Taj Hotel Mumbai

Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai

This is one of the hotels attacked by terrorists in Mumbai on November 27, 2008. I was there three weeks before, when I took this photograph.

When you drive up to a hotel in India you are stopped by guards who make you open the trunk and the engine compartment. Then they slide a mirror under the car to make sure there are no bombs attached there.

Seeing all that security actually made me feel less secure, and given what happened today, it seems that my instincts were correct.

A small observation to illustrate how important religion is in India. I had chauffeured cars in Mumbai and Delhi. Somehow in the course of making small talk, both drivers told me their religion, and asked about mine. I don’t think this would ever happen in the US — not even in the South.