Taj hotel mumbai terror attack

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The Siege: 68 Hours Inside The Taj Hotel by Adrian Levy

Winner of the CWA Nonfiction Dagger Award, the definitive account of the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai

Mumbai, 2008. On the night of November 26, Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists attacked targets throughout the city, including the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, one of the world’s most exclusive luxury hotels. For sixty-eight hours, hundreds were held hostage as shots rang out and an enormous fire raged. When the smoke cleared, thirty-one people were dead and many more had been injured. Only the courageous actions of staff and guests—including Mallika Jagad, Bob Nichols, and Taj general manager Binny Kang—prevented a much higher death toll.

With a deep understanding of the region and its politics and a narrative flair reminiscent of Midnight in Peking, journalists Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy vividly unfold the tragic events in a real-life thriller filled with suspense, tragedy, history, and heroism.
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These security precautions were put in place almost immediately after the Nov. But the decade-old hotel checks are perfunctory; it is not difficult to imagine even a petty criminal bypassing the guards, let alone a trained terrorist. And while the attacks spanned several locations—including a heavily trafficked railway terminal, a Jewish outreach center, and a posh hotel called the Oberoi—the movie recounts three days and nights of horror mostly from within one hotel, the glamorous Taj. As with any film, Hotel Mumbai takes cinematic liberties by changing the sequence of a few events and adding fictional scenes for dramatic effect. Patel, a British actor of Indian origin cast in the role of a hotel employee, provides an accurate yet painful glimpse of the profound inequality that defines modern India. After waking up in a squalid slum, quickly grooming himself, and dropping off his child at an improvised day care, he wends his way to the gleaming Taj hotel barely in time for his shift.

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Everyday heroism

At four, Moshe's grandparents say he still remembers his parents, who were killed in the attacks, and lights up when he sees their photos. People relax on the sea front near the Trident hotel, one of the sites of the recent militant attacks, in Mumbai December 02, Coastal security has been increased in Mumbai over the last two years after terrorists hijacked a fishing boat and crossed over into Indian waters. Leopold cafe, the quaint and much-loved pub in Mumbai, grabbed headlines as one of the destinations under attack in Militants fired at people sitting at tables, creating mayhem. The regulars at Leopold have gone back after the attack and the name of the cafe has gone down in history.

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. An Indian man C feeds pigeons outside the Taj Mahal Palace hotel on the second anniversary of the November, terror attacks in Mumbai on November 26, Facts: Ten Pakistani men associated with the terror group Lashkar-e-Tayyiba stormed buildings in Mumbai, killing people. Nine of the gunmen were killed during the attacks, one survived. Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman, was executed in November

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