Tuesday, July 11, 2006

They won't win!!!!

The morning newspaper....the photos....the hurried calls to friends and relatives in Mumbai...the sigh of relief....of feeling lucky for being in another city....and then the news sinking in deeper...
Feeling saddened..and then angry...trying to put myself in the place of the mumbaikars and thinking how today will be for them:
Will they go to work as usual?
Will they come to the railway station and try to control the surge of panic and stay put?
Will the mothers tell their sons and daughters what happened or will they gloss over the facts so as to keep them away from the horror of blood and death? Can these mothers let their children go away to school without a moment of hesitation?

Me, am just an onlooker, far away from Mumbai...which they say is 'Sapnon ka shehar' (the city of dreams)...where people land up to try their fate...to fly higher...to go places...some dreams come true, some people reach heights, some go places...but everyone gets into that local train once at least...the early local train to work, the push of humanity, the chats in the trains, the sharing of seats, the gritted teeeth to start a day, ladies discussing knitting and recipes, men scanning the newspaper headlines...never knowing one day they will become the headlines...
Yes, I am scared, scared enough to blame my city's policemen tightening the security today, when we could have been blasted out yesterday, scared enough to worry about my aunt, who lives in Mumbai, not picking up her home phone, scared enough to recognize that this is the feeling those people or should they be called animals....wanted us to feel, and so they planted those explosives.
Which makes me stop being scared, and start being angry....angry enough to be ready to hit out...even make false pretence of bravery when maybe I'll want to run away...angry enough to be defiant, and proud.
Yeah, proud of humanity which is still left in people who helped the injured and took them to hospitals, proud of the courage of Mumbaikars and their resilience...I can't do anything except laud them from afar, and hope that they hold together at this moment, as they are doing so far and prove those non-humans wrong, so that those non-humans who did this will know that - THEY CAN'T WIN!! It is going to take a lot more than this to break Human courage, resilience, and love.

P.S.: Amit Varma has made an exhaustive compilation of all useful links in his post, so linking his post here. Please go through it if you are looking for information.


Anonymous Ravi said...

Really very sad. 175 lives lost and several injured....

Again Mumbaikars showed their humanity by helping each other.

Wed Jul 12, 12:29:00 AM  
Blogger Tanushree said...

I love your post. And your sentiments. Keep writing!

Wed Jul 12, 01:41:00 AM  
Blogger Tanushree said...

It reminds me of the one rainy season I spent in Mumbai in my adult life. There was water everywhere (of course) and potholes on all the roads (of course). One particular road had thigh-deep water because it was in a depression. While trying to hop along the road, finding stepping stones wherever I could, I saw that some of the local lads had taken up the responsibility of guiding the traffic in the waters. How they were doing this is very interesting.

Each young man was standing on the road wherever there were big potholes that could damage the vehicles, and they were all together helping the drivers, especially those on two-wheelers to navigate down the road safely. All the while, they were cracking jokes and having a whale of a time themselves. It was a sight I have never seen in any other city.

Wed Jul 12, 02:20:00 AM  
Blogger Aparna said...

Gosh...that was awesome, that rainy day incident.

Wed Jul 12, 02:54:00 AM  
Anonymous apoorv said...

Truely sad incident...
Feel like kicking out UPA from power.They seem good for nothing.somebody wrote on one of blogs that The UPA looks like it's turning into a national security threat itself. And I do agree .

Wed Jul 12, 05:46:00 AM  
Blogger Aparna said...

Apoorv, am not so sure about the UPA, as, if I remember correctly, during the '99 Kandahar hijack, it was BJP in power.
However, it won't do any good to politicize the problem, because, everyone - the ruling party and the opposition, and every one of those morons whom we vote to power is responsible for the country and its security, and that includes putting CCTV cameras in railway stations.

Wed Jul 12, 06:05:00 AM  
Anonymous apoorv said...

You are right.But in past an year or so,things have been worse.Asaam ULFA problems,Naxalism,this is second time in past 20 months mumbai had attack....
and Shivraj Patil doesnt look like man for Home Ministry...
Advani ,anyday is better bet as Home minister.
BUt as you pointed its like selecting lesser of two devils :(

Wed Jul 12, 10:22:00 AM  
Blogger M (tread softly upon) said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I did read your post on motherhood and it really is a reflection of my exact thoughts. Looks like most females in our society who are trying to make choices regarding their career, family, marriage and having kids have to go through very similar expectations and situations. Very nicely written. Here's to you living life the way you want to.

Thu Jul 20, 06:11:00 AM  

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