Blasts Rock Mumbai: A Shameful Act

July 12, 2006

Got this mail from a cousin of mine who resides in Mumbai.

This is another day in history which every Mumbaikar will never forget. At 6.05PM – a time when most of the office-goers are bound home in what is called Mumbai’s lifeline – The local train was hit by a series of Bomb Blasts which have rocked the city tremendously.

I was lucky to be safe and sound in office. Family is also fine. Kam and Vats are safe too.

The series of blasts in Mumbai are shocking and cowardly attempts to spread a feeling of fear and terror among our citizens. My heart reaches out and grieves for all those affected by these blasts and who have lost their near and dear.

It was heartening to see numerous volunteers and the whole of Mumbai supporting each other and going out of their way to help one another. Do you still say it is one of the rudest cities?

10 Responses to “Blasts Rock Mumbai: A Shameful Act”

  1. Sanjay M Says:

    Hi Sanjay,

    yes, now the blood banks are full and no more blood is required. It was the requirement of that moment. Fortunately, they took blood from our team from IITB. 10 of us had gone. There were Doctors in excess so I need not put my hands in the blood… thought my surgical skills would help some!! Even food was in excess.

    Mumbai has its spirit….. its great to be a part of such a city.

    Metta,
    Sachin.

    ——–

    Sanjay M wrote:

    hi sachin I was remembering you when I saw all the footage – glad to hear from you. one of the things they were saying on TV ws that no more blood is required and people are requested to stop giving blood.

    Cheers,
    Sanjay

    ——–

    Hi all,

    the patients from recent train blasts at Mumbai have been brought to Sion Hospital and some nearby smaller hospitals in Mumbai. About 1600 units of blood are required there. Please inform any donors you know here in and near Mumbai.

    Be happy,
    Sachin.

  2. Sanjay M Says:

    This morning I saw a really beautiful scene on TV…

    Amidst all the misery, they showed a gentleman going around handing out tea to everybody.

    The reporter spoke to him and he said the moment he heard about it he came there to do some service.

    Later on the reporter spoke to others and showed some footage etc and just before signing off, came back to this tea-gentleman again and asked him “so how many glasses have you given so far?”

    And he replied (Hindi version was better, I can’t remember the exact words) “who keeps count in seva? there is no count…” 🙂

  3. Sanjay M Says:

    (in case you didn’t notice, the first comment was an email exchange with a friend Sachin in Mumbai)

  4. Sanjay M Says:

    (…to be read in reverse chronological order – sorry to spam your blog I think I’m hitting Enter too soon 😉 Maybe you can just consolidate all these comments into one post)

  5. RK Says:

    That’s ok Sanjay. Let them (comments) be as it is.
    You get to see such humane acts from unexpected quarters. Hats off to a well-mannered city!

  6. Vijay Says:

    RK, Sanjay very true.. interesting that we were thinking along the same lines (about Mumbaikars being rude).. I even wrote into Churumuri…
    http://churumuri.wordpress.com/2006/07/12/an-open-heart-says-more-than-an-open-door/

  7. RK Says:

    Vijay,
    Well said. Read that article and when I was about to comment, lost net connection. Write more for Churumuri! Good luck!

  8. Sanjay M Says:

    As he says in Churmuri blog, “If this doesn’t convince people that saying “Thank You” and holding the door open are not the only things that measure the quality of people, then nothing else will.” Thinking that that’s the measue of quality of people is generally westernised superficial personality development concepts.

    But I was really surprised to see London listed as well … in the article you’ve posted…

    Among the rude cities are popular metros like London and Paris, which came a joint 15th, recording just 57 per cent.

    Hmm I’ve been to those cities myslf but just for short visits, but according to the article it looks like they’re really rude even by Western standards 😉 I think the Reader’s Digest article was totally pointless and dosen’t really mean anything at all!

  9. Srik Says:

    I second Sanjay’s thoughts 😀

  10. RK Says:

    Sanjay and Srik: RD’s survey was a totally wasteful effort.

    Mumbai may not speak the right language but certainly has its heart in the right place.

    Mumbaikars may lack civic sense like any other Indian city. They may not remember to punctuate every second sentence with a “Thank you” or a “Have a nice day”. And they may forget to open the door for some one else.

    But Mumbai, as I have experienced in my short stay there, has a very large heart and is surely not the rudest city in the world!


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