As some of you might remember there was a terrorist attack on Mumbai five years ago. It just so happens that I live right where everything went down. This is an account of what happened that I’ve had lying in my drafts for the longest time. Figured this is as good a time as any to put it up.
November 26, 2008
Colaba resident reporting in: chaos is the order of the night. First a shootout at Leopold, then some blasts around Colaba Market, an explosion at Nariman Point and some guys shooting up CST.
It’s times like these we learn to live again.
Grenade thrown at Colaba Market.
Grenade lobbed at CST.
And now some sh*t at the Taj, Oberoi and 2 blasts at Napean Sea Road.
Where the f**k is Batman when you need him?
Blast in Vile Parle.
Explosions at BMC HQ.
November 27, 2008
Oberoi lobby is burning.
Colaba petrol pump near the market is bombed.
Taj 2nd Floor is taken hostage.
When will this night end?
Heard the two blasts. Cats whimpering under the bed and windows were shaking like mad. Hoping this ends soon
Just heard heavy gun fire from the streets for a good 20 seconds straight. I am currently sh*ting bricks.
Right behind the Taj. More gun fire as I type this. Rapid fire, followed by grouped, almost single shots.
A flurry of bullets now, incessant and a few stray wails to boot. It’s all going down here. Madness.
Now it’s the din of ambulance sirens filling the air. A sign of the end perhaps?
At home I’m sitting in a room bereft of light minus that on my monitor, my cats are somewhere whimpering and hiding while my sister, aunt and grandmom are holed up in a room closer to the door of our house,furthest away from the rear of the Taj as possible. Our windows are barricaded with pillows and metal quarter frames and my aunt’s getting paranoid enough to leave the house right now so we can bunk with our relatives in Cuffe Parade, which is frankly a stupid idea at this juncture.
Oh yeah and the Taj is on fire.
Walked over to my aunt in the other room where the TV is playing. It seems that the fire at the Taj has been majorly doused. So much for using my speech craft skills to convince her to stay.
Apparently, Bootleggers , a pub near Colaba Market, has been subject to a round of firing or so right now . How many of these guys are there and how the hell is this happening?
Madness. We’ve terrorists on the loose and my aunt wants us to move out of the house. She thinks that they’d blow the Taj up. Something which they would’ve done earlier. Looks like we’re content with putting ourselves to greater risk if we leave but apparently that’s fine.
Also, all roads to and from Colaba are jammed with buses moving casualties to hospitals. A curfew is in place.
So my sis asks me to look outside her window, our street is lined up with a couple of cop vans and is otherwise deserted.
Still at home. We got snipers on our terrace.
Shaved in case I needed to go out for supplies. Would hate to be mistaken for a terrorist. Better to forsake looking like a man if it means preventing a bullet to the brain.
Cops and army guys are stationed outside the buildings. The coppers are catching 40 winks. Seems reminiscent of a lazy Sunday afternoon rather than a bad a*s terrorist coup.
Heard a couple of more explosions 10-15 minutes back. Scenario is still quiet behind the Taj.
Just heard another blast, the scene’s quiet, there were a few cop vans outside, now there are just 3 or 4 cops, can’t see any army guys any more either.
More blasts, and choppers can be heard too.
Aunt is losing her shit. She wants to go to Cuffe Parade (a nearby locality) to a relative’s place as she thinks she has a choice to be in peace without all the bombs and bullets going off. Conniptions don’t even begin to describe it.
Heavy bouts of gun fire can be heard. I do hope it ends soon.
Another explosion followed by some more gun fire. This is madness.
Pistol shots now. WTF. How much ammo do these guys have?
Might be evacuated in a bit. This might be my last post for a while.
Meh. I spent the last twenty minutes trying to stuff as many cans of Milo in my pants (don’t ask, long story) anyway, I was expecting evac as the building next to the Taj (possibly the one housing Good Earth) was being evacuated at 9 P.M. so we at home, were assuming the worst.
And then I read this.
Go NSG! Smoke those terrorists! One down, two to go.
Taj is over and Nariman House has no hostages. Oberoi hostages have been removed as well. My windows are bathing in the orange hues of the Taj’s pyre.
Important announcement: Skip work. Donate blood.
November 28, 2008
Well last I checked there was one stray terrorist ’round the Taj. Now everything else seems to be okay though.
Morning folks, just woke up, no idea what’s going on outside, rediff.com had this to say:
11:48 AM: Heavy gunfire and grenade explosions have been reported from the Taj Hotel. Media has been asked to stop broadcast for it is believed that terrorists holed up inside are getting access to the security forces’ movement.
And here I was thinking it was almost over.
Alright is anyone getting access to Times Now? It’s showing up as blank on my TV .
Great, my phone and cell phone lines have been jammed. CDMA networks working fine though.
Apparently fresh shooting inside Taj. All my news channels are blocked. So much for killing all of them .
News channels back at home. It seems, according to me, that the Ts just want to hold up the country as long as possible just to show they can do so. What’s the world coming to?
I’ve half a mind to grab a boom box, stand outside the Taj and rickroll ‘em .
Fresh explosions and firing at the Taj. Times Now is blacked out and all I can see is NDTV’s footage labeled “Final Hours Of Taj Operation”.
No idea. Went down for a few minutes to pick up some supplies. Streets are empty barring cops and army guys. Spotted an NSG dude leaving our building for lunch or a piss perhaps. It’s ultra quiet barring the odd gun fire or explosion.
Another blast just a few seconds back. f**k this sh*t.
Newsflash: Six terrorists holed up in the Taj. First it was one, then 3-4, then 1-2, then 6. They’re probably reproducing inside.
One floor to be cleared at Nariman House.
To the crowd outside Nariman House: thanks for showing the world that as a nation we have a collective IQ that’s actually divisible by zero.
Now they’re saying it’s one terrorist at the Taj. We can’t do math. Confirmed.
It’s quiet here. They say it’s 6 or 1 terrorist but no sure idea. There’s the occasional spot of gunfire too.
November 29, 2008
Commandos attempting a rear entry. Great.
Also, seen on Rediff.com, “Terrorists released some gas”. Some relief in toilet humour.
Three terrorists holding Taj ransom according to CNN-IBN’s website
They caught a terrorist. He should be kept awake for a month, to watch the carnage he created, to watch the children he made homeless, to watch the people he killed on loop.
A few explosions, a LOT of chopper movement above, zero gun fire and we still got snipers on the terrace.
Just heard a huge blast. Louder than the others. So much for “taking control”
It’s over.RR Patil on the news. He says, such small things do happen in big cities like Mumbai. I think he should shove a cricket bat up his ass.