Back in business, we’re on our way… eating, drinking, happily ‘forwarding’.

Indeed, Leopold Cafe in Mumbai has re-opened... unafraid, defiant, resilient. Carlsberg and Coke, quenching the thirst... of the parched public, in a flame-scorched city. Friends and family, silent for several days, are now back, circulating emails... speaking nothing of the terror and blood-bath in Mumbai during the past four days, but in grief and shock … Continue reading Back in business, we’re on our way… eating, drinking, happily ‘forwarding’.

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You think her woes would end with the long-awaited divorce… not here!

Nicholas D. Kristof brought to light the torture that women are subjected to (please note, not the men), in countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Cambodia, and in several countries lying between these nations. Where 'divorce' proclaimed by the husband's utterance of a single word, just three times... 'talaq, talaq, talaq'... does not mean "end of violence'! … Continue reading You think her woes would end with the long-awaited divorce… not here!

143 was an underestimate… toll up, exceeding 170, due to terror in Mumbai!

Indeed, we mourn the deaths of all those who lost their lives during the past three days amidst the mayhem and terror that struck Mumbai on 26th November. My heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims. The natural demise, or death due to illness of a beloved person cannot be as painful … Continue reading 143 was an underestimate… toll up, exceeding 170, due to terror in Mumbai!

The siege in Mumbai has ended… but is the fight over?

What is lurking behind all this - invisible and seemingly impregnable? The final fight at the Taj Fighting in Mumbai narrows Photographer's Journal: Terror Attacks in Mumbai

Update: Fresh round of explosions heard from The Taj Mahal Hotel two hours ago!

With the death of 143 people and hundreds injured during the past two day, the worst is not over. Explosions and firing continue at The Taj Mahal hotel with a solitary terrorist still in hiding inside - of the 2 or 3 seen earlier. With five hostages dead in a Jewish Center housed in Nariman … Continue reading Update: Fresh round of explosions heard from The Taj Mahal Hotel two hours ago!

Today, speculation is not on Dalal St., but around Mumbai’s Main Streets.

Why, who, to what end... questions that arise regarding terrorists attacking Mumbai. What next. Well, here are links to a few news items currently afloat cyberspace, and across mainstream media: Scores killed in India; standoffs continue Video Links Photos 'Dark forces attacked Mumbai: Mayor, New York Terrorists did recee, set up control rooms in luxury … Continue reading Today, speculation is not on Dalal St., but around Mumbai’s Main Streets.

More than an iconic symbol of India… the Taj Mahal hotel, Mumbai.

Today, I can't help but recall New Yorkers' sentiments after the attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center, on 9/11. I just read Mr. Ratan Tata's condemnation of last night's terrorist attacks in Mumbai, targeting landmark buildings, including the flagship hotel of his Tata-run Indian Hotels - The Taj Mahal: "The terrible … Continue reading More than an iconic symbol of India… the Taj Mahal hotel, Mumbai.

Public reactions to the ongoing terrorist attacks on Mumbai…

The terrorist attacks on Mumbai yesterday, have made the headlines worldwide. I will quote some of the reactions of Mumbaiites (expressed at a personal level) in the last few hours since the attacks. While names of individuals are an insignificant issue, it is their sentiments, I think, that speak to the widely-spread, simmering-below-the-surface feelings expressed … Continue reading Public reactions to the ongoing terrorist attacks on Mumbai…

Overseers are high up on a pedestal. Must we keep paying for their “oversight”!

A while back, I remarked on the fine dividing line that differentiates the two contradictory meanings of the word "oversight" i.e. "watchful care" vs "unintentional omission resulting from failure to notice something". Be it the rating agencies, government regulators, Wall Street honchos, federal watchdogs, or even American citizens... the majority of these 'publics' have turned … Continue reading Overseers are high up on a pedestal. Must we keep paying for their “oversight”!

Terrorist attacks in South Mumbai today… serial bomb blasts & shootouts!

The Taj Mahal hotel near Gateway of India, and The Oberoi's Hotel at Nariman Point, in South Mumbai, have both been victims of terrorist attacks this evening.  V.T. Station aka CST, Gateway of India, and the popular 'yuppie', 'shippie' and 'firangi' hangout, Leopold's Cafe on Colaba Causeway have not been spared either. Anywhere from 25-80 … Continue reading Terrorist attacks in South Mumbai today… serial bomb blasts & shootouts!