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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Bombay strikes back with a vengeance...

Let the pictures tell the story first....


Average citizens setting up stalls distributing water to people walking back home. 10pm at Mahim


Local residents stopping buses, cabs and cars, to ensure that the average Bombayite can get a ride home.


Citizen protection wing, Mahim branch was in full action!




Traffic cops out in full force directing traffic at Dadar Plaza area.

I have enjoyed the selfless hospitality of Bombay on a few occasions (during the Bombay Marathon & during the July 26 floods), but nothing was close to what took place today. I returned home from work a short while back, I started at 10pm from Mahim and reached home close to 11.20pm.

And I had the pleasure of witnessing the hospitality (first hand) of residents of Bombay, who had come out in full force to support the public traveling by buses, cars and those who were walking. The normal reaction would have been for people to have be scared and to sit peacefully glued to the Telly in the comfort of their homes, viewing non-stop coverage of the calamity. But not for the Bombayite, he was not scared and he was going to fight.

Many of us have an impression of Bombay being a cold city, people being selfish.... But today it proved to be otherwise and am sure that tomorrow the entire city will be coming out of the homes like any other day, carrying on with their daily routine. That is the best answer the city can give the terrorists.

I have never felt so proud of my city, today everyone was out supporting total strangers, and this included the poor, the rich, kids and senior citizens, all going out of their way to help make his fellow citizen feel a little more comfortable, who is trying to make his way back home in jam packed traffic (esp. for the western suburbs).

I will be posting some more pictures tomorrow.....

6 comments:

uday said...

hey girish,

this is polly - uday - i hope u have't forgotten !! I've been reading your blog posts for a while. You'r doing an amzing job - keep it going man !! And I'm glad ur safe. Yes, Mumbai will fight back as usual !

Girish said...

I definately remember you. Thanks for the words. Will be keeping the blogs updated regularly. Am off to Bangalore today. Where are you now?

uday said...
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uday said...

and I've been blogging a bit too...just got started...

Anonymous said...

This blast brings back memories from 93 - memories of horror, disbelief and last but not the least of immense pride. It was captured best in the hoardings after the 93 blasts saluting the spirit of Bombay -the theme was "Its my Bombay and I am proud of it!". Your pictures prove it one more time that Bombay has a never say die spirit and I salute it!

Miss my city a lot,especially in times like this - you can take a person out of Bombay but can never take Bombay out of a person...

Three cheers to the mumbaikars!!!

-GSM

Girish said...

Thanks GSM, I could not agree with you more. Lotsa people make commments like Bombay is just cold and unaffected by the blasts, they need to understand that you can't lets things like these affect you and life has to go on (and yes one needs to be thick skinned and immune to such developments and not let terror get the better of you).....