We have just come out of a mind numbing and terrifying experience. Our senses have been pounded by the relentless media coverage of an audacious attack on Mumbai.
We had a ring side view to the brutality of the attack and the swiftness and decisive ruthlessness of the response.
Our immediate reaction has been of shock and disbelief. This slowly gave way to anger at the system, anger at our own helplessness and inability to do anything, frustration that we have to put up with this sense of insecurity time and again.
The next stage that we are in, presently, is trying to find out who is responsible for this mess. In
If you observe closely, it is clear that we Mumbaikars are, at the current moment, on the edge and highly strung. We are all ready to blow-up at the slightest provocation. We are inclined to believe any rumour and all that is worst.
The Mumbaikar is traumatized and emotionally devastated.
There is an urgent need to re-orient ourselves. We have absorbed too much negativity and are jumping around like a cat on a hot tin roof.
We, in Mumbai, can be broadly divided into following categories:
- Who were trapped during these attacks and survived,
- Those of us who lost a friend or relative,
- All residents in the vicinity of the affected areas,
- The rest of us spread out – not directly affected.
There is an urgent need for a cathartic experience which will help every one relieve their pent-up emotions.
We rarely talk about the need for a healthy emotional balance. It is very important and more so in the present context. After all, we do no want to be a brutalized and de-sensitised city, presuming we have not already reached that stage.
I invite fellow bloggers to share their views and it would be nice to discuss some concrete suggestions.