Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Mourning for the people killed in Mumbai

A horrible attack on people, most of whom were returning home to their loved ones after a hard day of work. Heres hoping fervently that communal violence does not break out like it did in Gujarat.

An extract from Suketu Mehta's Maximum City (via Uma)
If you are late for work in Mumbai and reach the station just as the train is leaving the platform, don't despair. You can run up to the packed compartments and find many hands unfolding like petals to pull you on board. And while you will probably have to hang on to the door frame with your fingertips, you are still grateful for the empathy of your fellow passengers, already packed tighter than cattle, their shirts drenched with sweat in the badly ventilated compartment. They know that your boss might yell at you or cut your pay if you miss this train. And at the moment of contact, they do not know if the hand reaching for theirs belongs to a Hindu or a Muslim or a Christian or a Brahmin or an Untouchable. Come on board, they say. We'll adjust.

3 comments:

Sunandan said...

sorry this is inresponse to your posting on gold in Kerala.well I am your country cousin from kerala-of the menon type.I dont have a blog so am making use of my partner's blog id.I am Bindu Menon.

Gold and the malayalee relation to it has captured the imagination of many writers and social scientists.M.N.Vijayan the marxist critic with a penchant for psycho analytic criticism has reflected upon it.Also there is a recent work by a malayalee anthropologist George Varghese( based in Sydeney) also would be interesting.DC books has brought out a book by him.
Am a malayalee woman who psent most of my life in Kerala and iscurrently an academician in delhi.I have a taken a decision to not wear gold in my college( of course influenced by the left progressive and feminist influences) I was always mocked at for my silver/terracotta/wood accessories.

Muslim Mama said...

I have hung on these trains endless times on my way back from churchgate station, and I felt such a deep shock when this happened.

Shahnazzz said...

Please have mercy on your blog readers. Why deprive us like this? Hamara dil toota rahi hai... :( Kripaya update kijiye.