Thursday, November 27, 2008


I try to keep away from current affairs on my blog, simply because, there is so much media coverage that you feel who cares about what is written here. But then, I also realize, that this statement holds good for other posts as well. Whatever said and done, my mind just refuses to forget what happened last night at Mumbai, the financial hub of India and one of the important centers of the world, where a small ripple here can cause major waves in the global market. I try to switch my mind to other things, but, invariably, and rather, involuntarily, my fingers make an impression on the keys that correspond to the different news sites across the web. I want to find out more and at the same time, get away from what's happened last night.

I am not sure whether I am getting callous. Yesterday afternoon, when I was at work, there was an update in the web space that Mumbai was caught in the midst of yet another series of blasts. Oh, God! Yet another one. I hope nobody is injured, and I continued with my day's work. I am ashamed to admit that I could not get myself to evoke a stronger reaction. The number of blasts this year has almost made me (read us) numb to the whole blasts theory. Bangalore, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai and this list, unfortunately, is endless. As I came home, and realized what had happened, I was filled with a sense of terror and guilt. Terror because, you expect to see all these things in an action movie, but when you see it live through the lens of a cameraman, you realize how severe the magnitude of the attacks are. When did we get involved in crossfire? Guilt, because, there is nothing that you can do about the whole thing. It doesn't matter where you stay, these are things well beyond your control. The least I could do was call up friends to find out if their families were safe.

There is a strong media coverage for a day, and magically, after a few hours of debating about the security system and other important things, we switch back our minds to the trivialities, continuing to do what we have been doing all along. Yes, we are born to live tough. We are not a perfect country. We wade through the difficulties, and try to live life, as though there was nothing that happened all along. The system immediately dubs the whole process of getting back to the routine in a phrase that brings in a sense of pride to the citizens - SPIRIT OF MUMBAI. What the hell! How many times are we going to label ourselves with the same tag? Yes, the city will come back to normal, but what about the deaths of so many people. Are we doing anything to stop the terror that gets unleashed time and again? We just cannot walk away from the scene, come back the next day, and say, Whatever happens, we just have to move on with life. Yes, we have to move on with life, but we should ensure that we at least try to avoid the same mistakes in the future. One of my friends quipped, " What are you talking about security? We are a nation of a billion people, even if a firecracker bursts in a corner, we are going to lose a hundred people!". Yes, very much true, but should this be an excuse? We have a strangling population, but we have to do something to regulate our security measures, isn't it? A simple example of how we do not care about our lives - I walk through the metal detector at the railway station; the policeman brushes me aside with a nonchalant swagger. I was not even sure whether the detector works well. At least these are things well within our control, why can't we get these things right?

Blasts apart, our politicians have more compelling issues.
  • Change the names of the cities - Mumbai or Bombay; does it even make a difference to us?
  • We have a great problem, we have to prevent the North Indians from writing railway exams.
  • Whatever happens, we are concerned with votes. Appease him, appease her, appease whoever you can, but win the elections!!!
  • Every politician has to make sure that he has something to offer, even if that means, messing up the whole situation.
Everyone of us is worried about trivialities, when we have more pressing issues on hand. The terrorists have conveyed a strong point through these attacks. What is really ironical is that all these guys want to bring peace by waging a war. We just have to do something to prevent the entry of refugees and infiltrators from our "wonderful" neighboring countries.

As I switch different channels, and try to update myself with the latest happenings, I am very well aware that the next headline would be something to do with the SPIRIT of Mumbai.  But, for now, that's exactly what I want to see, yet again!!!


  1. Well said ! Even I have been thinking about how our leaders get stuck with the trivial matters ! High time everyone woke up to reality and rose to the occasion..

  2. Very well written!! My sentiments exactly.We don't ever want to learn from the past and that kills the present and the future.

  3. My gosh, Mr. Praveen, I felt the same way too!! I was terror stuck the first instant...and then "omg, let them be safe..." I know, sometimes our police can be really careless. I just hope no more people get hurt. It's terrible too many people are dead already. Clearly, something needs to be done, although i dont know what! I just wish it would stop or that we could magically change situations!

  4. I couldn't have agreed more with you on this. My feelings exactly.
    I feel so helpless and frustrated and yet I want to see a new India.. emerging out of it.

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  6. Yeah, totally sad state of affairs. Sometimes, I wonder whether we can pull through, but then, if we cannot learn from this, we will never learn!!!

  7. TV media is strong coverage Mumbay blast and result SPIRIT OF MUMBAI is very high.

  8. Mumbai is great but after terror attack it became a story for all Indian. That was really a bad news