The Thekkady tragedy is a sad testimony to India's continued neglect of public safety. The country has about 14,500 km of navigable waterways, which include rivers, canals, backwaters and creeks. However, it has a long way to go before making them safe for passengers.
For the many young Florence Nightingales from Kerala State tending the sick at numerous hospitals around the country and the globe - Thiruvonam 2014 falling on September 7 is to reverentially celebrate minus the luxury of getting to their hometowns. Text & photos: P.V. Sivakumar.