Friday, July 15, 2011

Mumbai Resumes Routine After Bombings


Pushkal Shivam / youthjournalism.org

The bus shelter at Dadar, the site of one of three
bomb blasts that hit Mumbai Wednesday.


By Pushkal Shivam
Senior Reporter
Youth Journalism International
MUMBAI, India – Life returned to normal eerily fast in Mumbai after the July 13th bombings.

One of the three bombs ravaged the bus stop near the Dadar railway station but buses continue along that road.

The commuters passing by the spot occasionally stop to appreciate the work of the terrorists before resuming their course.
Pushkal Shivam / youthjournalism.org
People walk past the bus stop near Dadar
where the bomb exploded on Wednesday.

Near the Opera House neighborhood, unfazed youngsters from college continue to enjoy the monsoon season on the street overlooking the Arabian Sea. 

The roads are teeming with vehicles and the suburban trains with people. 

Ashwin Shantilal Shah’s hardware store in Dadar faces the bus stop where the bomb went off Wednesday, injuring 10 people.

According to a statement released by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was placed on top of the shelter of the bus stop and was low in
intensity.

Pushkal Shivam / youthjournalism.org
Ashwin Shantilal Shah at his hardware shop in the Dadar area of Mumbai.In the background is the bus stop  where one of three bombs
that hit the city exploded, 
terrifyingly close to Shah's shop.




















Shah said he looked death in the eyes that fateful evening.

The composure on his face is remarkable to witness when he says this.

The “eardrum-shattering” sound of the blast left him numb for some time, Shah said.

Before he realized what had happened, a crowd of “more than 400 people” had gathered in the area.
Pushkal Shivam / youthjournalism.org
Outside the bus shelter near Dadar in Mumbai

The police arrived on the spot only after “20 to 25 minutes,” said Shah.

The narrow road between his shop and the bus stop was busy – as usual – at the time of the blast.

But just one day after the bombing that shattered several fragile objects in his store, Shah is back to business.

Would he move out of the area?

“It can happen anywhere,” he said.

The sense of helplessness in the city right now is unmistakable, so much so that it has rendered citizens indifferent. They have no choice but to continue with their lives.

Pushkal Shivam / youthjournalism.org
A school adjacent to the bus stop in the Dadar part of Mumbai
 where a bomb exploded Wednesday. The school is open.

The much-hyped “spirit of Mumbai” has become obsolete as almost every major landmark in the city has borne a terrorist attack.

Zaveri Bazar – the diamond district – became a target for the third time Wednesday.

The city is badly bruised from repeated terror strikes.

If anything, July 13th inured Mumbaikars to the sword of Damocles dangling above their heads.                                                                        
Pushkal Shivam / youthjournalism.org
Life was back to normal by Friday in the busy Dadar section of Mumbai,
where terrorists set off a bomb Wednesday.


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