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Sitting in Delhi, many miles away from Mumbai, I could watch the agony and anguish on television and feel a shiver travel down my spine every time a grenade exploded. It was all too real to be happening to someone else.

Then as terrorist after terrorist was gunned down came this feeling of self-belief of confidence and of a realization that these things shouldn't scare us.

That is when I took my camera and went out. Went to Humayun’s Tomb, the place which, apart from Jantar Mantar, beckons me everytime I need to unwind and make my own statement.

The lights were bad and the golden sun hid behind a huge cloud in the afternoon itself never to be seen for the day. But it created a golden tinge in the ambience.

Then, as I wanted to capture this huge and ancient gateway, I had to wait for a long time to let the people pass, so I could as always take an image without people. But as I watched this duo walk through the gate I realised the importance of people in this world.

The commandos who fought the terrorists were people. They were all people who fought because I could stand on a Sunday at a spot I like this and click images.

Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, Commando Gajendra Singh Bisht, ATS Chief Karkare, ACP Ashok Kamte, Encounter Specialist Vijay Salaskar and 10 other bravehearts who went down fighting were people with parents, with wives, with children, with brothers, with sisters and friends.

The victims who fell to this assault were people as well people with dreams, aspirations and ambitions. People who laughed and cried, loved and fought, spoke and walked. They were people too. People like you and like me...and so I didn’t wait for these two to simply walk away...I decided to capture them in my camera which was not set for them hence they blurred as they moved...but the memory of all the people whom I just described shall never blur from our minds. We shall never let it blur.

We shall, everytime someone does something like this, rise as one people, one voice, one face, one country and indeed One World.

I am sure I know the answer but just for once let me ask each one you...will you walk with me?

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