Friday, November 28, 2008

NaBloPoMo, Day 28: What the Frick is Going on in India?

Reader, what with the non-stop cooking, eating and drinking the past few days have brought, I'm somewhat in the dark about what's going on in India, so I'm taking a minute out of my tryptophan hangover to get up to speed.

First things first. Mumbai and Bombay are the same city. Bombay is the old colonial name recently jettisoned in favor of Mumbai, named for the Hindu goddess Mumba Devi Mandir, the mother goddess. Located on the west coast of India, Mumbai is India's financial capital, home to its film and television industry, Bollywood and twelve million people.

In a nutshell, starting Wednesday night a terrorist group that may or may not be Deccan Mujahideen, may or may not have connections to Pakistan, staged a series of ten attacks at different spots in the city known to attract American and British tourists including hotels, a Jewish center, the main train station, a hospital, a movie theater and a historic cafe. You can find an exact listing of the locations and an event timeline here.

Death toll counts as of writing range from 125 to 150. Two Americans are confirmed among the dead. This story is developing minute by minute; check back later, reader.

What a mess.

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