It is still hard to believe what has happened in the past 10 hours in Mumbai. South Mumbai (Nepean Sea Road/Kemp’s Corner) is where home has been for the past 34 years. And to see places so close and so known being attacked really makes one wonder if anything or anyone is safe in today’s world. The Taj and The Trident/Oberoi are Mumbai’s best-known hotels and to see them being shown live even now on TV as scenes of ongoing terrorist encouters is kind of eerie.
I was on a conference call with a couple people in the US last night when I heard two loud noises. I didn’t think twice about that then, but when I had just fallen asleep, my wife Bhavana woke me up saying there had been blasts and attacks in Mumbai — she had gotten our MyToday News SMS. It was around 11 pm. We switched on the TV and then watched the whole nightmare unfold for the next few hours.
Even today morning, it is not yet over. What is astonishing is the brazenness of it all. The proximity of what has happened and the familiarity of the places where the incidents is still hard to believe. For Mumbai – “the maximum city, the city that never sleeps” – this is a nightmare which will leave deep wounds for a long time to come.