Ninth of November

F: “Hi, Ryan.. You there?”

R: “Yeah. Please stop calling, I’m in class and moreover I don’t want to talk to you.”

F:”Listen Son…”

R:”You’d lost your chance to talk when you left us…So please stop.”

F: “I know, but hear me out…take care of Mom.”

R:”What??”

F:”Take care of Mom and do good in College. Never worry about the money.I have taken care of it.”

R: “What are you saying?? You’re making me nervous.”

F:”Listen…turn on CNN.”

R: “Wait…. okay it’s on now.What on earth is happening!”

F:”I’m in one of those planes.”

R: “Dad… stop kidding. This isn’t funny.”

F:”I’ve gotta go. They’re taking away our phones. We don’t have much time anyway… Listen, be calm and do good in life. And be a better person than your Dad. 🙂 . Okay?”

R: “But Dad.. “

5 minutes later…

R: “k…”

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

Advertisements

De-Spirit of Mumbai?

Bombay was bombed in 1993. I was three then. That set up the tone in which I would hear of the place for years to come. People talk of the so called Maximum City with a measured excitement and a palpable sense of fear.
Being a person on the otherside of the glass, I’ve always viewed Mumbai as a place of extreme possibilities and adventures, with constant fear for life thrown-in in good measure.
I’ve always wanted to go there, still do.
And nothing will change that.
Over the years, I have seen many a blasts, attacks on the city, and everytime, the politicos express their grief for families of the affected, and hail the Mumbai Spirit.
Mumbai Spirit….
I see the faces of people, children- crying, parents-shattered.
Is that what you call spirit?
I see people dragging themselves to work, affording a loose smile when they see the camera. It seems they come out in the open not because they want to, but because they have to.
I see people who seem to have realised that only they can help themselves and their families. I see people who have lost faith on people at helm.
Is this the spirit of Mumbai?
I dont think so. Perhaps it is the spirit of humanity slowly draining away from the hearts and faces of the people of the Maximum City….