Monday, December 1, 2008

An email...

..written by a person don't know, but have started to respect immensely. It's long, but do read on:

My two cents..

Imagine one of your near and dear ones rapped in the Taj Mumbai hotelon the fateful
day and you getting frantic SMS's updating you on the situation.. One says 'I am hiding under the bed'.. 'I could hear the explosion',another 'I am scared'.. and another 'They are in the bathroom!!'. and
then no contact whatsoever.. Will sure send shivers down your spine..this is what happened and continues to happen in Mumbai..

The city will never be the same again..
Never before has anyone, anytime, anywhere experienced a catastrophe and mayhem this
terrible in proportions.. For sure the terrorists are rejoicing in their moment of glory.. for 3 daring, top-notch officials fell who where the pride of our nation - ATS Chief Karkare, Mumbai ACP Ashok Kampte and encounter specialist Vijay salaskar... They are the heroes of our nation and my head bows both in pride and sadness at their transient lives which would have taken care
of many more terrorists, gangsters and corrupt politicians had they lived to see another day..

The city will never be the same again. Not the first time this has happened.. Mumbai
is famous for getting back on tracks quickly in the event of any crisis.. BSE is open
today.. Bollywood as well getting on with their work.. I came to know through one of my colleagues whos friend is in Mumbai that even as the shooting was going on, a little further away, the hustle and bustle was on as usual...people getting on with their work.. as if it were just another day..

What is the Mumbaikar trying to prove????? That no matter what happens they are not
bothered?? That they will carry on with their work even if the world gets upside down
???? THIS HAS TO STOP !!! It just shows the attitude of people towards others lives.. To take an example, when the Kingfisher glides through and picks up a fish from the
pond, the rest of them disperse for a moment and then come together at the same spot
in a few minutes giving the bird the chance to attack just as he did earlier.. I can
see Mumbai in that pond.. For gods sake, we are better than fish-in-a-pond.. People
have to STOP.. may be for a day, 2 days, even a week to THINK over what happened, how to prevent it and stand united in this moment of adversity.. but hell no, the Mumbaikar is busy with his own work.. what are they trying to prove ?

The media on the other hand is busy covering the event to the best extent they can.They are all for the TRP's of course, trying to get the best spot in front of the Taj to cover the events.. Gawd... Shouldn't the area be cordoned off completely and media not allowed anywhere near(some of them received gun shots as well, having gone so
close near the assailants !!).. The masterminds are having a field day.. their men are inside the hotel and all the news that they would like to know of is at their fingertips which they can easily pass off to their men inside the buidlings over a cellphone...

It is high time we shake ourselves out of this lethargy...this state of complacency
has to end.. Mumbai (and the rest of us)... we have to react, be alert all the time.
Showing indifference to the events isn't exactly making a statement..
The solution(s) for this cannot be chalked out by a single person in a single day over
a message like this.. Collective initiative is what we need to grab the nations and
global attention otherwise it would just be a message written, read and forgotten on the spur of the moment !!

As and ending note, I would say hats off to the Taj hotel General Manager who's wife
and 2 kids died in the suite even as he was helping the guests evacuate the place. A
lesson or two we can sure learn from him..

MUMBAI.. WE ARE WITH YOU !! Hope this ends soon.. Have held my breath for long now... Waiting to exhale !!



Does it matter said...

Callous, Uncultured, Uncivilised, Third world.
Sadly, that is all our society is.

Ricky said...

This indeed has to stop.

marvin the paranoid android said...

what do you want to do by stopping work? to tell the terrorists that they have succeeded?? that you come attack mumbai, mumbai comes to a standstill... tomorrow you attack delhi, delhi goes into its shell.. and so on it goes, till the time the whole of india is reduced to a lifeless inertial mass... if this is what you intend, then i am sorry i do not agree...
you would say that this is not what you want. you want the government to take steps to make the country safe.. but who is government? not you or me... why not? because we are just not bothered... we are paper tigers who can vent out our frustration on a keyboard, just the way i am doing right now... but know ourselves to be impotent enough to be unable to change one iota in this world... and then we want the perfect world for ourselves...

as einstein once famously said, "there is no such thing as a free lunch..."

rain girl said...

@marvin.. its not about standing still, as you put it. its about standing in solidarity with those who died. for a day. am not saying for a week or month or year.

India is already a lifeless inertial mass. nothing angers us, affects us. you kill someone in front of me, oh please carry on..i have a train to catch, i have an office to go to because i have a few mouths waiting at home to be fed.

and you don't have to agree. you can voice your opinions as much as you want here in India.

I don't know about you, but i feel i change the world, bit by bit. By being honest, by knowing the difference between right and wrong. by voicing out my anger at some wrong deed. I may not be able to vote, I may not be able to go and shoot the terrorists..but I can make sure that at least when i look in the mirror i know i tried.

your arguments, your thoughts are totally true. you are right. bitterly right. but then, as I had asked earlier, what can be done? Dare to start an agitation? and cause riots? dare to form a group..and maybe get labeled as anti-nation or forget what the actual aim was in the heat of politics....?

tell me...

rain girl said...'s not our society. It's us. those media people we keep angrily shouting at, they are also indians. humans. like you. like me.

we all are like that. just doing our job. as if that is all that matters.

rain girl said...

@Ricky..but how?