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All Over Again

Once again I was trapped in the middle (figuratively) in the middle of the terror attacks but this time in Mumbai. Am here on vacation till this weekend and yesterday was in Bandra the center of the city meeting up an old friend when blast and attacks shook the city. We were forcefully evacuated and asked to return back home.

Its over 22 hours and situation is still grim in both the Taj and Oberoi hotels. I did drive around the affected parts and clicked some pictures today - will try an upload them once I am back.

Thanks for all who sent ou their wishes. It is errie that I was in the coffee shop of the Taj right under the main dome a week ago.

Hope all of you are doing well......hope to be back full time next week.

64 comments:

Cess said...

OMG Ceedy, i hope everything is all right for u and that u ll be back safely.
Update us ASAP please :)
take care

C.

Aneesh said...

Nice to hear you are Okay. Yup, things are strange. The place we lived one day before may not be there today...So strange
:)

Phoenix said...

im glad u r okay.. how come you are in india now??? :O

this incident should show the government what a sham it is...that anyone..just anyone can walk in and harm us without so much as a warning... disgusting and alarming.. what is the world coming to...

hey you take care.. and stay safe...

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

It's indeed eerie that it could have always been us.May all this violence die down soon.Take care.

Abhishek Khanna said...

good to hear tht u are safe..

Deepali said...

Good to know that all is fine at your end.

Can you believe this craziness that is going on?

rantravereflect/ jane said...

tat is eerie :(:(
damnn it- i'm glad ya are safe n sound..
be safe, n prayers to all those who died.

rantravereflect/ jane said...

tat is eerie :(:(
damnn it- i'm glad ya are safe n sound..
be safe, n prayers to all those who died.

Joy said...

Glad to know you are safe. Whatever has happened is very disturbing and sad. Hope we find a solution to end this fanaticism soon. You take care.

Pavi!!!! said...

Glad ur safe! Do come back to the US, safetly!!

its a pity that every1 in mumbai is thanking their stars to have survived this attack...i wish india did sumthing to be more proactive than reactive...the num of attacks on india this year is shocking! :(

Veens said...

twas close! i was shocked too... :(

stay safe and God Bless

d gypsy! said...

thank gawd . sad days these are...

Ria said...

hey i dint knw u were in mumbai!! I hope u r doin fine. I hav been home since two days.....my office is at Fort so as a security issue we were asked to stay at home. :( I hate this!!

KP said...

glad you are safe! Lay low while u r there....have safe trip back!

aqua gurl said...

yeah it is scary....i had someone working in the oberois for 20 yrs..

Nirmal said...

ohh bro u in mumbai.......tc...

(¯`•._.•[Raaji]•._.•´¯) said...

I can only pray.... :-(

Urv said...

Its sad yaar..very

Hope to see ya back soon.. take care dear buddy..

Lakshmi said...

good to hear that u are safe..take care

Satish Bolla said...

bhai, it's good n relieving to hear ur whereabouts. enjoy the rest of ur stay

Suma said...

it must be shocking to go around mumbai now...its very shocking...

Abhinav said...

It must be terror evrywhere

Ankur said...

things will be fine... as u said, mumbaikars have already moved on...

brocasarea said...

tc dude....see u soon:)

τ ħ€ ĐάЎđяёάmёя said...

I am glad that u r ok bhai............

ceedy said...

@cess

yes everything is allright with me and not with everything else.

I am back safe - thanks for the wishes

@aneesh

strange is this world for sure.....we dont know who can screw us the next moment

thanks for the wishes

@phoenix

I was on vacation in India for few weeks...

thanks for the wishes...

ceedy said...

@sameera

yes it is really errie

thanks for the wishes

@abhishek khanna

Thanks bud

@deepali

Well could not catch up with you cause of the craziness...

How are things now? I am back here

ceedy said...

@jane

yup....prayers is all the we can have...

thanks for the wishes

@joy

Thanks for the wishes....

I dont think all this is going to end soon...

We can only wait and watch

ceedy said...

@pavi

I am back to the US and safe....thanks, hope all is well with you

Yes this attacks happened in the heart of South Bombay and places where many including me frequent so we are really lucky to have survived...

As a matter of fact I was in Taj few days before all this happened.....

@veens
thanks and hope all is well with you

ceedy said...

@d gypsy

yup they are sad....and thanks

@ria
I was in mumbai for few weeks...and I am safe and back

thanks for the wishes

hope things are normal with you now???

@kp
thanks bud, I am back and could not lay low tho....had to go out....

ceedy said...

@aqua girl

Wow....is that person safe?

