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Friday, November 28, 2008

more about mumbai

Good morning. We had a lovely Thanksgiving as always - pictures are forthcoming. I really wonder why we don't eat oyster dressing and roast turkey more often. Well, I suppose there might be a volume issue..

But back to the situation in Mumbai.

Blood Washes Away Happy Feet on Colaba Causeway

"The horrific events that transpired on Wednesday night have shopkeepers around Colaba Causeway convinced that they have a very rough period ahead since the location of the shootings was one that was heavily frequented by tourists.

“They’ll be scared to come back now. There are people, even locals who come here every day. But foreigners certainly won’t return,” said Sitesh Awasthi, a shopkeeper whose stall lies just metres from Café Leopold. "

That's important. These guys absolutely rely on business from foreign tourists of all stripes and they are going to get hit hard by this. I never liked running the gauntlet of pushy shopkeepers and merchants every day in Colaba, but they were just normal people trying to make a living - they don't deserve any of this. Terrorism, as always, manages to hurt the average Joe on the street a lot more then the intended targets.

Eyewitness Account: Chaos at the Leopold Cafe

More from Joey Jeetun: From Playing A Terrorist To Hiding From One - Mail Online

Seems like everyone who was at Leopold that night is being tracked down and interviewed. Not a bad idea. I do wish the English news media was locating more personal accounts from Mumbai residents - most people DO speak excellent English, after all. The strawberry juice image creeps me out immeasurably. Media, Culture, Politics, Sports and More

Speaking of, tons of excellent personal blogs from Indian citizens right over here. A must-read. Stuff being added all the time.

One sentiment I'm hearing a lot from Indians I know and Indian folks in general is echoed by Jawahara Saidullah's editorial here:

"No matter how bad this is, and not much can be worse, Mumbai is the one city that can withstand this. Even after the simultaneous train station bombings in 2006, people went back to work the next day. Yes, Mumbai is a tough city. Its people are tough and they are resilient.

Today, I can say, with no reservations and no pity, but with admiration and support: I love Mumbai. Today, I too am a Mumbaikar. And today with all Indians, even those of us who live elsewhere, I too can declare: Amchi Mumbai, My Mumbai. Terror will not overwhelm us."

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