Mumbai held hostage, Guwahati already done.. what’s next?

A few days after we reached India, there is a series of bomb blasts in Guwahati killing 80 people, striking terror in the hearts of everybody.

Last night, terrorists land in Mumbai by boat, take out their weapons, and shoot indiscriminately at people.

My parents stay in Guwahati, have stayed there for the last 40 years, and unlikely to move.

My parents-in-law stay in Mumbai, close to Oberoi Hotel in fact, where even now the battle rages between the security forces and the terrorists who are holding people hostage.

My sister works in South Mumbai, again close to the Oberoi Hotel, she was next to Leopold Cafe an hour before the shooting started.

She takes ( used to take) the local train to her office everyday. Until the Mumbai train blasts happenned two years ago.

Are we to live with terror? Attacks are so frequent that the drill has become well rehearsed – hear news on TV, or get call or SMS from friends/family. First thought – self-preservation – are all teh people I know safe? Frantic calls go out – and the bottomless feeling in the pit of the stomach comes until everybody we know has been confirmed to be safe. A small guilty sigh of relief – and then more news on TV. So and so number of people killed etc etc – these people, since I dont know them, are now a statistic. A statistic, though, that strikes terror into our hearts, because who knows, we or our loved ones could be there in that list.

If the terrorists are aiming to strike terror into the hearts of people, then by God, they are succeeding! We are scared. So scared that I am wondering if I should have moved back at all – do I have the right to expose N to all this? As a parent, is it not my duty to ensure her safety – it was safer in the US ( ummm.. was it not??)

Or should we stand and fight? How does one fight a nameless enemy?


6 thoughts on “Mumbai held hostage, Guwahati already done.. what’s next?

  1. BD November 27, 2008 / 12:45 am

    The most disturbing part is these guys dont seem to have any agenda. Just indiscriminate killing for no apparent purpose.

  2. kashmirihindu November 27, 2008 / 3:17 am

    It is really sad.we should bring them to justice

  3. Jennifer November 27, 2008 / 10:25 pm

    I’m glad you are safe. As soon as I heard about these latest attacks, I thought of you and your families. I don’t have any answers to your questions. I know 9/11 happened when we were trying to get pregnant with our first child, and it made me think twice about parenting. Take care of yourselves.

  4. Kopili November 28, 2008 / 10:09 pm

    Jennifer – Thanks for thinking about us . I hope somehow things make a turn for the better.

    BD – I think that the only motive is terror and eventually domination of their way of thinking in the world. What else can it be?

  5. lostonthestreet November 29, 2008 / 6:47 am

    Just curious :Why is this posted under “things I did”???

  6. Gol Singh November 29, 2008 / 1:29 pm

    Unrelated to this post: what’s the new banner image about? Makes the title/subtitle hard to read. Case in point: it’s swallowed the apostrohpe in “It’s” 😉

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