Mumbai had a blast!
What a blast we had in Mumbai last week! No I am not referring to the seven (or eight?) bomb blasts that rocked the local trains. I am referring to another blast – a blast of kindness.
The bombs planted by the terrorists took more than 200 lives. More than double that number were injured. The effect of the tragedy was that the rudest people on planet suddenly turned most courteous and compassionate. As one corridor of the city’s rail transport (read lifeline!) came to a standstill, roads got jammed and commuters were left stranded for hours. But their misery was minimised by people from neighborhood colonies who came out of the comforts of their homes to distribute food, water, medicines and in some cases even money to those in distress.
Much to the chagrin of those who wish the city and its people ill, these spontaneous acts of kindness that were captured by almost all TV channels had a positive outcome. People began to talk of the never-say-die spirit of Mumbai and how humanity is still alive, despite the occasional terror attacks by cowards. Interestingly, according to a study described in Power vs Force, Dr David Hawkins, Kindness has a three-dimensional impact – on the extender, receiver and observer of kindness. I read this in The Power of Intention by Dr Wayne Dyer and quoted it in one my articles titled Impact of Kindness. If this study is true, then millions of people benefited as “observers of kindness” even as news channels covered the givers and receivers of kindness in Mumbai on that fateful Tuesday.