Vinukumar Ranganathan, "Bombay Blasts," flickr.com
Another photographer who was on the scene the night of the attacks was Soumik.
Soumik, "26/11 Mumbai Terror Attack," Flickr.com
Some French tourists operating out of YouTube Channel Pranavdamle83, present an unusual collection of video clips filmed in a hotel under attack. They explained:
"The police tried to get in through the glass windows of doors. None of those who went in came out. Just five minutes after they entered there was a huge explosion. . . We tried to sneak in to the Taj Mahal Hotel. The cops wouldn't let us go through as the terrorists were throwing grenades on the passers-by"
Pranavdamle83, EUROPEAN TRYIN TO COME OUT, BULLTES AND SHATTERED GLASS, POLICE TRYIN TO GET IN, GATEWAY OF INDIA, FLEASH, FLEASH, LEOPOLD HOTEL , TAJ HOTEL SOUTH GATE, posted at the Pranavdamle83 channel, YouTube (8 videos)
Local Mumbai blogger Arun is a blogger who lives in the Colaba district of Mumbai near the Taj Mahal Hotel. Shanbhag got dressed and headed off to the scene of some blasts as soon as he woke up:
"Even though we are only a block from the Taj Hotel, I slept through the blasts. . . I took my camera and headed to the Terrace and took a few pics of the Taj Hotel. The hostage situation is still ongoing. I could see smoke billowing out of several windows. . . . Every time we heard a blast or gunfire, everyone would look at the Taj and try to figure out where it came from. Will keep updating as I venture out and take more pics. That is if my parents let me get out. . . ."
Arun Shanbhag, Mumbai Blasts: Day 2 Live Blogging, arunshanbhag.com (photos, text)
- Mumbai Blasts: Taj Burning; More pics from terrorist killing, arunshanbhag.com (photos, text)
- Twitter http://twitter.com/arunshanbhag (tweets)
- FLickr! username “shanbhag” (photos)
Blogger and writer Amit Varma was in downtown Mumbai at the time of the attack:
. . . we headed to All Stir Fry, the restaurant in the Gordon House Hotel in a lane down from there. They told us we’d have to wait 20 minutes. We stepped out again, and as we did so, we heard gunshots, and saw people running towards us from the left side. One of the hotel employees rushed out and told us to get back in. “There must have been an encounter,” he said. “Get back in, you’ll be safe inside.”
Amit Varma, "A Night Out In Mumbai (Updated)," India Uncut (text)
Blogger Rahul found himself in downtown Mumbai with his wife and baby. Rahul blogged:
“There’s been a shootout,” he said, walking on. Behind them, the crowd that began streaming into this lane grew seriously thick. They were running, the ones further behind going faster. “Gang war.” “Encounter.” I turned tail and ran indoors.
Rahul, Nightmares, Green Channel
The Wikipedia article, "November 2008 Mumbai attacks" was a much-lauded source of timely information.
Gauravo, List of Indian bloggers live blogging the mumbai terror-attacks, Gauravonomics
Based in Washington D.C., Gauravo was among the most comprehensive and analytical of the media live bloggers.
Mumbai online: the attacks reported live (updating), Journalism.co.uk
Real Time Citizen Journalism in Mumbai Terrorist Attacks, Gauravonomics blog
Citizen voices and the Mumbai attacks, My heat's in Accra
Mumbai India blasts, Global Voices
Twitter edges out blogs, and Youtube suvive, DNA
Tweeting the terror: how social media reacted to Mumbai, CNN