Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The Mumbai Spirit

The clunky cranky sound of the iron wheels against the metal track, the rainy chill that permeated the underarm smell of the person standing next, the hunger after a long day's work, and the imagined aroma of pakodas and hot tea filled my senses as the 1764 to Borivili rolled out of Kher station.

And then the deafening sound.

I found myself thrown to the extreme corner of the first class compartment, enveloped in a blackish cloud and that alien smell nauseated my senses. The air was heavy with piercing screams, distress shouting, and a general sense of loss and confusion.

My senses dimmed and my eyes were hazy. I felt a searing pain on my left shoulder drenched with blood. I began to faint. Just before I lost total consciousness, I could feel two reassuring pair of hands reach towards me, then a face, a smile and then blackness.

Today as I lie on the hospital bed surrounded by family, my arm in a cast, I feel lucky to be alive. Lying on the bed, I realize how death stared at my face, grinned, and left me to live another day.

- As narrated by a lucky survivor of 7/11.


1 comment:

Synchronicity Evangelist said...

The inverted perspective is now he will value life and people more than ever.

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