Bombay, Mumbai is quiet, scary quiet right now. Bal Thakeray, founder of the Shiv Sena, passed away today at 3.33 pm. No one has any idea what will happen, if there will be riots or not.
Mira was supposed to go to her first pop concert today with friends (Swedish House Mafia; must be an age thing, because her otherwise fairly clued in father had never heard of them..). She and her friends arrived at the venue and almost immediately started receiving calls from concerned parents to get back home.
There's no on one the streets: no buses, no taxis (most taxis are run by North Indians and are afraid that they will get pelted by Shiv Sena supporters), no cars, no sound of car horns.
We were in Bangalore earlier this week to celebrate Diwali with my parent, first time in years, good to spend time together and see family members. Next year will be in Delhi.
Btw, the banner photo was taken from our holiday home outside of San Gimignano at 6.20 am. What light! It lasted all of five minutes.