It had been over 50 hours since Mumbai was attacked. I was glued to the TV set ever since. My frustration got the better of me and along with a friend i headed to the Taj Mahal palace hotel yesterday. Although the situation at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel was under control as all the terrorists were killed, sounds of implosions reverberated as i made my way through the crowds of concerned Mumbaikars, policemen and media person. The images i had been seeing for the past couple of days will remain etched in my mind forever. Seeing the Taj burn has hurt us all to no end.
They were called at a very short notice. Thanks to the combined efforts of the NSG commandos, The Indian Army, Police, Firemen, the situation was brought under control. It was heartening to see people congratulating the Jawans and taking their autographs. They indeed were real Heroes!
The very familiar foreign crowds and non stop buzzing was completely absent from the Colaba Causeway area. Except for a few shops selling shoes and clothing apparel, most of the Causeway was shut. Leopolds Cafe, which was the location of one of the attacks was cordoned off and closed. The road divider barricades opposite it had some bullet marks.
I sincerely hope that none of us forgets this attack, as that is what will motivate us to get things back on track! And it's about time to bring those bastards who mastermind such attacks, to book!