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I join the world in condemning the attacks on Mumbai.

My condolences go out to the families who lost brave souls and prayers for the ones recovering from this senseless tragedy.

I consider myself a part of the Taj familiy (IHM, Aurangabad '97, MT '98, Worked with them till '05) and this hurts. The last 3 days have been traumatic.

The following is from

Mr. Raymond Bickson, the Managing Director of Taj Hotels, has made the following statement:

"It is a matter of the deepest sadness to the Taj family that 10 (ten) of our colleagues lost their lives during the course of the terrorist attack on The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower hotel, leaving their families in deep grief.

The names and details of the employees who lost their lives are:

Vijay Banja, aged 48 years.
Gautam Gosain, aged 22 years.
Kaizad Kamdin, aged 28 years.
Zaheen Mateen, aged 25 years.
Faustine Martis, aged 47 years.
Sadanand Patil, 25 years.
Rahamathulla, aged 54 years.
Boris Rego, aged 23 years.
Thomas Varghese, aged 53 years.
Rabindra Kanmar, aged 32 years.

Another cause for the most profound sadness has been the death of family members of employees during the attack. As has already been reported, the wife and two children of Karambir Kang, General Manager of The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower were killed on the first night of the terrorist attack. is not carrying the names of the deceased, but I know of the Trident Food & Beverage Manager & an OCLD staffer. If you know more, please let me know.

For more stories/news reports on the attacks, the following links might help...

Media reports on the situation in Mumbai

Post-action, they came to see Taj but it looked different
November 30, 2008 | The Financial Express

Measuring the distance in hope
November 30, 2008 |

Taj staffer takes a bullet for doctors
November 29, 2008 | Mumbai Mirror

Employees ordered to set hotels on fire
November 29, 2008 | Mumbai Mirror

Trail of destruction at Mumbai hotel
November 29, 2008 | BBC News

The gracious host of a hundred years
November 29, 2008 | The Economic Times

Ratan Tata surveys Taj damage, INTACH ready to help in restoration
November 29, 2008 | The Times of India

A monument to love – Mumbai’s Taj Mahal
November 29, 2008 | The Hindu

A wounded city turns from tears to anger
November 29, 2008 | Times Online

Attacks snuff out Mangalorean's life
November 29, 2008 | express buzz

Mumbaites in Canada recall ties to Taj Mahal Hotel
November 28, 2008 | The Economic Times

'We’re committed to restoring Taj to its full glory'
November 28, 2008 | The Economic Times

A tradition to cherish
November 28, 2008 | The Hindu Business Line

Hotel interiors will need repairs but facade stands up to bullets
November 28, 2008 | The Times of India

'Nothing to worry about. The first bullet will go through me'
November 28, 2008 | Hindustan Times

Held hostage in Taj, city-based Vaibhava recounts her 7 hours in captivity
November 28, 2008 |

"There's blood and flesh everywhere"
November 28, 2008 | The Times of India

Taj Mahal's cricket connection
November 28, 2008 | Mid Day

Ratan Tata calls for national unity against terror
November 27, 2008 |

Terror engulfs Mumbai's Taj, hotel for royalty and rock stars
November 27, 2008 |

Terror strikes at heart of opulent India
November 27, 2008 |

Mumbai’s longest night, with an abyss of terror
November 27, 2008 |

In hotel attack, terrorists target India's growing global class
November 27, 2008 | International Herald Tribune

Bombay terror attacks: Why the Taj Mahal Hotel was chosen
November 27, 2008 |