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Nariman House: Diary of an eyewitness

December 5, 2008
Akshay Dasani, a banker, who grew up in Colaba, but now lives and works in Dubai, happened to arrive in Mumbai for a short business trip last Wednesday.

When in the city, Dasani usually stays at his family home, Prem Bhavan, where his elderly mother still lives. Prem Bhavan, Satya Bhavan, Colaba Court, Punita, Faridoon Court are five buildings in arranged in a C-shape in one compound located just adjacent to Nariman House and behind the Express Petroleum petrol pump, off Colaba Causeway.

The six-storey Prem Bhavan stands back to back with the five-storey Nariman House, overlooking it.

Over the next 48 hours Dasani's trip transformed itself into a long nightmare, where time crawled and fear and uncertainty alternated with anger and horror.

He had witnessed the Mumbai's riots and its earlier terror attacks but 26/11 for him seemed much, much more severe he says. Perhaps because Mumbai took so long to recover. And also because the extensive media coverage brought the tragedy into everyone's living room.

A harrowing account of those grim hours:

Akshay Dasani spoke to Vaihayasi Pande Daniel

Image: Nariman House under attack| Photograph: Rajesh Karkera

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