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Dhanushkodi: A ghost town hopes to come alive


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Rajendra Nayak
A place to visit to commeomarate those braves.
by Rajendra Nayak (View MyPage) on Oct 06, 2015 12:24 AM

I have been to Dhanuskodi 6 to 7 times. While reading the epitaph the eyes become moist. I read in those days the experience of some students who had gone there for excursion during this fateful cyclone. They have mentioned that the sheets which formed the roof of the church and the railway station were flying like blades. Who allowed the train to continue journey from Rameshwaram to Dhanushkodi is a big question of the past. There might not have been gadgets to calculate the wind speed in those days. The east coast of Indian is highly vulnerable to cyclone whereas the west coast appears to be safe. We have to learn from past mistakes.

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Rajendra Nayak
A place to visit to commeomarate those braves.
by Rajendra Nayak (View MyPage) on Oct 06, 2015 12:24 AM

I have been to Dhanuskodi 6 to 7 times. While reading the epitaph the eyes become moist. I read in those days the experience of some students who had gone there for excursion during this fateful cyclone. They have mentioned that the sheets which formed the roof of the church and the railway station were flying like blades. Who allowed the train to continue journey from Rameshwaram to Dhanushkodi is a big question of the past. There might not have been gadgets to calculate the wind speed in those days. The east coast of Indian is highly vulnerable to cyclone whereas the west coast appears to be safe. We have to learn from past mistakes.

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Gayatri Sivakumar
My dad is from Dhanushkodi
by Gayatri Sivakumar (View MyPage) on Sep 05, 2015 12:49 PM

My dad was born brought up in Dhanushkodi 50 years ago when he was a bustling town. His father (my grandfather) was in the Indian Rail ship regularly travelling to SriLanka.
He still fondly remembers how he used to roam around Dhanushkodi streets as a young boy. He also remembers how he had gone to his Mom's home at Madurai for school vacations when the cyclone struck. He also lost a cousin and aunt in the cyclone, in that fateless train mishap.

Thanks for the article, I showed it to him, and he was beaming.

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Gayatri Sivakumar
My dad is from Dhanushkodi
by Gayatri Sivakumar (View MyPage) on Sep 05, 2015 12:47 PM

My dad was born brought up in Dhanushkodi 50 years ago when he was a bustling town. His father (my grandfather) was in the Indian Rail ship regularly travelling to SriLanka.
He still fondly remembers how he used to roam around Dhanushkodi streets as a young boy. He also remembers how he had gone to his Mom's home at Madurai for school vacations when the cyclone struck. He also lost a cousin and aunt in the cyclone, in that fateless train mishap.

Thanks for the article, I showed it to him, and he was beaming.

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Ganesh Iyer
Dhanushkodi ...
by Ganesh Iyer (View MyPage) on Aug 17, 2015 12:02 PM

The translation for Vaazhakkai Bajji should actually' be "Raw Banana Fritters" and not coconut fritters. Mani Ratnam's name has been mis-spelt. Rediff: please correct these ...

It is in human nature and DNA to apprehend that nature's fury can revisit in a similar manner ... as nature's fury is known to be cyclical ...But as the timing cannot be foretold, human thought and perception are known to fear the unknown around such sites ... every now and then ... whether it's 50 years or 85 years, the fears do linger on far longer ...


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Gaurav GUPTA
One of the Reason
by Gaurav GUPTA (View MyPage) on Aug 13, 2015 01:01 PM

One of the reason that Dhanushkodi was a ghost town is because that area was once a LTTE stronghold and was use to ferry arms. After the highly successful operation(which must be appreciated for its resolve to put an end to a problem once and for all) of the Lankan army the LTTE has dissipated and dhanushkodi is free again.The factoid about the LTTE stronghold had been told to our family by a local lady we met on a train almost 20 years ago.

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Jason Herbert
simply awesome articles
by Jason Herbert (View MyPage) on Aug 07, 2015 11:50 PM  | Hide replies

just loved the write up

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shanmuga sundaram
Re: simply awesome articles
by shanmuga sundaram (View MyPage) on Aug 09, 2015 11:45 PM
I had been to those places. Will feel like any time the sea will swallow ANY Time...Just 20\\\" road, on the both sides only Sea...

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