@nirmal

yup I was in mumbai for few weeks...am safe thanks

@raaji
yup....thats all we can do

ceedy said...

@urv
I am back bud...thanks for the wishes

@lakshmi

thanks and yes I am back safe

@satish

thanks man....I am safe and back....

ceedy said...

@suma

last few days of the stay was really crazy....

its shocking yes...

@abhinav

It was not terror everywhere...people carried on with normal lives....

ceedy said...

@ankur
yes things are hopefully better

mumbaikars have no choice and not do many of us common people...

we have to move on

@brocasarea

thanks bud...I am back

@the daydreamer

thanks bud....

Princess Mia said...

hey just dropped in cos i havent been here in a while...glad its done n over with......

already cussed out the terorists so much but its never enuff....ayways shall connect with u today....

ciao

Still thinking said...

I'm reading your post so I know you're safe. I'm glad.

TC.

R3d3MpTioN said...

Glad to know ur safe ... but the one thought that's been buzzing around my head is that we can celebrate being safe .. but for how long .. Is the word safe valid anywhere in India or for that matter the world anymore?

Compassion Unlimitted said...

Terror & terror speak everywhere..now under the glare of TV cameras..Have we become numb nowthat we are under attack ,of some sort, for over 500/600 years..

For some bullets whizzed past & for some whizzled into ..
Glad you are safe..contiue the journey friend,theres a reason everything
TC
CU

(¯`•._.•[Raaji]•._.•´¯) said...

I hope it gets better :(

Keshi said...

TC Ceedy.

Keshi.

I am said...

jjeeeez u were there in mumbai.. then !!!

glad u are safe...
tc

Friendly Stranger said...

great escape....
Are yaar I was at CST till a few minutes before the attack started....
Are you in mumbai? If yes, then lets catch up sometime soon....

Pri said...

the mumbai blasts still have people shaken up...
i guess shaken but not stirred enough...its time all indians did something against terrorism..and by doing 'something' i dont mean just lighting candles and giving away hugs in an attempt to spread love and create awareness (i still cant figure out how doing the above would manage to do that)!!

recently got into a huge debate on that topic...will talk to u later on gtalk..wud love to know ur views on it!

Hiren said...

dude ... this attack has shaken up quite a few ... it has changed my opinion about one thing ... will talk over sometime abt it on gtalk ...

u seem to be busy with work?

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Joy said...

Are you back in NJ?

ceedy said...

@princessmia

Yup glad that is done with...but the memories and sounds still haunt.....

talk to you later today

ceedy said...

@still thinking

Yes I am safe and back to US - thanks

U 2 T C

ceedy said...

@redemption
Nope you are right....its not safe anywhere in the world for that matter - thanks

ceedy said...

@compassion unlimited
thanks for the kind words....guess we are hurt and distressed but simply come to terms with it....and behave numb...

hope you are doing well

ceedy said...

@raaji

I hope so too

ceedy said...

@keshi

thanks....

ceedy said...

@I am

Yes I was in Mumbai...in the middle of everything...

thanks

ceedy said...

@friendly stranger

Wow....that is something great...live this second life to the fullest bud....

I was in Mumbai till the first...am back

ceedy said...

@pri

Agree....but why now and why was this step not taken earlier...just bcos it affected a different class of ppl

About the candles...its not for you but for the sufferers...for that moment they feel that someone out there is sharing their grief...

and about the discussion...I will be waiting

ceedy said...

@hiren
Waiting for the gtalk...when you are free

I am not that busy...actually honestly first time I am shaken up...with the events and still feel a little lost

ceedy said...

@joy

Yes I am back since the first but just cant seem to recollect myself - this time I feel that I am shaken up - being there during the horrific attack....

how are things?

Sumana said...

Hey Ceedy,
Came thru the comment that you left on my blog.Being in the place when something major happens is really shaky and hard to forget. Glad you were not at the wrong place at the wrong time. It was rough.

KP said...

time for update buddy?

Satish Bolla said...

dear FBI,
this guy, mr chintan(alias ceedy), has been missing for quite sometime. can you take up this case as a missing person one? also, he promises everyone that he'll be back soon. so, can you take this case also as a fraud one? etcc......
regards,
satish.

ceedy said...

@sumana

thanks for visiting...hope to see you around

ceedy said...

@kp

updated both the blogs....

ceedy said...

@satish

damn the FBI was all over me...I had to give in....

both the blogs are updated :)

Deepali said...

Hehe no issues. I was under house arrest for a whole week after :)

Things are okay here. Haven't had my computer since 15 days or so. Finally got a service machine so yayyyyy internet 24x7 finally. Or at least when the lines aren't down.