Cyclone Thane hit Pondicherry while I was in Pune. I came back a two or three days and was shocked at what I saw, but also surprised at the amount of clean up work that had already been done. The ECR was open and most of the streets in the town were clear enough to drive through.
Anjaney Sharma, Manjunath and I walked through the fallen trees to Janaki Tea Stall in the afternoon. Usually jovial, A. Sharma stopped suddenly and said “I am remembering old scholars.” The trees, the time it took to grow and become large, the few hours in which they snapped into pieces. We then realized that the leveled trees were tamarind, and we began to grab as many of the kaccha seed pods as we could. When life gives you fallen tamarind, you might as well make chutney.