Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Bombay (Mumbai) bounces back....

Yes, Bombay has bounced back on the very next day. The attendance has been close to 80% at work(and this turnout is more than what it was after the recent downpour in Bombay). I guess that is the best way to fight terror for an average citizen. Things are almost back to normal - trains, buses, offices, schools, everything is functioning like any other day.

More pictures from yesterday night...

Truck, buses, cabs & private cars, being stopped by locals, to accommodate people who were not able to get home by train at Mahim & Matunga (West) junction. Close to one of the blast sites. 10.20pm

Matunga Road over bridge connecting east to the west, was packed with people waiting to find some mode of transport to get home.

Another picture of the bridge in the night mode

Packed buses taking people to the western suburbs. Locals giving water to stranded passengers, stuck in traffic jams at Dadar TT area. 10.50pm

Another picture of a packed BEST bus (the efficient public transport of Bombay)

Local residents of Matunga (east) giving water, tea, biscuits to stranded bus passengers. 11.00pm

This went on till late in the night...... Spirit of Bombay lives on.....


Khagen said...

Yes ...
This is the way how Mumbai bounces back against terrorism. This shows there is nothing like religion partiality in any body's mind. Only the dirty politicians and their system are playing game. Due to that normal public has to suffer like this.

Girish said...

Yes Khagen, things are back to normal today.

Sanjay Rao said...

Amazing! Thanks for the pictures.

Khagen said...

Dear Terrorist,

Even if you are not reading this we don't care. Time and again you tried to
disturb us and disrupt our life - killing innocent civilians by planting
bombs in trains, buses and cars. You have tried hard to bring death and
destruction, cause panic and fear and create communal disharmony but
everytime you were disgustingly unsuccessful. Do you know how we pass our
life in Mumbai? How much it takes for us to earn that single rupee? If you
wanted to give us a shock then we are sorry to say that you failed
miserably in your ulterior motives. Better look elsewere, not here.

We are not Hindus and Muslims or Gujaratis and Marathis or Punjabis and
Bengaliies. Nor do we distinguish ourselves as owners or workers, govt.
employees or private employees. WE ARE MUMBAIKERS (Bombay-ites, if you
like). We will not allow you to disrupt our life like this. On the last few
occassions when you struck (including the 7 deadly blasts in a single day
killing over 250 people and injuring 500+ in 1993), we went to work next
day in full strength. This time we cleared everything within a few hours
and were back to normal - the vendors placing their next order, businessmen
finalizing the next deals and the office workers rushing to catch the next
train. (Yes the same train you targetted)

Fathom this: Within 3 hours of the blasts, long queues of blood donating
volunteers were seen outside various hospital, where most of the injured
were admitted. By 12 midnight, the hospital had to issue a notification
that blood banks were full and they didn't require any more blood. The next
day, attendance at schools and office was close to 100%, trains & buses
were packed to the brim, the crowds were back.
The city has simply dusted itself off and moved one - perhaps with greater

We are Mumbaikers and we live like brothers in times like this. So, do not
dare to threaten us with your crackers. The spirit of Mumbai is very strong
and can not be harmed.

Please forward this to others. U never know, by chance it may come to hands
of a terrorist in Afghanistan, Pakistan or Iraq and he can then read this
message which is specially meant for him!!!

With Love,
From the people of Bombay

Bedders said...

Hi Girish,

I missed all of this as I have been travelling in South America but glad to hear that you are OK. It sounds like a dreadful story. The world is a changed place since 9/11. Thanx for the pics on the blog.