Points that the Mumbai Blasts tell us…


The gala of blood is over. The players and the spectators are gone. Life has sprouted again. But do you think this is the end of all?

No. I know you don’t think so because each of us has no surety as to what would be the next moment in our lives. But now we know one thing; the bloody dell of terrorism, pushing us through the knotty thread of fearful tomorrows, gets our lives fairly balanced between life and death.

Here is what we can do or rather we must do. These are very simple to write down but never easy to practice. But still… We can have a try…. Can’t we… ??

1. Be cautious about what’s happening around you.

2. See what’s abnormal that you see around you. Just trace those abnormalities till the time you have to be there. If you find something hideous, curious or dangerous, notice that and let others know about it.

3. Notice strange people. Their manners. Try to study their body language. They can be extremely panicky, nervous, fast, rapid, aggressive, and even extremely cool also. Think over their smallest movements also.

4. Be an Eye Police. Study the eyes. Do not stare! Just watch. When you see a strange/ extra-normal person, just notice their eye movements, without their knowledge. See whether their focus is dangerously on some of the hidden corners or hideouts, where one usually needn’t pay any attention. Just check
whether they are enjoying a hidden crooked smile while watching the innocent lives around them.

5. While traveling, just see whether people are entering into the bus/ train or any other vehicle with bags/luggage and leaving it while they get down. Either remind them about the object or carry it to the nearest Police Station with the help of others.

6. Scrutinize the conversations. Be ready to listen to a deadly plot anytime. Just tune into your strange person’s mobile phone conversations (Not to know who is his bitch) and listen whether he is discussing a brutal plan he had done with.

7. Take a look at the discarded luggage, briefcases, boxes etc. While you travel in a bus or a train or while you step into any other public places just make this a habit. Just see what is the nature of the item and if you feel more curious about it, inform the Police about it.

8. When you hear about a blast or any other terrorist attack, just study their nature, modus operandi and other behavioral reels. Also look at the geographic factors and make your own conclusions as to which part of the world can be the possible target of attack.

9. Be ready to face any severities anytime. This will give you the urge to surpass any hazards and help out the ones who suffer.

10. Pray. Every time you step out of the house, pray for your happiest homecoming, at the same time for the millions, who does the same like you.

Please add more to this list, if you feel this is worth it.

14 Comments so far

  1. arZan (unregistered) on July 13th, 2006 @ 10:01 pm

    Hey Santosh

    These are great points. More like a ready-reckoner

  2. vikas (unregistered) on July 14th, 2006 @ 11:37 am

    do you realize what these measures are going to do for the nerves and psyche of the people. every citizen is not a risk analyst or an investigator in disguise. everyone has a right to get a peaceful existence. vilasrao and manmohan are responsible for providing this.

    i propose a three step process:
    1. use your finger (index to vote and middle to show to those who do not perform)
    but since there are no sensible choices left – congress has been in a coma since – ’89
    bjp has been irresponsible since – ’92
    communists have been useless since – birth
    laloo, sena and the rest are not choices… go to step 2.

    2. demand accountability – pressurize the present incompetent lot to deliver (just like bosses do with less than capable employees). once they start delivering go back to step 1.

    3. step 10. as proposed by you.

  3. Santhosh Wilson (unregistered) on July 14th, 2006 @ 2:43 pm

    Vikas, Agreed. Wt u said is abolutely perfect. But Here I’m addressing the lot who can think and carry out things with the ease of their intellect.

    When we have our own intellect, why relying on the political pollutants?

    I will never vote in my life! I don’t want to die so soon. I dont want you to lose your life too…For this, I have to be a little cautious… just that’s it.. wt say?

  4. vikas (unregistered) on July 14th, 2006 @ 7:35 pm

    brother, i have a simple submission. every time i have to take my wife and daughter out for a movie or an outing i do not want to do the following:

    1. constantly keep looking over my and their shoulders to find suspected bombers.

    2. before stepping out of the house keep calculating and predicting when the next bomb will explode.

    a thinking man is not necessarily a conspiracy junkie.

    i want to have my right to peaceful living. does a guy in chennai, melbourne, paris….. follow such things day in and day out. there are hazaar reasons to worry without having to add this one. every city faces (or can face) terrorist acts. new york, london, madrid have all faced it once. mumbai has been hit 10 times since ’93. someone must own up.

    letting irresponsible behavior go unpunished is not on.

    i understand that all of us are really disturbed by the events. however, the two things to be avoided are:
    a. muslim bashing
    b. i-will-not-vote-again kind of statements

    voting is a right. exercise judiciously and don’t trash it.

    q. when will mumbai be safest?
    a. when the pakistan cricket team is here for the champions trophy …. lets hope they stay on till the finals ;)

  5. G (unregistered) on July 15th, 2006 @ 7:40 pm

    No one is saying we should be conspiracy junkies, but we should all be more alert. Not stare blankly ahead and ignore the person next to you.

  6. Tasneem (unregistered) on July 15th, 2006 @ 7:47 pm

    Hey Friends,

    i just wanted to add a bit to your list, though i dont stay in Mumbai now, but i have liked here all my life and one lesson that i learn after the 93 blast was always look around and never sit next to an unidentified luggage, whether it is train, bus, plane, station or airport, always beware of luggage that does not belong to anyone. not everyone is a terrorist so no point of judging everyone around. what say?

