Thursday, 27 November 2008

Updated: Mumbai bleeds again...

as does my heart as I sit in a far away land watching things unfold.




Update (27th Nov):

A cousin was in Taj Hotel and has managed to get out alive. A friend was in Mumabi and he's fine. The worrying thing is a we can't contact another friend and she has been with me in school since we were three years old. No news is good news - I keep telling myself. Everyone please pray.

Mumbai bloggers - TD, Malini, Pesh & PBH, Maxx, Punky - anyone please let me know if they are okay.

Images on a TV screen flick in front of me as I see people dying, blood, gore, bombs going off, grenade attacks, random gun fire shots, bodies, buildings going up in flames. This is not Iraq, not even Afghanistan, not even closer home - Kashmir. This is Mumbai. The financial capital of India. A throbbing metropolis. A safe city in a democratic nation. Not a city in a war zone. But it has turned into one in the past 24 hours.


Update (28 Nov):

Its not 24 or 30, its 48 hours. Of carnage. Of bloodshed. Of death. Of gloom. Of despair. We have managed to contact my friend. She is fine. But for some the news is bad as fellow blogger Chandni tells about her friend's father.

Update (29 Nov):

From 48, it has become 62. 62 bloodly hours of hell. Almost 200 dead and 300 injured and plans to blow up the Taj, making it India's 9/11.

Since words fail me, I bring these images of the last three days. A mumbai based blogger Arun Shanbhag captures the ordeal of three days through his lens (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3).

Update (30 Nov.):

This account by AP sums it up.

Here are pictures, courtsey TD's blog.

For live coverage watch here.

9 comments:

Nautankey said...

Samething here..swtiched off the TV and imagining everythign will become fine :(

n.aka.zephyr said...

It is the scariest ever attack i have seen... its just so shocking..

Prasad said...

yea!! this goin insane man!!! the bastds!

n.aka.zephyr said...

Pras,
I agree..

Taureandude_23 aka TD23 said...

hey NG
im fine. its been a sad situation here. i hope the other bloggers are fine too, as most of them stay in the suburbs, where dere isnt much trouble.
Everytime they say Mumbai is a resilient city and it bounces back, but i think we have done too much of that. We just have to get these higher ups to task now! pani sar ke upar chala gaya hai. hope ur friend is safe. keep the updates coming.
take care
ciao

n.aka.zephyr said...

Hey TD,
Its been the most shocking thing I have ever seen in this country. Resilience is not enough to get the city and the people back on track. We need to get to the root of the problem and solve it. We need to come down hard on those bastards...

moai said...

Souvenir from Leopold.
Leopold cafe is in every single tourist guide. It is the spot where any westerner would go to have breakfast or lunch. It is really close to hometown cooking and you ll know how warm at heart it is to find some sparkles of your culture in any Foreign Land. I was having breakfast there a year or so ago.
Terror (whatever the cause) would like us to forget our culture, our tastes and our most basic pleasures.
Minorities please stand because your difference makes my world nicer and sound. You have my sincere support.
With my usual misuse of English, shears to you Colorful India.

MOAI said...

SHEERS OH MY DAM ME ASS
CHEERS
WHAT AN HORROR SORRY ALL OF YOU COULD YOU PLEASE ERASE MY COMMENT ZEPH.

n.aka.zephyr said...

Hey Moai,
1st comment or the 2nd one?