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2008 has been one of India's worst in terms of terror attacks, recalling the gloomy accounts of 2008 triggered by the attack by terrorists in Mumbai from November 26 to 29, 2008, and the serial explosions that preceded it in Jaipur (May), Bangalore ( July), Ahmedabad (July) and Delhi (September).

Prayers won’t help in any way to curb the barbaric act of terrorism & the slaughter of innocent people. Indians are seething with anger, but once again it’s our own ‘chalta hai’ attitude (loosely translated as ‘It Happens’) which douses the flames of our angst. There is no short cut or any readymade recipe to counter this menace, but one thing is for sure; it’s the resilience of the people & the collective action from the anger within, which would bring out a solution, not the politicians & the game of diplomacy.

This is an indoor shot, taken inside a small nondescript temple in Delhi. I was returning home dejected, after the smog had ruined the morning light – I had gone to a historical monument to capture the effect of the early light :-(. I went inside the temple hearing the ringing bells...but at first in the darkness inside I could not see anyone. Amazingly the sun had managed to wrest out of the fog & it’s rays filtered through a window...just enough, to see the lady praying. In case you’re wondering, the smoke is coming from the two incense sticks she was holding.

Wish that 2009 is a year of love, peace and good health. Its simple but so important.

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