Yesterday, on the east coast of the US, it was raining and then snowing for a long time, although it did not accumulate on the ground. People were not happy, as usual. Unless you are a child, there is absolutely nothing to be happy about when it is snowing. Cold, car problems, can't get out, or driving hazards are a few of the complaints we have. Some of us were Facebooking almost the whole day, sipping our tea or coffee in between our lunch and dinner.
 
Facebooking and occasionally looking through the window or going to the balcony to assess the situation outside and to see how bad it is, and on the way back to our stations to Facebook more we stopped in the kitchen to pick up a snack. When came back to our stations, we complained more about the inclement weather while snacking. What a waste of one Saturday: due to the bad weather, we complained!
 
Facebooking, snacking, sipping our tea or coffee and complaining—pretty much what we did yesterday. I think I summed it up well enough, but you are welcome to add what I missed or what you did in particular on the east coast of the US.
 
There was a different story on the other side of the world in Kabul, Afghanistan. A convoy was blown apart by the Taliban. A 'van-bomb' in a suicide mission of Taliban did the job! The weather was good—no snow or rain that I saw on the news.               
 
Yesterday, under the blue gorgeous sky in Kabul, 13 Americans were killed in that incident.
 
Whether it rains or shines, you constantly have to look at your behind to see if anyone is following you with a bomb! A rocket can say hello to you under the blue sky when you thought you almost reached your destination. When you are on the phone with your dear ones, you try to say everything you possibly could because there may not be another phone call from you. While you eat, you always think that there may not be a day when you dine with your family ever again. In Afghanistan, this is how you would spend your days whether it shines or rains!            
 
Or, face the snow on Saturday by placing your behind on a chair Facebooking and perhaps NOT COMPLAINING!
 
Two tales of two countries—which one would you rather be in?
 
Summary: Two countries, two stories: one is a deadly incident under the blue sky and the other is about inclement weather. Which one would you rather be in?
 
(Was Published in viewshound.com in December, 2011)

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Kumar Ghosh

Kumar Ghosh

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