It was a bright day outside and that day the journey from CME to Null Stop was very uneventful. An evening shift wasn’t really what I was looking forward to but then I couldn’t really complain either – better in the airconditioned cubicle than the scorching midsummer heat of Pune. The call volumes into the call center was also not particularly high and so I could catch up on other office work as well. And then this interesting call came in. This young man said – Madam do you know that there has been a terrorists have declared war in America! He was trying to call his friends in Washington but was unable to do so. I was slightly taken aback & didnt know how to react! What was this man blabbering about – what attack? What call issues? Hmm..maybe it was worth a check. And so I stood up from my cubicle and looked around… it seems that many of my colleagues had recieved such calls. They all had puzzled expressions.
On my way home, apart from trying to steer clear of mad highway traffic on my little scooty, my mind was full of questions. It was almost 7 hours since I’d heard that news and hadn’t seen any of the visuals or heard any news about the incident. I remember rushing to see the news & being in absolute shock watching the planes fly into the twin towers and the buildings crumble as if they were made of matchsticks. It was terrifying – there were hundreds of people in those buildings… and sorrounding buildings as well… who’ll save whom? How? It was heartbreaking.
8 years later looking back on that day, one cannot help but feel how drastically lives changed for Americans, the Afghanis & Iraqis. Many conspiracy theories & hundreds of documentaries have been made ever since covering all kinds of facets of the incident! Michael Moore’s Farenheit 911 being one of the biggest eye-openers of them all personally. It is hard not to be affected by it!
What a day that was… the day that America didnt exist!