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Walking through the Taj after Mumbai’s Terror attack

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Just watching sast night’s news item covering the re-opening of Mumbai’s premier hotels which were under attack a mere three weeks ago brought me close to tears. Not one for crying, I found it hard to watch the footage of the brave Staff of the Taj solemnly walk into the hotel, to the standing ovation of the 1000 special guests invited for the opening. For some strange reason a deep sadness enveloped me and I wanted to go to the Taj. So, this evening we drove past and actually entered the hotel.

Getting there was not easy. We could only enter from one of the rear roads, stopped by two security guards who checked the boot, the bag inside the car and asked us what we wanted before allowing us to go. As we went past the Northcote side, we saw the old place boarded up and going along the seafront we caught a a gimpse of a chandelier in passing. We saw the blackened space which was the Wasabi, once the finest dining experience in Mumbai and now known as the place of the last pitched battle . My tiny handbag went through the scanner and I followed through a metal detector. We entered the lobby to hear the sweet, innocent voices of the choristers from the Blind School singing carols . As the Yuletide songs filled the air, the Christmas tree with bows and doves presided over a strangely bereft and sombre lobby. Once a bustling place place bursting with activity,full of important looking people in business suits, bejewelled women and curious tourists was sadly empty, forlorn and desolate. The corridor leading to the old Taj was cleaned up, the walls neatly boarding off the Harbour Bar, The Golden Dragon and the lifts to the Heritage wing, with the efficiency only the Taj can boast of cleverly hiding the destruction behind. In the courtyard, a fine granite plaque, with names of those who had lost their lives inscribedreminded us all that though things seemed normal they were not. We walked past the shopping arcade and went inside the Patisserie. We wanted to buy something just to show our solidarity with the Taj , but found there was nothing we could buy. Our lives at home had changed too : with the children gone,there was no one to eat the chocolates and the pastries and puffs!

We came away, saddened beyond belief. One part of me wants to go there and patronise the restaurants for old times’ sake and to re-establish another tomorrow but another part feels hollow : how can we go back and “enjoy” a meal where just weeks ago so much blood was shed?

Author: Bellybytes

Proud Mumbai gal who always sees the humour in life. The mum who made banana fritters when all the other mums made cupcakes.

3 Comments on “Walking through the Taj after Mumbai’s Terror attack

  1. I agree that going back and enjoying where people were cruelly killed may seem abhorrent, but the underlying intention outweighs that sentiment: i.e. as citizens we need to go there to show a united front against terror. I only wish that our leadership showed that same commitment. I feel that it is always the citizens that show the spirit, and very rarely the government. Just my two cents.

  2. While the thought of eating there might seem abhorrent, I think the intention underlying your thought outweighs the first sentiment. We must, as citizens, show our solidarity and support. I only wish that our leadership showed such conviction and thought. Why is it that it is always the citizens that show the spirit, and never the government?

  3. Bangalore, often termed to be the Silicon Valley, holds a major chunk of the responsibility of transforming India into an economy to reckon with that it is now and a prospective superpower in the near future. The excellent weather, the warmth of the people, and the beauty of nature have always put Bangalore on the high ranks in a travelers’ book. In the past decade or so Bangalore has become the IT capital of India and immediately the city saw a phenomenal spurt in its tourism sector. Bangalore was no longer a leisure traveler’s delight, but the city became a major financial hub. Soon delegates from all over the world had to visit the city. In keeping with the taste and travel inclination of the international delegates and business travelers a number of world class luxury and business hotels in Bangalore were opened. Big names in the hospitality industry like the ITC Welcom Group, the Taj Hotels etc have multiple hotels in Bangalore. Only recently Taj opened its 5th property in this beautiful south Indian city. A few months back ITC Welcom Group also opened its 2nd property in Bangalore. The hospitality industry is also opening budget hotels in Bangalore that have a fine mix of business and luxury in a flexible budget

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