While coming home yesterday, I had traveling only a couple of stations when the train stopped between two stations. It must have been a red signal ahead. Unlike Mumbai’s local train, people sitting in Amsterdam’s metro train sit pretty silent. The main reason would be mostly people travel alone. They do talk when they are in groups but as for yesterday, the compartment was fairly quite. I was observing the outside the metro while the home-growing crowd remained immersed in their own thoughts.
The metro had remained stationary for quite a while when we all felt the metro moved a little. But instead of moving forward, the train was moving sideways. Everyone looked at the sides when we could feel the train moving sideways. We even felt the train being lifted a little or was it just our imagination. Outside strong winds blew making a scary sound. I looked around. A middle aged man looked at me. He smiled, a smile which neither was brave nor scarred, just wondering what will happen now? I was not the only one experiencing it. The train was actually moving because of the winds.
We all left office early. By the time I reached Lelylaan station, a large crowd had gathered on the tram station to go home. The storm was supposed to become stronger by the next hour. I was standing on the road when I did not feel the wind much. Maybe the storm had passed without touching Netherlands.
I saw a girl on a cycle. The next moment a strong gust of wind swept her from her feet. Two passerby had trouble getting her up on her feet and at the same time trying to stop the cycle from blowing away in the wind. As I started home, the destruction became evident. Fallen tree, branches, fallen billboards.
Later when I took Sheru out, the wind was too strong. Standing and keeping a balance was very very difficult. I have never seen such wind in my life. I had always liked the movie “Twister” where a group of scientist chase tornados. The excitement the film shows and standing there with the wind trying to knock you down, a new high I guess. Although no where close to a tornado, it gave a fair idea about the force of nature.
So, how strong and intelligent is man? Not much!