What will you be doing tomorrow?

It is 26/11 tomorrow. This time last year Mumbai was under seige. Mumbaikars were living the kind of nightmare that one only imagines happens in action thrillers. But we had no John Rambo, or Arnold Schwarzenegger or Bruce Willis to take on the bad guys. We had police officers. Brave ones, who rushed to tackle the terrorists head on. We had a confused state machinery which did not know what hit them. We waited for the NSG to arrive. We stayed in our homes for three days, not knowing how long the seige would last. Or what would happen to the city. Or worse, if there were more to come. A handful of men held Mumbai hostage for three long days, and all we could do was headcounts and pray.

I began India Helps. All I wanted to do was reach out and help people who needed help. We did manage to do that.

What will I be doing tomorrow? I will be going about my daily routine. I will drop my child at school. I will go into office. I will work like I do everyday. And that to me is the best way I can deal with the anger…I havent broken. Mumbai hasnt broken. We will go on.


About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Since then, she has published nine books across genres till date. Her books include romance and chicklit with Once Upon A Crush (2014), All Aboard (2015), Saving Maya (2017); horror with The Face at the Window (2016), psychological thriller with Missing, Presumed Dead (2018) and nonfiction with Karmic Kids (2015), A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up (2016) and True Love Stories (2017). Her short stories have been published on Juggernaut, in magazines like Verve and Cosmopolitan, and have been part of anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul, Have a Safe Journey (2017) and Boo (2017). Her articles and columns have appeared in the Times of India, Tehelka, DNA, Yowoto, Shethepeople, New Woman, Femina, Verve, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Conde Nast Traveller, DB Post, The Telegraph, the Asian Age, iDiva, TheDailyO and more. She was shortlisted for the Femina Women Awards 2017 for Literary Contribution. In 2018, she was awarded the International Women's Day award for literary excellence by ICUNR and Ministry of Women and Children, Government of India. She is a TEDx speaker and a mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017.
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1 Response to What will you be doing tomorrow?

  1. Rani says:

    True. The pain and anger hasn’t died, and I guess it never will. But you are right in saying tomorrow will b jus another day, and we shall continue to live like its tomorrow and not yesterday.

    I quite hate the media hype over ‘d day’ dats been goin on… why do they talk to families of victims or survivors just now? when its one year to the story? why cudnt they be as considerate as they are showin to be any other day of this year? or for that matter, all through the year? Why wait for 1 whole year. and den talk abt it all over again?
    I completely fail to understand how the media works…

    The media is I am sad to say, being an ex journalist, absolutely lazy. I have had experiences where I have been called a ‘he’ after giving a telephonic interview, had some random stuff attributed to me in print, stuff I’ve never said at all, and where I have taken the trouble to answer a questionnaire via email, had quotes lifted off the India Help blog….
    Very few of the journalists today actually research, and take time over any story. Its all sensationalising that works thats why the hype over 26/11.


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