Manic Monday

Good morning. Welcome to another edition of Manic Monday.

First, some bad news.

Hurricane Sandy is shutting down a large portion of the East Coast of the U.S. this week. This includes the stock market.

The decision to shut down the stock markets came after Wall Street had prepared to open for business on Monday with limited staffing after a mass transit shut-down in New York, booking hotel rooms for key employees and leaning on offices in other cities.

Here’s hoping people stay safe in the Eastern part of the country.

Now for something uplifting.

In Vanity Fair there is an amazing story about how a five-year-old boy in India was separated from his family, lost, was adopted by an Australian couple, but then 20 years later used Google Earth and Facebook to find his birth family.

By the time they hopped off the train at Burhanpur, Saroo felt exhausted and told his brother he needed to nap before they caught the next train back. Guddu took his hand and led him to a bench. “I’m just going to go off and do something,” Guddu told him. “Stay here. Don’t go anywhere.” But when Saroo woke up later that night, his brother was gone. Groggy and dazed, he wandered onto a waiting passenger train, assuming that Guddu must have been waiting for him inside. There were only a few people in the carriage, but Saroo figured his brother would find him soon enough, so he settled back to sleep.

When he woke, sunlight was streaming through the windows and the train was moving quickly through the countryside. Saroo had no idea how long he had been asleep and jumped up from his seat. There was no one else in the carriage, and, outside, the blurred grasslands were unrecognizable. “Bhaiya!” Saroo screamed, the Hindi word for brother. “Guddu!” But there was no response.

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