Mumbai Blasts: Taj Burning; More pics from terrorist killing

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And, Previously Unseen pics from the 26/11 terrorist attacks.



Sorry, pic heavy post!
Revision ~ 12:15 – 12:30 am Indian Time; Friday Nov 28th
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Dome of the Taj is nearly all burn’t out! Only the central post remains; the base of the dome is still burning! TV Cameras are located on diagonally opposite side of Taj and cannot see the dome; TV coverage only shows glow from burning dome! TV is now saying that shots are heard inside the Taj and all the terrorists are NOT YET cleared!

Taj Dome burning



Revision ~ 10:30 – 11:00 pm Indian Time
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OMG! One of the domes of the Taj is on fire; It is burning like a bonfire! I can actually see the structs/frameworks under the tiles in full blaze. OMG! NO! This can’t be happening!
~ Hand held; rested my elbow on the sill!; Sorry for blurry images from ~ 10:45 pm
Taj Hotel Dome Fire

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Sweeper at the Gateway of India

Lady sweeper at the Gateway of India Mumbai pics by Arun Shanbhag
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Early one morning at the Gateway of India, I noticed this sweeper busy keeping the plaza clean. She was not distracted by morning walkers, joggers or amateur photographers. It was good to see the city doing something about the trash. Now if we could only get people to not throw trash on the streets … !

For bearings, my back is to the ocean; behind the sweeper at the 11 O'clock position is the Taj Intercontinental. Just behind the third figure, notice the imposing statue of Shivaji Maharaj and at the 4 O'clock position, the Gateway of India itself.



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Boats at the Gateway of India

Early in the morning, tourist boats at the Gateway of India (GOI) were still bobbing at anchors. Very few visitors this early and a great time for an aimless stroll. (see Lights at the Gateway of India)

Gateway of India bathed in the glow of the rising sun.
Pics from the Gateway of India Mumbai by Arun Shanbhag

Inside the GOI, construction was going on.
Pics from the Gateway of India Mumbai by Arun Shanbhag

Outside detail
Pics of outside detail from the Gateway of India Mumbai by Arun Shanbhag

Boats at the GOI
Pics of boats docked at the Gateway of India Mumbai by Arun Shanbhag

Pics of boats docked at the Gateway of India Mumbai by Arun Shanbhag

Boat deck
Pics of boats docked at the Gateway of India Mumbai by Arun Shanbhag

The monsoon rains were ending and a devotee had left flowers to “Varuna” God of the rains.
Pics of boats docked at the Gateway of India Mumbai by Arun Shanbhag


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Kabootar at the Taj Hotel Mumbai

A few pics from Mumbai, which go with this previous post

At the Gateway of India (GOI), I was hoping to capture the 'swoosh' of kabootar (pigeons) flying away. So I positioned myself, and asked M to dash into the feeding flock and scare them away. Easier said than done! She traipses towards the pigeons, murmuring “kabootar ja ja ja, kabootar ja ja ja.” I think more pigeons were drawn in, than flew away. After multiple futile instructions to “dash in,” I settled on this pic to capture the ambience at the GOI that morning.

The older Taj Hotel. Still the most charming Hotel in Mumbai!

Guard at the Front Entrance of the Taj

The rising sun gave the Taj a nice golden glow!
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One more!
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