I spent this weekend in Baroda with my brother & family. Today we wanted to visit the Regional Transport Office to renew my driving license. Both of us know the place but haven’t been there in 10 odd years. Obviously a lot has changed around it and to be on a safer side my brother punched the address into google maps on his smartphone. So for sometime the directions were accurate but then we got into a jam and had to find an alternative route. Google maps couldn’t help so I promptly put my window down and asked a road side ‘tea stall’ for the directions. He was accurate to the T and much faster than accessing Google Maps. We reached the RTO in no time taking a much shorter route. So for me human navigator worked better than Google.
Mumbai seige finally ended and most hostages were release. Some unfortunate ones died after undergoing torture from the terrorists. Our commandos & security forces faught bravely and booted the terrorists out. This terror attack was a proxy war that we’re suffering from – and just like in any other war there was collateral damage – the Taj was burnt, Oberoi is damaged and so was Nariman House. All these buildings & surroundings will be rebuilt & I’m sure their glory will return. But what about the people who died during the attacks – what about the security personnel who either died or suffered injuries during the battle – can we bring them back? can we heal their injuries? Can we make it up to their parents & bring back the glory? The answer is NO –
I got really angry when people kept focusing on collateral damage and not on HUMAN being who died saving us. I love the Taj – I love south bombay – but they’re very small compared to the human loss.
Here is my Salute to all the brave people who died in the attacks & heartfelt condolensces to families for their irreplacable losses.