Peaceful march against terrorism………..


The last text message she sent was to her husband at 3.40am on Thursday. Since then, there has been no word on or from TOI’s consulting editor and resident food critic Sabina Sehgal Saikia. Sabina was in Mumbai for a wedding reception but returned to her room at the Taj hotel early, complaining of fatigue. Trouble began soon after she got to her hotel room, a luxury suite on the top floor of the heritage wing of the grand building. As soon as she heard gunshots, Sabina called her family and friends to tell them that she was alone in her room and nobody was answering the phone at the reception. ‘‘We advised her to switch off all lights and stay in her room,’’ said a friend. A constant stream of SMSes was exchanged between her and well-wishers, and they got darker by the minute. ‘‘So far so good,’’ read one. ‘‘I’m shaking,’’ said another. ‘‘Desperate firing outside, my window panes are shattered,’’ she continued. ‘‘I’m hiding under the bed,’’ followed. When friends tried to call her on her mobile, she whispered that she couldn’t talk but they should get her out of there.
Then came the grenade blasts. Setting the top floor of the hotel ablaze, the blasts were flashed across TV channels. Sabina’s text message to friends: ‘‘I can hear the blasts.’’

There was an alarmingly long silence after that message. Those who watched the hotel burn tried in vain to contact her. Hotel sources confirmed her suite was in flames. A hotel employee she was in touch with received a frightening text message from Sabina saying: ‘‘They are in my bathroom.’’ Her message to her husband was the last SMS.
Sabina’s kin keep fingers crossed
Then there was complete silence. Calls and text messages went unanswered. Sabina Sehgal Saikia’s family feared the worst, and husband Santanu and brother Nikhil took the first flight from Delhi to Mumbai on Thursday morning.
Mobile phone records available with the family show there was no outbound activity on her phone for the next seven hours, until it was tracked to
a location in Raigarh. Relatives have been to four hospitals and checked the injured and the dead but haven’t found her anywhere. There were some reports that the charred remains of a family in the adjoining suite had been found but hotel sources have not been able to locate her. At the time of going to press, the search for Sabina was still on…

This was the story of one of the blast victim taken from TIMES OF INDIA ( main edition dated 28, November 2008) .The Mumbai blast have left me shocked , baffled and has left me into tears as I write this post. When I read such story I just imagine how dreadful life can be, one moment you are happy, celebrating the colors of life and the other moment the doom knocks on the door and everything is left standstill . Is this what we call kalyug (living hell) ?

Today when the entire nation stands up to put a brave fight against terrorism , where are the lawmakers of the country, the white collared men and our “very own moral police ” Mr Raj Thakeray ? Why are they going into hiding as if they are the real terrorists ?

I think even the tiny tots of my locality who are too young to differentiate between what is right and what is wrong , today seem to be more mature than their age . No matter how young they may be but they have the spirit of humanity alive as they cried and lit candles in memory of all those innocent people who lost their lives in an unfateful event , unmindful of the fact that they dont even know victims or have any blood relation with them.

So to show my solidarity towards these young patriots and to pay my tribute to all the Mumbai blast victims and all those inncocent people who have been vicitmised by terrorism I have decided to observe a peaceful march against terrorism on this blog for one week. In the profund memory of the victims and our brave soldiers who sacrificed their life fighting for cause of humanity I light the torch of peace . I request my fellow bloggers and the regular commentors on this blog to show their solitude and carry forward this torch keeping the spirit of humanity alive.


Let terrorism wither away into nothingness from our life …….. let peace prevail and god reside always by our side …… Amen

8 responses »

  1. I will be displaying the torch on my sidebar.
    May peace prevail and may the souls of the departed rest in peace.

    arpit : Thank you amit for carrying forward the peace torch. its just prayers and hopes which makes us live by such dreadful days .

  2. Sabina is dead.Like many other hostages at the Taj. Really unfortunate……
    I will make sure the torch is carried forward.

    arpit : its so unfortunate . when i was writing this post the search was still on but now her death has been confirmed . she is survived by a son aged 10yrs and a daughter aged 14 yrs old. may her soul rest in peace . amen
    thank you nick for carrying forward the torch. may peace and sanity prevail

  3. Sabina’s, complete story is up on Times of India today.
    she has died because of smoke and suffocation. no injury marks.
    Really feel sorry for the great lady!
    Let the torch be lightened!

    arpit : yes i read it all and by far i dont have words to describe my feelings as the death toll is rising day by day. may their souls rest in peace.

  4. I will also display this torch on my sidebar. Arpit, I am also very disturbed by this attack on Mumbai. My head is sort of feeling heavy and I feel I should get over it, but I can’t. Today I read about the Israeli Rabbi and his wife being inhumanely tortured and I felt very disturbed.

    arpit : Thank you Nita for carrying forward the torch . I share similar feelings. With each passing day , as I read stories of survival and death , my heart just sinks and cries for all those who died.
    and when I saw the picture of the son of the Israeli couple, I just felt so sorry. poor child, he turned two years old the day his parents were killed by the terrorist and he was crying aloud for his mother………but he is too young to understand that his mother is no more……..

  5. the world so unfair ??
    Is there any god up there… ??
    No !!!
    I will carry the torch too

    : its me and you who make this world . but there are some people who are never satisfied with their life . this sense of insecurity makes this world so unfair.
    yes, i feel there is someone who is watching us . i just have this strong instinct that it is god. he might be in form of you, me or anybody else. dont let these acts shake your faith in god. everything will soon be fine……..
    thank you arvind .

  6. May you find serenity and tranquility in a world
    You may not always understand.

    May the pain you have known and conflict you have experienced
    Give you the strength to walk through life
    Facing each new situation with courage and optimism.

    Always know that there are those whose love and understanding
    Will always be there, even when you feel most alone.

    May you discover enough goodness in others
    To believe in a world of peace.

    May a kind word, a reassuring touch, a warm smile be yours
    Every day of your life,
    And may you give these gifts as well as receive them.

    Remember the sunshine when the storm seems unending.

    Teach love to those who know hate,
    And let that love embrace you as you go into the world.

    May the teaching of those you admire become part of you,
    So that you may call upon them.
    Remember, those whose lives you have touched
    And who have touched yours are always a part of you,
    Even if the encounters were less than you would have wished.
    It is the content of the encounter that is more important than it’s form.

    May you not become too concerned with material matters,
    But instead place immeasurable value on the goodness in your heart.

    Find time in each day to see the beauty and love in the world around you.

    Realize that each person has limitless abilities,
    But each of us is different in our own way.
    What you may feel you lack in one regard
    May be more than compensated for in another.
    What you feel you lack in the present
    May become one of your strengths in the future.

    May you see your future as one filled with promise and possibility.
    Learn to view everything as a worthwhile experience.

    May you find enough inner strength to determine your own worth by yourself,
    And not be dependent on another’s judgement of your accomplishments.

    May you always feel loved.

    Copyright © 1987 Sandra Sturtz Hauss

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