sukino bhavantu!

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  40. salute to army
    touchy poem

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  41. Lump in my throat. A beautiful and well-deserved tribute. *Respect*

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  42. A real salute to all the jawans.. Thanks arti for this wonderfall post...

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  43. Sorry for my belated visit. I've known the serious flood happening in India from the paper and wondered how you were doing. Here as well we've been through various disasters from natural to man-made and in every crucial time, we owed a lot to our equivalent of your Jawans devotion, sensibility, integrity, courage and self-discipline. I truly salute to your jawans, ours and the ones of all of the world.
    I wish things are getting settled any better now.

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    1. Please don't say sorry, cosmos. Your comments are always precious to me, early or late.. it does not matter :)

      Thank you so much for thinking of me, cosmos. I and my family are safe but as far things in Uttarakhand are concerned, it will take some time to get things back on track like before due to the huge extent of damages done. Lets hope, all our prayers here will make it a bit more faster.

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  44. Indian jawans are superb.. We have to salute them.. Arti thank u for your wonderful post.. you are doing too good job.. keep sharing.. Thank u..

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  45. i love this post. it is good to hear that people like the jawans of uttarakhand still exist.

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  47. Thats why we call them - Amar Jawan :)

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  48. This is really a nice post and we are really proud of our dedicated army jawans.
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