The sky's indigo and the pole star is directly above venus, they're in one straight line. Venus looks a little bit bigger than the pole star, and they're both shining so brightly, it's very pretty. It's as if we're sitting inside someone's mouth and we can see the back of their labret piercing and then you remember what's happened for 2 whole days and you want to be spat out.
40 young men just get on a speed boat at Karachi and enter the city from a dock that's right next to Navy Nagar and shoot shoot shoot shoot and all the roads we grew up in are being destroyed and we can watch it on tv.
They shot people inside Cafe Leopold, you know, we were really scared that someone we knew might have landed up there that evening. They say the terrorists ate dinner, paid their bill and then stood up and shot at everyone in there.
And then there were terrorists at the VT area, Bhanuj saw them, from the hostel terrace. He says they calmly walked down the road with AK-47s and shot the cops, and shot the people and then stole a police van and ran away. The terrorists were shooting randomly all the way from VT station to the Metro junction, nearly one kilometer, and the boys in the hostel heard every gunshot and grenade. They thought it was a gang war, hell, i thought he'd gone completely mental when he called and said, "What the fuck's happening? There's AK-47s being fired outside the hostel, put on the news!" But he was right, they put off the lights and lay low for a bit, because there were terrorists attacking. I spent the whole night hoping he wasn't going to die.
I hope those puppies that walk me to the station everyday didn't get caught in the cross-fire.
Then i spoke to Aditi and Nuzha, and they live next to the Taj, that awesome 7 star hotel (and a heritage structure that symbolises Indian capitalism), as well as Nariman House, A RESIDENTIAL BUILDING. Both places were full of these terrorists, these stupid chubby 20 year old boys, and there was a hostage situation. The Taj's dome caught fire, and you could hear the explosions over the phone, it was SO scary, i was hoping they wouldn't die, Adi or Nuzha.
Adil says it smells like gunpowder everywhere.
Karishma says that her friend could see the terrorists standing on the roof of the Oberoi-Trident, another 7 star hotel. They've captured that too.
The police can't handle this. The army's called in, the commandos, the NSG and all. Top officials died, when they died everyone's hearts sank, we thought we were losing. It was WAR right in the middle of the city, in the middle of the night, then the next day and the day after that too.
The media's covering this whole thing every minute, and you can SEE everything as it happens and that's just scary and it's depressing and we needed to get out and get some fresh air, so we're sitting at Doggy Park and looking at the pole star and everything just hits us where it hurts - the cops on the roads look tired and defeated; it's gloomy, no, downright eerie outside and i'm thinking that women can hide a LOT of weapons in their saris and burqas.
And finally the army, and these guys are really brave, we owe them so much, they've managed to get a hold of the situation. But we're still not feeling as good as we could, coz how many times can we bounce back from bomb blasts and attacks?
In Nariman House, a rabbi and his wife were killed today. Their 2 yr old son was saved by his nanny yesterday morning. And it's his birthday today.
The GM of the Taj, his wife and two sons were killed, imagine that. Along with his hotel burning down and all his colleagues getting killed.
And for all their bravado, neither the Shiv Sena nor the MNS lifted a finger, hell, i doubt they were able to even get a hard-on, that's how much they didn't MOVE. They didn't help at all and when it's all over they're going to be all over the place doing their Hindu-supremist thing and dividing us all up more and we won't be able to get out of our houses ever again but they'll get their votes, selfish pricks.
Now i don't think India and Pakistan will be very nice to each other henceforth.
I was thinking that it can't happen here, not in Bombay, but it did and now we're up all night hoping no one we love will die.