Illinois Wesleyan Senior Views Tsunami Devastation in Native India
January 9, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Wesleyan senior Gautham Narayan's winter break in his
home town of Chennai, India, last month had been fairly normal until the morning of
December 26 when he and friends were driving toward Pondicherry, a coastal city billed
as the French Riviera of the East.
Little did Narayan, a senior physics major, realize that he was headed directly toward
the devastation wrought by the tsunami that killed at least 156,000 people in 13 countries
around the Indian Ocean, including 583 in Pondicherry.
Once he returned to Bloomington last week to resume classes, Narayan spoke to reporters
from both The Pantagraph and WEEK-TV about his experience and the experiences of his
friends and family members.