It's Thanksgiving today. A big thank you to those of you who wrote expressing concern of the situation in my hometown Bombay. You know who you are, and it means more than you might think. A big thank you also to all regular visitors and contributors, for all your insight and for all I learn from you.
I came close, as many did yesterday, to losing loved ones. I've spent over a third of my life in my birthplace, within walking distance of the Taj and Oberoi hotels targeted in the terrorist attacks. I have only fond memories of experiences at the hotels and hope to have many, many more (I've written about them before, but now is not the time for those discussions). Cafe Leopold is a favorite hangout. Metro Cinema is the first movie theater I went to in my life. To see these familiar sites as battlegrounds is more than shocking.
Bombay and her people will hang in there and bounce back, as Bombay and her people always have. Condolences to all families affected, and salutations to all officers who risked so much, fought so hard, and in several cases, lost their lives in upholding the human spirit. A prayer for the city, sadly hardly new to terrorism. We've seen this (perhaps worse) before.
And finally, I absolutely share the sentiments of Aamir Khan (at this post at his blog), Deepak Chopra (on Larry King Live last night), and Suketu Mehta (Sita-ji at her blog wrote about his Op-Ed piece in the NY Times).
Jai Hind. And God bless America.