I did try to put pen to paper these last few days but what came out was a flurry of raw pain, rage and outrage - emotions that are best kept to myself and explored only when I know what to do with them.
If one of the purposes of this blog is to preserve important memories for a child, let him never forget the names of Vijay Salaskar, Hemant Karkare, Ashok Kamte, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan and NSG Constable Gajendra Singh.
We went to Taj Land's End yesterday for coffee, like we do on most weekends. I wanted to kiss the hand of the smiling staff that served me coffee and tell them that 'above and beyond the call of duty' is such a weak way to describe the infallible grace that their colleagues exhibited in the face of such terror, such peril.
I realized that there are many of you out there who really care enough to write in and check on me, that despite coming across to you only through these words that I write, my family and I have somewhere become 'real' to you. Thank you very much for doing that. I hope and pray that you and your friends and family are safe.
Is there a way that ordinary people like us can contribute to making this nation what we want it to be? What can I do to help this process? Where do I begin? If you have a way in mind, please do share it with me.
Let us talk today. I need to do it. What a way to bring in my 200th post.
UPDATED: Here's a useful link - http://stopterrorism.in/ Thanks to Cynic for this one.
M4 has her own list here.
If you know of any links such as these, please let me know and I will share them here. Thanks and I hope you are having a good day.
UPDATED FURTHER: Please check out Kiran's effort at this site. I would also request you to link this blog at your space or just spread the word via sms/mail if you do not have a blog. Thanks again.
UPDATED on December 3rd, 2008: Here is another site that lists some helpful details for trauma victims. Thanks to The Nomad for this.
UPDATED on December 4th, 2008: Kalindi thinks jaagore.com maybe a good place to start...I am inclined to agree.