Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving...




I had planned to write up a post about my mother’s special stuffing, a hybrid of potato bhaaji and Stove-top in honor of Thankgiving. I planned to commemorate how thankful I am to be both Indian and American.

But, I feel exceedingly saddened by the news of the attacks in Mumbai; I have spent much of the evening watching Indian news online. While my family lives in the less posh parts of the city, I can’t help but picture my grandmother, intrepid as she most certainly is, seated alone in her apartment watching the news with the shutters drawn tight.

Bombay is a great microcosm of joy, dirt, people, sounds, smells and food. Movement is the only constant; this amazing city is New York on steroids. Muggy monsoon evenings, cluttered streets, delicious street food, the smell of jasmine, camels on the beach, the honk of rickshaws…I wish that I could weave these fond memories of the city into any clear narrative.

Sitting here focused on this siege, this breach of safety, this assault onto humanity, I can’t help but wonder if the street vendors will be able to make their meager income today. I can’t help but wonder if the poor who have no where else but the streets as their home will go if the violence continues and spreads. I can’t help but wonder when this sort of violence will end.

9 comments:

Dhanggit said...

Oh my, the photos are magnificent! Happy Thanksgiving Day!

FOODalogue: Meandering Meals and Travels said...

Very sad event. I hope peace and hope are restored soon.

Nancy Heller said...

Best wishes for your family's health and safety - do try to enjoy this Thanksgiving day despite the turmoil

Núria said...

This terrorist atack has saddened us all. My thoughts are with you and your family and with all the people that's suffering.

jesse said...

I'm so sorry you are going through such a hard time. *hugs* I'll be thinking of you and keeping Mumbai close to my thoughts for Thanksgiving.

http://www.choosy-beggars.com said...

My thoughts are with Mumbai as well. I spent June working in Pakistan...about two months before the hotel I was in got bombed and destroyed. It is tragic and heartbreaking to see such violence that seems so senseless.

My heart is with you, your family, and the citizens of India right now.

white on rice couple said...

I have been in a state of shock still. The news hit me hard because I have Indian friends with relatives in Mumbai. My thoughts are with them through this time.

Hugs to you and your beautiful family...

melissa said...

I'm sorry for your family to be in the middle of this. I was startled when I saw the news because my boss's wife and daughter are there right now. They just happened to have planned a trip there for a few weeks to visit family. What timing. Until the middle of the night last night, they were locked in their room at the Taj, waiting to be cleared to leave while people were being killed in their very hotel.

Violence of this kind, the justification for it skewed... it's painful to us all. My love is with all the residents of that beautiful place, their hearts breaking and minds racing with anger and fear.

Many good thoughts to you and your family, MM.

Sophie said...

The news is quite saddening, to say the least. I hope your family remains safe during this difficult time.