Thursday, November 24, 2011

I am grateful for. . .

Two days short of the third anniversary of the heinous terror attack on Mumbai, I want to express my gratitude for:

Life: So many people go to bed and sleep such a deep sleep that the screechiest of alarms cannot rouse them.

The well-being of my dear ones. The scourge of terrorism is an undeniable reality in our lives. So many people have been killed; so many more are grieving. No country is safe.

The courage of my fellow Mumbaikars who leave home every morning unaware about whether they will return. (Unfortunately, it is courage tempered with helplessness. "If we don't work, we can't survive in this city," said a hawker outside Leopold Cafe. "What's courage got to do with it?)

The bravery of Hemant Karkare, Vijay Salaskar, Ashok Kamte, Tukaram Omble, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan and his fellow commandos of the National Security Guards, personnel from the Rapid Action Force, the Army and Marine Commandos. Had they not stood in the line of fire, the casualties would have been much higher.

The concern of Indian Hotels Company, the company that runs the Taj group of hotels. Despite being a victim on its home turf, the company empathised with the less fortunate and set up the Taj Public Service Welfare Trust to aid the victims of the 26/11/2008 terror attack and their relatives, and those affected by any manmade or natural disasters in the future. Read more about them HERE.

Members of our armed forces, the Coast Guard and, policeman, and commandos everywhere, who put their lives on the line every day to ensure our safety.

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