  7. santhosh wilson (unregistered) on July 15th, 2006 @ 9:57 pm

    Vikas…please cool down… and lemme erase one of your noblest statements from the last comment…

    You are asking, ‘When will Mumbai b the safest?’ Though it’s not towards me, I must tell you that there is nothing in this world that can be approached as safe… not even love… Then there is no meaning in claiming your rights here in front of the public-representative or Police coz even they themselves are claiming their safety…

    I’m not asking you to be an ‘Eye Police’ Everytime. I know that it’s quite uneasy especially when you take your wife and daughter out for a movie or an outing… I agree… but please listen..

    I am absolutely sure that if a fellow from the public smiles at your baby daughter, after smiling back, innocently she would tell you that ‘papa see… that man is smiling’ … ,Wouldn’t she? Yes…

    I just mean that much only.. And that’s a most natural behaviour of every human being… these kind of simple curiosities will help us idetify those smiles, those temperaments, and also the hidden grin behind all these…

    What happens today is very desperate. We have lost all these natural sensitivities. Once these were actual functionalities our ancestors used in the jungles to protect themselves from the beasts.. Somewhere in between our fast-paced life, we missed all these natural functionalities one by one…

    Ultimately…, your protection is most important to yourself only… not to any other political asses… and that’s why it can be well carried out by you….

  8. santhosh wilson (unregistered) on July 15th, 2006 @ 10:00 pm

    What is G saying is perfect… And I just say that much only… just open and keep our senses ready…

  9. santhosh wilson (unregistered) on July 15th, 2006 @ 10:18 pm

    you are saying it rightly. I’m sure we can do it just by being a little more sensible in life. What I’m saying is from my personal experience… Once I was travelling for an educational purpose, and misfortune struck me in the form of a man who looted my all certificates and money with my briefcase. How he did that was like this; he just misplaced his briefcase with mine…

    Im sure, this was caused by the utter irresponsibility from my part as later I understood that this guy was sitting just behind me. He was following all my conversations, my temperaments and my gestures… and when he just finsihed studying me, he did the act…

    Don’t you think Life is more important than any other personal properties? Yes, then we have to be utmost conscious about it and its turnarounds…


  10. Tasneem (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 11:08 am

    Absolutely right,
    our safety is always in our hands, we should stop complaining about how unsafe our city has become, because if you look around no place in the world is absolutely safe. so we have to do our bit to be safe. atleast mumbai has people who will give u a hand if you fall down, but there are other places in the world where people will not even give u a second look even if you are dying, so in that sense we are lucky to be mumbaikars. and guys mumbai is my best city in the whole world. and please i will never stop my daughter from smiling if a stranger smiles at her, i dont want to rob away her happiness and smile, just because i am too scared. coz whatever happens, happens even if we are very careful, but at the same time we cant stop living and smiling.
    so guys start smiling, at least if that can melt the hearts of these so called terrorist.

  11. ram (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 9:43 pm

    u r absolutely regard to safety of others and oneself. i would like to add some points like
    a. police dept. should treat the common citizen with dignity, right now they (police) feel we (people) are enemies. this would help in building confidence and police will have wide network of informers.
    b. police should take stern action against guilty, curb illegal activities without corrupting minds and hands.
    c. take the help of IT industry and latest of telecommunications to instal machinery at key locations like airports, railway stations, important buildings etc.
    d. give civil ID to all the citizen. and keep the database for further use.
    e. record the entries of passengers with CCTV
    f. politians must learn the lessons from such incidences and take corrective actions

  12. Santhosh Wilson (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 2:31 pm

    Hi Ram,
    This list will never end…. until and unless we set out to wash away terrorism from our soil…

    The points you added are absolutely commentable though they are not self doable.

    But pls pls dont mention Politicians… they are bugs, who chew your blood-less body…we don’t need themmm

  13. Neeraj (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2006 @ 12:30 am

    I fully agree with Santosh these Politicians are blood sucking bugs. In UP Mulayam says SIMI is not responsible in Mumbai blast, if not then who is responsible? Samajwadi Party? He talked like he is spokesperson of SIMI. Cant he waited the probe to be over. He just didnt care about 200 innocents dead in Mumbai Blasts!! All he cared about his votes in coming UP election. Are these politicians human???

    I must says we must learn from Israel for two of there soldiers they attacked Hizbollah and Our government just “condems the cowardly act of terrosism” even after thousands of Indian lose there life in India, In there own country!! what kind of people we are? We dont have self respect ? Any body can come and bomb our Temples, Mosques, Parliament , Markets, any place they like and we just condemn!!!

    Just for there vote bank Samajwadi Party leader Azam said muslims want ” Muslim Pradesh” and there is no comment from these so called secular parties, Left , Congress etc. these party makes so much noise when RSS talk about nationalism !!and just for there vote bank congress abolished POTA dont we need strict rule to curb terrorism.

    I dont know why we all are silent it’s enough friends lets speak out lets do something I am sure there will be more blasts within 2-3 months and this government will condemn it again. What about those fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters dieing in such kind of inhuman acts?

    I know we all hate these politicians and nobody want to talk about them but they are the real terrorists.

    Jai Hind

  14. Nadeem (unregistered) on July 28th, 2006 @ 4:17 pm


    Read this and stop posting silly 10 pointers. What vikas wrote was correct.

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