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matnikstym Nov 26th, 2008 04:22 PM

To Hari S.
Hope you, your family and loved ones are o.k. after the terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

HariS Nov 26th, 2008 05:34 PM

Thanks a lot, Dennis. We are all okay and most importantly all my friends and office staff in Bombay are doing well.

This is a F******g crazy world we live in and very upsetting.......


HariS Nov 26th, 2008 05:37 PM

Still not sunk in yet ..... The Taj and Oberoi Hotels, I have been to several times over the years, most recently in August- that this is surreal and literally unbelievable!!!

andybiggs Nov 26th, 2008 05:56 PM

I am glad to hear you are ok, Hari. I am watching the news right now and cannot believe something this horrible would happen.

cw Nov 26th, 2008 05:57 PM

So sorry for what happened but glad you and your family, friends, and office staff are OK. Coverage from the scene has dominated the news tonight. It is a crazy world. Such a tragedy.

Leely2 Nov 26th, 2008 05:59 PM

Hari, I am glad to hear you, your family, friends and colleagues are all okay. What an unbelievable, terrible situation!

atravelynn Nov 26th, 2008 07:03 PM

Good to know about you Hari. A terrible, disgusting tragedy that appears to still be ongoing for some.

HariS Nov 26th, 2008 07:42 PM

Thank You all for the well wishes and concerns......

safarimama Nov 26th, 2008 08:55 PM

I'm happy and thankful to hear that you're OK, Hari.
You and your family are in my thoughts this Thanksgiving.
Kristina (in Seattle)

cary999 Nov 26th, 2008 09:02 PM

In all of India, how many people have been killed by terrorists in 2008?

regards - tom

HariS Nov 26th, 2008 09:53 PM

This one is different.

cary999 Nov 26th, 2008 11:15 PM

I heard the number 2000, is that true?

regards - tom

HariS Nov 27th, 2008 12:00 AM

Quite possible, although I have no idea about the numbers.

The difference is - until now all prior incidents happened in obscure locations. Almost all of them unfortunately hitting places that lose attention after a few days.

This one seems to be co-ordinated and planned in a big way and has target the heart of the economic/financial/ cultural hub of India. Prominent people from all walks of life are around these parts........

some local news dailies

HariS Nov 27th, 2008 12:01 AM

typo: hitting places that unfortunately lose attention

HariS Nov 27th, 2008 12:06 AM

Knowing Mumbai and their resilience, the city will draw it's strength and rise together and the city will be back in it's glory. I have no doubt!!!

thit_cho Nov 27th, 2008 12:32 AM

Hari, Im gratified to read that you, family, friends and staff are OK. I have spent many enjoyable afternoons passing time in the Leopold Cafe and nights in the Taj.

I arrived yesterday in Mallorca for an idyllic vacation (before traveling to Andorra), not to think I would be watching CNN well past the point of jetlag fatigue.

The questioning by the CNN international anchors has been distressingly supercilious -- along the lines of How could this have been allowed to happen? Thats not the type of question I have heard CNN ask US or European politicians, especially in a haughty tone, like I have heard them ask the Mumbai spokespeople.

Mohammed Nov 27th, 2008 01:42 AM

Hi Hari,

Glad to know your okay, this is definitely crazy. A friend of mine (one Shabbir bhai) was in the Oberoi and has been injured with a gunshot in his arm.

HariS Nov 27th, 2008 01:51 AM

Hi Michael,

We are asking much the same questions, as to how this could have happened???? You having been to the Taj etc etc., know the magnitude of the situation and how it affects the country as a whole........ Terrorists arriving by ships and walking in via the "Gateway of India"???? Not acceptable at all ......... The situation is still ongoing at the moment and questions will be asked of our Government very shortly.

Hi Mohammed,

I am very sorry to hear about your friend at the Oberoi. I hope he has got out of the hotel by now.

cybor Nov 27th, 2008 02:03 AM

My thoughts are with you Hari.

While I'm glad that you and those you know are safe, I'm so sorry for all involved with this nonsensical tragedy.

DonTopaz Nov 27th, 2008 04:30 AM

Hari, my thoughts are with you, all Mumbaikars, all Indians, and all others caught up in the horrors in Mumbai. The coverage available on NDTV is horrifying. This is not just "another terrorist attack" -- it is clearly an assault on the very soul and fabric of a city.

Momliz Nov 27th, 2008 06:21 AM

Hari, and Mohammed - this is awful. I hope that you and yours will be OK, and that you all manage to figure out a way out of these attacks. I don't know what these people want to achieve - bad publicity? Killing a few people? The fact that this is well planned and executed is very worrying.

thit_cho Nov 27th, 2008 09:19 AM

Hari, Im gratified to read that you, and your family, friends and colleagues are unharmed.

I have spent many enjoyable afternoons in the Cafe Leopold and nights in the Taj, and its quite sad to read about recent events targeting these locations, among others. Its also particularly upsetting to realize that I likely would have been targetted had I been staying at the Taj or Oberoi.

Im in Mallorca, spending a couple of idyllic days before traveling to Andorra, and while I thought I would have last night had a relaxing evening, I spent too much time battling jet lag and watching CNN (notwithstanding the anchors supercilious line of questions).


thit_cho Nov 27th, 2008 09:21 AM

Odd, I had saved a post (and made minor edits) and I seem to have cut-and-pasted it again -- sorry for the duplicate post.

HariS Nov 27th, 2008 05:42 PM

Thanks all for your concerns. I'm really in Southern India, so far away from Mumbai at the moment.

Michael: That's exactly how I feel too - "it could easily have been any of us in either of those hotels" and this is how many people feel. As you know, places like this are a cocoon from everything India- including the heat, dust, noise and pollution. So, for the magnitude of this is shocking. It obviously is an attempt to shake up many areas of our Country - Economy/finance/Tourists/Businesspeople/ the Upper Class etc etc., It is pretty surreal as I mentioned before as I go to Mumbai atleast 4-5 times a year.

Mohammed Nov 27th, 2008 09:52 PM

More bad news, I just got news from Mumbai that my friend Shabbir bhai is okay but two of his friends who were with him at the Oberoi have been killed. Earlier this morning when I saw the TV at home before leving to work the siege in Mumbai is still on going - this is horrific!

Leely2 Nov 28th, 2008 09:58 AM

Mohammad, how awful for you and your friends--and many others.

GreenDrake Nov 28th, 2008 10:30 AM

Hari and Mohammed - my heart goes out to all of the Indian people. Your nation and the city of Mumbai has faced evil incarnate, but the resilient spirit of the people of India will prevail.

HariS Nov 28th, 2008 05:25 PM

Very sorry to hear. The situation is still on-going and makes me very very ANGRY!!!!

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