Daily Prompt: DISASTER

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Today’s prompt: Disaster

Disaster in Japan’s  Kumamoto ,   city.

Saturday’s magnitude 7.3 quake struck at 01:25( 15:25 GMT on Friday) at a depth of 10 km( 6 miles) closer to the city of Kumamoto which had already been hit by a magnitude quake on Thursday night.

Nearly 2000 people needed hospital treatment. About 190 of them are in serious condition, according to Government reports.

A village had to be evacuated after a dam collapsed because of the earthquake!


365 Writing Prompts: By the skin of your teeth

Share a time when you narrowly avoided disaster.

It happened when I was going to the mall for something one day, I don’t know if the pavement was slippery I fell flat on the pavement.

When I came home I noticed a red circle on my knee,I thought maybe the red paint on the pavement probably smeared my knee, when I tried to wash it off I saw it was blood not paint on my knee it took me a while to clean it off. I was glad I didn’t break a bone by that fall!





DP Daily Prompt: By The Skin Of Your Teeth

The daily prompt for today is : Share a time when you narrowly avoided disaster.  My case is slightly different. It was not the threat of losing my life . It was the threat of losing my reputation. In my university residence I shared the room with a student a year older than me. She always gave me advice about my study habits.

One afternoon she questioned my habit of going to bed early while others were studying hard.  She told me I must also study till 2 am in the morning if I expected to do well. At first I wasn’t convinced but she continued to badger me.I gave in and studied till 1:30 am. That night I went to sleep at 2 am.

Next morning I got up to get ready to go  for the exam. I felt dizzy , I told myself you’d be okay. This assurance I gave myself was not working. I entered the exam hall and sat in my designated seat. The invigilator distributed the question papers. I was not feeling any better.  I picked up the question   paper, read all the questions. My mind was totally blank. I told myself this cannot happen,I studied the whole year,I prepared well. I should be able to answer all the questions. I put the paper on the desk and began to think what will be the consequence if I don’t do my exam. It was my only chance or else I’d fail and repeat the year.

So I did the only thing I could I sat calmly for a few minutes. I straightened myself and read the first question,suddenly my memory was coming back. I began writing and took an hour to do all the questions. I knew I could not give up because that would be a disaster and my reputation will suffer.

When I came back to the residence I told my room mate in future she should never try to change my habit. I was fortunate I could pick myself up that morning and finished the exam. I resumed my habit of going to bed early and waking up early in the morning. It was a lesson both my room mate and I learned, ” Early to bed and early to rise makes a person healthy and wealthy and wise.”

Song of the road by R.Tagore translated by Ranu

‘Song Of The Road’

You are a traveller, you are the friend of travellers,

travelling shows them the path that leads to you.

On the journey when the traveller sings a happy song

he sings your song in his voice.

He does not want to look behind,

does not row the  boat from shore to shore__

the storm beckons him to the boundless sea

his heart feels your breeze.

only by travelling he can find you.

Traveller ,you are the friend of travellers,

one who loves you  will row your boat.

When he opens the door to look in the front

he is looking only to find you.

He doesn’t think of obstacles or disaster,

he does not hope to gain anything,

his mind is anxious to leave__

because he wants to go to you.

only by travelling he can find you.

Down the Road (song)

Down the Road (song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)