24 September, 2020

Lessons 9/11 Taught Us

Like NY, Mumbai must learn to accept the shadow of security

Illustration by Sorit
Lessons 9/11 Taught Us
The night terrorists attacked Mumbai, I was in a plane at New Delhi airport, on my way to New York City. The next morning, as the plane landed at JFK airport, my BlackBerry came alive with e-mails and Facebook messages from friends concerned about my well-being. I had spent much of my time in the air reading, sleeping, eating and watching movies. Suddenly, I was trying to grasp the magnitude of the attacks. My jetlagged body shook with disbelief, but I felt safe in the immigration line and later in the trains I took to reach my Queens apartment.

I was in New York City on September 11, 2001, and I remember how cable networks were reporting all sorts of rumours. They also repeatedly showed images of the twin towers of the World Trade Centre crumbling, people fleeing from clouds of dust and debris. I had always thought I was safe in New York City. But at that moment everything seemed to be collapsing.

At that time, I lived in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Weeks after September 11, I could still smell the smoke from Ground Zero, a...


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